SMASHthegenre IS GETTING REVAMPED!

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think of a coal seam fire waiting for the right time to set the forest above it alight.
think of a girl with enough going on in her mind to lose control, and think of the riot she’ll begin.

think of a community for writers of any kind and creed. that’s what SMASHthegenre is. that’s what we can turn it into. SMASHthegenre is a writing collective created at the beginning of 2016. it’s a forum and a chatroom meant to bring writers together to share our works and discuss writing styles and ideas, find help and advice, and simply befriend fellow writers. 

in time for NaNoWriMo 2016, SMASHthegenre brings some new and improved features to its members:

✦ the #SMASHthegenre Discord server, complete with several specific channels (including a members-only channel, a NaNoWriMo channel, and even an “after dark” channel ;D ), an easy to access voice chat, and some really awesome bots created by one of our very own moderators!
✦ the #SMASHspotlight: the chance for every member to get their 15 minutes of fame, either to ask for dedicated help on their project, or just to answer questions and let their ego bloom. twice the encouragement with none of the interruptions.
✦ a freshly organized, user-friendly forum waiting for your stories, questions, advice, recommendations, and more! 
SMASHthefacebook page is here! keep updated more easily with announcements and posts made often by the moderators and members.
✦ for the gamers: we even have a SMASHthegenre group on Steam. friend other members and kick ass in some shoot-’em-ups!

SMASHthegenre continues to grow as more and more amazing writers join us to help shape a creative space online dedicated to writing.

♥ shilo christina (rioteer)

do, please, judge a book by its cover | nanowrimo 2015 covers

NaNoWriMo 2015 is upon us in less than three days! Have you plotted and planned? Are your characters all ready to fall in love or be ripped apart or slay the dragon? Have you let your daydreaming get to you, imagining what it would look like to see your name on the shelves with the best? I have, without hesitation… okay, with some hesitation. I wasn’t too sure, until mid-October, whether I would participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. Last year, a lot of life-related issues kept my best friend and I from reaching our goal, and it was a blow to my ego — my first “loss” in the six years I’ve been giving my soul over to the literary deities and muses so as to bleed out 50,000 words within 30 days. I finally decided that no, I wouldn’t let last year’s bad luck and emotional turmoil spoil the fun I’ve had every year throwing new characters into new situations, sharing excerpts and gripes and milestones.

Plus, and here’s where I get to the point: it means that I get to design a cover for my novel! One of my favourite, random little hobbies, is graphic design. I’ve been messing around in photoshop programs since 2003 (even before then, if MSPaint can be counted). For the most part, the art I make is for myself; collages to depict characters, certain scenes, moods; digital journal pages to clear my head of thoughts; and every now and then, something fandom-related. It’s a medium that I like to think I’ve grown talented in, and I love when opportunities arise for me to share my work with other people. NaNoWriMo is a great outlet for this. On the forums, there’s a gorgeous little section called NaNo Artisans, where artists of any make or measure can come and offer things such as character sketches, personalized soundtracks, and, as my luck would have it, covers!

This year, I wanted to get back into the spirit of NaNoWriMo and include myself in the forums and chats. I started that journey off in the Artisans forum, asking other writers to tell me the synopses of their novels, so that I could, with a little inspiration, create something that they could use to motivate themselves and do that thing we writers love to do: imagine ourselves on the shelves. Over the last week, I created 36 mock book covers for some amazingly talented writers. I had an amazing time with every design, wanting to do right by each author and the world they have ready and raring to go come November 1st. I hope above all hope that everyone is successful with their 50,000 words this year, and that maybe a few years down the road, I get to see their book on a shelf somewhere (likely, without the cover I’ve made, but hey, at least I can say I helped inspire them a little back in the day).  

Here’s my personal Top 10 from all of the covers I did!

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1. we are broken bones looking to meld together
hairline fractures fitting with impossibility
except we can't get to this point with you
too afraid or too stubborn or too this-isn't-a-good-time
to let me rip you open from the throat to gut to get at your heart
when i told you i was broken you didn't say you would fix me
you said you were too and it was like someone saying
thank you
yes please
let's set this straight

2. animals
we are animals
violent. and if we fight for anything we fight for love
we are teeth and claw and blood
our ribcages are the antlers of deer who want their way
crashing together, locking, and struggling
and one of us will die wearing the other like a crown

3. i am a universe where you kissed me the day you met me
eye to eye without a hello, just how i asked you to
you are a lifetime where you never know my name
and something always feels off
i am a vowel at midnight that just doesn't sound right
and you are nobody's favourite colour
(i saw you in shades of green)

4. i chose not to grieve for you
and that's all i want to do

5. we are what i said we would always be:
shameless
and desperate
              - s.c