Wednesday, October 17, 2012

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Sunset on the Peak & Links

My second presentation is this Saturday, so I've been busy working on that.  Due to my limited time and powers of concentration on anything other than said presentation, I'm bringing you just one photo (but lots of links!)  Last week, while taking photos of my daughter's final soccer game of the season, I got a photo of a lovely sunset over Pikes Peak.

I'll be catching up on comments and visiting next week, if not this weekend.  Looking forward to seeing what everyone has been doing this past week!

Now for some links.


I'll be presenting A Beginner's Guide to Social Media for the Professional Woman this Saturday, October 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Blue Sage Cafe.  $18 entry includes a scrumptious gourmet lunch.

T.L. McCallan is presenting a free workshop entitled Becoming an Author: the Journey to Publication.  It can be viewed as a webinar.

Where can you get a writer's conference, a cruise and Charlaine Harris as the keynote speaker?  The 2013 Fun in the Sun Conference will be January 24 to 28th, setting sail out of Ft. Lauderdale.

Contests & Giveaways:

Think there aren't enough game shows for authors?  What?  There aren't any?  Well, now you can participate in America's Next Author, the first social writing contest, with a $5000 prize.

Jamie at Mithril Wisdom is having a birthday giveaway of two great books.  Free and easy to enter!  Happy Belated Birthday, Jamie!

Howlin' Wolf Records and Jason Comerford are putting on 13 Days of Chills, featuring 13 interesting writeups about horror film scores.  You can be entered in great giveaways just by commenting on the posts.  Check out the remaining schedule and read up!

Accepting Submissions:

Static Movement is accepting submissions for short stories and poetry in fantasy, science fiction and horror.  Non-paying market.  E-zine.

Sanitarium is accepting submissions for horror-themed short stories.  Not paying this round, but you get free copies.  Future publications will be paid per word.


Neil Gaiman talks about All Hallows Read, where it is suggested you give away a horror-themed book to someone on Halloween.

Apex Magazine is doing a subscription drive with the goal of gaining 250 subscribers to their e-magazine.  They're giving away great prizes as incentive, and the subscription is reasonably priced.

Want to know what not to do when writing analogies?  Cheezburger posted this list of Really Bad Analogies Written by High School Students.

Buzz Feed presents 34 Facts About Halloween Movies That Will Blow Your Mind.  Who was considered for the role of Jack in The Shining?  Who was considered too crazy?  What was Scream's original title?

Anything to share?  Seen any good sunsets lately?  Have you entered any contests or submitted this month?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Thanks for all the info! I really wish I could be at your presentation, but alas you're too far away. :(

    Sorry I haven't been around in a while, I was on an enforced hiatus for a bit, but I'm working my way back. Have a great day!

  2. Lovely picture. I posted a sunset pic, too! Just a beautiful time for those. :)

  3. Wow what a gorgeous photo! Thanks for sharing it.

    Good luck with your presentation!

  4. I'm sure the presentation will go well.
    And very cool you mentioned 13 Days of Chills for Jeremy.

  5. Hmm... Neil Gaiman...
    No, I don't really have anything to say.
    But here's something you might be interested in:
    Johnny Depp is launching his onw book imprint.
    yeah, you heard me...

  6. You have the most informative blog ever. I love it. Thanks so much, Shannon. :)

  7. how was Pennywise's hair Tim Curry's real hair?!?! & William Shatner is the face of! the high school analogies are pretty freaking awesome too!! :D

    i just thought of something- is it terrible of me to use smileys and incorrect grammar on a writer's blog? ;) sorry if it makes you cringe! :D

  8. There's so much going on lately. Thanks for the rundown. The shot of the sunset is spectacular. Nice.

  9. I have done none of those things but I'm getting closer to the query...

    lovely pic.

  10. Melissa, I would have loved to have had you there! I'm glad you're back.

    Rachel, you're so right! I'll have to come find the picture since I'm late getting around to everyone.

    Susanne, we have had some gorgeous ones! Alas, I was out without a camera when I noticed them. I was glad to have caught one.

    Julie, thanks for looking at it!

    Alex, I hope it ended up doing well for him. I haven't gotten to go check yet.

    Andrew, oh believe me, the jokes have been flying about getting him to come out to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Best. Conference. Ever!

    Jamie, I'm glad to!

    Morgan, so nice of you to say! Thank you!

    Beth, as long as it's not me using them. ;-p Whoops! Tim Curry must have had his hair crazy teased to have that hair. I knew about William Shatner. In fact, knowing it distracts me every time I watch, because I stare at it trying to make out Shatner's face.

    Becca, it was even more gorgeous in person!

    Mary, it definitely seems busy! I'm always afraid I won't find anything to pass along, but then I open up the place I keep the links and realize there was plenty.

    Marcy, keep going! Good luck as you approach query time!