Happy Thanksgving

I am thankful that the finish line for my anthology is close. The process has been difficult, yet delightful. I’m grateful to all the writers who submitted entries and their willingness to make revisions. The goal for the book in hand is February 1st.

I appreciate my helpers, particularly Linda Todd. Without her, the book wouldn’t be polished or ready for the press. Stacey Gustafson volunteered to contact writers for their bios etc.  Jordan Bernal, Paula Chinick, and Ann Winfred appeared with their support when I became overwhelmed. Thank you all.

Haiku Andy About the Ocean

I receive a haiku a day from Haiku Andy and you can too by signing up at http://www.haikuandy.com.

The following one made me laugh.

smelling the ocean

as I leave the house

(like I might forget)

 

I’m in the suburbs of San Francisco, not close to the ocean, but reading the Haiku, I could smell it too.

Thanks, Andy.

Book Launch with Home Improvement Stories

Going to a book launch tonight. Julie Rice, author of PILZ, Camille Thompson, and Stacey Gustafson have stories in NOT YOUR MOTHER’S BOOK with the subtitle of Home Improvement. They will be reading from the book and I’m sure it will be fun. All three have a sense of humor that is reflected in their stories.

Anthology Progress for Publication

The anthology is almost complete. I’m waiting for less than ten entries that are in various stages of revision by my writer friends or they are waiting for permission from previous publishers.

Linda Todd, who organized the anthology for the Tri-Valley Chapter of the California Writers Club, has organized all the entries for me. Without her, this book would not be this far in the publishing process.

I haven’t blogged as often as I usually do because I’ve worked on the anthology every chance I have after work and family obligations.

But I’ll be back once this draft goes to the press.

Winners of the Western Flash Contest

We did it! After the two judges of the Western Flash Contest had opposing winners chosen, I took the four submissions to the members of my writing classes to participate in the judging process.

The first place winner is Jeremy Milburn for “The East Coast Dandy”. Congratulations, Jeremy. Please email me so we can get your story into my anthology.

Second Place Winner is Emily De Falla for “Devil or Angel”.

Thank you to all who submitted. Writing a story within 500 words is not an easy task and you all did very well.

See you at the next contest.

Western Short Story Contest Decisions Delayed

Four entries to my Western short story contest have the two judges at opposite ends of  choosing a winner. I asked them to categorize the flash stories from one to four and they each had a totally different list. I’m looking for another judge to break the unusual results.