Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Helpful Links: Anthologies, Typewriter Sound Effects, SOPA Petition

First, here is the link for the petition against SOPA, courtesy of J.A. Bennett in the comments in my last post: PETITION
Courtesy of OCAL at

I briefly scouted around for free programs that would make a typewriter sound when I was typing. I came across an e-How article that recommended three. The one I've gone with is ClicKey, and I can tell you it works! So far, it seems easy to use, but I just installed it. As in, right before I did this post. When you open the program, a window comes up. Type the different letters to hear the sounds that go with them. I prefer "C." It has the most typewriter-y (yes, I know that's not a word) sound. Also, it doesn't all blend together like "A." There are also pings and other sounds that have nothing to do with a typewriter.

Related to that, Alex J. Cavanaugh, a fellow host of the A-to-Z Challenge, passed along an app that includes typewriter sounds: CTS MobileSoft Office. It costs $.99 and has other sounds, as well. Thanks, Alex!

Courtesy of OCAL at

I submitted my first piece for the year, yay! I wanted to pass along the link again, in case you missed it on Monday. They are not guaranteeing pay at this time, but the premise caught my attention. It is an anthology with the theme "Sofas I've Slept On." I can imagine a lot of interesting stories will come from that.

A few reminders from past links:

Don't forget the A-to-Z Challenge. Even if you don't want to participate in the blogging challenge portion, there is currently a video challenge for your video-making pleasure.

The NLAPW (Pen Women) Flash Fiction Contest is ongoing. The theme is Are You Devious At Heart?; it is a micro-flash, 100 word maximum contest with a cash prize.

Pikes Peak Writers is accepting submissions (unpaid) for an anthology, to benefit their scholarship program. The theme is Moving Mountains.

Pikes Peak Writers Night is this Monday, January 23, from 6:30-8:30, at Poor Richard's Bookstore in downtown Colorado Springs. It's always a great night.

And, of course, the Pikes Peak Writers Conference is open for sign-ups, and has scholarships available for those who need help with the fee. The sooner you sign up, the more likely you are to get a pitch session and/or a Read & Critique session.

Stop by Monday for my notes from the Write Brain on new models in publishing. There will be more helpful links that day, as passed along by Deb Courtney and DeAnna Knippling, concerning publishing resources, as well as others.

Any helpful links to pass along? Anyone going to add the typewriter software? Know anywhere I could advertise the flash fiction contest?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Glad you found your typewriter sound!

  2. can't wait for the a to Z chakkenge already working on mine

  3. Alex, it's the little things in life!

    Becca, yay, can't wait to see what you come up with!

  4. Typewriter sounds and interesting anthologies - sounds like writing fun!

  5. They finally stopped SOPA, thank goodness! I kinda want to go to the pikes peak conference since I could stay with my in-laws, but I think our fam might be on another vacation during that time. I bet it will be loads of fun though!

  6. Tyrean, I hope so!

    J.A., yay! What about PIPA? I am so behind on the news. Too bad about the conference. If you do end up going, though, it would be great to be able to say hello in person.

  7. PIPA was killed also. For now, anyway. Also, I really need to sign up for PPWC soon. Before it's too late. We're both coming for sure this year, especially now that Brandon's moving back to Colorado. I just wish Pikes Peak Writers events weren't so far away, otherwise we'd come to more regular things like the Writers Night.

  8. Bryan, I haven't signed up yet, either, and need to get on that. Thanks for the PIPA update!