Some of the rules. . . and a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Okay!  We fully booked for the 12 Days of Christmas.  You guys are the BEST and I can’t wait to read these stories!  I’ve already received Laura Eno’s story and if it was a preview of what’s coming, this project is going to be AMAZING.

I want to share some news and updates with everyone.  First and foremost, the earlier I get your stories, the better.  I have a deadline of December 10 – I’m trying to be flexible because of NaNoWriMo.  Trust me, I know how hectic it is – I’m doing NaNo too.  I usually have three documents open at once:  my NaNo story, the 12 Days project, and another project. . . and I just bounce from screen to screen to screen.

Also, I am a bit scattered on people and names.  Some I have names and emails, some I only have Twitter names.  I ask, if everyone could, when you send your story, please include a bio about yourself.  Go ahead – BRAG!  List your books, your sites, your publications . . . whatever.  It’s your spot, so use it!

I also ask that if you email me or Twitter me, please include your information and your day your writing about just so I don’t get confused!  For example, if I have your Twitter name and you email me and don’t tell me who you are, I may think you are inquiring about the project and may tell you we are full and then it would cause CRAZY confusion.

IF – and I’m hoping this doesn’t happen – you don’t think you can finish your story OR don’t want to be a part of this anymore, PLEASE tell me ASAP.  No hard feelings, I understand how busy this time of the year is.  If you have part of the story written and want out, send me the story and I’ll finish it and we can share credit for it. 

In case anyone jumped into the project without reading the “rules” page – which is fine – I never read the “rules” until later myself . . . this is simple:  you have a day and you write a story about it.  If you have 2 which would be two turtle doves, you write a story in which two turtle doves are in it.  It doesn’t have to be the main part of the story, but it also can’t be a story with a line that says, “She looked over and saw two turtle doves.”  And then the story moves on and that’s the only line about it. 

There is NO word count or content topic.  Please keep in mind that this will be on a blog so a 10,000 word story would probably be too big.  As for content – it does NOT have to be about Christmas or have to be about Christmas happiness and cheer.  I want it all – funny, scary – whatever.  It’s your story, so just write it. 

The whole reason I opened a second round was to get that fun mix of stories.  I want to see the takes people have when it comes to their days and how different it could be.

This is a big project for me and for all the contributors.  So please, pretty please, pretty please with sugar on top – DON’T leave us hanging.  ESPECIALLY if your day is one of the first ones.  Meaning, come December 11, I’m hoping I won’t be missing any stories.  I’m not being mean, but a lot of time is being put into this by a lot of people – and I want to continue to do projects like these, so again, if you can’t do it or don’t want to, just be honest.  Shoot me an email and we’ll move on. 

Now, you’re thinking, “Jim, why are you being so mean?”

I know, it’s the holidays, be nice. . . BUT, I have plans. . . BIG PLANS. . .

I had mentioned that this will be put together and offered as an e-book.  Not good enough in my eyes.  As we speak, I am working on getting this into paperback.  YES, a REAL book.  I have a few minor details to work out and then of course, I need all the stories so I can format them and see how much it’s going to cost and make sure it can be done.

AND. . .

I’m working shirts.  Yes, t-shirts.  I’m working on the front and the back will be the day with the authors name and story. 

Like I said, this project is big.  I want to reach out and have a lot of people read our stories and enjoy them.  That’s why I’m not too concerned with the content pertaining to Christmas.  If the paperback book works out, it probably won’t be available until January 2010 anyways. . . but I’m hoping to have a deal for a book and t-shirt as cheap as possible.  My only goal with the selling of the book is to cover the costs it took me to set everything up.  I’d also like to have this be a little “test” to see how the publishing process goes, how many sell, etc. because I’d love to do more of these.

So, without further delay. . . here is the list for the 12 Days of Christmas 2009:

1 – A partridge in a pear tree

            Cynthia ( – RECEIVED STORY!

            Jon ( – RECEIVED STORY!

2 – Two turtle doves

            Jodi MacArthur – RECEIVED STORY!

            @doublelattemama – RECEIVED STORY!

3 – Three French hens

            Karen Collum – RECEIVED STORY!


4 – Four calling birds



5 – Five golden rings



6 – Six geese a-laying



7 – Seven swans a-swimming

            Jodi Cleghorn – RECEVED STORY!

            Jeanette Bennett – RECEIVED STORY!

8 – Eight maids a-milking

            @tonynoland – RECEIVED STORY

            Jonathan Pinnock – RECEIVED STORY!

9 – Nine ladies dancing

            @marisabirns – RECEIVED STORY!

            Michelle Evans – RECEIVED STORY!

10 – Ten lords a-leaping

            @EmApocalyptic – RECEIVED STORY!


11 – Eleven pipers piping


            @CliveM – RECEIVED STORY!

12 – Twelve drummers drumming


            Jim Wisneski – RECEIVED STORY



  1. 1
    Laura Eno Says:

    Thanks for the update!

  2. 2

    Awesome. 🙂

  3. 3

    I’m glad you wrote this. Ambitious must be your middle name! So looking forward to it. Thanks, Jim!

  4. 4

    Great project, and I love the scope. The plot for my 8 maids a’milking is coalescing in the back of my mind as I work on nano.

  5. 5
    Devin Says:

    I love this idea so much. I’ve got the basics worked out to my 10 Lords a-leaping. It’s been bouncing around in my brain as I’m working on Nano as well. 😀

  6. 6

    Thanks for update. Cleared up any confusion about what you needed and when. Great project!

  7. 7

    My six geese are a-laying good ideas in my brain, as I furiously try to catch up on NaNoWriMo.

  8. 8
    jimcast Says:

    Great to hear from so many of you! Keep writing! Remember, these stories are due Dec 10, so make sure you finish NaNo! 🙂

    I need less than 20k right now to finish mine. . . and I haven’t even started my story for the 12 Days. . . but sshhh. . . don’t tell anyone! 😉


  9. 9

    Jim, I’m working working working on the 5 Golden Rings! You;’ll have it likely on “Black Friday,” but definitely before the deadline! This is such a great idea!

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