Okay, I made a big boo-boo somehow and got a virus on my computer. Nasty little bugger it is, too. So I'm using a loaner from my husband's work for another day or two. It feels weird to be on a new machine!
One ramification of this, though, is that I don't have my photo files. Also, I don't have my editing software to crop it or watermark it (I don't typically mess with the photos other than that). So today's [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday will be a photo I took today of the burn area across the street. You see, it's become green! Already, the plant life is rejuvenating the area. I find that so uplifting and hopeful!
It probably looks sort of normal, but consider that all that land was black. Then the rain kept coming and washing it out, which made it brown. The part that matters now is that it is green! GREEN! Those houses on top of the hill survived, but you can probably make out the brown singed bushes around them. Fire is amazing, and seems to leave behind destruction similar to a tornado's, in that it will skip right around something, take the houses surrounding that something out, but leave it standing. We saw quite a lot of that.
Now for some helpful links:
Poe Forevermore is having a writing contest. No entry fee, and it's based on Poe; sounds good to me!
ACC Writer's Studio is having a contest for responses to artwork. The Speak Peace Contest encourages people to respond to artwork by Vietnamese children. They are also taking art submissions. This appears to be for Colorado residents only, has cash prizes, and is free to enter.
Apex Publications is seeking a blog editor. It is not a paid position, but it comes with lots of neat handouts.
Crossed Genres Magazine is now open for submissions. This is a paying market. The current theme is "Boundaries."
Writer's Digest presented a 12-day plan of simple writing exercises that I thought you might enjoy.
Savvy Writers and E-book Online compiled a list of the 58 top websites to announce your book for FREE. Free advertizing!
Any helpful links to pass along? Blog hops or anything of that sort you might want to mention? Are you as surprised as I am at how quickly scorched earth comes back to life?
May you find your Muse.