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In Greek mythology, Bellerophon kills the chimera with the help of Pegasus. He attaches a block of lead to the end of his spear and shoves it into its throat. The lead melts and the chimera suffocates.
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The winner of the $50 giftcard to CSN stores is...
Posted by Nicole Zoltack at 11:37 AM
Just a little reminder that today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a $50 giftcard to CSN stores. Good luck!
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It's been a little while since I did a giveaway and since CSN Stores contacted me about giving a giftcard away on my blog, I thought it was kismet! Haven't heard of CSN? CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from kids’ swing sets to stylish furniture to cute cookware! They have everything, even the kitchen sink! I recently won a blog contest for a giftcard from CSN and I can't wait to get my mini stepper!
One lucky person will win a $50 gift certificate to any CSN Store to purchase anything you'd like!
A few rules:
Must live US & Canada. (CSN ships to those countries.)
Does not cover any shipping costs but you can use it on ANY product from ANY one of their sites.
You can gain an extra entry by commenting on what you would love to have from the site linked above.
Ends on Thursday, 24th at midnight EST.
Winner will be announced the next day.
Must fill out the below form:
Even the undead want a little love. Here's an awesome site for all the undead zombies out there. Perfect, whether you're a slow-moving, fast-moving, or immobile zombie, whether you have all,, some, or none of your limbs intact.
On Sunday, I sold my first article on Constant Content so I'm happy about that! I'm busy writing articles so that's why this blog post is late, and why it's going to be short.
I've also have been thinking about trying to find a copyeditor/proofreader position at a publisher so we'll see how that goes. I'm trying to work on my resume and figure out what to include.
How's your writing coming along? Read any good books lately? Watched a good movie lately?
It's Valentine's Day! Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
I've been trying to make money through writing nonfiction. It's not nearly as much fun as writing fiction, but with writing articles, you can be paid immediately instead of waiting for royalties.
So far, I haven't been making as much as I would like.
But I have found a site that seems promising - Constant Content. You can write whatever you want and list a price for one-time rights, unique rights, or full rights. You can also write articles that clients are specifically looking for, but there is heavy competition for those. So far, I've written two articles there. It's more fun than some other sites.
I've also been writing answers for a new to me site: webanswers. It seems similar to Yahoo Answers but you get paid (from ad clicks) if your answer is picked as the best one.
I had written a bunch of articles for eHow but now that's no longer an option. There are many other sites like eHow out there, but I wish I could find more that offered upfront payment.
Are any of you freelancers? What site do you write for? Any one know of any editing or proofreading opportunities?
And if you have the time, I was interviewed about why I write fantasy here. Would love for you to check it out!
I've done some tweaking to the blog and added a new spot for my blog awards - they now have a separate page. Go ahead and check all of them out and pick whichever one you want, it's yours!
I'm hoping that the few changes I made will make the blog open faster for those of you whom said it opens slowly. I got rid of the slideshow of my covers, considering that I have a page devoted to them. Speaking of which... I have some covers I need to add to that page. Can't wait until I can add the cover for Champion of Valor!
Here are a few calls for submissions that you may be interested in:
Pirates and Swashbucklers of all shapes and sizes. These stories can range from traditional pirates, musketeer-style adventurers, to science fiction or horror tinged stories of each. The only requirement is that pirates or swashbucklers play a key feature in the story.
Suggested word count is from 5,000 to 20,000, though stories longer or shorter will be considered.
Pulp Empire will consider reprinted work, but any reprint material must be clearly marked as such ahead of time.
Pulp Empire considers all stories from all writers, regardless of experience or resume. We ask that you submit all stories as an RTF attachment to submissions(at)pulpempire.com.
Please mark all submissions to this anthology with the word “Pirates” in the subject header.
Please also include a short biography including publishing history and a picture if available.
The deadline for submissions to this anthology is April 15, 2011.
Pill Hill Press has many anthologies open. I love Pill Hill Press and have sold several short stories in some of their anthologies. You can check out their entire list of open anthologies here.
Knight of Glory finished 2nd in the Preditors and Editors 2010 Poll for Fantasy! Lookey at my awesome badge:
I love to do research. It's how I came up with the idea for Woman of Honor. I discovered there actually had been some female knights in the Middle Ages, including the Order of the Hatchet, and immediately invisioned a little girl asking her king if she could be a knight, mentioning those ladies.
But I do research beyond just history. I love to research mythological and fantastical creatures as well.
For Christmas, hubby bought me The Mythical Creatures Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Beings. It's an awesome book, the creatures are divided by type, and there are so many detailed colored pictures, it's just a beautiful work of art.
Then I won a giftcard through a contest. I spent half of the money of books for pleasure (Personal Demons, XVI, and Paranormalcy) but I also bought two more references books. A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk: How to Work with the Elemental Worldand Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth.
The Faery Folk has a wonderful list of all the faery creatures: their land of origin, other origins, other names, element, appearance and temperament, time most active, lore, where to fund them, how to contact, and magickal and ritual help.
The Giants books is such a huge book, it contains so many creatures!
It's going to take me a long time to go through these books and I can't wait! I've already started with the Mythical Creatures Bible, writing notes of great creatures to use and have come up with numerous story ideas too. I'll use information from these sources for my inspiring Monday creatures posts.
Posted by Nicole Zoltack at 11:38 AM
I love to peruse agent's blogs to see what in particular they are looking for.
Kathleen Ortiz is looking for YA, MG, and adult fiction.
YA: romances with a male POV, cyberpunk, thriller, historical romance (not WWI, WWII, medieval), apocalyptic (not pre or post)
MG: adventure, travel, boy book, something with a technology slant, steampunk
Adult romance (paranormal, urban fantasy, contemporary)
Jessica Faust is looking for steampunk, historical mysteries, contemporary romance, big fantasy romance, historical romances, and dystopian. She is still looking for great mysteries, romances, fantasy, women's fiction as well, but the first list is what she's most excited to read right now.
Jill Corcoran is looking for romance, especially romantic comedies, original paranormal MG and YA, MG about middle school (7th-8th grade), literary with a commercial hook, and commercial with literary prose.
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Posted by Nicole Zoltack at 10:58 AM