I went out back to write over the weekend, but was distracted by a terrible racket. There was a whole lotta' chirping going on. Ultimately, I tracked it to this little fellow.
We had a fledgling. A hungry one, from the sound of it. He was carrying on, flapping his wings, and chirping his head off. Mama appeared worried.
So did these guys.
There was even a tubby red-bellied guy who was hovering around in concern. But mama was on the job.
And another one to show you the lovely colors on her head. (The blue is clear, but there's also purple.)
In the neighboring backyard, this bunny was not at all amused by the sound.
Neither was I. After spending some time photographing them, I finally took my laptop inside.
It's interesting to note that a lot of birds came to the fledgling's call. My husband, who was working on our greenhouse, said a different type of bird brought the baby food at one time. It seems with birds, it takes a village.
Unless they're birds of prey. Different kind of story.
Now for some links.
Sirens Call Publications has an open call for their bi-monthly e-zine Tales of the Supernatural. 300-2500 words. Also accept poems and drabbles, plus artwork, photography, and literary reviews. Pay unknown. Deadline August 1.
Cohesion Press is taking submissions for Snafu: Future Warfare. Military/sci-fi/horror. 2000-10,000 words. Pays $.04AUD/word. Deadline August 13.
Mother Jones Magazine takes hard-hitting, timely content. 1500-5000 words, depending upon article type. Must send proposal. Pay not specified.
Fine Linen Magazine is looking for all genres of stories. 200-700 words. Currently reading for the Autumn issue. Pays $.05/word.
Garden Gnome Publications is looking for tales of local legends. 321-1234 words. Pays $5 flat fee.
Prolific Press has a bundle of magazines accepting poetry to short fiction. Rather than post each one separately, I've linked to the page that has links to their different publications.
The Tishman Review is seeking micro-fiction, flash fiction, short stories up to 8000 words, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Pays on a sliding scale from $10-75.
Third Wednesday is seeking poetry and short fiction (no genre fiction). Up to 1500 words. Rolling deadlines. Pays $3-5 and a contributor copy.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies is looking for literary adventure fantasy set in secondary worlds. Up to 10,000 words. Pays $.06/word.
Middle Planet is looking for short stories, comics, and non-fiction. They lean toward speculative fiction. Pays $30 per piece.
Any of these of interest to you? Seeing fledglings around? Have you ever seen a bunch of different types of birds supporting each other? Anything to share? Publication news?
May you find your Muse.