by TJ Marie
My experiences with writing, where to publish, highlight events, and spotlight authors
|This blog will be covering different places to get your work published, writing tools, reviews, spotlight authors, and anything else I can think of to do with writing.|
I tried a new product the other day, Mooncheese, 'The Cheese that crunches'. This is one of the most interesting snacks I have tried and I am hooked. It is cheese balls that look like mini moons and it does crunch when you eat them. They use patent technologies to take out the moisture of the cheese so this product does not need to be refrigerated which is also how they get the crunch in the cheese. There are three flavours, cheddar, gouda, and pepper jack. This product can be purchased at Starbucks and different grocery stores across Canada and the US or online. This is the perfect snack when you are on the go, I am addicted.
|The World Auction will be opening soon and the host ENB is calling for donations in two ways. Any group on WDC can come up with a donation package with a choice of an available country for bidding, half of the proceeds from that donated package will go to the group who donated it and the rest will be going towards “World in Progress”, savings bank, and to the group chosen by the winner of the first raffle prize. There will also be raffle tickets available for purchase for 500 gps each. This activity looks like lots of fun so gather in your groups, pick your country, and send in you package donations. Looking forward to when this activity is open for business.
|Camp Nanowrimo is approaching us in April and this will be my first year participating. There are two age groups that can participate which are campers thirteen and over and campers under thirteen.
Campers thirteen and over can pick any word count goal. There is a profile to set up and choose your cabin mates. What is a Nanowrimo cabin? This will be where yourself and eleven other campers will be grouped together for encouragement and feedback throughout the month of April. In order to be placed in a cabin two things will need to be completed, your creation of your April 2015 project and your camper profile must be complete. Then decide whether you want to be sorted in a cabin or join a private cabin. Being sorted in a random cabin will give you the opportunity to meet other writers with the same interests as you. Cabin sorting will begin on March 25. If you have not signed up yet there is plenty of time to do so and of course I will provide you links below. Joining a private cabin is a little bit different. Gather some writing friends or meet some writers in the finding cabin mates forum. You will still have to create your April 2015 project and complete your camper profile. In your settings for your cabin preferences choose the “I want to create a private cabin” option then you can start inviting up to eleven people in your cabin. Camp Nanowrimo does begin April 1, 2015.
The young writer will have a forum where they can communicate with other young writers. They will also pick their own goals, a deadline, exchange tips with others, and also have access to a word count with a simple widget.
There is also a place here for educators which I like how this is set up to get the young ones involved. Educators can bring Nanowrimo to the class, library, or camp in a few different ways. An offline version of camp with teaching materials, downloadable progress chart, and low priced incentives or these resources can be used together with the online activity. Aid students in signing up on the Nanowrimo YWP (Young Writer’s Program) site and coordinate them through your virtual classroom. If the students are over thirteen assist them in signing up for Camp Nanwrimo and becoming cabin mates with your group.
There are many ways to participate in Camp Nanowrimo and if you have a writing project you want to get started or need to work on then this is the perfect opportunity for you.
|Sign ups are starting now for the Character Gauntlet which begins April 1 and also for World Weavers Champion which starts May 1. Both of these groups are focusing on developing a character and each group does it in their own unique way. If you are looking for a way to help develop a character then I suggest signing up for each of these activities.
|The title of the magazine, Silver Apples came from a Yeats poem, “The Wandering Aengus”
And pluck til time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
Silver Apples Magazine is the creation of Gráinne O'Brien and Alex Dunne. Starting out they thought it would just be a literary magazine and later they decided they wanted something that published all kinds of artistic talent. I feel this quote from their website explains this magazine very well, “We are the magazine you can pick up and read on the bus, the one that makes you laugh out loud and turns you into the crazy person no one wants to sit next to. The magazine that you can recommend to a friend and bond over, perhaps even creating a little fan club where you meet once a month to discuss how amazing it is... We all have dreams guys.”
What types of writing does this magazine accept? While your own personal editing and proofreading is not as important as the creation of the piece. They enjoy literary pieces they opened their genres up to Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Detective, short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry(all forms), one act plays, photography, digital artwork and illustrations, and comics. Also they look for how your piece follows their theme for their magazine when requesting submissions. At the moment they have opened the call for submissions starting now till April 5, 2015 and theme is 'The Spring Clean’. All submissions must be unpublished works and if you have the piece previously published on a blog they will still consider your work if you make this info known to them.
I sent a story into Silver Apples last year. Even though my story was not picked to be published I was sent a email say this and if I had any questions to ask them. I sent an email back asking if they could tell me two things they liked and two things they did not like. It took a bit of time for them to get back to me because they were busy with the submissions and putting together the magazine. When they did get back to me they told me that they liked the story it just was not the type of they would publish. I had started sending my work out to magazines and contests in January 2014 and they were the first to respond to anything I sent out in April 2014. I understand that many places where you submit they a re very busy and will only submit to the pieces they want to accept, it is still nice to get some feedback. I am planning on submitting this round and have not decided what to write yet. I have learned some things since my last submission and hopefully that helps. I would recommend this magazine to anyone who is looking for a place to submit their work.
|If you can share some love with the following groups here WDC who are having fundraisers to raise funds either by send GP’s directly to them or participating in their fundraising activities.
The Dark Carnival
hosted by Darleen the QoD 🌙 is raising funds for both of their contests
To run these contests 1.5 million gps is needed so if you can give these contests some love at their auction. There are 16 packages ready to receive your bids on items such as, reviews, 3-month membership, awardicons, merit badges, certificates to sig shops, Amazon Gift card, emoticon images, and much more. There are 7 packages dedicated to newbies only which is for authors who have been on the site six months or less. The goodies you can bid on reviews, badges, tickets, and more. If you want to participate there something here for everyone.
If you are a badge collector this auction is for you
The funds for this auction will be split 50/50 between the group who donated the badge and
There are 26 badges in total up for grabs in this auction which are:
Dystopian Fiction MB
Newbies Academy Group MB
Blue Mod “Special Appreciation” MB
Sisco’s Good Deeds Group MB
Top Secret MB
Angel Army MB and One Good Deed
The UENG MB
Nano Write-A-Thon MB
Elle MB for Dark Dreamscapes
3 reviews of choice by Blog City
The Cube MB
WDC Sound Trackers MB
The Dark Society MB
Racecar Writer MB
Red Mod “Special Appreciation” MB
Power Reviewers Rock MB
Dark Dreamscapes MB which is no longer available to the public
Power MVP MB
Give It 100 MB
World In Progress MB
30 Days of Character Building MB
Showers of Joy MB
Precious Gifts MB and 3 reviews
The Writers SOS MB
So come on down and make your bids before March 30 when all bids will close at that time.
Precious Gifts Auction
hosted by Roni moving in 2019! is open for business. The funds are being raised for
There are 12 Gift packages to bid on which range from MB, reviews, tickets, a 3 month Premium Membership and so much much more. So come and share the love with your donations. All bids will be accepted from now until 8pm March 30. All donations of 50K will receive an MB when available.
The Angel Army is having a raffle
hosted by Roni moving in 2019! The funds will divided, 70% to
20% to +3month upgrade to winner, and 10% to help with projects. This raffle is on now until March 30 so hurry and get your tickets now. The tickets cost 100 gps and donations of any amount will be appreciated and accepted. Angel Army has always helped authors with memberships and they want to continuing to share their love so come and help them out. Any donations over 40K will receive an MB. Lots of goodies to be won so participate and spread the love if you can.
|Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour mystery contest begins next weekend, Friday March 20, 2015 at 5pm Eastern Standard time and will end at 5pm Eastern Standard time on March 22, 2015. You will have to visit the Toasted Cheese Literary Journal forums to receive the prompt for this contest. This contest runs every spring on the weekend closest to March 21 every year. Entries are blind-judged by Bellman who is a editor, forum administrator, and technical advisor for Toasted Cheese. The judges decisions are final and the winners will be announced April 30, 2015. So what are the prizes? Winning stories will be published in the June issue of Toasted Cheese. If 50 or fewer entries are received, first place receives a $35 Amazon gift card and second a $10 Amazon gift card. If 51 or more entries are received, first place receives a $50 dollar Amazon gift card, second a $15 Amazon gift card, and third a $10 Amazon gift card. Be sure to read all the rules and guidelines before entering they want your entries sent a certain way. Some of the rules are the entry cannot be previously published, not entry fees, proofread thoroughly, paste your entry into the body of your email no attachments, and feedback on stories is limited and you are encouraged to post your story after the results have been finalized to their critique forums. Do you dare enter?
Toasted Cheese also has other contests throughout the year, Three Cheers and a Tiger Science Fiction/Fantasy autumn edition which runs the weekend closest to September 21, A Midsummer Tale is annually open April 1-June 21 which will have a theme, and the Dead of Winter runs October 1-December 21 annually with a given theme. I participated in the Dead of Winter contest for 2014 with the theme Toys in the Attic with a horror theme. This was a fun story to write and I will link the story below if you would like to read it.
Just a little bit of background on Toasted Cheese. In 2001 a group of American and Canadian writers founded Toasted Cheese. They publish poetry, flash, fiction, creative non-fiction, and reviews. Their focus is on the quality of work, as a result the number of pieces published in each issue will vary. They accept approximately 5% of the submissions received. At this time the only entries that get anything is the contest entries. If you submit a piece of writing you get recognition for it and this is due to the lack of funds the magazine has at this time. Feel free to visit the website and participate in the forums, read the stories and articles, and participate in writing activities. Happy writing!
|This blog is going to feature different places and ways authors can publish their work whether it be short stories or novels. I will be sharing different places where you can enter writing contests which some do help in getting published and others are just for fun. Different writing tools such as classes, writing programs, editing tools, and research material. Authors will also be spotlighted here to shine and show off their work. There will also be reviews featured here as well. This is a short intro entry and look forward to more.