Friday, December 24, 2010

Farewell for Now

It seems like yesterday Romance Writers of Australia conducted their first ever Bootcamp and brought together a group of writers from across Australia, as well as some fabulous tutors and speakers.

In June 2008 we started the Bootcamper Writing Drills Blog and together we’ve shared our writing journey and triumphs - published books, contest wins and places, writing challenges and get togethers like conference and Boot-i-Con.

We’ve had heaps of fun sharing the blog with you over the last two and a half years, and we hope you’ve had fun at well.

Sadly, the time has come for us to close the Bootcamper 101 Blog. Our published authors have deadlines to meet and as the rest of us move closer to publication, we need to focus our energies on protecting the work, as Jenny Crusie would say.

Of course, you’ll still be able to find us on the net, click here to find our other web hang outs.

To celebrate the end of an era, we’ve organised a random prize draw for you, our loyal supporters. Leave a comment before January 2nd to go into the draw to win a selection of romance novels from our published authors and others.

Farewell for Now,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Celebrating our Achievements

At my work, we have a new standing agenda item on every meeting in the organisation. It's called Celebrating our Achievements, and every meeting must start by mentioning and celebrating positive achievements by our staff.

So, I am rolling out "Celebrating our Achievements" to the Bootcampers. As 2010 comes to a close its important we celebrate the great work our writers have done over the year. When I put the call out to the Bootcampers to give me their achievements, I had a great response. Congratulations to all on their achievements in 2010, some of which are listed below.

Eleni Konstantine
  • Healer’s Destiny - polished, submitted to agents and entered into 4 competitions.
  • Registrar for Romancing the Novel.
  • Attended Coogee Conference – pitched to agent and editor
  • Attended BootiCon!
  • Obtained funding to help with Coogee costs.
  • Attended WorldCon
  • Entered 2 short story competitions. (one a brand new story)
  • Submitted short stories to markets.
  • Wrote one new short story needing work.
  • Dream Tamer – first draft completed.
  • Presented a Blogging Workshop at the Writers’ Centre
  • Won the Little Gems cover contest
  • Focusing more on writing and less volunteer work.
  • Published on Antipodean SF, November issue with ‘The Bucket"
  • Mirror, Mirror flash fiction accepted for publication by Mindflights e-zine
  • Undertook Bob Mayer course via RWNZ
  • Reading – lots done and a range of different genres/subgenres. Fun.
  • Nominated for the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award.
Goals for 2011
  • Edit – DreamTamer, Gateway to Hell, Clown story, sanctuary sci-fi story (for Aus anthology)
  • Write – Shadow novella, Lady & the Dragon, short story for MZB’s Sword & Sorcery anthology
  • Read resources on writing I have on my shelf.
  • Overhall website
  • Enter Little Gems Short Story
  • Enter Little Gems cover contest
  • Submit once stories are polished :) Hoping to sumbit one novel, two novellas and 6 short stories.
Dana’s Achievements for 2010
  • completed two more semesters of uni (only four more to go!)
  • finished a synopsis for Believe in Fairy Tales
  • entered the STALI
  • entered HM&B’s New Voices comp
  • started a new manuscript in a new genre
  • learned heaps through Bootcamp, Breathless in the Bush, the RWA’s Perth Roadshow, and the RWA’s 2010 Sydney conference
  • pitched to and editor and an agent (got requests from both)
  • studied a new writing topic every two months
  • built on and founded new relationships with other writers

Nikki Logan
A whole bunch of firsts for me this year...
  • Saw my first book on the shelves (Feb 2010, and then quickly followed it up with two more and a novella before the end of 2010).
  • Signed a contract for books 7-9.
  • Got my first royalty cheque
  • Entered the RITA for the first time (didn't final though)
  • Did my first general public romance writing workshop and RWA workshop

Tracey's achievements for 2010:
  • Made the second round of the Emerald award.
  • Finishing TAFE course.
  • Attended Coogee conference, with successful pitch to Harlequin.
  • Entered my first international writing contest.

Fiona's 2010
  • Entered the 2010 Little Gems Short Story Competition, and story was accepted for publication in the anthology
  • Entered the 2010Valerie Parv Award and received good feedback
  • Entered the 2011 Emerald Award, waiting….
  • Attended the RWA conference and Booticon and met all of the Bootcampers
  • Managed the RWA Group Grants Scheme
  • Volunteered as Editor on work newsletter and published six editions

I'm sure everyone will agree this is a FABULOUS list of achievements. Congratulations to all. As 2010 draws to a close, and thoughts turn to New Years, I urge you to make a list of writing goals for 2011, then in December next year, you too will be celebrating the year's achievements.
Happy writing in 2011 everyone.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Super Sunday

This week's quote is from Oprah Winfrey:

"The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams."

Today's cheez

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Quiet Day

Yesterday I ticked off one of my "must do's" in life - the Bon Jovi Concert. Together with 40000 other fans, we packed into Suncorp Stadium on what must have been the hottest night so far this year.

This morning I'm wondering at what age you're too old for rock concerts. I'm pretty sure I've got heat exhaustion, I can't hear anything, I've got a strained voice and a complete inability to lift my arms above shoulder height. And a few general aches that come with two solid hours of dancing.

Worth it? You bet. Bon Jovi are professional rockers and they put on a really great show. I can't wait till they come round again.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Super Sunday

This week's quote is from Douglas Adams:

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

Today's cheez:

This exactly what I thought when I read the above quote. 

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