Wednesday, January 27, 2016

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Obligatory Elk & Links

As you may know if you've been around here for awhile, whenever I go up to Estes Park, I have to get an elk picture. They're everywhere up there. Walking through town. Grazing by the side of the road. Wandering through Rocky Mountain National Park. I caught these guys grazing near Sheep Lake (where the bighorn sheep graze--I have yet to see any bighorn sheep in RMNP.) Apparently, bull elks get along better than male deer?





Now for some links. Bear in mind that I am not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence when submitting to markets or contests.

Accepting Submissions:

Less Than Three Press is open for LGBQTIA stories about zombies. 10,000-20,000 words. Pays $200, plus contributor copies. Deadline February 29.

Otter Libris has a couple open projects taking submissions. Inclusive Cthulhu is basically a Lovecraftian anthology with characters or ideas against Lovecraft's personal beliefs. The second one is The Trouble With Bob, which is adults only. BOB is "Battery Operated Boyfriend." So they want stories about sex toys with a mind of their own. Both projects should be 3000-10,000 words. They pay $25, plus a contributor copy. Deadline February 28.

Crystal Lake Publishing is taking submissions of modern urban legends (ones you make up, not ones already told) for the anthology Tales From the Lake: Volume 3. 2000-4000 words. Not horror-specific. Pays $20 and a contributor copy. Deadline February 29. 

Parsec Ink is looking for speculative fiction for Triangulation: Beneath the Surface. Up to 6000 words. Pays $.02/word, plus contributor copy. Deadline February 29.

Bundoran Press is looking for science fiction for Lazarus Risen, an anthology. Up to 10,000 words. Pays $.04/word CAD. Deadline February 29.

Contests:

Yolanda Renee has joined the Son of a Pitch team. This is a pitch contest involving your query letter and the first 250 words of your manuscript. There are several editors and agents who will be scouring the finalists for new writers. Starts February 15.

Spiritfirst.org is holding their 7th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest. Your poem must have a theme of meditation or mindfulness. No entry fee. Cash prizes, with first prize of $200. Deadline February 29.

Of Interest:

eNovel Authors at Work posted about the changes Amazon is making in February. 

Have you heard of the flogometer? On Flogging the Quill, you can submit the beginning of your story for a flogging. Be prepared for negative feedback along with the good. It sounds like they can be pretty harsh on there. By the way, the person being flogged at this link is a friend, and the person I heard about this from. He got a high score for his flogometer. 

BookBub is a resource for authors (and a place to get discount books for readers). My understanding is that you pay x amount, and they will distribute your ebook to their subscribers. How much you pay depends upon the genre and the bargain price of your book. I was looking this up for a friend, so figured I'd pass it along since I've heard good things about it.

What animal do you have in your area in abundance? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share? Publishing news? Will you be taking part in Son of a Pitch?

May you find your Muse.

26 comments:

  1. Great pics!

    We have a lot of sandhill cranes in our area. They're always grazing in the grassy areas or strutting across the streets. And it's almost time for their babies - colts - to arrive! :)

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    1. How fun! Their babies are called colts? Interesting.

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  2. Hi Shannon - wonderful shots of the Elk .. amazing creatures .. cheers Hilary

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  3. We have cranes, gators, snakes, frogs and lizards. You know, all the swamp creatures. That live in Florida. In the swamps. ;)

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    1. Cool! And pythons, too, I hear. ;) We have no gators, and I've yet to see a frog, though we apparently have some. Lizards and snakes we have. Not sure about cranes of any sort.

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  4. Those are such calming pictures. Maybe you could moonlight as a nature photographer while you do your writing.

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    1. I do love photographing nature. It's so relaxing.

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  5. Those elks are cute!

    I've never heard of flogometer. I think I'd be too much of a wimp to try that.

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  6. Nice shots. Funny you've never seen bighorn there.
    Pass on the BOB submission, but the Cthulhu one sounds interesting.

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    1. Yet I've seen bighorn near my house! I almost ran over a lynx recently, yet I haven't seen one of those at RMNP either. Hahaha, no BOB story?

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  7. They look to be having a fine day, grazing away. All we have here in abundance is crows haha

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    1. We've got crows! Or ravens? I don't actually know the difference. Seems wrong for a Poe fan...

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  8. Hey Shannon,

    Nice photos, Shannon! Oh deer, how the elk are you? :) I know somebody who lives near Crystal Lake, just outside of Chicago.

    Take care,

    Gary

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    1. Crystal Lake sounds lovely. But if it's right outside Chicago, one wonders if it is. Or is your friend's name Jason?

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  9. Such amazing photos!
    I live next door to an animal rescuer and she's always getting interesting animals. We have mostly small animals, skunks, rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs, and deer.

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    1. Ooooh, what's the most interesting animal she's ever rescued? I don't think we have groundhogs here. But the rest we do!

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  10. Stunning photos! And thanks for the links. I giggled at the Otter Libris ones. :) Have a terrific weekend.

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    1. I saw BOB and thought there was no way that's what it would stand for. I was wrong!

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  11. There are a million deer where I live. Loved seeing the pictures of the elk near you. Such impressive creatures!
    ~Jess

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    1. They're definitely impressive! Big, but peaceful.

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  12. Beautiful elk! All we have are puny little whitetail deer...
    And that Crystal Lake anthology looks fun. Maybe I can stretch an idea to reach their 2000 word minimum.

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    1. We have mule deer. I'd like to see a whitetail deer! Good luck stretching your story.

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