Whaaaat, who’s this interrupting your Thursday? Oh look — it’s me!!
I have several announcements. First, I finally bought my internet domain! Yes, gone are the days of WordPress creepin’ on my blog address and ads about feet. This shipwreck is the thesarcasticelf.COM now, and I’m monstrously proud of my baby. In celebration, I redid my “about” page.
Which… hasn’t been touched since the day I started this thing.
*cough* Anyway. Go read.
The second announcement is even more exciting, if that’s at all possible. Ladies and gentleman, allow me to present–
The brainchild of my friend R.M. Archer @Scribes & Archers, Preptober Prompts starts next month and is 31 days of fun scenarios and writing wonderfulness to help authors prepare for the doom of NaNoWriMo. (Oh help, is it almost that time again?) Because what’s the best way to get ready for a month of intensive brain-combustion?
Cake Screaming into the void Murder(ing characters) More cake Giving up on the meaning of our existence Staring blankly at the wall (which is also blank) for seven hours
- Writing cute stuff about our
angsty psycho childrencharacters.
That’s correct — WRITING CUTE STUFF ABOUT OUR CHARACTERS! A couple weeks ago Rysa reached out to me about being one of the co-hosts, and I told her I’d love to–
Liriel: “YOU SAID WHAT???”
And here’s one of the angsty psycho children now.
Liriel: “Back out of it! Back out now!“
Honey, I don’t think that’s possible.
Sley, materializing in a cloud of murderous thoughts and ripping keys from my keyboard with the strength of a feral boar: “I’LL SHOW YOU WHAT’S POSSIBLE, YOU GOGGLE-EYED TRAITOROUS WRETCH. DO IT NOW.”
Hey, don’t insult people with glasses. Also, considering you just destroyed my keyboard, backing out ceased to be an option.
Liriel: “…am I correct in assuming he’s actually on my side in this?”
Kinda looks that way.
Sley, glowering harder: “The alliance is necessary. Also VERY temporary.”
Liriel: “Are you patronizing us??“
No, I was patronizing him.
Liriel: “IN THIS ALLIANCE, PATRONIZING ONE IS PATRONIZING ALL.”
Sley, whistling: “Blarmey, that almost made me like you.”
*Liriel recoils in horror*
C’mon, guys, you don’t even know what Preptober Prompts is. Look, we get to co-host with cool people! Julian @Saver of Memories and Julia @Lit Aflame—
Sley: “I’m gonna light you aflame…”
–though Julia will be hosting mostly on Twitter.
Lotch, popping up: “What’s a tweeter?”
I don’t know, but I made an account for the express purpose of seeing her prompts…
Lotch: “Hey, neat! Can I eat it??”
Let’s move on.
Every day in October (besides Sundays, because God is more important than writing, people), a prompt will be posted on one of our sites. The prompts’ purpose is to get writers thinking about their upcoming NaNo novel in fun and unique ways. (‘Cause let’s face it, traditional plotting is the worst.)
Liriel, curling her lip in disgust: “Spoken like a true panster — WHICH, for the record, I do not approve of.”
Each week tackles a different topic by a different host (Rysa, week #1, worldbuilding — Julia, week #2, characters — Julian, week #3, plot — and myself, heading up the last week with my one true love, flash-fiction), where we’ll not only be sharing prompts, but also responding to them with our own novels.
Liriel, burying her face in her arms: “This is the most humiliating situation I’ve ever been forced into.”
Lotch: “What, really? I thought it was that time when you accidentally–“
Liriel: “We get it, Lotch.”
Lotch: “But I didn’t even get to say it! Hey guys, do you remember that time when Liriel–“
Liriel: “WE GET IT, LOTCH.”
Sley: “To be fair to the kid, you did fall off a rooftop once.”
Emolas, moseying in: “And wandered around a swamp with me for three days, covered in mud and looking like a lost porcupine…”
*dying flamingo noises come from Liriel’s direction*
Lotch: “See? Getting plastered across the Author’s blog in all sorts of silly sich-u-ations can’t be any worse than looking like a perklepine!”
*decomposing amoeba noises come from Liriel’s direction*
That’s the spirit, Lotch! And not only will I get to write you guys doing a variety of things you’d never typically do–
*Liriel and Sley shriek in unison*
–but the theme for this year’s Preptober Prompts is music! Which means you get to do all sorts of musical things you’d never typically do!! Fun, amiright???
Liriel: “Says the person who doesn’t even like music…”
Hey, I like music, just not with… uh… voices and… instruments… and… stuff.
Emolas: “…I find this concerning.”
Liriel: “We’re ruined.”
Sley: *snickers maniacally in the corner*
Lotch: “I wonder if elephants have knees…”
*stuffs characters in the closet for a moment* Speaking to my readers, followers, and all you lovely internet people, you can learn more about Preptober Prompts and how to participate by reading Rysa’s official announcement, here. The event starts October 1st, so in the meantime, go follow all the nice blogger ladies, Julia and Julian (yeah, that’s not at all confusing) because they write some epic stuff.
Emolas, poking his head out the closet door: “For the record, I support you, Author!”
Lotch: “YEAH, ME TOO!!”
*sounds of them being strangled ensue*
(And I’m not kidding, I really did get a Twitter account for this — I have literally no clue what the point of Twitter is and I can’t promise I won’t end up breaking the internet with it, but you can check it out here.)
(Or don’t, if you’re so disinclined. I won’t yell at you.)
(Okay yes I will.)
(Go look at it. If only to see my header picture which I’m insanely proud of.)
That’s all for now, folks! WHO’S EXCITED FOR NANOWRIMO?? (Hint: Not me.) Look forward to October when all this stuff goes live, and in the meantime, I’ll see you again–
13 thoughts on “Announcing Preptober Prompts! // and other updates + disgruntled Liriel makes an appearance”
AHHH YOU GOT A DOMAIN!!!! That’s amazing, Sarah!! CONGRATS!
Ooh, this thing sounds so fun! I’ll be following closely 🙂 . But does this mean, by any chance, that you will be posting every day for a week? I expect to be a happy puddle of glitter by the end, glitter being your thing and all.
I’m also really looking forward to seeing the other blogs! I’ve followed Ariel’s for a while, but not the others! It should be very fun to expand my knowledge of the blogosphere 😀
And of course, YOUR ANGSTY PHSYCO CHILDREN–ahem, characters–ARE AMAZING. I want to spend 200k words with them, no doubt about it. Liriel is just adorable when she’s humiliated.
Believe it or not, the first thing I did after coming over to this post was see your new profile picture, wonder if because you had a new picture you might have changed your About page also, and promptly open the About page in a new tab to look at in a few minutes. 30 seconds later as I read the post I was informed that oh, you had updated your about page, which no one ever looks at anyway. *CACKLE* That was fun.
About pages are the first things I go to on people’s blogs. And it’s a true fact that with the few blogs I follow, if I’m ever just poking around on there after reading a post or something, I decide to go look at the About page again and see if they changed anything if it’s been awhile since I last looked.
(I like your new profile pic, btw. It’s so CUTE *gushes*)
(I called you cute. Heehee.)
(It also expresses you quite well. So I really do like it.)
Those prompt things sound like an awesome idea. It’ll be nice for you writers to have one last hurrah before your November doom comes. 😥 Will you be POSTING your snippets of psychotic brain-children doing abnormal things on HERE???
OH, and LUV the new content warning.
(And best wishes for Twitter. That place is a madhouse. ;P)
OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS AWESOME! First, your entire blog’s look is amazing. I love the new theme, plus HUGE congrats on getting your own domain!!! That, I think, is a goal on every blogger’s list. 😉 Your profile picture is really, really good! I love your hair, it’s so pretty! This post was hilarious. Your characters definitely are snark-wielding-masters. They had a good teacher. 😀
I’m not doing NaNoWriMo (I have no time for it XP), but good luck on it! I’m you’ll do great.
Also, your about page is epic.
Everything is new and shiny and wonderful!!! 😀
And this is the perfect way to end the day. 😉
Not sure if I will be able to do Pretober Prompts *as my own characters scream desperately in the background.* I probably can’t do it every day, but maybe just for fun here and there. 😉 This is a brilliant idea though! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
And you’ve a right to be proud of that pic. 😉
You got your own domain!!!!!!! I’m soooooo happy for you!!!!!! *goes in for bear-hug, unless you don’t like hugs, in which case I go slink away into a corner*
Preptober sounds super amazing! I can’t wait to dive in!!! 😁😁😁
Not only do elephants have knees, they have TWICE the number of knees of regular quadrupeds.
(Random fact of the day for Lotch to eat, I guess.)
*decomposing amoeba noises come from Liriel’s direction*
I’ve never related to a sound more in my life xD
I always love these posts with the whole gang intruding and interrupting every two words :’) I can’t wait to see all the wonderful craziness awaiting us in October! (Also congrats on purchasing the domain name!!)
Congrats on your new domain!!! And, oh my, I LOVE it when your characters crash in unexpectedly 🤣.
“Sley: “I’m gonna light you aflame…” ”
XD XD XD Sley, you are dangerously close to being my favorite. X’D
” *dying flamingo noises come from Liriel’s direction* ”
THis is TRUE talent.
I just want to say I’m extremely honored to be a part of this Preptober Prompt thing, it’s going to be AWESOME Y’ALL! ALSO. I, Julia – lurker of sarcastic blogs, paint-splatterer, word-scrambler, master-procrastinator, etc etc. Now sort-of-share a blog domain anniversary with Galadriel HERSELF! HUzzAh! This is the 5th, and last year, just a day later on the sixth, I released the first post on Lit Aflame’s own domain.
Tis Destiny I tell you, destiny. X’D
PS. AND YOU GOT A TWITTER AND THAAAAT ABOUT ME PAGEEEEEEE *gasps*