It’s almost here and I’m already losing sleep. I don’t know that I’ve been more excited for anything in quite some time or probably ever.
But before I get to Killercon, I’ll give you an update on my challenge with Kevin Bufton. To put in bluntly, I’m getting my fucking ass kicked. I’m writing this Friday afternoon and I’m sitting on 9,000 words. For those of you doing the math at home, I’m like 11,000 words behind. I haven’t talked to Kevin at the time of writing this, but I talked to him a few days ago and he was at like 14,000. I’m guessing he’s over 20k now.
On top of that, I’ve got an invitation I desperately need to finish and I just got edits back for my story BFF for the Attack of the B-Movie Monsters anthology from Grinning Skull. And there’s a lot of blood on that manuscript haha. They might’ve broken MSWord’s track changes.
Good thing I’ve got a plan. Some friends of mine on Facebook, Jay Wilburn, Max Booth III and Jessica McHugh have been doing 24 hours writing challenges lately. The goal is to still live your life, but you’re primary focus for those 24 hours is writing. I don’t know exactly how they all did but I know they all hit well over 10,000 words and I think Jay hit somewhere around 25,000. That’s pretty fucking insane. Mad props to the three of them for doing it and getting such great results. It’s inspiring. So goddamn inspiring that I’m jealous and want to try it myself.
The I leave for Killercon I’m stealing their idea and hoping to get at least 10,000 words to help me catch up. I came into this novel writing challenge with nothing more than an idea. No outline, no nothing. The first 9,000 words have been a struggle. I even threw away my first start, which was over 2,000 words and started over. But now my story is starting to take shape and I think from here on out the writing will come a little easier. I still have no idea what’s going to happen, but a lot of doors have opened up this week and I think I’ve got at least a clue.
We’ll see what happens.
Now to the business at hand: KILLERCON 2013.
I’m so excited I’m going a day early. Killercon starts on Thursday, but I’m getting into Vegas on Wednesday. I’m planning on using that head start as part of my 24 hour writing challenge. What better way to spend a day sitting in airports and airplanes and a night in Vegas… By yourself. Maybe I’ll just throw the whole writing challenge out the window and get an escort. Or if I win a little at the tables TWO ESCORTS. I doubt it, but c’mon. C’mon.
I don’t know if I’m going to post while I’m there or just write something up when I get back. It looks like there’s pretty much constant programming, so I really don’t know how much free time I’m going to have. And no I won’t have free time at night, there’s an after party sponsored by one of the presses there each night and I get to schmooze and booze with the best of the best.
However, I’m sure I’ll find time to tweet it @kerrylipp and whore it on Facebook, in a fun way . Come find me.
Hopefully I make a lot of friends quickly because though I know the names of several people going, I’ve met ZERO of them in the flesh. But I’m always up for an adventure.
I’m going to try and enter the gross-out contest and the erotic horror contest if there’s room. And I think the end of my story Immaculate Conversion would be perfect for a 3-minute erotic horror contest. Regardless, I think that’d be fun to try.
I was going to sign up to pitch an idea, but instead I think I’m just going to go and ask a lot of questions. Especially since I don’t have anything long enough to pitch at the current moment. But I’d love to sit down and bounce some ideas around with Blood Bound Books or Deadite Press. Hell yeah I would. That would be bonkers.
As you know, I’ve also got my first reading, and I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to read. I asked some friends on Facebook and got a smattering of different answers. I don’t know how familiar any of you reading this are with my work, but if you’ve got a favorite or a story that you think would be good for me to read for my first ever public reading, I’d be interested in some feedback.
The story I’m leaning toward is called Attention Whore and can be found for free in the Monster Issue here http://www.sirenscallpublications.com If you get a minute check it out and let me know what you think? I’d be forever in your debt or something.
I need to figure this out so I can practice just a little bit!
Outside of all that, I’m just ready to rock this shit and get a brand new reading, writing, and horror education.
If any of y’all reading this are heading to KC drop me a line at email@example.com and we can meet up. I’ll be the ugly young guy with a beer in each hand wearing a backwards Cincinnati Reds baseball cap and a big fucking grin on his face.
Keep reading, keep writing, and keep it real,
About the Author (Author Profile)
Kerry G.S. Lipp is a wannabe writer working hard to drop the wanna be part. He teaches English at a community college by evening and works as a civilian on a military base by night, and usually sleeps during the day. He’s not a big fan of the sun. His stories are currently available in the anthologies Lucha Gore and Under The Knife and several more will follow in 2013. His parents have started reading his stories and it appears that he is now out of the will. Follow him on Twitter @kerrylipp. You can read his short ‘Smoke’ at SNM Magazine.