Friday, April 15, 2011

It's Another Friday

It is Friday again, another week gone. The warp of this week’s fabric was twisted a little in places, but overall, nothing earthshaking. The potentially dangerous storms skirted us last night bringing in another cold front. The air is cold and dank this morning, but still we are on the “other” side of winter so no complaints.

Stormy, the grand dog, recovers from her surgery and is beginning to bear a little weight on her leg. The scar heals nicely, but six more weeks of recovery for the ligaments and meniscus. She appreciated the cooler weather after all the thunder and lightning last night and slept in this morning which I appreciated!

Last night was the monthly meeting of Joplin Writers’ Guild, and it was not inviting weather to be out. Only ten members appeared, but the speaker from Oklahoma bravely made the trip in to present a short program. Our guest speaker Barbara McMinn has a few western romances on the market and is expecting a mystery out soon with High Hill Press. Most of the evening was spent discussing self-publishing and small press publishing. For more information about Barbara visit her new blog at

One of our members reported that if you were a poet, there was NO market out there for poetry books. Is this true? Probably so, but how do you poets feel about this?

Members Diana West and Larry Wood reported on their numerous wins at the MWG conference last weekend. Diana attended the conference and reported it was an excellent conference full of new information. After some added reports on member publishing, the meeting ended and everyone headed out early trying to beat the storms home.

For those interested in a no reading fee contest, read about Glass Woman Prize below. I have entered once with no luck, but one time doesn’t say much. The closing date for this one is September so maybe I will have a piece of genius develop in my head and I will enter it this summer.

Have a great reading and writing weekend ahead, dear Followers!

The Tenth Glass Woman Prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction or creative non-fiction (prose) written by a woman. Length: between 50 and 5,000 words. The top prize for the tenth Glass Woman Prize award is US $500 and possible (but not obligatory) online publication; there will also be one runner up prize of $100 and one runner up prize of $50, together with possible (but not obligatory) online publication.

Subject is open, but must be of significance to women. The criterion is passion, excellence, and authenticity in the woman's writing voice. Previously published work and simultaneous submissions are OK. Authors retain all copyright is retained by the author.


Linda O'Connell said...

Claudia, Thanks for the tip. Sounds like youhave an active writer's group too. Storm pased over us, dropped hail and brought cold wind. Gone now.

Susan said...

Hi Claudia...Isn't it amazing how fast the days and weeks fly by? Yikes. I want to STOP time from speeding by. Cool here during the day today but chilly at night. Put my feather bed cover back on the bed! ha! Glad you doggie is doing better. You are so lucky to have an active writers group. Take care, Claudia. Hope your weekend is splendid. Susan

Anonymous said...

Hi Claudia, I came across the picture of your granddog, Stormy and she looks exactly like our Brutus. My husband found him in 2006 on a hunting trip and we have always wondered his breed. We know his mother was a black miniature pinscher - he does not look like a mini pin. So, if you know Stormy's breed, can you please email me at Thank you! Lauren