Lost in Las Vegas Writing Contest

Lost in Las VegasEver been to Vegas?

Well, Cardoza Publishing would like to hear about it! Keeping within the spirit and theme of Lost in Las Vegas-trouble, hard luck, good luck, or madcap adventure-they want your craziest Vegas true adventure story, or a fictional story that happened only in the Vegas of your wildest dreams.

Entries should not exceed 3,500 words and should not have been previously published. Winning submissions and selected finalists will be published in the 2012 Cardoza Publishing book: Wild and Crazy Las Vegas Stories.  Cash prizes range from $2500 to $125.  There is no entry fee.  Enter before March 1, 2012.

For more information, go to: http://www.lostinlasvegas.com/

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Oh Editor, is it getting drafty in here?

Author Valerie Douglas
Author Valerie Douglas

When should a writer hire an editor, someone asked – after the first draft or the final draft? My first, facetious answer – When it’s done?

First draft? Um, no…

After I finished cleaning up the wine that shot through my nose when I started laughing – not a pretty sight and it scared the cats – I’m afraid I might have responded a little harshly to what was a fair question from a new writer. But after all a little logic could be applied, as a ‘first’ draft implies that there will be others, or you’d just call it the final draft. I’d also like to add that you should know your craft, spelling, the basics of grammar, etc.

But the question of drafts and when to bring in an editor is a fair one.

One other thing before I answer that, if your vision of an editor is of someone who has tons of time to nurture your talent and polish your manuscript until it is a thing of beauty and a joy to behold… reality check. Only if you’re independently wealthy. Editing a novel is not the same as reading one, it takes a lot more time. Continue reading “Oh Editor, is it getting drafty in here?”

Sneak Peek: Alix Moore’s “Tapping the Well Within”

Tapping the Well Within coverToday we get a sneak peek of author Alix Moore’s book Tapping the Well Within:  Writing from Your Source of Effortless Creativity, Deep Wisdom, and Utter Joy.

Spiritual teacher Alix Moore invites you to step into your creative genius and learn to write from the deepest, most sacred part of your being: your higher self. Learn to quiet your mind, connect to your spirit, and let your words fly free! Learn how to ● create an environment where your spirit can thrive ● see writer’s block in a whole new way ● release the fear and self-doubt that are holding you back ● quiet your critical, overactive mind ● use simple meditation techniques to clear your energetic space and release blockages ● use the meditation space to connect with your creative spirit

Tapping the Well Within:  Writing from Your Source of Effortless Creativity, Deep Wisdom, and Utter Joy  is available on Amazon.com, AlixMoore.net and the Balboa Press. Continue reading “Sneak Peek: Alix Moore’s “Tapping the Well Within””

NEW Exercise your Vote on the Writing Exercise!

With the poll software debacle behind us and final “personnel adjustments” made in the IU engineering department, we are now prepared to begin voting for this week’s Writing Exercise extravaganza. You may review the entries HERE.

Don’t worry, we have adjusted the power settings on the poll from kill to stun. I’m pretty sure we got that right anyway. It was a little hard to come by volunteers after that first unfortunate incident.

Voting will close at 5 pm mountain time on Thursday January 12, 2012. The recipient with the most votes wins a feature post and publication at year end.

Select the best entry for the IU writing Exercise Competition: Timestream

  • #4 Pam Logan (46%, 13 Votes)
  • #2 Garrett Hise (18%, 5 Votes)
  • #1 William C. Busch (11%, 3 Votes)
  • #6 Linda Rae Blair (11%, 3 Votes)
  • #7 A. L. Kaplan (11%, 3 Votes)
  • #3 Elisavietta Ritchie (4%, 1 Votes)
  • #5 Charles Ray (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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