Wednesday, July 17, 2013

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Elk Nuts & Links

I still haven't had a chance to go through the photos from my trip, so how about an infantile sampling?

Elk nuts? Actually, while we all know this means they sell elk AND nuts, hubby brought a gag gift back from Australia on one of his first business trips: a little bag made from kangaroo scrotum. So elk nuts really wouldn't be unrealistic. Also, this is the land of Rocky Mountain Oysters (look it up if you're not sure what that is).

The vast majority of my other photos are looking good, though! And they're scenic ones, not goofy ones like this one, with the exception of a few. I got some great photos of a gorgeous elk buck, along with a huge herd of elk up at the peak of one of the mountains. We also sat in a nasty thunderstorm, which apparently triggered a tornado down here over Pikes Peak. We missed it, but my dad got pictures. Insane once in a lifetime thing! (One hopes).

Okay, enough babbling. I'm a bit wired because I just got done with my first night at my CNA course. I could squirrel at you all day, but it's time for links. (Yes, I said squirrel. You know, like in Up: "Squirrel!" Highly distractible).

Free Online Workshop:

David Corbett presented a workshop for Pikes Peak Writers. You can view this 2 hour workshop absolutely free online, and it is most definitely worth the time! The workshop is The Outer Limits of Inner Life: Bringing Characters to Life by Looking Within.

Accepting Submissions:

Emby Press has several upcoming anthologies about monster hunters: Blood Trails is looking for your standard monster hunter as part of a trilogy of anthologies, with a deadline of August 15; Doomsday seeks monster hunters with a focus on an apocalyptic scenario, an outbreak, an epidemic, with a deadline of September 15; The Dark Monocle seeks steampunk monster hunters, with a deadline of October 15. All pay $25.

Alaska Quarterly Review seeks short fiction, fiction novel excerpts, poems, short plays, literary non-fiction, and photo essays. They do not open for submissions until August 15.

Descant is taking part in the 25 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an issue following the theme of Berlin. Pays $100 honorarium. Seeking fiction, poetry, essays, and art. Deadline August 16.

Horrified Press is accepting submissions for Until the End, an anthology featuring short and flash fiction based on a couple left behind in the apocalypse. Deadline August 20. Pays in royalties. May consider poetry. They're also seeking submissions for Tales of the Undead - Suffer Eternal, Volume III. Deadline August 25. Pays in royalties.

Chuffed Buff Books seeks poetry for Poetry and the City. Deadline August 31. Pays £4 per poem.

Wolf Willow Journal has four editions of their literary journal each year. They're thematic, but will accept things that don't follow the theme. Macabre Symphony will be their October 2013 edition. Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, artwork, and photography. Fall reading period ends August 31. Pays $20 for short fiction and creative non-fiction. Pays $10 for flash, photography, poetry, and art (cover art pays $20).


Live in Brampton? The Brampton Arts Council offers a grant to writers of any kind, as long as their ultimate goal is publication. Amount varies. Deadline August 29.

Of Interest:

Rise 365 put out a piece by Claudia Good entitled 10 Things No One Told You About Being a Writer.

Interested in any of these? Anything to share?

May you find your Muse.


  1. If I ever ran across them, I think I'd just presume "elk nuts" was a regional nickname. Though elk and nuts makes more sense for that sign. I've never had elk. What about you?

  2. See, I thought "elk nuts," but that's not what I thought of. My thought was, "Elk nuts? What's that?"
    I'm not sure what that says.

  3. But if it's elk and nuts, does that mean they are selling elk? Might be difficult to fit one in a suitcase.

  4. Hey Shannon!

    Here you are, another prized comment from me. Yay n'stuff!

    I've no doubt the vast majority of your photos are looking good, Shannon. Not too many goofy ones, eh. Like the one where a bunch of your starstruck fans chased after you down the side of a mountain.

    I have no idea what the elk you are talking about, but what the elk, anyway.

    I must check out "10 Things No One Told You About Being a Writer." Gosh, I could tell you hundreds of things about not being a writer.

    Anything to share? Glad you asked. My shy, humble self is getting way too popular. I cannot handle any more praise and flattery.

    Be well, I'm off to find a moose, um muse :)

  5. That's funny. When I saw the title, I was thinking eld duds. For you non-Rocky Mountain folks, that's elk POOP, which looks remarkably like the candy milk duds. NOT to be confused with Rocky Mountain Oysters, which I won't spill the beans on since Shannon wants you to stretch your google/wiki muscles...
    Tina @ Life is Good

  6. I am so glad you clarified because I was actually thinking 'Elk Nuts?' I totally misinterpreted the sign. Anyway, hope to see some of your other great photos, they sound really pretty.

    Lucy from Lucy's Reality

  7. I snickered at the sign.

    I have one somewhere from a drugstore in Virginia called Lively Drugs.

    i love your submission lists :D

  8. Awesome writing tips again. Thank you! - Mardra

  9. Still haven't found my muse again, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying others who have theirs. Good post.

  10. I love signs like that. We snapped a great one recently from a mom and pop store that happens to sell cigarettes, but because of poor spacing it looks like it says FAMILY CIGARETTE STORE.

  11. Love that pic. Thanks for all the links.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  12. Awesome list. I would like to try to get into one of those anthologies. Better start writing.

    That Elk Nuts sign makes me hungry for Rocky Mountain Oysters

  13. I laughed when I saw the sign. I've seen many signs that makes you take a double look/double think on what they were really intending on saying.
    : ) Hope you'll be sharing other pictures from your trip.

  14. NUTS!

    Hopefully you will be sharing all of these other pictures soonish :-) Sounds like got some good ones. A shame none of the crazy storm, though.

    Emby/Horrified Press submissions seem fairly interesting.

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

  15. As a first time visitor, I was pleased to read an Australian reference in your post, but I think the only thing that should go inside scrotums are testicles. Thanks for visiting and commenting on Square Pegs recently. I hope you'll return.

  16. Elk jerky? I'll pass on the oysters -- both varieties. Thanks for the links!

  17. No, the bag your husband brought back from Oz wasn't really made of kanagroo scrotum, was it? Was it?????

    Also, "Kanaroo Scrotum" seems a brilliant name for a punk rock band. Maybe one from Australia. :-D
    Some Dark Romantic