Sunday, January 2, 2011

HASA news – Challenges, Birthdays, Stories

In this week’s news: Happy New Year! prospective Challenges, the Nuzgûl of the Month and the stories written in December.

First, a pleasant, prosperous, productive New Year to all our readers. May your muses never be silent and your inspiration never run dry.

Birthday Challenges
The December 2010 Birthday Challenge has just closed (but I’m sure the birthday babes won’t mind a late drabble... Keep an eye out for the January 2011 Birthday Challenge to appear.

Not sure what the birthday cards are about? Have a look at the stories written in 2010.

Prospective Challenges
Challenges are born from Prospective Challenges, and the Prospective Challenges Forum is where you’ll find out what other people would like to spring on unsuspecting authors... If you have any ideas you want to share, why not head over to the Challenges Forum; or be inspired by what is already there and pick up an older idea instead?

Nuzgûl of the Month
Just as Challenges come from Prospective Challenges, Prospective Challenges come from Nuzgûl, and Nuzgûl need attention to grow from tiny ideas into big stories. Step into the Nuzgûl hutch. The bunnies don’t bite (much). And who knows what ideas you may come out with?

The Nuzgûl of the Month!
December’s Nuzgûl was: The Passing of Narsil, and applause for Aruthir’s entry. Remember: late entries are also welcome!

January’s Nuzgûl will be: Tom’s Brooch

Come on over to the Nuzgûl of the Month Workshop.

December Stories
All of us writers love feedback. It is the lembas and miruvor that sustains us as we write our story, and leaving a few words about a story you read is always a nice thing to do, whether the story is new or old.

Every fifteen minutes HASA highlights a story chosen at random from the Reviewed and General stories in the archive. Read the currently featured story on our front page.

Many talented writers are publishing stories every day. In December:

--- 5 Reviewed Stories were published or updated.
--- 43 General Stories were published or updated.
--- 5 Beta Stories were updated.
(Please note, you need to be logged in to view beta stories.)

Thank you for reading at HASA. Enjoy!

~Nath ~

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