I hope that your Friday evening is going well and that creative spirit is alive and kicking putting out great prose like no ones business… I have been busy researching the Writers Market looking up listings to submit to. I found a children’s writing site called, Childrenswriter.com. Basically they are a newsletter that discusses what is going on in the field of children’s writing. Every 6 months they have a writing contest with a different theme. Currently the grand prize is 500 dollars and publication in the Children’s Writer newsletter. I think the current contest runs until October. The current theme is seasonal poetry.
I have also been checking out the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories site and so far no dice as to when that contest will start. As you guys know, that is one of my favorite contests to enter because of the wonderful opportunity it gives to unpublished writers such as myself.
Now I have not forgotten about the other projects that I have started. That is the “How to’ book”, the Sci-fi story and writing poetry for the poetry chapbook. It is that I am getting geared up for another shot at the Spoonful of Stories contest. I sure do hope it starts up again!
So I had better get cracking! So until next time…William out!
It is Wednesday June 26th. Time is 10:34 pm. I hope that you guys are having a wonderful evening. I know I am. I have been working on some children’s stories to submit to the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories contest. It has been my main focus for the past month and will continue to be so until July 31st when the contest ends.
Now like I have said before, I will not neglect my other projects as well, but the Cheerios project is such a unique opportunity that one would have to be crazy not make it the primary focus. Of course my other projects are, posting here, making poetry, working on the sci-fi story, posting to Necon E-books, doing research on the WritersMarket website. Always got to do that research to find the next contest or magazine to submit to.
I’m going to miss my critique group buddies over the summer. The last meeting was in Boca Raton and the next one will not be until September. So in the mean time I had better write some good material to be critiqued on. That is my goal at least.
Speaking of goals, I submitted one story to the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories contest last week. So far I believe that is my best effort though I will continue to submit stories. One of my other goals is to read some of RIk Feeney’s book on how to create a non fiction book. Creating non-fiction does intrigue me as well. He gave a good lecture on the subject about a month back. So I will look into it as well. His idea is to go ahead and write non-fiction books that will help pay the bills until that contract comes in the mail. Now I do like that idea. Not only from a financial stand point but from a marketing one as well.
Now you may ask yourself how would it be beneficial from a marketing standpoint would having a non-fiction book already out there in, lets say, on a Kindle platform? Well let’s say you have a non-fiction book out there that is bringing in some money already and then you get that break through fiction book published. Using the Kindle platform it would not take long to put an advertising blurb in your non-fiction eBook touting the new fiction book you just published. People would get an email to update that Kindle version of your non=fiction book and then see the advertisement for your new book. Anyway the idea is that you have already established a network where you can advertise to.
Well I have to go on to my other projects…So until next time…William out! Please take people!
I hope that your Friday evening is going well. Mine certainly is! Especially after The heat won yesterday! It was a hell of a series and must give due resect to the San Antonio Spurs. They gave it everything they had. Hell they were within 20 seconds of winning the title in Game 6. Well the game is not over until the proverbial fat lady sings! Now I hope that the Dolphins will have a good season as well. I think they made some right moves during the off season. Time will tell.
Now on to other things. I attended the Boca Raton Critique Group meeting yesterday. And though the group was small the talent certainly was there. Author Jade Kerrion hosted and she did very well indeed. I got a chance to read my Cheerios Spoonful of Stories submission and it was well received. I was told not to change it. It was perfect the way it was. So that is what I did. I did not change anything and submitted it a short time ago.
That was one of my writing goals tonight along with posting here and working on my other projects. I must tell tell you that I had a lot of fun writing that story. I hope that it does very well. Hell isn’t that what every author feels> I hope so. My other goals are to work on my other children story submissions, work on my poetry, work on my sci-fi story, do some research into upcoming contests, submit another 100 word story to Necon E-Books. In any case I am gong to keep myself busy. And so on that note, until next time…William out!
And as I write this post, Game 4 of the NBA Finals are being played and since I am a Heat fan, I will say Go Heat!!!!! Game 4 is going to be a, how would I say it, a gut check game for the Heat if they want to be NBA Champions again. All that work, a 66-16 regular season record which at one time there was a, and I may not be correct on this, 27 game winning streak, all that will be for naught if they don’t pull off winning the championship. So Go Heat!!!! And just as I finish this paragraph the Heat take the lead 27-24 with 48 seconds left in the first quarter. They were behind by as much as 8 points during the quarter.
Now on to my writing… I have been working hard on my children’s stories getting them ready to be submitted to the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories contest, which by the way ends on July 31st. I haven’t been able to get them read by my critique groups but I hope that will change by next Thursday when we meet in Boca Raton. Then after that one way or another I will start to submit my work. As of right now I feel very comfortable with a couple of stories and just today I finished a third one. One which I will be doing some re-writing after I’m done with this post. As they say re-writing is also creating. So create I will!
I have also been working on my sci-fi story “A Change in Time” this week as well using Scrivener. I must say that Scrivener is one hell of a writing program. In my opinion it’s a writers dream program. By the way if you want to check out their web site here is the address. Check the site out and see if you like it. I have been having fun with it and from what I hear these people are working to catch up the windows version of the software with the Mac version. Use see Scrivener was originally written for the Mac. I like the fact that you can so easily organize you work into files on the program. That is a nice feature along with many others. So Google it and check it out. Well that is about all for now. I have to get back to doing my other writing projects. So as always, until next time…William out!
Critique group meeting tomorrow over at the Wellington library. There will be a very talented group of writers over there reading their work. I hope to be one of them as I would like to get some feedback on my Cheerios Spoonful of Stories submissions. Once I get that feedback I will try to incorporate those suggestions and then start to make submissions.
I have about three stories ready to read and my plan is to read the best two first since I only have 5 minutes to read. Also I’m going to see my friend Leslie Borghini, (The Author of the horror novel, Angel Heat) and my copy of her book signed. She is one very nice lady and a hell of a talented writer! So I’m really glad that I will get a chance to see her again. You can get Angel Heat over on Amazon. For those s horror fans out there…Get the book! You will love it!
Now regarding what I’ve been doing, I have been writing stories for the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories contest these past few weeks. That’s where my focus has been. Though I have written some poems and tweaked the plot points to my sci-fi story “A Change in Time”, my main focus has been on writing children’s stories.
I have been looking forward to this children’s contest for a couple of years, since last year they didn’t offer it. It’s a wonderful opportunity for an unpublished author to get their writing career started. Plus it’s fun to do. I feel like I accomplished something when I finish one of my stories.
I feel the same way every time I post here as well.
I haven’t started anything with Hubpages yet. I’m still learning what needs to be in order to start writing articles (Hubs as they call them.). As I mentioned before they seem to be a good website to make the “in between money” before that contract comes in the mail. Now wouldn’t that be to have that contract in my mailbox? Well I can dream eh?
Speaking of dreaming I’d better get back to my other writing projects. So until next time…William out!
I hope that your day is going well! Mine sure is! I have been busy writing another Children’s story for the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories contest along with setting up my Hubpages account. At least that has been my focus these past few weeks, Yesterday I also looked at the plot points for my sci-fi story “A Change in Time!”.
It’s nice to comeback to an unfinished piece of work with fresh eyes. I made a few decisions about the story. You know the drill…what to keep, what to discard, what to change, what to leave alone…fret about this, don’t fret about that. Thats what I love about writing. You never know what is going to happen next.
In two weeks the Wellington critique group will meet at the Wellington library. I do plan on being there early so I can read my Children’s stories that I will submit to the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories contest. I believe that my stories are very good, but as I said before I would like some feedback before I submit them! To tell you the truth I think they are ready now, but I would like that feedback!
I have been checking out the Hubpages site. Once I’m done setting things up I will start posting articles (Hubs they are called) in the hopes of furthering my writing skills and make some money on the side while waiting for that publishing contract to come in the mail! The site is free to join so check it out! Well it’s been a pleasure writing to you guys, but I have other writing goals to attain, so until next time…William out!