8 hour ebook challenge

On Monday, Joe Konrath posted the 8 Hour Ebook Challenge. The idea, basically, is to write, format, create the cover art for, and publish something in an 8 hour period. The purpose? To write for fun, because so often writing can feel more like work than it should.

I didn't see it until later in the week, but I decided to participate. What came out was a just-under-10,000 word scary story. And it was a blast to write. For real. It was so liberating to write with the mindset of, "I don't care if anyone ever reads this... I'm just going to write it and try something new."

Does that mean I'm a terrible person for wanting people to read my other stuff? Absolutely not. It's just way more stressful to have that in the back of my mind.

So, what's this new story about? Well, I'm glad you asked...

Available for Kindle!

Of course you should be afraid of the dark.

Leigh Evans is about to learn that not everything is what it appears to be. After a disturbing experience in the forest, she meets Peter and Mollie Monroe, transient twins whose knowledge of the unknown reveals a secret hiding in Leigh's hometown.

Best part? You can get it for FREE today (8/31/13) and tomorrow (9/1/13). After that, it's $0.99.

It's not like anything I've written before, and I really, really like it. I like the characters and I like what they do. In fact...

I think I'm going to write more of them.

These characters have more life to live and more stories to tell and I want to give them that. So, hopefully I can spare 8 hours every month or so and continue going on adventures with them.

Now, here's the thing that's really got me zinging at the moment: The story's actually being downloaded. By people. Likely by people I don't even know. Which is why I'm seeing sales rankings like this:

This is insanely encouraging. And, let's face it, it's just cool.

I've been doing a happy dance since I saw this. In fact, if I hit #1 in any category, I will post said happy dance here for your viewing pleasure.

Okay, two more things before I go: One, if you look to the right side of the screen (if you're viewing on your computer), you'll see a sign up for my e-mail list. If you want to be kept apprised of when I do crazy things like this, sign up for it. Promise I won't spam you. (If you're viewing on the mobile site and you're like "I don't see a sign up," go here: http://eepurl.com/DARP5).

Here's the last thing: Check out some of the other 8 Hour Ebook Challenge winners. Make them feel special too! You can find them all here. And don't ask how I managed the #1 spot on the list, because I don't know. Must be my inherent awesomeness.