July 3, 2012 at 1:00 am (Writing, Writing contest)
Tags: Arapaho Fire, best first writing contest, crafting a great opening line to a novel, opening line to a novel, Reid Lance Rosenthal, wildfire, Writing, writing life
I heard from Reid about when he expects to announce the winners of the “Best First” contest. This is tentative, but he expects to notify me of the winners by this Friday, and I hope to have them posted here on Tuesday the 10th.
I know, I know. You’re reading this and thinking “Tentative?!” “Expects?!” “Hope to?!”
Yep, that’s what I said. And for good reason. I’m not holding him to either date because he’s got a lot going on right now.
If you recall, the first line of the bio paragraph from Reid’s interview on this blog reads, “Reid is fourth generation land and cattle.”
Reid is in the midst of the horrific wildfires gripping the nation right now, specifically the Arapaho Fire. On his Facebook page, he wrote that the situation is “… now grim. Beginning to move dozers, pumps, and other equipment up country to the cabins in the AM. Horse and cattle moving through opened gates down country.”
You can check out his page on Facebook for more details, pictures, and video. And, drop him a line of support and encouragement too if you’re so inclined.
Click HERE to view his personal page on Facebook, including photos of the fire and details of all he’s doing to save his ranch.
Click HERE to view the Threads West page Reid has up on Facebook. He has photos there as well.
Do you know anyone affected by the wildfires across America?
June 26, 2012 at 1:00 am (Writing)
Tags: best first writing contest, bewitched characters, emotion thesaurus, go the F*ck to sleep, mrs kravitz, opening line to a novel, Reid Lance Rosenthal, twins, Writing, writing contest, writing life
The “Best First” contest was a rousing success and garnered a whopping THIRTY-FOUR entries!
I don’t envy Reid right now as being the one who has to sift through all those fantastic sentences and select three as winners (One Grand Prize winner and two runners-up). When I was compiling the list for Reid I couldn’t help but think how hard it was going to be for him to just pick three!
So, it’s little wonder that he hasn’t made his selection yet. While we wait, I found some fun links that I wanted to share…
Click HERE to see the newest editing symbols. They are hilarious!
Click HERE to see why I’m stalking the mailman as I await a package from Amazon that will contain what I hope will be the best writing tool evah! Seriously, I peer out my window when the mailman drives up to our box just hoping against hope that Amazon shipped it early. So far, no such luck. I think I’ve become Mrs. Kravitz by now I’m looking out the curtain so much
Click HERE if you have no idea who Mrs. Kravitz is.
And finally, click HERE to learn about a book I wish I had when my twins were at that oh so tender age of not wanting to go to sleep—the hubby and I called that age zero to now. (Hint…the title is Go the F*&k to Sleep)