Jo Murphey, at The Murphey Saga, gave me the Shine On Award. Thank you, Jo! Jo is a wonderfully supportive person. Though she constantly faces her own battles, she is always there to comfort someone else or give them advice. She's always positive, never complaining.
Christine Rains gave me the Zombie Rabbit Award. I hear the one and only Jeremy, Retro-Zombie, created it! Thank you, Christine! Christine's latest novella in the 13th Floor series, The Oracle & The Vampire, is now out. Want a sample of her writing? Check out her A-to-Z posts in order. You won't regret it.
I also received the Liebster Award, which I think got mixed up somewhere along the way, because I recall it being for those with fewer than 200 followers. Still, I appreciate being thought of, so a big thank you out to Nikki Broadwell, at Author in Progress! I usually skip the blog award requirements, but because she went to the trouble of making up her own questions, I've answered them at the end of this post (after the links).
All of these bloggers are fantastic, so if you have a moment, I highly recommend you stop by, visit their blogs, and tell them I said "hi!"
Now for some links.
This first one's for A-to-Z'ers. Woven Tale Press is taking submissions of your best A-to-Z posts for publication in the next issue. See the bottom of the page for the letters they're still seeking.
Untreed Reads is accepting submissions for their Moon Shot Mystery Anthology. They're looking for short stories that combine mystery and sci-fi/fantasy. Deadline May 30. Pays in royalties.
Zero One Publishing is seeking submissions of flash fiction for their anthology Whispers From the Abyss. This anthology is H.P. Lovecraft themed, and pays 1 cent per word, plus a copy of the anthology. The deadline is May 30.
The open reading period for Wag's Revue ends May 31, and will not reopen until September. Pays $100 per piece for interviews, poems, essays, and short stories. Their Summer Writer's Contest opens June 1. $1000 first prize.
The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition is open until May 31. Cash prize and publication in an anthology.
The 2nd Annual May Monster Madness Blog Hop is going on through the 17th. You can still sign up! The only rule is that it has to do with monsters. Hosted by Annie, Emma, and Ked.
Friday, May 17 is the Best and Worst Movie Remakes Blogfest, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Stephen Tremp, Livia Peterson, and Al Diaz. What will be on your list?
Hosted by D.L. Hammons and Elise Fallson, the WIP It Good Blogfest will be May 31. Tell us about your current WIP (Work In Progress)!
Looking for an agent? Have one picked out? Check whether they're in the Association of Authors' Representatives first!
I like to pass this one along every little once in awhile. Preditors & Editors is a good site to vet editors you're considering to make sure they're legitimate and to see if others have complained about them.
1. Why did you start a blog?
Initially, I created it because I kept hearing I needed a platform. That did me no good, so it fell by the wayside, and then one day I said "forget platform" and started having fun with it, creating the blog I have now.
2. what TV shows do you watch?
Supernatural, Law & Order: SVU, Psych, Hemlock Grove, and more
3. fancy restaurant or hamburger joint?
Depends on the day. I love Craftwood Inn and Marigold's (fancy), but I also love Drifter's (burger joint).
4. favorite leisure activity?
Reading, going for a walk, watching a movie, bath
5. serious or light-hearted?
Moi? A little bit of both.
6. favorite genre in books you read
Horror and Urban Fantasy
7. coffee or tea?
Tea (coffee gives me migraines...sad sigh)
8. cats or dogs?
9. introvert or extrovert?
Introvert, but I enjoy being around people sometimes, too. It just drains my energy.
10. favorite movie?
11. sweet or salty?
Depends again! If I HAD to choose, I'd always go with sweet. But I prefer not to choose, which is why chocolate covered pretzels are so tasty.
Anything to share? Want to answer these questions for yourself? Any of the links you're interested in?
May you find your Muse.