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I'm Published (In April or May)

Good news on the writing front. My short story, Macchiato Memoirs, is going to be published in Every Day Fiction! It should appear sometime during April or May, so be on the look out.

Every Day Fiction is an online flash fiction for works of less than a 1000 words. I encourage everyone to check them out and sign up for their daily fiction.I've read some really good, eye-opening short stories from their site. Almost everyone has time to read a 1000 words, but it really takes some effort to tell a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end with such a limited number of words.

They accept all genres, so I'm certain everyone can find something they like. Also if you submit, they give great feedback.

I'm soooooo excited! Can you tell?






Plots and Orphans

I've been reading another website/blog called the Plot Whisperer. Anyone who struggles with plot should give it a read. There's a lot of usable information and links.

In addition, I've been going through unfinished short stories and deciding whether or not to continue with them. Some aren't bad and others are worse than stinky cheese. I seem to get about two pages into each and quit even though there's a lot more story to go. I'm not sure if I get interrupted or I have a two-page attention span. I did find three that are finished and I need to find a home for them.

I'll be surfing the web looking for a place for my "orphans". Wish me luck.

Technophobia?

I follow Nathan Bransford's blog and he asked an intriguing question.

Why are so many Literary Writers Technophobic?


Of course, I had to answer. I always have an opinion!
I've posted my reply here or you can visit the website via the link above and read a whole lot more opinions.


I can see both sides. How's that for straddling the fence? My next gig will be politics. This conundrum reminds me of the setting of Fahrenheit 451. Yes, I will be that lady who goes up in flames for her books. I love to caress the pages, admire the art and care it took to create the actual book. Going deeper, I appreciate the actual experiences that lead to the stories I've enjoyed. A virtual adventure is never the equal of the real thing. How to describe the smells and sounds are tempered by what we've known in our past. Your past is not mine and vice versa. I appreciate technology for opening new worlds to me that I cannot afford or physically manage to visit. I appreciate the ease with which the internet makes possible for me to send my words out into the world. Like all things in life, there needs to be moderation. A melding of technology and experience, the virtual and the actual, is the best we can strive for. Afterall, the quill was once new technology.

2011 ABNA Winners


Drum roll, please......

General Fiction Winner - East of Denver by Gregory Hill

Young Adult Winner - Spookygirl by Jill Baguchinsky
                     

Writer's Training

Writing is like any other physical activity; the more you do it, the better you become. The old adage of "Practice makes perfect" applies.

Kristin Lamb, author of We Are Not Alone-The Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It's Me, Writer, has an excellent article on how to train to become a writer. Yes, train. 

ABNA Controversy

Posting after a long and sick break. I'm still not well, but well enough to put in a little keyboard time.

The ABNA competition is now in the Quarter Finals, sifting through 250 selections to find the fifty that will go to the Semi-Finals. It seems that the 2011 competition has had more than its share of controversy in that a few of the Vine Reviewers selected by Amazon seemed a bit over-the-top with personal axes to grind. Criticism is always hard to take, but one has to get used to it if a writer is going to make his work public. Constructive criticism is good. A writer can learn from the suggestions and improve his skills. Harsh criticism can be useful as well, if the critic has valid points and substantiates those points. However, criticism meant to squelch a writer personally, especially a young/teen writer, should be viewed as unnecessary and cast that critic in the light of the troll he/she is.

Unfortunately, some of the Vine Reviewers took it upon themselves to run down young writers. I know you're asking, "How would they know the age of the writer?". In some of the cases, the critic stated that he/she believed the work to be an attempt by a teen and went downhill from there.

Amazon has been notified and I'm hoping that the critic/critics in question gets a dressing down similar to the one he/they gave to some writers. I also hope he's barred from participating in future events. It's a shame that this person felt the need to give the Amazon contest a black eye.

Here's to hoping that he gets one back.

Free E-zine on Writing

Randy Ingermanson encourages writers to "Steal This E-zine!"
 
It's free and informative.
Check out his website and be sure to read his pieces regarding Scenes and his Snowflake Method.
From Randy himself:
"This E-zine is free, and I personally guarantee it's
worth at least 460 times the price. I invite you to
"steal" it, but only if you do it nicely . . .

Distasteful legal babble: This E-zine is copyright
Randall Ingermanson, 2011.

Extremely tasteful postscript: I encourage you to email
this E-zine to any writer friends of yours who might
benefit from it. I only ask that you email the whole
thing, not bits and pieces. Otherwise, you'll be
getting desperate calls at midnight from your friends
asking where they can get their own free subscription.

At the moment, there is one place to subscribe:

2011 ABNA Competition

I made it through the First Round of the 2011 ABNA Competition! That means I wrote a good query letter for my novel, MAN OF THE HOUSE. The next step means that someone will read the 5,000 word excerpt!

You can read the first four chapters at:



Comment! of! the! Week!

I am an avid follower of Nathan Bransford's Blog. Today, I was announced as the Commenter of the Week.

Here's a link to his Blog. The info (and it's just a mention) is at the bottom of the post.


Nathan Bransford - This Week in Books 1/28/11‏


It's a great resource for writers. Check it out.

ABNA

The ABNA contest has opened and I am officially entered. This is my second year participating. Last year, I made it as far as a Quarter Finalist which meant I placed in the top 5% of the entries. I'm hoping to do better this year.

As a Quarter Finalist, my 5000 word excerpt was posted on Amazon and made available for reading and comments to anyone with an Amazon account. In addition, I received two Vine Reviews and one from Publisher's Weekly.

Most of the comments were positive, but not all. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I have to admit that some of them stung for a little while. It's crucial to develop a thick skin if you're going to make your writing public. 

Even if you don't win, it's a great learning experience and it's possible to connect with writers at every level of creativity and expertise.

Go ahead, enter. You know you want to.
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