Before I jump into [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday, know that today is my day to catch up on blogs, visits and comments. Sorry I've gotten behind again, but...it happens!
One morning I woke up to the sound of helicopters. Scratch that. I woke up to the CONSTANT drone of helicopters, flying back and forth, back and forth. Now, during Waldo Canyon I got used to the sound of planes flying over my house constantly. That was just life for a couple weeks. However, I had gotten used, again, to not hearing things flying over my house all the time. Silly me!
This time, it was not due to fear of flames, but fear of water. Those of us within a certain distance of the burn scar are now living in a flood plain. In order to mitigate the risk of flooding, they are dumping a mixture of sand, wood chips and seeds (I believe) on the stripped hillsides.
The sound I heard was the choppers picking up loads of this drought mitigation mixture from a nearby quarry and dropping it on the hills. You can actually see, quite clearly, where they have dumped it. I haven't gotten a picture of that yet, but I did get photos of the choppers flying back and forth. There were two criss-crossing each other. It was fun to watch them.
Now for some links:
eSteampunk, an imprint of eFiction Magazine, is taking steampunk submissions for short stories, poetry, articles, serials, book reviews, interviews and artwork.
Criminalelement.com is putting together their first e-collection of short stories, and are taking submissions under the theme of Girl Trouble for Malfeasance Occasional. Pays $350. Deadline October 10.
Andrew Karre is taking submissions of novel-length fiction for Carolrhoda Books from October 1 through October 31.
Poisoned Pen Press has announced a new YA Mystery imprint called Poisoned Pencil Press. They are taking novel-length submissions.
Andrew at Strange Pegs will be releasing Part 6 of his "Shadow Spinner" series for free Thursday, October 4. Be sure to review it if you download and read it.
Susan Kaye Quinn is hosting a giveaway to celebrate 10,000 sales of her novel "Open Minds." You can enter to win a Kindle Paper and/or several sets of books, some e-, some physical.
Rachel Sang-hee Han posted 7 of the Coolest Libraries in the World on CNN.com. And they ARE cool!
Anything to share? Are you completely over photos of flying machines? Ever been the recipient of flood mitigation? Live in or near a flood plain? Have you gotten any writing done lately?
May you find your Muse.