find a critique partner

I just found out that a fellow wordpress blogger-writer Kathleen has started up a networking site: Crit Partner Match.

The basic idea (to use Belinda‘s wording, as she alerted me to this) is that it’s a little like a dating site… except that instead of finding dates, you’re looking for compatible writing-critique buddies. You create an account, fill out how long you’ve been writing, your strengths and weaknesses, and what sort of things you’d like in a critique partner.

The site is only two days old, so it’s small right now. I hope it grows much larger– this was a great idea.

Hope to see you there!

villain month: in closing…

Blue Crystal Today is the last day of June… and an end to the ‘Villain Month’ project.

It’s been great being able to see everyone’s project– the last villain month showcase will probably be up tomorrow, with big thanks to everyone who participated! I really needed to go through this project, and I think the extra effort will show in my writing.

Since today is our last project day, I thought I’d post about one last antagonist of a slightly different flavor. Purposefully underdeveloped; these characters show up very rarely and don’t reveal much of themselves when they do.

The Silver Mask

The king’s secret police all have silver masks. The pieces are all handcrafted, intricate, completely unique. Some have the sculpted faces of angels, some are monsters or dead men, some are dragons or tigers, deep sea fish, insect-like beasts. The shape doesn’t matter. They’re all silver masks, and they all mean the same thing.

You will not know who they are. You will not know if someone in the room might be one. They put on their masks in private, and only when they have work to do in the name of their station.

Every time a mask appears in the book, someone dies.