Friday, December 16, 2016

Wyrm's Gauntlet Writing Contest!

For the last couple of months I’ve been participating in a writing competition called the Wyrm’s Gauntlet — consisting of a series of challenges, two fiction, two non-fiction—the number of challengers was winnowed from 33 to 8 to 5, and finally to the last 3.

The first challenge was to critique a book review, the second to write a 2nd person POV short story, the third to write a critical paper about fan fiction and then, the final challenge, to write a short story with a movie trailer prompt.

And I just found out a few days ago that I came in first place!! As seen here: Gauntlet Champs!

Definitely fun, but challenging. It really is a gauntlet!

PS: And thanks to the folks that offered advice on rough drafts -- Matt, Deborah and Sonja!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

On Goals and the "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest!

I set some writing and submission goals this summer!

Some goals that I've unlocked over the last few months:
  • My first royalty check! Not for a lot, but hey, a royalty check!
  • In June, I set out to write 1,000 words a day and I met that goal.
  • Over the course of July and August, I've submitted short stories to over twenty venues!
  • I had a reprint accepted!
  • I have a story will be produced as an audio podcast! Very excited!

In other news, do you have a novel you're interested in having represented? In the "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest you'll have an opportunity for a real live agent to check out the first page of your novel.

The contest is live until the end of the day, Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The contest is judged by agent Andrea Morrison of Writers House. Interest piqued? Mosey on over to the website for details!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Plea for Good Music - Jason Myles Goss

Are you tired of all the same music that the six companies that control 90% of our media tell you to like?
Jason Myles Goss

Jason Myles Goss' music has muscle. It has soul and heart. He tells stories that tell the plight of regular folks trapped in their circumstances. Or folks just trying to live their lives. He writes beautiful songs. He writes earworms that you don't even notice your singing to yourself as you stand in line buying groceries. And then you realize for the fourth time in a day, or the tenth time that week who you're listening to.

Treat yourself to a dose of amazing music. I've been listening to Jason Myles Goss now for going on more than a decade when he came to play at a little coffee house in Portland, ME. He was really good then, and he just keep getting better and better.

It's criminal that he isn't better known.

He brings to mind Bruce Springsteen if he wrote about life in New England, or Ryan Adams if Ryan were a little less Americana and little more Folk Rock.

Do you really want to listen to what you're told you should listen to by the 232 executives that have our music industry in a stranglehold? Step out of your comfort zone for just a minute and you'll by happy you did.

Listen to something genuine and good and real.

Jason Myles Goss' Discography:

  • Long Way Down (2003)
  • Another Ghost (2005)
  • A Plea For Dreamland (2009)
  • Radio Dial (2012)
  • This Town Is Only Going To Break Your Heart (2015)

  • A Plea For Dreamland (2007)