Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blog Awards ([M]WW) & Helpful Links

I was graced with some blog awards in the last month, so I figured I'd post them for [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday.

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.

Accepting Submissions:

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.

Blog Hops:

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)!

Of Interest:

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.


  1. Congrats on the awards...very well deserved :)

    I've also started watching Hemlock Grove...not bad for a Netflix production, actually :)

  2. That Zombie Rabbit Award is amazing. All I'm going to say on that! Well, and that Christine is 'good people'. :D

    Your #1 should be bronzed and given to every blogger to place over their computers when they begin blogging. In my humble opinion, it's the only reason to do it. :)

  3. I loved Ladyhawk, too :) And sweet and salty together is the best, imo.

  4. Mmm, chocolate covered pretzels while watching Law & Order: SVU. (Although, it's not the same without Christopher Meloni.)

  5. congrats on the awards. that really is an awesome rabbit :)

    another Supernatural fan here!

  6. A very useful list, and always great to hear about another writer.

  7. Psych - you are awesome!
    Congratulations. And yes, Zombie-Rabbit is from our own Retro-Jeremy.

  8. Well done on your awards. You have provided a great list of links to check out and it was lovely to get to know you better through your answers. Amanda

  9. Congratulations on your award, Shannon. Your theme really rocked! I like Ladyhawk movie too. :) Thanks for the shout-out of our bloghop.

  10. Glad you started blogging for fun!!

    Chuck at Apocalypse Now

  11. I LOVE chocolate covered pretzels. Have you had M&M's with pretzels inside? Soooooo yummy. Now I want all of that AND a burger.

  12. Congrats on the awards, and I love the answers to the questions. :)

  13. Congrats on the awards! Well deserved. I always enjoy reading the answers to the questions! I can't do coffee either, but it's acid reflux, not migraines. Red wine gives me migraines, sadly.
    Tina @ Life is Good

  14. Shannon, while I'm not complaining usually on my blog, the the past & to-be-posted few weeks my blog my sound like complaining. It's been a rough month.

  15. You contribute so much to the blogging communities. All Awards...very deserving.

    #1 answer...Perfect!!!

    Thanks for all the LINKS!!

    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    Rattlesnake Butte on AtoZ RoadTrip

  16. Ooh I love chocolate covered pretzels. For the same reason you mentioned!

    Also love the Zombie Rabbit award LOL. Congrats on all of your awards. :)

  17. You always find the best blog hops!! I love to come by your blog for news!


  18. I'm still recuperating from A-Z, LOL!
    Happy Weekend :)

  19. YAY! Congrats on the awards!! I was going to nominate you for the Liebster, as well, but followed the 200 under Follower bit. You are just too popular! I do, however, think I've done my fair share in other ways.

    Whether knowing it or not, accept it or not, you are my "go to" blogger/writer!

    I've been curious about Hemlock Grove. Have yet to check it out. Also, I'd like to watch... House of Cards is it? The other Netflix series. Psyche I watched the pilot, and either something about how it was filmed or... something about it rubbed me wrong and I never went beyond that one episode.

    I expected to find post-apocalyptic/dystopian on the genre list :)

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

  20. Way to go girl! You deserve all the accolades the blogging community has to offer! Ah, Ladyhawk - also an 80's classic favorite! No worries about coffee consumption - I'll drink enough for the both of us:) Many thanks for posting the submission info - you rock!

  21. Congrats on the awards! I was just checking out your blog on the Road Trip. Thanks for all of the helpful links too!


  22. I'm an introverted extrovert, too! Thanks for the great links; I signed up for the Wip It Good Blogfest. Should be fun.
    In Medias Res