Friday, January 05, 2007

Maybe Amazed ...

Just a quick post. I admire Tobias Buckell's fiction. His new year writing goal, however, is astonishing.

It is agressive: 6,000 words a week for several months. As an incentive, if he doesn't make his goal, he'll make a donation to charity. How much? Five cents a word up to the 6k. So if he only writes 5,900 words, that's $5. Misses by 1k? Well that's $50. And so on.

What charity? His blog readers get to suggest and vote on where to send the money.

Words fail me. I think it is very creative, very out of the box, very giving, very participatory for those reading and commenting in his blog.

Amazing, I think. Maybe I'll be just like him when I grow up. :-)


Blogger Steve Buchheit said...

Tobias is a better man than I. Younger and better look, too. For me, I'd just cut the check at the begining and be doen with it.

January 5, 2007 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Todd Wheeler said...

Aye. I'm hoping he'll make it to Boskone as his website indicates.

January 5, 2007 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Camille Alexa said...

I loved Mr. Buckell's Author/Critic response FAQ on Rice-Hamilton disorder. (of 1/4/07)

Todd--Lesia V. tells me she did her LBB homework on "Paper or Plastic?".


January 7, 2007 at 5:05 AM  
Blogger Todd Wheeler said...


Yes, I'm getting a lot of mileage out of that little story. Thanks again for posting the link.


January 7, 2007 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Southern Writer said...

LBB homework? Y'all make me feel so dumb sometimes. I'm the nitwit who has to ask: what is j/k, ROFLMFAOAPMP, BRB, etc., etc.?

I get this one on the word ver, though:


fifty yokels (must be from the South)

January 9, 2007 at 2:41 AM  

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