IMPORTANT UPDATE:

Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.

Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.

All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.

Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.

From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.

No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.

There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.

Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.

All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is! 

EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, IS CANCELED!

The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.







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Writing Dares



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Writing dares

If you've ever done NaNoWriMo, you know there exists a tradition known as "The Dares Thread", and you also know that for 10 years, I've been posting dozens of daily updates with hundreds of wild, scatterbrained dares that seemingly came out of no-where. Well, here is where they came from. I created them using this random generator.

(If you are wondering why the Dare Thread is so very lacking this NaNoWriMo - it's because on FBI orders, I am not posting my annual daily/hourly Dares - 1,440 Dare posts posted every October and November since 2004 - 24 posts a Days, one each hour, for 60 Days, with up 21 Dares per post.)

The Dare Generator is a code with 5,000 options, each option with at least 50 sets of additional 100 item sub options each set. It is estimated to contain more then 50 million writing prompts, specifically designed for the Yaoi Bizarro Dark Fantasy genre. In 12 years it has yet to spit out a duplicate writing prompt. 

To date, this generator has given me a grand total of 53,784 Dares, all of which were posted on the NaNoWriMo Dares Thread between 2004 and 2012. 

I'm making it live (September 23, 2013) so, now you can create your own Dares all year long without having to wait for me to post the results on the NaNoWriMo website any more. Enjoy!

FAQS: What exactly is A writing dare?

Writing dares were created in the mid-1980s by the Writer's Digest publishing group. A writing dare is a tool used to help writers get past writer's block. To use them, you simply do this:

Find a dare that DOES NOT match the plot, theme, or character goals of your story, and add it to your story, thus forcing your characters to encounter things they otherwise would not have encountered and do things they otherwise would not have done.

The goal is to take the dare and push past writer's block by writing WHATEVER the dare tells you to write, no matter how insane it may be or how contrary to your story plot, theme, or character goals it is.

What the writing dare does, is force you to keep on writing, even when you can't think of anything else to write or don't know what is going to happen next. It doesn't have to fit your story, because the goal is quite simply to keep on writing. Simply writing through the writer's block until, you write your way back into the story and are able to move on past the writer's block episode.

This particular Dare Generator was based off the Seventh Sanctum Generator created by Steve Savage in the mid-1990s.

It was designed specifically for use with The Twighlight Manor series (a series about blood thirsty Space Elves trapped on Earth and living in a flesh eating sentant haunted house.) This generator is responsible for the wild insanity you see written on the pages of The Quaraun Series, which is written entirely by asking the Dare Generator to spit out what scene I should write next.

If you are writing a serious or realistic or mainstream genre, the prompts here are probably not going to be helpful to you.

Twenty Randomly Generated Writing Dares