RECENT NEWS & COMING EVENTS
February got here in the blink of an eye. The contest season is not too far ahead, and it’s time to work on some ideas.
With no hard deadlines looming, we were able to spend some time working on bigger projects that had been neglected. It’s cold here, and we both keep browsing for a sunny vacation spot.
During our week at the lake, I organized a collection of western short stories by members of White County Creative Writers and created an eBook. There are twenty-one short stories by eight award-winning writers. You can find the Anthology here .
November is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. World-wide, thousands of people are committing to write an average of 1600 new words per month, with the goal of finishing a complete first draft of a novel in the month. It’s just the kick in the seat that some writers need to get moving on a project.
We attended Ozark Creative Writers Conference . The three day event in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas, included 31 writing contests, multiple sessions, an open mic event, two banquet meals, live entertainment, plus an awards ceremony where contest winners were announced. You can view their website here. Gary and I love this special conference and the opportunities to visit with old friends and met some new ones. We compete to see which of us does better in the awards, but also cheer loudly for all our friends and fellow writers. We made plans for future collaborations with some talented people.
We attend OWL fall conference in Branson and had a good time meeting new friends and reconnecting with a few old friends. We enjoyed the speakers’ sessions and even brought home some awards. You can view their website here..
The White County Creative Writers Conference in Searcy is an annual must for us. As always, it was a great conference, with interesting and informative speakers. The conference included 27 writing contests this year in a wide variety of genres. There were 394 entries this year, another conference record. Gary and I came home with some awards, and some cash to help pay for our October trips.
AUGUST 2022: New Book Release
You can read more about it the Young Dragon’s website.
I wrote the story about three years ago for a contest that called for Bigfoot stories. In 2020, Young Dragons Press sponsored a contest for a children’s story, so I made a few revisions and entered the story there. The story won first place, and they expressed interest in publishing it. I signed a contract with Young Dragons Press in September 2020, right before the publishing industry, along with most everything else, shut down due to the pandemic. Read my blogpost about the long road.
Toolshed Surprise is a fun little story, with a subtle, kind message. The illustrations are bold and colorful, and overall, I think it is a beautiful book. I hope you’ll check it out.