Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Fives- Favorite Back to School Books via Paper Hangover

Song of the Day: School Days by Chuck Berry
   Hello all! It's Friday! Woo! I'm looking forward to this weekend because I'm actually staying in my city and I won't be visiting my parents. I'll finally have some time to get things organized around the house. Spring cleaning at my apartment is long over due. I'm also looking forward to getting some reading done. I haven't been been able to sit down with a good book in a while.

I haven't done Friday Fives in a while, but today the fantastic bloggers over at Paper Hangover asks,

"What are your FIVE favorite "back to school" books? 

I must confess, I'm not sure what this topic means, but I made a list of the books I that I read during my "back to school" days after summer vacation.

1. Sweet Valley Twins by Francine Pascal

2. The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin

3. Nancy Drew by Mildred Wirt Benson

4. Amelia Bedilia by Peggy Parish

5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Monday, August 22, 2011


Song of the Day: Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C 

   Hello all! It has been a while, hasn't it? As some of you may know, the week before last, I presented my thesis and GRADUATED! I had to go to New Jersey for the presentation and graduation and didn't return until last week. I'm still getting back into the swing of things if you can believe it. Today, I'm just checking in and next week I'll return to the regularly scheduled Opportunities Monday.

   My thesis presentation went well from what others told me. From my perspective...Eh. I was so nervous! I had intentions of not reading off of my paper, but when I got up there I couldn't remember anything and I froze! So I ended up reading. The good new is that I looked up a lot and kept a conversational tone. The presentation went by very fast. I was supposed to read from my novel for ten minutes, but that didn't happen because the craft and form section took up forty five minutes! I'm glad it did though. I had the best support system there to put me at ease. My family was there. Then my amazing sisters Pam and Quita, skyped the presentation so it felt like they were really there cheering me on. Plus our little brother Matt was there.

   After the presentation I was asked a couple of tough questions. I think I answered them well. Lucky for me, I was able to reference other books that I read to help me answer the questions. See why it's important for writers to read?

   The presentation was on Tuesday and the graduation was on Saturday, so after it was over, I was able to enjoy my trip. I went to New York and got to see most of my family and friends. It was a really nice time.  I feel rested and I'm ready to get back into things. I missed my blogging buddies too. Hopefully, I didn't miss out on too much in the blog world. Below are some pictures from my trip.

Me at Graduation

The front of the FDU Mansion

Me at Bryant Park

Times Square


Monday, August 1, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- August 1, 2011

Song of the Day: Winning by Santana

    Hello all! How was the weekend? I had a fantastic one. For those of you who don't know, Issue #1 of Black Fox Literary Magazine was released on Friday! We had a really good response and I'm so thankful for those of you that have visited the site and read the magazine. The issue is available for free online on the Black Fox website and we also have a print version that is $10. In other news, my short story, The Truth About Lipstick is available today in The Scarlet Sound. Read it here. It's my first published piece, so I'm very excited! As my thesis presentation is nearing, I'll be a little MIA around my blog. I'm going to try and have at least one or two posts, but until next week is over with, I won't be thinking about blogging (though you KNOW I still love you all don't you?) Here are this week's opportunities.


1. Writer's Digest Science Fiction/Fantasy Contest

Writer's Digest is now accepting submissions for its Science Fiction/Fantasy Contest. Entries should be 4,000 words or less. Here are the prizes:

  • First Prize: The First Place-Winner receives $1,000 cash, promotion in Writer’s Digest, $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.
  • Second Prize: The Second Place-Winner receives $500 cash, promotion in Writer’s Digest, $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.
  • Honorable Mention: Honorable Mentions will receive promotion in Writer’s Digest and the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.

Entry fee is $20 and the contest closes on September 15, 2011.

Calls for Submissions:

1. The Baltimore Review

The Baltimore Review is re-launching as an online literary magazine. They are looking for short stories, poems, and creative non-fiction.

2. Litro

Litro accepts short stories, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction. Issues are themed so be sure to check the submission guidelines.

3. Diverse Voices Quarterly

Seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, personal essays/creative non-fiction and art work.

4. Inkwell 

Inkwell is now accepting unsolicited submissions in poetry, prose, and artwork. The Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 reading period runs from August 1, 2011 to November 15, 2011. Inkwell pays $10 per printed page and two complimentary copies.

   A few announcements about Black Fox Literary Magazine. This week we'll be adding a non-fiction section to our submission manager. We will also have ad space available for authors who would like to promote their books. The cost is $10 for a full page ad and $5 for a half page ad. Due to printing costs we can only offer this in black and white. We're also launching a Black Fox blog and we're looking for contributors to blog about topics related to writing, reading or publishing. In the very near future we'll be offering manuscript consulting, so be on the look out for that as well. As always, we're looking for fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction submissions. Information on everything mentioned will be available on the site this coming week. Happy Writing!