Strawberry Lemonade is a Doll

Strawberry LemonadeStrawberry Lemonade is an adorable four week old terrier mix puppy waiting for a new home at New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary. She will be ready in a few weeks for adoption.

All of the dogs available at New Beginnings receive microchipping​, deworming, monthly heartworm preventative, vaccines​, wellness exams and spay or neutering.

If you’re interested in any of their dogs, please download their Adoption Application. You can see all the dogs on their site by clicking here or visit http://www.nicevilleanimalclinic.net/adoption.html.

Since I can’t adopt any more dogs, I’ve adopted New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary instead.

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“Where the Stars Rise” Release Details!

Where the Stars Rise official cover_smOfficial release details for “Where the Stars Rise” is now available.  The publication date is slated for October 8, 2017.

I was honored to have one of my stories, “Vanilla Rice,” selected for the “Where the Stars Rise” anthology.

A collection of Asian science fiction and fantasy, you will find no stereotypical manga flavored tales. The stories are unique and the insight given expands beyond cultural boundaries.

More details on “Where the Stars Rise:” http://laksamedia.com/where-the-stars-rise-an-anthology-for-a-cause/.

Details on another Laksa Media publication “The Sum of Us:” http://laksamedia.com/the-sum-of-us-an-anthology-for-a-cause-2/

The author page: http://laksamedia.com/authors-editors/

And, the official Table of Contents:

Stars Rise table of contents

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You ARE a Writer

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Why We Need Editors…

I love examples of why we need editors. Sometimes it’s because of misplaced punctuation and spelling. Sometimes it’s to protect us from ourselves. I came across this recently and thought I’d share.

Can you tell what’s wrong with this headline and photo? Leave me a comment with your answer.

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Submissions: Taos Journal

Taos JournalTaos Journal of International Poetry & Art will have an OPEN SUBMISSION period during the month of MAY only with the theme—Sensual Organs of a Living Earth.

A striking example: ‘fingers of water or land that are the sensory receptors of a large mass.’…Elizabeth Bishop.

Please submit up to four poems
during the month of MAY only to: editor@taosjournalofpoetry.com.

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The Many Selves

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Horror Movie Daycare

It’s been a busy, busy week. To entertain you in my absence, here’s “Horror Movie Daycare,” a funny College Humor production.

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🎶Peanut, Peanut Butter—& LOKI?🎶

Peanut Butter and LokiDon’t let the name fool you… this Loki is a male dachshund mix that’s all smiles. He loves story time and snuggles.

His friend, Peanut Butter, is also a male dachshund mix that loves to play games. Both of these lovable boys are waiting for new homes at New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary.

All of the dogs available at New Beginnings receive microchipping​, deworming, monthly heartworm preventative, vaccines​, wellness exams and spay or neutering.

If you’re interested in any of their dogs, please download their Adoption Application. You can see all the dogs on their site by clicking here or visit http://www.nicevilleanimalclinic.net/adoption.html.

Since I can’t adopt any more dogs, I’ve adopted New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary instead.

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Look for the Billboard!

Saturday in the Park is coming and my daughter Kyra made this billboard! You may see it in the area advertising the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida’s Saturday in the Park event which will be April 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I’ve participated the last few years and last year ran the 5K as well. Saturday in the Park is always a blast. Vendor spots are available as well. Find out more information here.

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Find Your Story Class Begins Today

NWFSCThere’s still room in my creative writing class at Northwest Florida State College that begins today at 1 p.m. We will be covering the different elements that combine to make a good story. Information on all my classes can be found by clicking my Class & Workshop page.

In this class we will be taking one story and breaking it down to its separate elements. We will explore each element along with different methods of presentation. Some of the topics of discussion will include:

  • Finding inspiration
  • Blending archetypes
  • Word choice to convey mood
  • Using allegory
  • Mining reality
  • Writing as therapy
  • Author as brand
  • Publishing mechanics

Click here for information on registering.

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