DD Writers Jam Fest AUG 12 – 16: Part Deux

(noon. – promoted by ek hornbeck)


Hey who wants to work up a cool banner? UPDATE! Done! Yay! Thank you, On The Bus!!

Okay Part One of the brainstorming of this was here yesterday. I’m picking up with Part Deux today to give everyone a week’s notice in advance, and get into some details. Don’t worry, it’s not that big of a deal, it’s just my OCD showing. heh.

DD Writers Jam Fest… a five days Docudharma exclusive (!) Writer’s… uhm … focus group? no… er, Workshop? well, sorta, maybe. Free For All? hmmm, yah.

Okay the main thing we’ve agreed to do is a Round Robin.  We’ll see if some of the other stuff comes together…. it’s up to us, you. Shake it up in the comments.

DATES: Wed through Sunday, August 12 – 16th, 2009

WHERE: Here, mostly, but also in your Brain, CPU or Journal

WHO: You. Everybody. Dharmanoids. Whoever wants in, jump in (as long as you play nice). You don’t have to be a “Writer”, no ID card or credentials art the door required. No Registration Fees either

HOSTED BY: moi but it’s a community thing

REWARDS? PRIZES? MEGA BONUSES? Er, no. Free ponies though!

So what’s this Round Robin thing? Fun. Da Rulz below. Well. I forgot where I was for a minute. “Rules” are just the standard issue Rules of Docudharma: “be excellent to each other”. The rest (below) is more like Guidelines really.

Round Robin… Pretty simple. Spontaneous. We’ll figure it out as we go. I think I’ll go ahead with One A Day, they will be ongoing, open ended. No end time imposed.  But, if you missed it or came in too late, there’s a new one on the way the next day. I’ll give them a theme or kick-off sentence or even a pic maybe of some kind. PLEASE drop me an email if you have an opening line or kick off to suggest!

Okay, thats really the Main Attraction. Any of the rest of this is just… ideas. I’ll toss it out now so you have a week to think or work on any of it. (And if this aspect fizzles, that’s okay too.)

Anyone who has the inclination and knowledge can post their own Essay at any point, just put DD Writers Jam Fest in the title or tags. You can… write about Writing any way you want.

AUGUST 12, Wednesday (Day One): I will post an Introduce Yourself Essay, or something like that.

Ongoing (five days):

Feel free to post anything you like… your fiction, poems, etc.

Also, an Essay on a topic of your choosing, if you have brilliance to share.

I myself would love to see someone talk about any of these ideas … (this is really just free random blast-off ideas out of my head)

* “So. You Wanna Be A Writer?” Don’t we all…?

*  “Resources for Writers” … web sources, online courses or tubes? self -publishing? Would be mostly pointing readers to links.

*  “Writing versus Blogging”…  what’s the diff? What is “Literary Journalism”? Is that you? What else…

*  “The Muse” … Why do I write? You might as well ask me why I breathe. Here’s a BONUS link and  another one

*  Ek Hornbeck: “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” … blogmotion, promotion… getting it read.

Just ideas. I couldn’t actually write any of those myself. I’m here to learn. heh. (I just like to organize shit! lol)

Anyway, just go for it. Mostly it’s meant to be fun.

(my email is ladylibertine22 AT yahoo DOT com)

P.S. We’ll have to see if we can figure out a way to lure OPOL out of hiding and some of our other Blog Lords. Hmmmph.



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  1. ek hornbeck started it…!


  2. I knocked on the door and waited.  Whatever was behind that door, the pharmaceuticals were going to go for, but the average Joe and Marcianos wouldn’t. Marcianos had worked hard and long to get where he was, and he wouldn’t relinquish that easily.

    ~~~partially plagiarized from a very good friend in high school, but he wouldn’t care and, besides, it’s 60 years ago.

    • jamess on August 5, 2009 at 04:45

    “It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents – except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets …”



    Or there is always the pedantic

    Like Sands through the Hourglass, So are the days of our Lives …

    Or there’s always …

    How many “Jumbo Shrimp” can you find?  (in the typical report from today’s media?)

    oh how ‘moronic’!

    If only I were not such a “struggling writer” …


  3. I loved your wizard from yesterday.

    How about something like this?

  4. I’ll be happy to contribute an essay on blog promotion as I have some very strong opinions about it.

    But I’ll also be busy as I expect I’ll have to cover TDS/TCR as most of the other diarists who cover will all be at NN (though I do expect they’ll participate in comments).

    • jamess on August 5, 2009 at 15:30

    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

    November 19, 1863

    President Abraham Lincoln:

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


    1. What did you like about that essay?

    2. What did you dislike about that essay?

    3. What do you think the Author’s Main Point was?

    4. Which Emotions did the Author effective use?

    5. The Author suggests we are take a Test, but does the Author follow up on that idea? How?

    6. Who does the Author see as the Audience or Audiences?

    7. If you were this Author’s Editor, what suggestions you make, to more effectively communicate the Author’s Message?

    8. At what point in reading this, does your mind start to wander, or your eyes jump ahead?

    9. Why is this Speech so memorable and/or famous?

    10. Why is this Speech so obscure and/or misused?

    discuss among yourselves …

  5. maybe Im crazy but I love doing stuff like this. I think I missed my calling!

    • Robyn on August 5, 2009 at 19:30

    The beginning of moving is proving to be a pain.

    • pico on August 6, 2009 at 06:30

    run with something truly restrictive, like, writing without the letter ‘e’.

    Though it may sound crazy, you’ll find that you start picking and choosing words you hadn’t thought of – that is, you start following paths that normally don’t occur in your work, you stop using stock idioms and/or boring formulations, you find that you use words that you usually wouldn’t so you can avoid an ‘off-limits’ word, and so on (or simply: “If you can’t say what you normally would, you must say what you normally wouldn’t”).  I know it sounds nuts, but this was how Oulipo (link) got its group to approach writing with originality: this approach actually sparks your imagination.  Y’all should try it out: it’s a lot of fun, and you may find it fruitful.

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