I made a new lol. You like it? *cheesy grin*
Well, lolcats may have minions to do all their proofreading and editing and revising, but the rest of us don’t. For a lot of us, just getting a basic rough draft completed is a miraculous cause for celebration.
At this point in my writing, I have one rough draft in surgery, and another in the birthing room. Whew! No wonder I’m dizzy and absent minded lately :))
I feel fortunate to have many of you as blogging friends because I learn from you. You inspire me because you don’t give up. Your determination in the face of countless rejections, your faith in what you’re creating, and, mostly, your openness about the whole journey – is what keeps me going. You provide stepping stones, handholds, and candles to light up the dark and murky places.
Where am I going with this? Right here. Many of you have announced upcoming releases of your books and short stories. Others of you have announced that particular books or stories have generated great interest and that the outlook is promising. And I know of at least one sequel in the works that’s going to be a definite ‘must have’ for me…..so without further ado, here is a list you may be interested in – in no particular order:
Nicole Zoltack of Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight just announced the May 1st release of Champion of Valor, the third book in her Kingdom of Arnhem trilogy. She is currently organizing a blog tour with prizes at each stop. Read here for more details.
Alex J. Cavanaugh has sent his as yet untitled sequel to CassaStar to his crit partners. The next installment takes place 20 years after we first meet Byron, our hero. I’m told that Byron will meet his match on an alien planet – a woman! Alex hopes to have the sequel to his publisher by the end of June, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed! For more info about CassaStar, and to watch the incredible book trailer, click here!
E. Elle at The Writer’s Funhouse is hosting a unique and fun blog contest. Here are the rules (copied and pasted):
So, here are the rules for A Song in the Words:
1) Be a follower of the Writer’s Funhouse. You know how to do this. Just click that follow button over on the left. Come on, you know you want to.
2) Pick a song. Any song. Seriously, any song in the whole wide world.
3) Write a scene in 750 words or less, inspired by the song you chose.
4) Email the title of your song (along with the artist) and your scene to me atthewritersfunhouse(at)yahoo(dot)com by 6:00 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. If the song you chose is kind of obscure, please provide a link to a place where I can hear it (i.e. YouTube or MySpace [is MySpace still around?]). If attaching the file, please attach as a .doc, not .docx. I still operate with Word 2003, lame-o that I am.
That’s it! It’s that easy! I’ll take a few days to read the entries, then announce the winner on Wednesday, May 25, right here at the Funhouse. The winner receives a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Wouldn’t you like a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble? I would like a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble.
Any and all promotion would be appreciated. So feel free to grab the button and post it on your blog. The more entries, the greater the competition, the sweeter the victory.
What are you waiting for? Dig into your playlist, get your writing groove on, and enter!
Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting a fun blogfest, too. Again, here are the rules, copied and pasted:
It’s All Fun & Games Blogfest, June 6, 2011 – list your three most favorite games and why. Board games, card games, RPG, video games, physical games, drinking games – even mind games! If it’s a game you enjoy playing, it’s worth sharing.
Well, that’s all the news I have time for right now. I hope you all have had a great week. Just as an update, I do feel much better. Thank you for all your well wishes!!!
And for the hopeful releases, let’s all keep our fingers crossed!!! Much congratulations to all the e-book releases and paper/hardback releases, GO WRITERS!!!
Rules are pretty lax. This is fun, after all!
1. Post a joke that pokes fun at yourself, or writing, or your job (including parenting, of course!), or anything personal. Or if that’s too much work, any joke that you think is funny will do.
The point is to laugh a little. And the posts ought to be quick and fun, so you can hop from post to post and lower your stress level a little.
All I can say is, you’ve been warned. 😉
I remember being in elementary school and reading some of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories. They terrified me and thrilled me at the same time.
It wasn’t until high school that I learned to appreciate the themes he wove into his works. Tragedy, betrayal, loss, decay of the body and the spirit, guilt, and so many more.
Some of my favorites are The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, Annabel Lee, The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, and, of course, The Raven.
Barnes & Noble has a book with all his works in it. It’s on my wish list because there are so many of his short stories and poems I haven’t read.
As you may, or may not, know, since 1949, a visitor has left either cognac and roses or notes on Poe’s grave. Every year on January 19th.
Last year, 2010, the visitor didn’t show.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we writers manage to touch people’s lives enough to cause them to remember us….in some fashion?
both photos from google.com
Bilbo Baggins is one of my favorite hobbits. (My absolute favorite is Pippin – and he was not the incompetent fool Peter Jackson made him out to be!)
He was adventurous, brave, clever, insightful, and generous.
Elrond had a high regard for Bilbo, as did all of the elves, and Aragorn considered him a friend.
He translated and recorded many elvish tales and songs, and pieces of his own works became part of Aragorn’s identity.
And Bilbo, alone, in the whole of Middle Earth’s history, was able to relinquish the One Ring of his own accord.
and this is possibly a reason for the universal prevalence of mental crack-up.
Yes, if we were childish in the past, I wish we could be children once again.”
I wanted to tell a tale that would speak to the questions we all ask ourselves in the dark of the night and in the dark of the soul.
Don’t forget, ladies and gentlemen, that The Bear With Two Shadows is for sale on amazon. Remember that you don’t have to have an actual Kindle to purchase it. Amazon offers a free kindle for pc download.
Also, Roland is having a contest. There are four amazing books up for grabs and they’re each signed by the author. How cool is that?
For one entry in the drawing, leave a comment. For two, link his book to facebook or twitter. Be sure to email Roland at firstname.lastname@example.org. For three entries, write a legitimate review on Amazon.
Now, tomorrow, March 12, Roland will continue his book tour in beautiful, exotic Australia. Sort of. Denise of L’Aussie Writing will be hostess and you won’t want to miss it!
>Please play this as you read…..
Ah, my bloggy friends, my heart is broken…..
The lovely Lola Sharp left some sad information on my previous post, and I feel I should pass along the news.
I don’t even know how to begin…..
Lisa Madigan, award winning author of The Mermaid’s Mirror, died today. I only ‘met’ her when someone else posted about her diagnosis (stage IV pancreatic cancer) and her last blog post, which you can read here. It’s an amazing post, especially considering everything she was going through mentally, physically, and emotionally at the time. I was so moved by it that when the weekend finally came, I went to B & N and bought their last copy of Mermaid’s Mirror.
I went back occasionally to read the post and prayed that she would be healed, that she’d beat the beast that had invaded her body. I hoped with all my heart that she’d have a chance to write the sequel to M’s M, visit more sunny beaches….have more time with her husband and son (read her post).
I never actually ‘met’ her. But she was a fellow blogger. She was a fellow writer. We’re a part of the same wonderful ‘family,’ the same supportive and incredible community…….and because of that, I feel a sense of loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and her son…..
And if mermaids are real, a mournful chorus will be heard across the seas tonight……
Happy Happy Joy Joy….. Guess what? Roland published his first e-book!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!
Over the months that I’ve known him, I’ve fallen in love with a whole slew of characters-Victor, Sam, Death, Alice, the whole cast of Ghost of a Chance, and, my all time favorite, Fallen. And don’t forget about Gypsy!
I found the beginning of The Bear With Two Shadows on one of his earlier posts and was frustrated that I couldn’t read the rest of the story. Now, I can!
Here’s a bit copied from his post announcing the new e-book:
My mother was half Lakota Sioux and half Irish. She learned young the harsh truth that sometimes nightmares invade our waking hours to swallow our world.
I, too, learned it early in my childhood. My mother and I found ourselves living in a basement apartment during one of the worst winters in Detroit’s memory.
Money was scarse. Food, too. Warmth even more so. Then, the power went out.
To keep my mind off the numbing cold and my worsening cough, my mother told me tales spun from the legends of the twin worlds of her own youth.
As I lay shivering under my blankets in the darkness, a magical world slowly took shape within my mind. And I was lost in wonder.
Souix legends contested with the fae and foe of Irish myth.
And the cold became only the chill embrace of Estanatlehi, the ghostly Turquoise Woman. Mother told me that while Estanatlehi’s touch was cold, her heart was warm.
So the colder I got, the more it made me feel loved, for I knew that an unseen someone was only hugging me closer. And within the shadows at the far corner of my bedroom, I could almost make out the hulking form of the guardian of all hurting children,
Hibbs, the bear with two shadows.
If you wish to buy a copy of the e-book and don’t have a kindle, don’t worry. Amazon has a kindle for pc’s, which is what I have. You just download it to your pc and it’s free. Yay!
The Bear With Two Shadows is available here. Go on, get a copy and find out why so many of us love his stories!
Congratulations, Roland!!!! And a huge shout out to Michael from In time….. for helping with the cover design!!!
>Most of you already know Theresa Milstein from Substitute Teacher’s Saga.. However, if by some chance you don’t, go over and check her out. Theresa posts about her adventures in teaching, writing, and life. Her writing is witty, humorous, insightful, and encouraging. AND, she’s having an awesome giveaway to celebrate 400 followers!
>All right. Maybe it’s part of getting older, but I gotta tell you. I’m ready for the snow to go. I’ve loved winter all my life, but this year, I just can’t deal with it. Snow days are great. Except, I can’t seem to get back into the swing of things. And all this dry weather has wreaked havoc on my sinuses (and nearly everyone else’s I’ve talked to).
On a funnier note, the dry weather has caused a comical, but terribly frustrating problem. In the mornings, while getting ready for work, I can’t do anything with my hair. It has so much static, it literally stands straight up, and then plasters itself to my face. Un. Bee. Leave. Able.
All that to say this: I finally drew names Thursday night. Old followers got their names put in twice and new followers once. I printed off the names according to the sets specified, cut them out, folded them twice, and put them in a pot. Yep, a pot. Then I let Honey draw from each set while he watched Family Guy.
The winners are:
What the Night Knows-Val Zdero
Odd Thomas-Summer Frey
Harry Potter-Melissa Wideen
Narnia-L. Diane Wolf
Creeper Calendar-Lola Sharp
Steampunk Calendar-Lydia Kang
Zen of Zombie-Ellie Garrett
Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to everyone who entered. This has been a lot of fun for me 🙂
Unexpectedly, I have had several things come up that I have to take care of tomorrow, so I don’t know how quickly I will be able to get to the post office. I will try to have everyone’s package mailed out by the end of next week, if not sooner.
First of all, Theresa encouraged me to join in the 12 Literary Resolutions for 2011. Ann from Inkspots & Quills found this great list of literary resolutions. And guess what? They’re doable!!!!! Theresa’s in and so am I. Evangeline (Co-Teacher) is also going to do it, yay!!! Why don’t you check it out and think about joining us?
For the month of January, we’re supposed to read a classic novel. I’m reading these two (since they’re pretty short):
This book, for me, was very different. And I loved it. Today, I loaned it to Assistant Director and I really want to know her opinion of it. It made me cry at the end (like a really good book should).
If any of you have ever read this, please let me know how you felt about it. I’m not going to do a review; I’m just going to recommend it.
This is the book I won a while back in a contest Theresa hosted. I read it in an hour, but let me tell you, it’s a beautiful read. Lyrical. Haunting. Insightful. Dreadful. Healing. And, there’s a sequel! You know I’m gonna get it, right? Again, no review (it’s the middle of the night and I’m sleepy), but I’m going to highly, highly recommend it. Thank you so much, Theresa!
As soon as I finish my two classics, I’m going to read the book from Lisa Maliga, Notes From Nadir, woohoo! I’m making up for last year, for sure!
Okay, now for some news. Warning – it’s some hard news. I was running through facebook and read a post Theresa had put up. Fellow blogger, and published author, L. K. Madigan was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. I read the author’s post, and I was moved to tears. What courage! What grace!
Theresa’s post on facebook (and I would link it but I don’t know how to link a post from fb) pointed out that Ms. Madigan had just published a book (her second) that came out in October, and perhaps her family would be aided by sales of the book. It’s called The Mermaid’s Mirror and I found my copy in the Teen section of B & N tonight after work.
I found out that her first book was well received, even winning an award, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one. She and her family will be in my prayers.
I’m posting about this and adding a link to B & N on my sidebar, hoping that curious people will either buy the book, blog about the situation, or both.
Also, please remember to keep our friends who live in Aussie-Land in your thoughts and prayers. Many of them have friends and family who have been displaced by the terrible flooding. Denise from L’Aussie Writing published this link on her facebook page. It’s an anthology of short stories, 500-1,000 words, any genre, any age. And, 100% of the sales profit goes to the Flood Relief Fund.
Please take a moment to read the link and consider doing a post, linking on your sidebar, and/or submitting a story for the anthology.
I think that almost catches everything up. I’ll be around sometime tomorrow. I really enjoyed visiting Monday and Tuesday (snow days) and I got spoiled. Sigh……
I can’t stop yawning now, so I’m off to bed. It’s 2:45 am, but I think I’ll schedule this to post later. I don’t know anyone who’d be awake at this hour……
Have a wonderful, and SAFE weekend!
***I’ve put links in the book titles in case you want to read the reviews yourself***
So, whatchya doin’ today? Got snow? Workin’? In the middle of a good read? Spill!
Update: I got Safari!!!!