Wednesday, March 27, 2013

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - A Glance at Pompeii & Links

For today's [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday, I figured I'd pass along a few photos of my visit to the Pompeii exhibit at the museum up in Denver. This was the last stop for it in the United States.

Bread that was preserved by the ash.

I love how intricate their decorations were.

My favorite part? The thumb at the top where you would place your thumb when pouring water.

32 skeletons of those in Herculaneum who had tried to take shelter in a boat house.
I don't know about you, but Pompeii has always fascinated me. Just the fact that the elements worked together in such a way as to preserve so much of this ancient town after it was seemingly wiped from the face of the Earth.

Now for some links:

Disclaimer: I do not sponsor these links and have no affiliation with them or the companies/publications/blogs involved. I merely pass along information I happen across while online. Please always check out any publication before submitting or becoming involved with them.

Accepting Submissions:

Tour Magazine is now taking submissions for their July issue. This is a LGBTQ publication, and the theme is Secrets. Deadline is May 1. Essays, poetry, short stories, and visual arts. Payment unknown.

A-Minor Press is looking for poetry collections or flash fiction and short story collections. One manuscript submission at a time. Simultaneous submissions accepted.

Escape Pod is looking for speculative/sci-fi short stories to be published online and to be presented via podcast by an actor. Paying market.

Riptide Publishing has three open calls for collections. This is typically an invitation-only submission company, but if you get in on the open submission call and are chosen for one of their anthologies, you are free to submit manuscripts to them in the future. The three themes open right now are Regency Romance (April 1), Laying Down (With) the Law (May 1), and College Discovery (June 1). Payment unknown.

Anassa Publications is putting together their first charity anthology. Non-fiction or fictionalized non-fiction. Open until filled. All profits go to charity. Stories of animal relationships, rescues, and/or survival against all odds.


Imaginative Fiction Writers Association has a short story contest going, the Robyn Herrington Memorial In Places Between 2013 contest. Speculative fiction. $125 first prize. No entry fee.

The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change is holding a writing contest on sustainable development goals. First prize is $500. April 15 deadline.


The wonderful Barbara Samuel (who also writes as Barbara O'Neal) is offering a six-week intensive voice workshop for writers. Unsure of location, but you can email with questions. April 30th to June 4th or July 30th to September 3rd. $225. Scholarships available.

Blog Notes:

Michael Di Gesu is looking for authors who'd like their books featured in his A-to-Z posts. He'll write an intro and get your cover and book information out there. It doesn't have to be a new release.

Misha Gericke has announced this month's Paying it Forward award categories. Stop by to find out what they are and to nominate/vote!

Are you fascinated by Pompeii? Ever been there or seen the museum display on it? Any of these links interest you? Anything to share?

May you find your Muse.


  1. That looks like an awesome exhibit...great pics!

  2. Haven't seen the Pompeii exhibit but I sure would like to. Fabulous pics, but haunting and sad.

  3. The ancient world has never been my major historical love, but I've always been fascinated by Pompeii too. I'd love to go there someday and if possible take part in some of the archaeological excavations that are still going on, as far as I know. The Italian branch of my family came from a city quite close to Pompeii, and I've long wondered if they were there when it happened and if they were affected by the nearby volcano.

  4. I have not seen the Pompeii exhibit, but I watch a lot of documentary type things. It is fascinating, all those people frozen in time and ash. Sad but fascinating.

  5. You take very lovely pictures! :)

  6. It's like that one person was praying. The loaf of bread is really wild!

  7. Those photos are amazing. Imagine being horrifically captured, but forever remembered and frozen in time. Wow.

  8. Great pictures. Pompeii is really fascinating - this would have been a great destination for the Wormhole Blogpost!

  9. To quote Mr. Spock: "Fascinating." Seriously, though. Eerie, too.

    Thanks for the great links! Still haven't broken into Escape Pod -- maybe one of these days...

  10. It's impressive. I love museums and if I could, I would live in one. Hmmm, probably I already live in one. Anyway, grreat pictures.

  11. I enjoyed the Pompeii exhibit when it come through Denver. I really wanted to go to Van Gogh but man that sold out so fast I wasn't able to get a ticket. :( I love all things that tour Denver!


  12. Yes. Pompei is fascinatiing. Your pics were great.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  13. I would love to see that exhibit! I always wanted to take in the full scope of this epic event. Those pictures are really fascinating...were you really allowed to take photos or are these sneaky pics??

  14. Mark, it was so good. I'm glad I got the opportunity to go.

    Marcy, it was quite sad. You're looking around at these signs of life, knowing that these were lives that ended.

    Carrie-Anne, there were a list of cities that were also impacted, so that's quite possible! I'd love to visit the real thing.

    Lacey, I agree, sad, but fascinating. A reminder of how quickly things can change.

    DL, thank you!

    Alex, the one was found huddled under a staircase, I believe. They said he was covering his mouth to keep the ash/smoke out, but I wouldn't disbelieve that he was praying, either. There were several food items that were found preserved. Great way to see what a culture ate.

    Julie, I kinda' don't want to imagine it!

    Adriana, ah, you're right! It would have been. As long as I could guarantee an exit...

    Milo, I have every faith you'll break into Escape Pod. Good luck!

    Al, I love museums, too, and I'm taking advantage of my kids still enjoying them.

    Angie, Van Gogh did sell out fast! I didn't even try to go, but had a friend who got tickets.

    Shelly, thanks!

    Chuck, ha, I was actually allowed! As long as we didn't use a flash, so I'm surprised they actually turned out. Some didn't.

  15. I am so interested in Pompeii - it's just incredible that everything can be so well preserved (like the bread), and yet so very sad when you see the expressions on the victims faced and positions they took to avoid the ash.

  16. I have a similar interest to yours but I did feel a little ripped off when I found out the bodies were casts, I always believed they were frozen in time that way until a recent documentary revealed the modern touch. I find it most interesting, that the people who stayed were actually not as afraid as the ones who fled early and got killed instantly with the first explosions of Vesuvius. Were they brave, indifferent, slaves forced to stay, or enormous faith. There is an awful lot of tragedy and grandeur buried in most Southern Regions of Europe. I wonder what future historians will uncover from our time.

  17. What a fabulous exhibit - great photography skills too!

  18. I didn't even know this exhibit existed. I wish I'd have seen it. It looks extremely fascinating. I need to check the museum schedule more often, but each time I do (like right now) they're usually just showing something generic like dinosaurs.

  19. awesome links and lovely pictures!!!

  20. Amazing artifacts. What an exhibit.

    I also was intrigued by a few of the publication links you offered at the bottom of your post. Gonna check those out.


    Ready to go with EIGHT blogs in the April A-Z Challenge! Mine are 475 - 483 on the A-Z list.

    Two of these blogs (Simply Snickers and The Meme Express) will offer DAILY writing/blogging prompts and A-Z words throughout the month of April. The Meme Express welcomes A-Zers to leave daily comments, linking back to their alphabetic posts.

    Thanks for hosting the A to Z Challenge! Here we go-o-o-o!

  21. Annalisa, yes, the positions the bodies were in was sad and disturbing. Plus, they had a couple animals that had died and been preserved. They wouldn't have even known what was going on, nor would children.

    Ida, I agree. I didn't realize they were casts until I got there. You know, I always say people need to leave. When the fire hit, people insisted on staying until the last minute, forcing the police to have to come into the fire to get them. So on and so forth. I know that's a modern take, and back then it was just on them. It did seem like people who stayed behind were going about their regular, eating, doing chores. Maybe it was better that way?

    Michelle, thank you!

    Bryan, yeah, I'd been meaning to go there for years, and then a friend mentioned going to the Pompeii exhibit and I was all kinds of excited. We did go see the new Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit, which was cool, but not so much as the Pompeii one. I think they stay for something like six months?

    Schell, thank you!

    Linda, I hope you find something that benefits you in the links! Holy cow, eight!? Good luck to you, girl!

  22. The sad thing is: I have been to Italy several times but I never had a chance to stop in Pompeii.
    The nice thing is: I'll have to go to Italy again to see that.

    You seem to have a nice museum in Denvers.

    Linda at Mes crazy expériences

  23. The fascinating remains at Pompeii have always interested me. Here in England, the BBC released an enlightening program about some of the people. Experts ex-rayed one skull through the plaster covering the body. From that, they constructed a copy of the bones, then made a face by filling in the muscles etc. We got to see the face of the unknown man. Marvellous.

  24. Those are great pictures. I can't believe bread would stay preserved like that. Awesome.

  25. Wow! That is cool. Thanks for sharing, Shannon. I would have liked to have seen that.


  26. It amazes me that so much was preserved like that. In fifth grade, my science/social studies teacher told me that they had found remains of women trying to shelter their children and men trying to shelter the women. I never realized how preserved it really was.

    Also, the restaurant I work in has a dessert named Mount Vesuvius.

  27. Linda, any excuse to go back to Italy is a good one.

    Francene, that sounds amazing! The things they've been able to do are remarkable.

    Kelly, bread and beans and herbs and such. It was pretty cool!

    Jimmy, maybe it will come back to the states again!