My Writing Writing Writing Day: Yeah, Right

In the previous post, I announced my intention to get up, go to BookPeople, write for an hour on a project of not-email and not-post (because Ramona DeFelice Long told me to), and get off the laptop by 7:00 p.m. Here's how the day went. At 8:00 a.m., I discovered Ernest experiencing grave digestive problems … Continue reading My Writing Writing Writing Day: Yeah, Right

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

[Links are scattered throughout this post. If you slide your pointer across the screen, you'll see where to click. In the meantime, I'll choose a theme that makes finding links easier.] In yesterday's abbreviated post, I promised an announcement to end all announcements. Confession: Kaye George was quicker than I. She made the announcement on … Continue reading Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

Book Not-Quite-Review: Terry Shames

Back in my teaching days, I handed a student a copy of T. H. White's The Once and Future King and told her I thought she might like it. She did. So much, in fact, that she volunteered to write a review for the school newspaper. The review went something like this: I loved this … Continue reading Book Not-Quite-Review: Terry Shames

Excelsior! – Yeah, Right

(Excelsior: a Latin word meaning loftier, used in English as an interjection meaning Ever upward)*** The shades of night were falling fast,As through an Alpine village passedA youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,A banner with the strange device,      Excelsior! His brow was sad; his eye beneath,Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,And like a silver clarion rungThe … Continue reading Excelsior! – Yeah, Right

Shut-eye

A brief report: I'm spending a couple of days with my cousin VZ. That's the one who fell asleep while I was reading her the first pages of my work in progress two years ago. I posted about the incident here even as she was snoring away in the other bed--we were sharing a hotel … Continue reading Shut-eye

Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 12

Limebird Writers post a list of contests and opportunities for writers. Search the archives for previous editions. Thanks, Limebird Writers.

Limebird Writers

Welcome to the 12th edition of our weekly selection of writing competitions and opportunities.

How would you like to be published in a magazine that has previously published original fiction by the likes of Thomas Hardy and F Scott Fitzgerald? You would? Then have a look at the first one below for details.

If you missed the last edition of our digest, you can view it here.

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Opportunity type – Short story competition.
Theme – Spring.
Word count – Up to 3,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
Reward – “The winning entry will appear in the May 2014 issue. Its author will be able to choose a first-edition book from Asprey’s Fine and Rare Books Department to the value of £3,000 and enjoy a week-long retreat at Eilean Shona House, on the 2,000-acre private island off the west coast of Scotland where JM Barrie wrote his screenplay for…

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Talking Turkey and Cooking Goose

In the previous episode, Kaye George, author of the Immy Duckworthy, PI mystery series, had just suggested members of Austin Mystery Writers publish an anthology of short stories. Her proposal sent me into paroxysms of insecurity and doubt: could I write two stories of acceptable quality in the time allotted? Or would I embarrass myself … Continue reading Talking Turkey and Cooking Goose

She Cannot Get Away

If you read the previous post, reblogged from Gale Albright's Visions and Revisions, you know mystery novelist Kaye George attended the Austin Mystery Writers meeting last week. Kaye, who for a number of years served as AMW's Grand Pooh-Bah, moved to Tennessee last winter, leaving Gale and me forsaken and forlorn. At the Last Lunch, … Continue reading She Cannot Get Away

Mama and the Ground Glass Resurface

In Monday's post, I announced my goals for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80): To write 300 words a day, five days a week; and Not to haul myself out of bed at 5:00 a.m. to write the 300 words. So far, the latter goal has been easier to accomplish … Continue reading Mama and the Ground Glass Resurface

A Knotty Problem

 Yesterday Dominica felt faint, and Molly, my main character, steered her to a bench on the courthouse lawn and then dithered over what to do. She couldn't leave Dominica, but she thought asking a passerby (of which there were none at the time) for help sounded lame. Today, talking about treatments for migraines, one of my … Continue reading A Knotty Problem

NaNoWriMo 666

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 666

Retreating

I am at a writing retreat with two critique friends, deep in the heart of Texas. Have been here since 11:30 this morning. Two other writers arrive tomorrow. Have written some fiction for me, some nonfiction for my friend Em. Before e-mailing Em's to her, I read over it, as every conscientious writer knows she … Continue reading Retreating

ROW80, AMW, Dorothy, & Tallulah

I owe A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) another Wednesday check-in. Fortunately, I finally have something significant to report. My original goals were to sleep (get to bed before midnight, I believe); eat well (get off the white stuff, processed foods, added salt, sweeteners); and show up at critique meetings with  something to … Continue reading ROW80, AMW, Dorothy, & Tallulah