Captured! and a Challenge/ Contest

June 7, 2016

Chess Board - TwitterShh. Read quietly. The Conductor caught me yesterday and has determined that I have derailed my Life Plan, so I’m under a directive to do no blogging until I either write 50k over my three WIPs or finish one of them.

Bah. Like I’ve ever listened to The Conductor. However, this does mean my normal blogging schedule has been disrupted. Also, I’d like her to go away, so I need to get the 50k written.

I thought I would turn to you, my adoring blogging public (stop laughing) for inspiration.

Here’s the deal: I have to write 50k mucho fasto (or “very fast” for those who don’t speak Figment Spanglish). You have some goal you need to reach. We can cheer (or jeer) each other on.

Post a reply in the comments about the challenge you are going to accomplish between June 15th and July 15th. It can be a daily thing (write 1k a day), a weekly thing (finish one short story a week), or something for the full 30 days (write 50k– copycat!). It doesn’t even have to be writing, since I want my non-writing readers to get involved too. Want to get in shape? Challenge yourself to workout for xx hours (I’m a Figment; don’t ask me for a reasonable number). Want to get caught up on your reading list? Challenge yourself to finish four books (or more).

Pick your challenge and send it to me by June 14th, either by email (, via a DM on Twitter (@zanzibar7writer) or as a comment here.

Post back to me at least once a week, updating me on  your progress. I will keep you updated on mine here.

In exchange, anyone who is meeting their goals will be entered in a drawing to win something:

  • Week 1 (ends June 22): 3 people will win your choice of a free Zanzibar ebook
  • Week 2 (ends June 29): 1 person will win a free ebook on Amazon of your choice (from a list)
  • Week 3 (ends July 6): 1 person will win a free writing journal
  • Week 4 (ends July 13): 3 people will win your choice of a free Zanzibar ebook
  • GRAND PRIZE: one person will win a full, signed Zanzibar paperback collection- Veneri Verbum, Beta Beware, The Annals of Bobian.

All prizes are transferrable. All you have to do is enter by midnight Pacific Time on June 14th and keep me updated at least weekly on your progress (by weekly, this means you need to update me before the contest drawing each week). You can win a weekly prize by meeting your goal for that week; you can only win the grand prize by meeting your overall goal.

Any questions? You have seven days to ask me.

So, pass this on to all your friends and enemies (you can rub it in their faces when you win and they don’t). Come up with a good challenge. Sign up in the next week.

I’m off to get my words in order so I can meet my 50k challenge and win my own prizes.


  • Nan Sampson June 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I commit (yes, I know, people say I *should* be committed all the time)to finishing the first draft of my Steampunk novel in the 30 days. Hopefully before.

    • Zanzibar7 June 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Welcome to the challenge! I’ve added you to the Facebook group to make tracking easier. If that’s an issue, feel free to leave the group and we’ll work out alternate tracking.

      Good luck!

  • Kristina June 13, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Write 7k to finish up this WIP and finish the three books I’m currently reading.

    • Zanzibar7 June 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Welcome! I added you to the Facebook group; if you need to unjoin, just let me know.

      Good luck on your goals!

  • Calista Laws June 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Challenge accepted.

    • Zanzibar7 June 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      I’ve added you to the Facebook group as well. Good luck and welcome to the challenge!

  • Becca Bachlott June 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    My goal is to write 1000 words a day.

    • Zanzibar7 June 14, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Awesome! I’ve added you to the group and I look forward to seeing your progress. Welcome to the challenge!

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