Ruminate Nonfiction Prize

Ruminate is thrilled to announce their second annual Ruminate Nonfiction Prize.  The submission deadline for the prize is midnight February 1st, 2012.  The entry fee is $15 (includes a free copy of the Summer 2012 Issue, which will include the winning piece).

You may submit one nonfiction piece per entry and it must be 7000 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.

$1000 and publication in the Spring 2012 Issue will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive publication in the Spring 2012 Issue.

For more information, please visit Ruminate’s website.

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Work It!

I was a teacher for a decade.  Not a traditional classroom teacher, a Reading/Writing Specialist.  I worked with kids who suffered from learning challenges.  I also worked with a lot of kids with life challenges – inner city youth primarily.  It was immensely rewarding and very hard. A few months ago, I was handed a medical condition that essentially ended my teaching career (Patulous Eustachian Tubes).  Suddenly, I couldn’t teach to the best of my ability because all I could hear half the time was the sound of wind in my ears.  (A lot less romantic than wind in your hair.)  I don’t do things that I can’t do to the best of my ability…especially something as important as teaching.  So, I decided to give freelance writing a try (more than just fiction).  And I am currently figuring out how to make that work.  Time will tell.

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Video Trailer: Fractured Facade, by Elena DeRosa

This is the book video trailer for Elena DeRosa’s Fractured Facade.  A former videotape editor, producer, and freelance newspaper columnist, Fractured Facade is her debut novel.

Fractured Facade is available for Kindle on, and in eBook form through Smashwords and Barnes & Noble.  [subscribe2]

That’s Awesome

Kat's CougarI’m a purist in every sense of the word. I like things just so…or in my eyes, how they were meant to be: correct. Being that way could be construed as a bit silly or stubborn at times, but it is what it is and I am what I am.

That said, it drives me up a wall when words are misused, misspoken, or misspelled. Language is very important to me, and it’s already been adulterated enough by internet speak and colloquialisms, etc.

So when I came to realize that I was contributing to the dumbing down of our language, I was mortified. Yes, it’s true. I was and am one of the billions of people who, frankly, misuse the word “awesome.” Continue reading “That’s Awesome”