Wednesday, January 16, 2013

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday & Links

Hi!  Before I get down to business, I have some news to share.  I took a director position (non-conference events) with Pikes Peak Writers.  I'm excited to jump in, and just wanted to share the good news!  My taking the position was official as of yesterday, and we announced it at the Write Brain meeting today.

Speaking of the Write Brain, that's my [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday photo.  One of the attendees threw a photo up on Facebook and I happened to be in it, so here we are, listening intently (and with amusement) to Aaron Ritchey (also one of the columnists at the Pikes Peak Writers blog, Writing From the Peak).

Photo by Ron Cree
I'm the one in the front row in dark purple, laughing at Aaron, because darn it, he's funny!

As you're reading this, I'm doing laundry and packing for my trip to Illinois.  Tomorrow I head out to Great Lakes, IL to attend my baby brother's Navy boot camp graduation.  He'll be going from there to more schooling in Connecticut then Florida, which is where his next graduation will be.  Woo-hoo!

I'm hoping to come back with some great photos of Chicago and maybe Lake Michigan, so here's hoping I get some good ones to share on [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday!

Now, links!

Blog Hops/Fests/Memes:

Nick Wilford, at Scattergun Scribblings, is having The "Overcoming Adversity" Bloghop February 4-5.  You can post a piece of flash fiction, flash memoir or poetry, 500 words or less, to be featured in an anthology.  Profits from the anthology will go to sending his stepson, Andrew, to college.  If you haven't read Andrew's story, please check it out here.

Jolie Du Pre, of Precious Monsters, will be hosting her Vampire Bite Blog Hop February 14.  You can write anything you want about vampires.  She intends to promote each of the participants' entries, so bear that in mind.  Also, she has warned that there may be erotica authors taking part; if you're under 18 or uncomfortable with erotica, you may not want to participate.

Scribblings of an Aspiring Author is introducing a new weekly meme.  Held each Friday, Celebrate the Small Things asks you to post about one thing you'd like to celebrate for the week.  Can be posted with whatever your usual post is.

Annalisa Crawford will be hosting her first bloghop, the Imaginary Friend Bloghop, February 1.  Did you have an imaginary friend?  Well, they could win you a $10 (or 10 pound) Amazon GC or a critique.

Accepting Submissions:

Big Pulp is accepting submissions for a themed anthology called "The Kennedy Curse" through January 31.  Can be fiction or poetry, any genre, as long as it relates to the Kennedy family.

This is a bit different than the usual accepting submissions entry.  Collective Presse is launching, expired by famous groups of writers long ago.  They're trying to go back to the way writers used to work together by having a collective gathering of writers that will work together.  Check out their website for more information.

Pilgrimage Magazine is accepting submissions.  Literary non-fiction and poetry are read year-round.  Fiction is considered by solicitation only.

Marion Margaret Press is accepting submissions for the anthology Confederation of Steam vs Zombies.  Deadline is March 31, or when filled.  There is a specific theme to be followed, so read the requirements carefully.  $10 payment, plus e-book and print copy of the book.

Rose & Thorn Journal will be putting out their spring issue, then closing down.  They are taking submissions for this issue through February 28.  Fiction and creative non-fiction.  

Still Moments Publishing is accepting submissions for their Unleashed collection.  Romance where a dog is responsible for bringing the hero and heroine together.  Appears to be open until filled.


Shoreline Scripts Screenwriting Competition is open until January 21, and is open worldwide.  They are looking for one submission to put into the competition for free.  Cash prizes, as well as possible script optioning.

It's time for the annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.  Unpublished authors only.  Deadline January 27 or when maximum number of entries have been received.  Grand prize is a publishing contract and advance of up to $50,000.

Rough Writers is a new playfest put on by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.  Write a play script inspired by one of three provided works of art.  $10 fee for entry.  Unsure whether you should be local.

Other/Just for Fun:

Flavorwire put up a post by Emily Temple about The 10 Grumpiest Living Writers.

Blogger LinkUp is an interesting site where you can sign up and either find positions guest blogging for someone or request guest bloggers.  Free site; no charge for either seeking guest bloggers or writing gigs.

That's it for this week's links!  Don't forget that there is an ongoing Rafflecopter giveaway for an e-book copy of Forever Girl in this post about Rebecca Hamilton's Forever Girl Anniversary Tour and Character Giveaway.  You can also visit other blogs on the tour, as listed in that post, to win various other spectacular girly goodies.  Guys, you can always enter to win for the ladies in your life.

Finally, I am still playing catch up on some blog comments on here.  I've had some turmoil in my life lately, and it has caused me to get behind on some things.  Responding to comments is one of those things.  As always, I WILL get around to everyone, and I always read through comments when they come in, and I appreciate your comments, each and every one.  I will reply to you if you've left me a comment.

Anything on here catch your attention?  Attended any interesting writing-related events lately?  Feeling inspired or feeling winter blahs (or both)?

May you find your Muse.



  1. So fun! I wish I could come to conference, but alas. It's not in the cards. Looks like you're having a blast!

  2. Congrats on the new position! Also, I heard great things about Aaron's Write Brain. I wish we lived closer and we could take part in more non-conference events, but that three hour drive to Springs and back is tough to swallow more than a few times a year.

    Have fun in Chicago, and don't forget to spit on a hipster.

  3. Congratulations! I'll look forward for those pictures.

  4. Loved the article on the 10 grumpiest writers! (the worrying thing is I agree with some of them. . .)

    Congrats on your new adventure with the Pike Peak's writers group. Keep us posted.

  5. Looks like a fun conference! congrats to your baby bro for achieving a great milestone. And thanks for all these amazing links!


  6. Congratulations! You are official.
    And I know some grumpy writers.

  7. You know, your mostly wordless stuff has lots of words. Not that I'm complaining. I just find it amusing. :)

  8. Congratulations on your new position. It is always exciting to venture into unknown territory. :)

    The Vampire Bites Bloghop looks really interesting. Thanks for the link! :D

  9. I really hoped to attend the Pikes Peak conference this year, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. Congrats on your appointment!! :)

  10. Shannon, good luck on your new position and enjoy all the trips you'll be taking...we do expect some photos!!

  11. Congratulations on your new position!

    Collective Presse sounds very interesting, as does the idea of a contest for romances inspired by dogs.

  12. J.A., this is just one of the fun free monthly things Pikes Peak Writers puts on, though the presenter (Aaron) will be the emcee at the big conference. Very exciting!

    Becca, it was!

    B&B, I'll seek out a hipster! (Or are they impossible to avoid?) Thanks! Yeah, I don't even drive to Denver events, so I definitely can't fault you.

    Rosaria, so nice, thank you!

    Al, looks like it will be snowing when I get to hit Chicago. That could be good or bad for photos.

    D.G., thank you! Does that mean you are grumpy, or not so much?

    Schell, thank you all around!

    Alex, thank you! And at times...*I* am a grumpy writer.

    Andrew, haha, that's true! It started out without the links (I was doing those on Thursdays), but then I wanted to reduce the number of days I was posting. I'll have to change it to [Not At All] Wordless Wednesday. Ha!

    Marcy, thank you!

    Shaharizan, thank you! I hope you enjoy participating!

    DL, wait, there was a chance you were going to be out here?? Darn it!! Maybe in the future?

    Chuck, I'll try to get some good ones, and thank you!

    Carrie-Anne, thank you! If you try Collective Presse, I hope you'll post something about it. It's an intriguing idea.

  13. Congratulations to you and your brother! What an exciting time!

  14. Does this mean that you will be making everyone write screenplays now? Just kidding. Congrats on that!

  15. Have a great family time in Illinois. Your brother must be amazing.
    I found too many of this writing contests and blog places interesting. Sadly, I have so much 'on my plate' right now.

  16. I sadly don't have winter-blahs as an excuse, since it's still summer here. :-D

    Enjoy your time at the conference!

  17. I see you there in the purple! I will be participating in Nick's Overcoming Adversity bloghop in February.

    Good for you for taking on a leadership role with PPW. That's awesome that you're putting yourself out there to help others.

  18. T, thank you! Very exciting. He was so grown up after just a few weeks.

    Tony, ha, no! I'm hoping to bring a whole array of programming.

    Susan, I hear you. As I discover these there are so many I'm intrigued by, but not enough time for it.

    Misha, true! I think there are summer blahs, too. They just have more to do with enjoying the weather (unless it's too hot, in which case that saps your energy as much as extreme cold).

    Cynthia, I'm so glad you're participating in that. It's a wonderful idea. And thank you!

    Jolie, thank you! It certainly stood out, didn't it?