The ALS walk was this past weekend. All but one of my siblings was able to make it, as well as a few friends. The best part was that a couple of our long-time family friends (who may as well just be family) flew out the day before the walk to surprise my parents and do the walk with us. There's not a lot of positive for people with ALS. There is constantly a new negative, a new element they weren't aware of, a new issue. So to see my parents so happy was amazing. Here's our team, Dad's Defiant Defenders, after the walk. (I'm the one with the red wig-Jean Grey/Phoenix, hubby is Magneto.)
The walk was on Saturday. On Monday, my parents opened the local newspaper to discover an article about the Ice Bucket Challenge their neighborhood put together on their birthday, including a picture of my dad and the dry pre-IBC neighbors, who did the challenge then stuck around to surprise my dad with cake and goodies for my dad's birthday. Here's the article.
Overall, it was a great weekend, with lots of friend and family time.
Mushy gushy stuff aside, it's time for some links.
A Murder of Storytellers is putting together an anthology about your childhood fears. Beyond the Nightlight is a horror anthology. Deadline October 13. 500-1300 words. Pays $15 and a contributor copy.
Jamais Vu's current submission window closes October 15. Short fiction, book reviews, film reviews, poetry, and nonfiction. Pays $.05/word and a contributor's copy. Horror, thriller, dark fiction.
Lamplight is looking for horror flash fiction and short stories. Deadline October 15. Pays $50 for flash fiction, $150 for short fiction.
Ticonderoga Publications is putting together an anthology of horror in an urban fantasy setting, entitled Bloodlines. Blood must factor into the story in some way. 1000-7500 words. Deadline October 15. Pays AUS $.02/word, plus 2 copies of the anthology.
Shooter Literary Magazine is open to submissions of short fiction for their new magazine. Theme of the first issue is "Pulling the Trigger." Deadline October 15. Pay varies depending upon type of story.
Lakeside Circus wants your short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. Speculative fiction. They also accept essays. They pay $.02/word for fiction, $.01/word for nonfiction. Additional for audio rights when requested.
Third Wednesday is seeking short fiction, poetry, and artwork. Rolling deadlines, but seasonal work should be sent three months in advance. Pays $3-5, plus a contributor copy.
Romance Flash is seeking your romantic stories of 1000 words or less. Token payment of $3.
Mash Stories is holding their Mash Competition #4 right now. Deadline is October 15. Current keywords are "alphabet," "love," and "oxidation." Winner gets $100. Those who are short listed get audio podcasts of their work (I noticed a fellow blogger's piece listed as short-listed!) Up to 500 words.
A bunch of Young Adult authors are holding Young Adult Reader Appreciation Week next week. Check it out! There's a giveaway and a whole lot of talented participants.
Any of these of interest? Anything to share? Publication news to share?
May you find your Muse.
Glad you got to see your parents happy. And awesome they made the newspaper!
Your story really touched me. The support of family, friends and neighbors is amazing.
Looks like all the superheroes showed up, too! It's inspiring what a little kindness does.
What an amazing bunch of superheroes you are! Thanks for all the great links.
That is a great family pic. I love the costumes. Congrats on raising money for charity!
Thanks for all the links. Very cool.
You rock! :)
A great time and for a wonderful cause...that's a winning experience. Thank you for the links.
Love the photos. Love seeing the support.
That "mushy, gushy stuff" was GOOD stuff. :)
And yeh for the MASH competition! Of course, I am biased.... :)
Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
Look at all of you dressed up! How wonderful there was so much support.
That picture rules. Really cool, Shannon.
Thanks for sharing the news too.
Have a good weekend. :)
What a wonderful cause Shannon and your costume is great!
I'm touched to see that you have such a loving family. What a special time for you and your parents.
That photo is awesome. And thanks, as always, for the publication links.
I think it's awesome that the ALS ice bucket challenge brought so much money to the cause. Hopefully those funds will bring us closer to a cure. I know I read a graphic recently that showed that breast cancer is the most funded disease/illness and it kills the least people now. There has to be a correlation.
Alex, it was quite the surprise! No one gave them a head's up, so if my dad didn't read the paper, he never would have known he was in it.
Susan, thank you!
D.G., it is! We were really happily surprised with everything.
J. Lenni, thank you! We'll never raise as much next year, but I'm happy with having had a fluke year.
Medeia, we plan on doing it every year to come!
Madeline, and deservedly so! I wasn't sure if you'd want me to mention your name specifically.
L. Diane, it was fun!
Mina, we'll have to have a theme every year from here on out, just to have that family photo, eh?
Maurice, thank you!
Robyn, thank you, it is!
Damy, thank you!
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