Insecure Writer's Support Group (usually held the first Wednesday of the month, but that was New Year's Day this month, so it was delayed), which was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. For my IWSG post, I just want to post an encouraging video (it's short) that I think may ring true for many. From Ira Glass: http://vimeo.com/24715531 (I don't know how to embed a Vimeo video). This is part of a longer talk by him, which you can locate on YouTube (there's a link to it at the link I posted).
In brief, he talks about doubting your work, and the fact that pretty much everyone creative goes through that. He encourages you to push through it, not to give up. I don't know about you, but any and all encouragement is welcome.
Anyone is welcome to sign up for IWSG. Follow the link to the IWSG above to sign up.
Now for some links.
Grey Matter Press is seeking dark short stories for their anthology Death's Realm. Deadline January 31. $100 flat rate payment for accepted works.
Glimmer Train is open for short fiction through January 31. Pays $700 and a contributor copy for accepted works.
Chupa Cabra House has an open call through February 1 for Weird Western short stories. Pays $20, plus wholesale price on book purchases. There's also an open call for New Whakazoid Circus, a circuspunk anthology. Token payment and contributor copy. January 31 deadline.
Four Chambers Magazine is seeking short fiction of all sorts. They select a piece to receive $100, plus a possible additional piece to receive $100. Deadline February 14.
Forbidden Lust Press has a bunch of anthologies open for submissions. First deadline is February 1 (Dog Tags & Camouflage). Pays $.0075/word for anthologies.
Alban Lake is seeking "dark fantasy and horror short stories, poems, art, articles, reviews, and interviews for their magazine Disturbed Digest. Pay varies by type of submissions. Open-no deadlines.
Farm and Ranch Living is seeking your stories about ...well... farm and ranch living. Pay varies. Open-no deadlines.
Drunk Monkeys accepts short fiction, poetry, essays, and film reviews. Pay is not mentioned. No deadline.
Crystal Collier is holding her Book Release Blogfest on February 10. Her book Moonless is going to be released as a physical book, and she wants to celebrate! She wants to hear who you would want to be promised to in an arranged marriage.
Hellnotes is looking for reviewers of upcoming horror. $10 payment for reviews, plus you get a free copy of the book.
Anything on here catch your eye? Any publication news you'd like to share? Any links to publications accepting submissions, blog hops, or contests to pass along? What makes you feel insecure?
May you find your Muse.