Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Odds and Ends

Sometimes there are no themes, no ways to organize life. Things just are. Kinda like this post.

The Seven Year PenThe Seven Year Pen from Seltzer Goods is just flat out amazing. I bought one the other day, since I’m a big fan of ballpoints and writing longhand. According to the packaging, “100 million pens are discarded every day,” and this pen is designed to write 1.7 meters a day for 7 years. Sign me up! Um…literally.


Local Writing Group Resumes – Today, I’m meeting with the ladies in my local writing group for the first time since November. I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with everyone and getting back into the rhythm of critiquing and exchanging work. Taking December off was great for personal reasons, but now it’s time to get back to writing.

Fat Girl in a Strange Land ARC GiveawayCrossed Genres Publications is offering three advanced reader copies of the Fat Girl in a Strange Land anthology (which includes my story “The Tradeoff”) through Goodreads. Go here for your chance to win. I'll also have an interview with the editors when we get closer to the anthology's release in February.


Another Resource Roundup Forthcoming – I’ve just started to pull together a post on querying, which should be ready to go next week. Fingers crossed. I’ve been putting it off since these types of posts are so time consuming, but hopefully it will be worth the effort!


Taos Toolbox – I found out this week I was accepted to this year’s Taos Toolbox, a two-week master class in science fiction and fantasy writing this summer. It’s led by Walter Jon Williams and Nancy Kress, with Daniel Abraham as a guest lecturer. I’m really excited for the workshop, but now I’m already paranoid about what projects I’ll be workshopping, whether I’m well-versed enough in the genre (I’m not), and other feelings of unworthiness. There’s still time to apply to Taos and other SFF workshops this year – check out this great post by John Joseph Adams for Inkpunks breaking down the different options.


That’s it for me this week. Happy writing!

4 comments:

Lauren Alissa Hunter said...

I'm so jealous, I wish I had a local writer's group! Out here in the artistic wilds of Oklahoma, it is hard to find each other... AND a pen that lasts seven year?! That reminds me of a story I saw on NPR where a woman had accidentally (really? what?) swallowed a pen over a decade ago, but no one believed her... she recently had some sort of surgery and they found the pen and... it still wrote. YOWZA.

Lori M. Lee said...

Wow, so much awesome! I want that pen just to have it XD And I'm totally entering the giveaway for the anthology. Gosh, I'm still in love with that cover.

CONGRATS on getting into the class. That's so cool. I hope you'll let us know how it goes :D

Patricia Marques said...

The pen!!! I want it *_*

Also, looking forward to your roundup on querying :D it's something I need to learn a lot about *sigh*

Hope you have fun at your writer's group!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow, that is a lot of pens that are thrown away. :( I love to find the pen that feels just right. It has to be the right size and the roller has to flow just right and with a fine point. (no I'm not picky...lol)

Congratulations on getting into the class. You will do fine. One thing I have found when I felt intimidated is to just listen...Then no one knows you don't know some book, but you can jot down notes and read it later. :)

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