HASA news - Reviews, Birthdays, Challenges, Stories
A call for reviewers, October birthdays, Challenges and links to the stories written or updated in September.
There are currently 7 stories waiting to be reviewed (remember to log in before you follow the link).
Member participation is crucial for reviews. The more people are involved in reviewing, the more different opinions are represented. Just as importantly, having more people involved means that stories pass through review more quickly â" which is good for everyone. If you are an active reviewer, why not go and check out a story?
If you're not an active reviewer, but think you can spare a bit of time... â" even if you just review one or two stories in a month, every review is welcome. If you are logged in, you can sign up here if you've been a member of HASA for thirty days or more.
Daunted by the idea of reviewing? Don't be; reviewing at its simplest comes down to asking yourself: âWould I recommend this story to someone?â Then, whether the answer is 'yes' or 'no', you can make a choice from the capsule reasons to clarify your decision. If you want to, you can add a few words to convey what you (dis)liked about the story, but just the capsule reason is perfectly fine as well.
And remember: even if you think you're too critical (or not critical enough): your review is only one of nine, and all points of view are welcome. Not every reviewer has to review every story and it all levels out to a balanced judgement.
October Birthday Challenge
Is your birthday in October, and would you like a drabble about your favourite character or topic? You can request it here.
Not sure what the birthday cards are about? Have a look at stories written for previous requests.
Current and closing Challenges
There are no closing challenges this month.
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 (including the Oliphaunt 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!
The October Nuzgûl, Namesakes, can be found here, and will run until the end of the month.
Come on over to the Nuzgûl of the Month Workshop and join in the fun. If you've written a story for any of the previous months, don't forget to add it to the Playlist!
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 every day. In September:
--- No Reviewed Stories were published or updated.
--- 30 General Stories were published or updated.
--- 1 Beta Story was updated.
(Please note, you need to be logged in to view beta stories.)
Thank you for reading at HASA. Enjoy!