"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams - dead at 63

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman: 'O me, o life of the questions of these recurring, of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these, o me, o life?' Answer: that you are here. That life exists, and identity. That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?" - Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society

Captain, you will be missed. Thank you for the beautiful verses that you contributed!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Page & Screen Weekend

Barnes & Noble is having a "Page & Screen" weekend August 9-10. They will host giveaways, prizes, free posters and more.

Check your local store for activity & event details because supplies are limited!

Monday, July 28, 2014


I'm in that place where I've spent so much time editing a piece, I wonder if it's even the same thing I started with, if it can be fixed, or if it should just slither into the trash to die. Break time...

How is your WIP coming along?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

75 Years of Batman and Freebies

It's the 75th anniversary of Batman. To celebrate, many stores such as 2nd & Charles are giving away posters, bookmarks, masks and more themed memorabilia. Call your local bookstores and see if they are participating.

Can't make it to a nearby store for the freebies? Not to worry. Gizmo's Freeware has published a directory and reviews of free download sites. This directory includes sites for downloading free E-books, Audio books and even comic books.

The first site I visited displays the first issue of Action Comics, dated June 1938. This is the issue that introduced Superman to the world. A year later, Superman got his own series. According to Gizmo, a copy of this issue recently sold for $1.5 million, but now you can view it online for free.

Thanks to free resources like these, it’s easy for us to reread classics as well as enjoy new and entertaining publications. 

Were/Are you a fan of comic books? Who is your favorite superhero or villain?

Friday, July 18, 2014

SOULLESS (Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy)

SOULLESS (Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy) 
By Crystal Collier
Coming October 13, 2014

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she's forced to unleash her true power. 

And risk losing everything. 

You can get book one at a discounted price for a limited time. To sign up for a chance to get them FREE, or join her blog tour - visit the author's blog here. Congratulations Crystal!

What great reads have you found lately?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Last Call for July 2014 Submissions

1) The Labletter needs Prose and Poetry for Annual Issue - Annual literary journal The Labletter (est. 1998) needs writers and poets to submit essays, fiction stories, and poetry for the 2015 issue. Deadline: 07/18/2014 Pay: $150/story; $25/poem Genre(s): Poetry - See more at: http://writingcareer.com/call-for-poetry-submissions#sthash.SrMZhNnA.dpuf

2) GREAT LAKES COLLEGES ASSOCIATION NEW WRITERS AWARDS   http://glca.org/programs/new-writers-award --- NO ENTRY FEE. Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. In each category, the submitted work must be an author’s first published volume. For this year’s competition GLCA will accept entries published from the spring of 2013 through the spring of 2014. GLCA will also accept galley proofs for works to be published in late spring or early summer of 2014. Publishers submit works on behalf of their authors; the key criterion for this award is that any work submitted must be an author’s first published volume in the genre. The winning authors tour several of GLCA’s member colleges from which they receive invitations, giving readings, lecturing, visiting classes, conducting workshops, and publicizing their books. Each writer receives an honorarium of at least $500 from each college visited, as well as travel expenses, hotel accommodations, and hospitality. Deadline July 25, 2014.

3) Ghost Proposal / Deadline: 7/30/14 / Poetry, essays, hybrid, images

4) FreeFall Literary Journal Open for prose and poetry submissions - Canadian literary journal FreeFall is accepting submissions for the Winter 2014 issue (published in January 2015) as well as submissions for a special 25th Anniversary issue. Deadline: 07/31/2014 Pay: $100/story Genre(s): Poetry - See more at: http://writingcareer.com/call-for-poetry-submissions#sthash.4nVpFFS9.dpuf

5) The Misfit Journal seeks prose and poetry inspired by Shakespeare - The Journal wants literary works that resonate with the Misfit culture, featuring the works of emerging, unappreciated writers whose talents deserve recognition. Deadline: 07/31/2014 Pay: $100/prose or poetry Genre(s): Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction - See more at: http://writingcareer.com/call-for-poetry-submissions#sthash.GSyAm1dW.dpuf

6) DREAM QUEST POETRY AND WRITING CONTEST http://www.dreamquestone.com/ Deadline July 31, 2014. Writing Contest entries may be written on a maximum of five pages, either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. Poetry Contest entries may be written on any subject or theme. All poems must be 30 lines or fewer and either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing. Poetry: first place $250, second place $125, third place $50. Fiction: first place $500, second place $250, third place $100.

What are you working to complete?