There I was trying to decide what to do here for the holidays when an idea came to me; short stories by everyone. That’s right! Blogs are semi-interactive, and this is time for you to interact. If you visit the blog’s ULR or the website you will notice a new page “Amanda’s Blog’s Annual Holiday Short Stories”. There you will find the “rules” for this upcoming interaction. And an apology for not coming up with the idea sooner.
A quick summary of the page:
The holidays are about sharing. What is begging to be shared more than a story? Here at Amanda’s Blog I’ve been blessed to meet tons of people who can write. (Even those that don’t seem to realize it.) During December, Amanda’s Blog will run holiday stories written by a few of these talented people. Stories will range from 500 words to 6,000 words. The genres will vary, but so does the genre of music on your favorite radio station during December.
So, buddies of mine, here’s this year’s plan. Everyone who wants to whip up a quick holiday story (even non-writers are welcome), get to writing. Does it have to be a family saga set in West Texas circa late 1990s? Nope! Can it be about aliens? As long as it is about some holiday the aliens celebrate in their culture. Can it be about traumatic childhoods and abused kids’ holidays? Sure, just keep it under 6,000 words. Can it be about sisters who visit grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains? You can even use Great-Grandma’s stories. Can it be about dragons in Asia? As long as it is holiday, I’ll take the story.
Know someone who doesn’t read the blog that might enjoy whipping up a short story for this project? I am not going to make people “follow” or “subscribe” to the blog to join the fun. Love the story so much you’d like to share it with your readers? Go right ahead and put it on your blog. (You can also link to it here at Amanda’s Blog, but I’m not gonna pressure you to.)
Next year I’m sure there will be a lot of rules to go with this when I have lots of readers. But for this year, keep it between 500 and 6,000 words. (Stories over 1,000 will be cut it to pieces for the blog.) I’m also thinking of doing an archive over at my website, kinda like an analogy every year. Email me the manuscript at amanda(at)amandanicoletrisdale(dot)com anytime between now and December 20th. It can be for any holiday; Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Year’s Eve Celebrations, and that silly Seinfeld Holiday (I can’t remember the name) or your made up holiday to go with your usual work. It can be modern, historical, sci-fi, children’s or whatever genre you write.
So, writers, dust off that holiday story that needs some polishing. Non-writers, take your favorite tale about your family, write it down, and change people’s names. Send those stories to amanda(at)amandanicoletrisdale(dot)com. If it’s too short of notice for this year, keep it in mind for next year. Or, comment away about how stupid the idea is below.
Let’s have a blast reading lots of holiday stories this year, and for years to come.