I went hiking with my kiddos and nephew on Friday before heading up to Denver for Mile Hi Con. We went to Seven Falls, famed for its 7 waterfalls, but also the number of steps to climb to the top of the falls. Well, the steps go to the top of the falls that are close together, but then you have the option of hiking to the topmost one, called Midnight Falls.
I'm going to share our trip in bits and pieces for the next couple Wednesdays. Today, the beautiful Steller's Jay, aka the Mountain Jay. These guys are omnivores, though they mostly eat seeds and plant life. I was so excited to catch one of these guys! And he cooperated so nicely.
Monkey Puzzle Press is holding their 4th Annual Flash Fiction Contest. $10 entry fee. $300 first prize. All entries considered for publication. Submission deadline November 15.
Open for Submissions:
Vine Leaves Literary Journal currently has an open submission window until November 30. They take prose, poetry, artwork, photography, and reviews. Pays $5.
Andrew Leon, Alex J. Cavanaugh and Matthew McNish are hosting the Oh, How I Miss You Blog Fest on November 16. Join to spotlight bloggers you miss, who haven't been posting often, and those you would miss.
Cally Jackson is hosting The Year I Turned 18 Blog Fest from October 29 to November 2. Post what you'd like about the year you turned 18.
Writing Retreats & Workshops:
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is offering their first annual writing retreat directly following The Colorado Gold Conference. It will occur September 22-26. The most awesome part? Kristen Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency will be there, presenting a workshop and offering critiques. Kristen Nelson is on my short list of agents I'd love to have, so if you're interested, snatch this up!
Registration is currently being accepted for Big Sur Writing Workshops in December and March.
Michelle Roberts wrote "Creativity Closely Entwined with Mental Illness" for BBC Health News.
Matt Petronzio posted "10 Inspiring Social Networks for Writers" on Mashable.
Anything to share? Think you'll participate in either of the blog fests? Have you submitted anything lately? Ever seen a steller's jay? How about a blue jay?
May you find your Muse.