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May is a strange month in my life: traditionally this was the month my family did the grand 'spring cleaning,' and finished projects which had been put aside for whatever reason. The most memorable element of the 'finishing up' season was the handmade lap desk my Grandfather was trying to repair for my grandmother, when one leg had split along the grain, revealing the wooden pegs used to pin parts together instead of using nails. My grandfather was an auto mechanic, NOT a carpenter, in any way, and watching him try and try and try taught me far more than anything he said aloud. When he regretfully admitted that he was out of ideas, my grandmother had him remove the legs from the lap desk and used it as an organizing tray on her dressing table.

Over the last year, I have, like many writers, accumulated stories which range from 'nearly done' to an impossibly persistent idea scribbled on the corner of a napkin. This month, we're going to use the bingo card format as a motivator, an organizer, and a brag sheet. My tasks are to set up the format, and provide the cheering and flag-waving as stories are finished. Posting them is always the author's choice in my bingo fests, but as a potential reader, please picture me with Oliver Twist's pleading expression and a toddler's grabby-hands gesture when I say I'd love to read your stories, too.

Well, I keep saying 'month.' The great news for those of us who are writing slowly is that this fest will run from today through the end of June (technically, from midnight local time on the first through midnight local time on the thirtieth of June), giving everyone TWO months to complete a bingo. My fest standards usually include any-five-random-fills, but this is a very different kind of bingo card: the randomity is encouraged.

You are generating your own card, first by sorting through the 'to be finished' pile, or the dusty corners of your computer files, or by pulling that notebook from under the edge of the bed, or whatever system you use. Me, I've got all three of those to sort through for unfinished items, plus a couple of other options. Feeling scattered is quite a literal state when I've had to put aside a story for some reason, so please, if you share that frustration, take heart. This bingo fest is meant to get things done, so I'm encouraging players to include handicrafts, and other hobbies which are sitting, incomplete, and begging for attention.

The public card:

8 (II) 11 (V) 35 (V) 23 (V) 29 (V) 21 (III)
5 (V) 6 (VI) 4 (IV) 13 (I) 15 (III) 26 (II)
34 (IV) 17 (V) 7 (I) 28 (IV) 22 (IV) 14 (II)
27 (III) 31 (I) 3 (III) 10 (IV) 33 (III) 36 (VI)
32 (II) 9 (III) 18 (VI) 16 (IV) 24 (VI) 19 (I)
30 (VI) 12 (VI) 2 (II) 1 (I) 25 (I) 20 (II)



This card is an array of six rows and six columns. The public card includes the numbers one through thirty-six, in random positions. There is no “free space' in the center, not merely because the center is four spaces, but also because creating the bingo card counts as a fill for the purposes of the bingo fest. That should be a happy little motivator!

So, your personal card is really just a numbered list, as abbreviated or detailed as you need. “Bil's moving day,” or “Storm series, story#, file name, location,” et cetera. But numbered lists are no fun, and part of my job as hostess is to add a little whimsy, a little fun, along with motivation. There are several ways to jump into this, especially when deciding where to start is a major stumbling block when facing what amounts to too many choices.

Staring at a blank page (which is in no way associated with either 'whimsy' OR 'fun'), is a problem I hope this format will help prevent. It can definitely help prevent wasting hours thumbing through the files to decide which to tackle next! All you need is an ordinary six-sided die. (If you don't own any, or can't remember where your board games are currently hiding, try this setup at random.org, which is set to roll two dice. Hit the 'go back' button, rather than your browser's 'back' button,' to choose from a large number of six-sided dice. Please don't blame me if you spend an afternoon exploring the site, though!

Getting started with so many options in play can be tough.

I'm encouraging players to avoid typing in their own bingo card prompts, because that takes time one could spend working on a fill. The option is there, though, and I won't judge.

{} You can simply pick the 'first' square on your card and find the corresponding number on your personal list. I would begin with number 8, the upper left square on the public card, because I read from right to left and top to bottom.

{} You can grab a die, and roll once for the row, and again for the column. Rolling a two and then a six would indicate number 26, while rolling for the column first, then the row, would highlight number 12.

{} Try using the Roman numerals to create a group, by working on all of the squares marked with III, or any other set. At least that way, the choices are cut down to one of six, rather than one of six times as many options!

{} Print out the public card and throw darts at it. (Actually, I laid it on the desk and dropped a penny on it, but the principle is the same!)

Why yes, I probably have more than thirty-six unfinished items, especially as this bingo fest invites creations other than writing. Item twenty-one on the unfinished list could be a story, poem, updating an index on my blog, a knitting project, or my first tie-dye project, which must be set, washed and dried. I encourage everyone to be very inclusive and wide-ranging for the next two months. Imagine the variety and entertainment when looking at the results of your finished, blacked-out card! Anything which is started during this fest, but must be set aside for more than a weekend, or set aside because real life has come stomping through your day, or week, with seven-league boots, should be considered (and included) on your bingo card. That includes anything which is started after which is the close of the “Finish It” fest.

Posting finished cards can happen anytime from today through the end of the fest, of course, and I will again offer a customized banner as an award. (A teaser about the banner: the theme is 'time,' and I am considering a Caribbean blue and turquoise color scheme.) Please, include a preferred color for your name when posting your bingo fill; customized banners are meant to be customized!

So, now that everything is spelled out, let's get started… or should I say 'finished'?

{}{}{} Author Notes {}{}{}

ANY six items are a "bingo." If you have one WIP short story, a half-finished poem, and a crocheted amigurumi hanging around, that's half of the bingo, right there, and you've got two months to deal with life's inevitable interruptions, which will probably net the other three.

Please, be creative with your list, especially if it motivates you to finish projects.

The code for the public card -- if the HTML deities are smiling upon me--



WOOHOOOOOOO! I did it! Someone schedule an ENORMOUS parade!

Deep breath-- sorry for geeking out, but that's what I've been looking up how to do all afternoon!

If I've forgotten or confused anything, PLEASE tell me. It makes my work as hostess better, and I don't want to discourage ANYONE.

Date: 2016-05-02 12:49 am (UTC)
samuraiter: (Default)
From: [personal profile] samuraiter
This one is going to take some brain work, but that's the idea, after all. :-) I'll see what I can crunch out of it.

Re: Make it easy

Date: 2016-05-02 01:04 am (UTC)
samuraiter: (Default)
From: [personal profile] samuraiter
Oh, no, I'm not saying it's difficult, I'm just saying that it'll take some thought, which is good. :-) So no worries.

Re: Make it easy

Date: 2016-05-02 01:08 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Yeah, I'll need to make a list of specific items and put them on some kind of card. If I try to do it with numbers, I will not only get nothing done but will get hopelessly lost even trying.

Re: Make it easy

Date: 2016-05-02 01:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I think of those as new things, distinct from finishing something I started writing. *ponder* But I could also really use work on fleshing out a ton of things that currently exist only in notes. Perhaps I will start by looking for partially-written things, and then add some stuff from notes.

Date: 2016-05-02 02:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gehayi
Do you have code for the public card? Because there's no way I could copy that. (I've tried copying cards before, and it doesn't work without the code.)

Also, what do we do if we don't have thirty-six WIPs hanging around?

Try this ...

Date: 2016-05-02 02:13 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
The Bingo Card Generator will currently make anything from 2x2 to 7x7 cards. I will probably make a smaller one myself. Or possibly two, if I want to finish half-done works and also flesh out things I only have notes for.

Re: Try this ...

Date: 2016-05-02 04:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
>> As the so-called judge, I say it counts as creative work! <<

\o/

>> Also, you've got two Creative Jams and Fishbowls to look forward to, which are four MORE opportunities for a long/complicated idea to /start/, but get set aside for practical reasons. <<

Yeah, that keeps happening. Often I'll get partway through a long epic and not be able to finish it immediately. 0_o This is more likely now, as I'm approaching the Llewellyn writing season.

>> I'm not worried about your making bingo between now and July, and I hope you're not either. <<

I'm not worried. I'm looking at how to make a card that will work with the brain I have.

Numbers + me = >_<

Words + me = \o/

I am currently making a list of partially completed things. Didn't have as many half-finished epics as I thought in Polychrome. Can you think of anything that I've shown you fragments of but not finished?

Re: Try this ...

Date: 2016-05-02 06:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
>>First, the fragments-not-finished... I can't think of anything, but my brain is full of Bil's story at the moment and really, really unreliable in many ways. Sorry.<<

That's okay. I came up with four unfinished things (which makes a postage stamp), and so far eight I want to flesh out from notes (plus the free center for nine). So that's not bad. I'm surprised -- I thought I had more unfinished things. Maybe I'm doing better than I thought.

>> What could I have used which wouldn't make a person with dyscalculia, or related challenges in dyslexia, want to throw things at me? Do the Roman numerals make it easier or harder to sort out? <<

Use words. I suspect that some folks will want to do what I did, which is look up stuff that's not finished and put it on a card. Others might do better with prompts like "beginning without an end" or "abandoned plot tangle."

>> My 'simple and easy' idea might, in fact, be an utter bomb. <<

It might, but I've seen people use number prompts before -- some writers like them.

Re: Smaller cards

Date: 2016-05-02 08:12 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Here is what I came up with, by the way, tailored to my personal needs:
http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10603738.html

Re: Smaller cards

Date: 2016-05-05 06:50 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
:D Well, I knocked off one in this fishbowl already, the poem about Hadyn and Mr. Grenade practicing. Adorable supervillain fluff.

Re: Smaller cards

Date: 2016-05-05 06:17 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
So far just one, but I'm still writing.

Date: 2016-05-06 12:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aldersprig
I am going to try to play along - here http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/1101968.html

Re: Have fun with it!

Date: 2016-05-12 01:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aldersprig
Ah, nah, no worries there. It lets my readers say "hey, what about..." and gives me a visual for the ones I already knew I had to finish.

My card is here: http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/1103171.html

Date: 2016-05-10 07:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
This is a fantastic idea but slightly daunting, so I've made a 12 square card here and hope to get most of it done the end of June. A couple of things on it have deadlines, others have been sitting on my WiP folder for a long time, so let's see if I can make progress using this as inspiration :D

Go for it!

Date: 2016-05-10 08:01 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
That's a good card.

One thing that fascinates me about this fest is how differently people have interpreted it and constructed cards or other tools to help them finish things. I don't think that's a flaw. I think we work in a lot of different ways, and we need to understand how to support our individual creative process, and that's a good thing.

Re: Go for it!

Date: 2016-05-10 08:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
Thank you!
It's one of my favourite things about allbingo and why I need to start interating here more again; the focus is always on what sparks *your* creativity :D

Re: Go for it!

Date: 2016-05-10 08:41 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Aww! You have made me feel useful today.

Re: a twelve-square card?

Date: 2016-05-10 02:49 pm (UTC)
meridian_rose: pen on letter background  with text  saying 'writer' (Default)
From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
I will, thank you! I have 2 things to prioritise as they have deadlines, and then I'll see what takes my fancy or if I need some help :D

Re: a twelve-square card?

Date: 2016-05-10 05:31 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I highly recommend Goal-Fish as a resource for deciding what to do. Anyone can use the standard features for free, and if you register then you can customize stuff.

Re: a twelve-square card?

Date: 2016-05-11 05:18 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I'm glad you found these things useful. Here is an article about gamification services:
http://lifehacker.com/the-best-tools-to-productively-gamify-every-aspect-of-1531404316

Re: a twelve-square card?

Date: 2016-05-12 04:50 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Yay! I'm glad I could help.

Date: 2016-05-17 07:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilly_c
This is a good idea. I've just about finalised the short projects that are mostly lingering from who knows when to get done.

I'll be making my own bingo board because the numbers on the public card are an issue for my dyslexia but the rest of the format of it overall is useful to work with though.

Re: Apologies

Date: 2016-05-17 08:58 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
LOL if I did that mine would be like:

* that cool idea I had during the week eaten by locusts and never finished

* the one with the glitch that I figured out how to fix but never got around to writing the end of

* turn paragraph of napkin notes into actual poem

Date: 2016-06-02 11:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elizabeth_rice
Interesting. Somehow I missed it when it started but I have another month so it's cool. :)

Re: a month

Date: 2016-06-02 09:20 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Yeah, I still have only one on mine. But I did make the list and write one fill, which is more than I had when I started.

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