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Writing Links in August 2012


While I’m panning for gemstones, visiting old haunts, and making a nuisance of myself with family I thought I’d share a few writing bits and bobs from the month.


Coming later this week is the second online convention for kid lit. Register for free and walk the virtual halls with other children’s book authors for the two-day event. On August 14th & 15th get ready for lectures, critiques, contests and more awesome sauce.


Very exciting news from Julie Duffy of StoryADay.org last week. No longer will the May challenge be pigeon-holed into one month a year. Now you can write along with hoards pushing your creativity to write a fresh story every day in September as well.

I really hope enough people participate so it is a success. Check out the site, sign up, and dive right in!


I love Poets & Writers website and especially its contest board. Here are two upcoming contests that got my attention.


Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline is August 31, 2012. Maximum word count is 1,000 and the fee is $4 for the first story.


Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

With stories by Sam Weller, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Mort Castle, and more including the late Ray Bradbury himself; this collection plays homage to the prolific author.  I can’t wait to read it!

Another collaboration is a Kickstarter project by Alex Shvartsman for “a collection of hilarious science fiction & fantasy stories from some of today’s best speculative writers” or in other words the Unidentified Funny Objects Anthology.

I admit to being intrigued and hope it gets the funding so they can add a few more stories and print a limited hardcover edition among other things.

Do you have any favorite Kickstarter projects going on? Let me know!



Are you going to Dragon*Con? Can’t wait till Amanda Makepeace shares her experiences from the conference.

Creating Not Good but Great Characters is another great post by C. S. Lakin of LIVE WRITE THRIVE.


2 Responses to Writing Links in August 2012

  1. I saw “Writing Links” and immediately zoned in on your post. Thanks for the mention! I am looking forward to the workshop and other panels. They have a great line-up for Young Adults too, so I’m taking my daughter to a few of those as well. 🙂
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