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2008 Collaborative Writing Blog Archive

Katrina - Dec 2nd, 2008
And the winner for round three is...

"The Unknown 3: Phantom Memories" by nashvillebecker!!!
nashvillebecker, I will be contacting you shortly to see if you would like to be a judge!

In case any of you are interested, following is a table that includes the judges' votes for each of ... read full post
Katrina - Nov 10th, 2008
There has been a lot of chatter on the forum and blog about how the judges aren’t reading every single entry to the contest. We have a proposal to solve this issue.

What do you think about this:

The top ten ranked chapters are automatically read by the judges ... read full post
Katrina - Nov 6th, 2008
We’ve listened to your feedback and are working little by little to make StoryMash’s contests as fair and true to what the community wants as possible.

For this reason, I’m happy to announce a new rule for our sixth contest, beginning during round two.

Instead of having ... read full post
Katrina - Nov 5th, 2008
And the winner for round one is...

shadinah with her chapter "The Unknown"!

shadinah, I will be contacting you shortly to see if you would like to be a judge!

In case any of you are interested, following is a table that includes the judges' votes for each of the ... read full post
honeygloom - Oct 31st, 2008

The Afterlife: After the final HAC deadline


Thank you all for your hard work and (shriek!)editing. We here at StoryMash enjoyed reading all of your submissions and now must hide in our dark corners and stitch together the final product. The decisions we make won’t be easy ones ...

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Katrina - Oct 24th, 2008
StoryMash’s sixth contest is up and running! Here are the rules about this contest. As you’ll see, they’re very similar to the rules for our fifth contest.

This is a 5 round contest. There is one winning author per round. Each round lasts a total of fourteen ... read full post
honeygloom - Oct 4th, 2008
Immortality is an awful thing to let slip through your fingers. When the Medias Saga is recounted over campfires far into the future, will you be listed among its authors? Will shadowed faces telling tales of the Bloodseeker Arnon to rapt and awestruck audiences utter your name in the telling ... read full post
Katrina - Sep 29th, 2008
And the winner for round nine is...

Aggeloi with her chapter "TSNK 9:Rise of Power"!

Aggeloi, I will be contacting you shortly to see if you would like to be a judge!

In case any of you are interested, following is a table that includes the judges' votes for ... read full post
honeygloom - Sep 21st, 2008

Murder on the Project Page


Hi Darlings, it’s me, your bloody blogger. I don’t want any of you to think I’m doing this because I don’t love you. I do love you all. But some of your horror MASHes, on the Projects Page, well they just ...

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Katrina - Sep 15th, 2008
And the winner for round eight is...

ireland_faerie with her chapter "TSNK 8: The End is Near"!

ireland_faerie, I will be contacting you shortly to see if you would like to be a judge!

In case any of you are interested, following is a table that includes the judges' votes ... read full post
Katrina - Sep 11th, 2008
The Contest’s Woes . . . What do you think . . .

. . . if we open up the contest to previous round winners? Of course, those previous winners who decide to participate in a given round would not be allowed to act as a judge.

This idea was brought up because submissions for these last ... read full post
Katrina - Sep 8th, 2008
wolfram with his chapter "Thou Shalt Not Kill Ch. 7: Slipknots and Loose Ends (Revised)"!

wolfram, I will be contacting you shortly to see if you would like to be a judge!

In case any of you are interested, following is a table that includes the judges’ votes for each ... read full post
Katrina - Sep 5th, 2008
The eighth round of the current contest has been going on for six days, and there are no entries!

What are you guys doing? Still dreaming up the best way for Adara to kick some ass?

Well, we’re going to extend the deadline for three days in hopes that ... read full post
Katrina - Aug 25th, 2008

Congratulations to the winner of the seventh round of the current contest:


Cornelius with his chapter "Thou Shalt Not Kill Ch. 6: Best Laid Plans"!

Cornelius, I look forward to having you join us as a judge!

In case any of you are interested, following is a table that includes ...

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honeygloom - Aug 17th, 2008

A writer’s best friend is StoryMash


Pant… pant… pant… StoryMash? StoryMash, where are you? StoryMash authors, I need you, we need you! Save us! We’re being chased by the doldrums of predictable fiction. And they have horrible claws. Send us your short horror stories. We have so many ...

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Katrina - Aug 11th, 2008
Congratulations to the winner of the fourth round of the current contest:

crystalfoo with her chapter "TSNK-5: Crux Commissa"!

crystalfoo, I will be contacting you shortly to see if you would like to be a judge!

In case any of you are interested, following is a table that includes the ... read full post
honeygloom - Aug 6th, 2008
Yes! I mixed up my time zones and missed the interview with Adrienne Manson (abundantwater)
on Saturday.

No! That was not your only chance to hear me talk about StoryMash.

Tune in this Saturday, August 9th to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/entertainU for Take Two of Honeygloom on Adrienne ... read full post
honeygloom - Aug 1st, 2008
Hi All!

I guess she just can’t get enough of StoryMash! Our very own Adrienne Manson (AKA abundantwater) would like to announce a very special StoryMash guest on her weekly internet radio show.

OK- It’s just me, honeygloom.

I’ll be on the show, talking about StoryMash, my ... read full post
Katrina - Jul 31st, 2008
Congratulations to the winner of the fourth round of the current contest:

expressionarchitect with her chapter “TSNK 4: A Glimmer of Hope (revised)”!

expressionarchitect, I will be contacting you shortly to see if you would like to be a judge!

In case any of you are interested, following is a ... read full post
honeygloom - Jul 30th, 2008

Greetings StoryMash Community,


Just checking in… is everyone still breathing? We are one week into The Horror Anthology and we here at StoryMash want to check this project’s vital signs.


THANKS! We want to extend a big thanks to all of the writers who have sent in submissions so ...

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Katrina - Jul 21st, 2008
Congratulations to the winner of the third round of the current contest:

chloe with her chapter “Thou Shalt Not Kill – A Voice in the Darkness”!

chloe, I will be contacting you shortly to see if you would like to be a judge!

In case any of you are interested, following ... read full post
honeygloom - Jul 19th, 2008

Hello StoryMash Authors!


Feeling Trapped? Ready to claw your way out of that casket called obscurity? StoryMash wants to give you a hand. We have a new Project Page and to kick it off, for the first time in our young life, we want to put some names in print ...

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dogdeity11 - Jul 17th, 2008
Greetings fellow SM readers and writers,

Please tune in this Saturday, July 19th for a live Internet radio show featuring yours truly…dogdeity11 or as you now know me, Jesse.

Our good friend, the very talented and published author, Adrienne Manson (abundantwater), hosts a weekly Internet show where she highlights ... read full post
Katrina - Jul 16th, 2008
Hello, my beloved StoryMash community!

This blog post is designed to give the judges of the current contest a solid set of standards to use when voting upon chapters that are currently competing in the contest.

Following, please find the descriptions of what separates each of the star ratings:

5 ... read full post
Katrina - Jul 10th, 2008
Congratulations to the winner of the second round of the current contest:

nashvillebecker with "Thou Shalt Not Kill (2)"!

nashvillebecker, I will be contacting you shortly to see if you would like to be a judge!

In case any of you are interested, following is a table that includes the ... read full post
Katrina - Jul 2nd, 2008
Greetings StoryMash community!

We are proud to introduce two new members to the SM team, Melissa and Jesse. You know them both as fellow writers in the SM community, Honeygloom and Dogdeity11 respectively. They have both developed a solid portfolio of published chapters, and each has an impressive list of ... read full post
Katrina - Jul 1st, 2008
Congratulations to the winner of the first round of the current contest:

Persephonie with her chapter “Thou Shalt Not Kill”!

Persephone, you are now eligible to be a judge for the remaining nine rounds of this contest. Please be sure to email me at Katrina @ storymash.com if you’d ... read full post
Katrina - Jun 27th, 2008
The following judges are excited and happy to be part of StoryMash’s fifth Mash for Cash contest:

Katrina Robinson
StoryMash Username: Katrina

Katrina Robinson has been the community manager and blogger extraordinaire at StoryMash.com since April 2008. She is a full-time freelance writer and editor as well as ... read full post
Katrina - Jun 24th, 2008
Hello everyone!
This is the place to come if you want to see the rankings of the chapters that are eligible for the first round of Contest #5. Also, this is the place to come if you just want to check out what everyone's writing and place your votes ... read full post
Katrina - Jun 18th, 2008
StoryMash "Mash-for-Cash" Contest #5 Rules

This is a 10 round contest. There is one winning author per round. Each round lasts a total of ten days.

There are no designated subjects, topics or genres.

Winning authors will be paid $100 USD within 8 weeks of the end of the contest ... read full post
Katrina - Jun 11th, 2008
Hey StoryMash kids!

For the past few weeks, I’ve wanted to start up a discussion about feedback and constructive criticism. What are your thoughts regarding the comments that you’ve received on your chapters here at SM?

What kinds of experiences have you had with receiving criticism regarding your ... read full post
Katrina - May 29th, 2008
Hey StoryMash lovers!

I’ve got an exciting idea to bring up to all of you, and I’m seriously looking forward to your feedback and comments.

The SM team has been brainstorming fun, new ways to conduct the next few contests. Throughout this brainstorming, an idea was brought up ... read full post
Katrina - May 6th, 2008
It seems that a lot of you are having problems being able to view the clock icons and/or being able to find the contests which are eligible for the current contest. Following is a list of all of the chapters that are eligible:

"Flatline" by dogdeity11

"October Chill" by ... read full post
Katrina - May 1st, 2008
There has been a lot of talk about the voting issues which I mistakingly said were "fixed." As I said before, I was mistaken in saying that the voting issues have been "fixed." That was absolutely MY mistake. I should have said that the developers have been WORKING ON the ... read full post
Katrina - Apr 30th, 2008
Hello StoryMash kiddies!

There has been lots of talk within the site and blog comments in regards to giving users the ability to edit, rewrite and/or delete their content. While giving all users the ability to edit their work could easily get out of control, there are a few ... read full post
Katrina - Apr 23rd, 2008
I wanted to extend my personal congratulations to the recent winners of StoryMash’s third writing contest: honeygloom, Psycho1_77, and dogdeity11! You all did a wonderful job, and I look forward to reading more of your chapters in the future.

There’s been a good amount of confusion regarding the ... read full post
njharman - Apr 21st, 2008
StoryMash's third creative writing contest is over and once more three talented authors from our writing community won over $500 in prizes. Over 302 authors participated publishing a total 919 chapters. Your votes determined the top three chapters.

Help us congratulate our latest creative writing contest authors and winners ... read full post
Katrina - Apr 15th, 2008
This seems to be the question on many of StoryMash users’ lips after being involved with the site. While it’s cool to watch the chapters you’re contributing metamorphose and go into various directions due to other users’ contributions, it would be extremely fulfilling to have your chapter be ... read full post
njharman - Apr 13th, 2008
For this blog, I thought I would talk a bit about our development process, what's in this release and what's coming in future releases.

For the curious we use Scrum. Which among other things promotes a concept we firmly believe in, "release early, release often".

Release early means ... read full post
Katrina - Apr 9th, 2008
The name’s Katrina. The passion? Writing. I have gladly and eagerly accepted the offer to join the StoryMash team as your blogger/customer service liaison and am stoked to get started. I hope to become someone that you can turn to with ideas, feedback, concerns and whatever else may ... read full post
njharman - Feb 20th, 2008
After the success of our first creative writing contest we just had to do another one. For this writing contest we changed things up a bit and set the rules so that only chapters that are continuing an existing story are eligible. We kept the giving away over $500! part ... read full post