Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Writing Contest!

Attention Fantasy/Science Fiction Writers!

Here's a cool writing contest to enter. Follow the link below for all the rules and information. Sounds fun! Good luck, everybody.

"Dear Lucky Agent" Contest Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Writing News

Remember that young adult fantasy novel I mentioned earlier? I entered it in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest and it made it all the way to the semifinals! You could have knocked me over with a feather (heh heh). I never expected it to make it through the first round, let alone this far and I'm thrilled.

I've got a new nonfiction book coming out next year from Barbour Books. The title (unless it changes between now and then) is Simple Tips and Inspiration for Knitters. Talk about fun to write - I love to knit so this was really an exciting project. Can't wait to see it in print.

Bird News

The baby wrens living on the front porch grew up and decided to leave the nest recently. They were so precious; little bundles of scruffy feathers perching precariously on the edge of the nest, wobbling back and forth, desperately flapping their wings when a sibling tried to shove them out. The parents kept calling to them and tempting them with juicy worms. Finally, the urge to fly (and eat) took over and each one launched into the air.

Three headed for the big cypress at the end of the porch where the parents waited, but one tiny Wrong-Way Joe headed in the opposite direction. It took me a few minutes to catch the little guy, but finally I scooped him up and carried him to the edge of the woods where the rest of the family had gathered. There was a little excitement as the young ones wobbled and flapped, still not quite able to control their wings. At last, they all made it up into a pine tree and from there followed the parents off into the woods. Awesome.

Enough rambling for now. Take care, everybody, and happy writing!