Wednesday, September 26, 2012

[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday - Gold in Them Thar Hills! Plus Links & YA Question

It's Wednesday again, and I did, in fact, get to go out for a drive to see the gorgeous aspens in all their fiery fall splendor.  Unfortunately, you have to pardon the haze in the background, as we still have smoke from the various fires around the northwest.  I hope for the end of fire season very soon, and hope everyone near the fires stays safe and gets relief soon.

Before I get to the photos, I'd like to put out a couple questions for discussion.  I've been added to a panel at the Author Fest on Friday, where we'll be discussing why YA is not just for young adults, but also enjoyable for adults.  I will be posting a few questions on this topic at the end, in the hopes of getting some feedback on why you enjoy YA, no matter your age.  I've never been on a panel before, and I'd like to have plenty of discussion points should we not get enough questions to fill the 45 minutes.

On to the aspens!  I thought about making this a two-parter since there were so many photos, but decided not to.  Hope you don't mind!

You should be able to click on them to make them bigger, if you'd like.

Now for the helpful links:

Blog Hops/Fests:

The Did I Notice Your Book Blog Fest, sponsored by Ciara Knight and Alex J. Cavanaugh, will occur on October 17.  I really like the idea behind this one, as it has to do with unexpectedly featuring another blogger's book to get the word out for them without them knowing ahead of time.

E.J. Wesley of The Open Vein is having the Bury the Hatchet Blog Fest.  You can participate any time between September 21 and October 19 by blogging about someone or something you'd like to bury a hatchet in.  There will be prizes, including a Nook Simple Touch E-Reader.

The Something Wicked This Way Comes Blog Hop and Giveaway, hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and Babbling About Books, will be occurring throughout the month of October.  Every day host blogs will blog about paranormal and terrifying creatures, and every day those host blogs will giveaway a Halloween/horror related book.  Awesome undertaking!

Carrie Ann, of Carrie Ann's Blog Hops, has several ongoing blog hops throughout the year.  Her closest one will take place October 19-22: The Alpha Male Blog Hop.  The exact blog hop is a mystery, but it has to do with discussing why we love an alpha male.  Sounds steamy.

Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer is hosting the Fraterfest Read-A-Thon in honor of Rhiannon Frater and ghoulies that go bump in the night.  Between October 5 and October 8, set a goal of scary books you'll read and discuss what you've achieved.

Spooktoberfest, put on by Bouquest of Books and Entertaining Interests, will take place October 26 through October 29.  This is a spooky flash fiction fest, which requires 5 mandatory words to be in your piece.  Winners' pieces will be posted on Halloween, and they will receive a jumbo bag of the candy of their choice.  Mmmm.

The Ghosts and the Girls Who Love Them Blog Hop and Giveaway has already started, but you have until September 30 to sign up and participate.  This is a flash fiction hop with a fun grand prize winner.

Brenda Drake Writes is hosting the Elevator Pitch Blog Fest/Contest October 15-19.  Post a video of your elevator pitch to an agent.  Winners will be viewed by agents.


Jeremy, of Retro Zombie fame, is having a giveaway when he reaches 500 followers.  Show him some love and you could win some great prizes!


The South Wales Short Story Competition is ongoing and free to enter.  Deadline is November 9.  Open to unpublished UK writers.  Winners will be published in an anthology.

WOW-Women on Writing- is hosting a flash fiction contest.  Current deadline is November 30.  Entry fee is $10.  Optional critique available for an additional fee.  Cash prizes.

Miss Snark's First Victim is hosting the Annual Baker's Dozen Agent Auction.  You enter your piece, a specific number are chosen, and they are then placed on the auction block for a collection of agents to bid on.  There is a $10 entry fee.

Submissions Accepted:

Bibliophilic Blather is seeking submissions of horror/Halloween related flash fiction pieces for Fright Fest 2012.  Submit by September 30.  Winning pieces will appear on Flash Fiction Fridays.


The Muse Online Writers Conference is a free online conference being held in the first part of October.  I looked over the classes and there are some really interesting ones.  There are also pitch appointments, though it may be too late to sign up for those.

Pikes Peak Writers is accepting proposals for workshop classes for the 2013 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.  Find the submission form here.

That's all for today, folks!

Any links to share?  Do you have aspens?  Are trees turning in your area yet?  Do you read and enjoy YA?  Why about YA speaks to you?  What sets it apart from adult fiction for you?  Any favorite YA authors/books?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Love the photo's. We are just beginning to see the turn. I'll try to get pictures and post them too.

    I've read a few good YA books and have had the privilege of interviewing the authors.

    Scott Michael Kessman: Author of The Tales of Tanglewood: The Lon Dubh Whistle and The Curse of Satyr Stump. It's all about the Fey.

    I also love mysteries and Aaron Paul Lazar author of The Gus Legarde Series is an excellent choice.

    I have a rough draft of my own coming of age tale, that may never see the light of day. But I'm not giving up yet. I wrote it in honor of my grandfather and grandmother They were my summer vacation and those adventures were extremely influential in my life.
    I think adults love YA, because hey aren't we all just children at heart -- and who wouldn't want to be more adventurous at an age when fear didn't come so easy. My take.
    Good luck at your Author Fest!

  2. Our trees are turning, too, and I'm hoping to get out this weekend to take some pictures. Thanks for all the links!

  3. Yes we have aspens here that turn golden too. I love the colours. Great pics, Shannon.

    I don't read YA or MG generally. I've tried, but unless there's a science or mystery edge, it's too much high school angst for my liking. (one daughter raves about Hunger Games, but to me it's too much like Logan's Run. . .)

    Why do so many adults read them? To see what their kids are reading? (that's an assumption, of course) I'd love to hear some of your assessments of the panel after you've participated. It interests me why this genre appeals so much to predominantly women not in the YA age group? Are there men reading YA as well? Would they admit it?

    Just thought I'd post some different views, Shannon to give you some extra ideas for the panel. Good luck!

  4. Wow, the colors are really changing!
    Thanks for mentioning our blogfest.

  5. You're just all over the place, lately, aren't you?

  6. Yay for the South Wales short story competition! It's local and it's short so I'm definitely entering :) Now I need to find a way to condense the idea in my head into 3k words :S

    Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

  7. Beautiful pictures! I don't think I've seen a real Aspen in my life.

    As for leaves turning, those in my country are... turning green. :-P

  8. i think that is what I miss the most about living here in FL the changing of the seasons
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  9. Wow, that's a lot going on in the blogosphere.

    Your photos are stunning. Love all that gold color. We don't get much color here except in the bushes. Our trees are mostly juniper and cedar.

  10. Those photos are absolutely gorgeous. They're truly golden.

    Thanks for the links.

  11. Oh my, I'm a photo bandit! I love these, so beautiful! Thanks for mentioning our fest!

  12. Yolanda, thank you for those recommendations! I think for some childhood is a safe and happy place, and reading YA takes us back. We've all been there, and we can all identify with it. Good luck with your piece! Definitely don't give up.

    J.A., I do, too! Such a wonderful time of transition.

    Marcy, did you get out?

    D.G., you raised great points. I did take note of your question on why women enjoy YA more, but our panel ended up taking a different sort of turn, as everyone in the audience were writers and just wanted to know how to get published, basically. It is definitely interesting that women are the prevalent audience (over men). I would like to look into that.

    Alex, no problem! Since then the foothills have become speckled with gold from down here in the city. So gorgeous!

    Andrew, I am, aren't I?!

    Jamie, yay! Good luck to you! I thought of you when I came across it.

    Misha, haha, wonderful! Green is always good.

    Becca, I could see that. I love the transition seasons, and would miss them so.

    Mary, I remember the woods up there! I do miss the Oregon mountains.

    Medeia, thanks! I was amazed by the color up there. We were about a week early for the full splendor, but it's hard to time.

    Dani, no problem! And thanks!