Snaps…the story so far

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in The Story So Far...

This is the progress of Snaps (working title), a dialogue-heavy novel with tongue-in-cheek elements.

The Characters

Snaps – Dishwasher at the Cast Iron Skillet. He is trying to save up for a digital recorder, so that he can record his beats. He isn’t very tech savvy, so he seeks the help of co-worker Harvard.
Harvard – Waiter at the Cast Iron.
Norma Jean – Hostess at the Cast Iron.
Manny – Busboy at the Cast Iron
Dougie – Special needs dishwasher at the Cast Iron
Cedric – Owner/Manager of the Cast Iron

Diane – Wife of a small deli chain owner
Stanley -Deli chain co owner, Diane’s husband
Carl – Stanley’s business partner
Skippy and Gray – Low-level con men. Diane and Carl use them as middle men.
Soaps – Loan Shark
Billy – Soaps main heavy
Lan -Bartender at Soaps’ business, The Corrugated Lounge. Lan is also Squid’s contact.
Squid – Local hit man

 What’s happened so far

Snaps decides he wants to save up for a digital recorder so he can record his beats. But on his dishwasher’s salary, he’s having a difficult time. A homeless friend of his offers to sell him a cell phone he found in the alley, which he’s sure Snaps could get reward money for.

Saps purchases the cell phone and, with Harvard’s help, tracks down the owner. Or the owner’s wife, to be specific. The wife, Diane, is shocked that someone’s calling on the phone of her husband (Stanley), whom she and Stanley’s business partner, Carl, supposedly had killed. When Snaps asks for $50 as reward for the return of the phone, Diane thinks that he is blackmailing and actually wants $50,000.

Carl and Diane scramble to get the money to pay off their alleged blackmailer, and end up deciding to get the money from a loan shark (Soaps). Not being the type to deal with loan sharks, Diane utilizes a couple of low-grade con men (Skippy and Gray), suggested by her brother.

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Coffee on Heathyr

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Group News

Not literally. Although she may have spilled coffee on herself at some time in her life. But tonight, she is buying coffee for everyone in the group.

It seems the Statement of Purpose she’d brought in for our review has gotten her into grad school. Congrats Heathyr! And congrats to all those who put her work through the wringer. See, it can be worth it.

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Group News

Want a chance to win a $50,000.00 advance for submitting your novel? Check this out:

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest

The submission period is from February 16th to March 2nd, must be 50.000 to 100,000 words and of one of the following genres:

  • General Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
  • Romance
  • Young Adult Fiction

If you have a novel in the wings, it really couldn’t hurt to submit. Really. So, edit like hell, sharpen your pitch, and present your writing glory.

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Area for Members Only

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Group News

I’ve added an area for members only. This is not a clique thing (unless you truly want it to be), but an area where members can speak and gather resources for their writing endeavors. You, as an exclusive member to our site can access these areas and even leave posts for members only.

When you create a post, you’ll see a couple of check boxes in the upper right hand corner:

If you want the post viewable to only members of the writing group, check off the “Only accessible by members” box, then hit Publish. If you are not logged in, you won’t see our inevitably cool content, so make sure you do so when visiting the site.
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Flash Fiction Project

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Fiction, Group News

Here’s a review of the flash fiction project. The requirements are:

  • Fairy Tale story with a modern touch
  • 2 characters: the main character (female, around 15 years old), a knight
  • PG-13
  • Twist at the end
  • ~1500 words
  • We still need to decide if it will involve magic

That’s all I can think of. Let me know if you think of anything  else.

We also need to decide on a  plot. Leave your comments below.

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