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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
  Fairplay- Here I Come!!!
Well, got lots done this week but have lots more to do before taking off for a Fairplay Writers Retreat tomorrow. I've set a word goal for myself of 16000 words in four days. Can I make it? I'll let you know.

Mario mentioned our friends over at First Offenders who closed down their blog. They had a featured video each week and this was the last. I think it's good enough to rate a repeat.

Good news from one of our own: Suzanne Lazear! From Publishers Marketplace:

Suzanne Lazear's INNOCENT DARKNESS: A Steampunk Fairytale, in which an adventure-seeking sixteen year old who has been incarcerated at an abusive reform school for her delinquent ways is rescued by a mysterious man from the realm of Faerie who reveals she must die in sacrifice in order to save the entire Otherworld civilization, to Brian Farrey at Flux, in a two-book deal, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (World English).

Way to go, Suzi!!!

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Do you have kids?

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS - News), the world’s largest bookseller, announced the launch of its 2010 Summer Reading program featuring Scholastic’s bestselling multi-media adventure series The 39 Clues®. Children in grades 1-6 can earn a free book just by reading eight books and turning in a completed journal sheet. The free program kicks off in Barnes & Noble stores across the country May 25th and continues through September 6th. Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com) will host Summer Reading blogs, games and other activities.

Details here .

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This is just plain weird.

Police are looking for the mummified remains of a baby after its grave was found disturbed, authorities said.

Concord police said that a person visiting Blossom Hill Cemetery reported that the grave of a mummified baby buried two years ago appeared to have been disturbed. Investigators obtained a court order to exhume the grave and determined that the corpse had been removed. The casket was left behind.

The grave belonged to a mummified baby that the Peavey family of Concord said had been in their possession for decades.

The family called the remains "Baby John" and said they believed it was a stillborn child of an ancestor, but DNA tests were inconclusive. The state took the body once it learned of its existence, and when the family could not prove it was a relative, the remains were buried in March 2008.

For you writers out there, I think I've mentioned this before but the deadline is drawing near so if you plan to enter, do it now.

RMFW writing contest,

Submit the first twenty pages of your manuscript and an eight-page synopsis. Two RMFW judges will evaluate and score each entry. The FIVE highest-scoring submissions above 130 points in each category will make the finals and then be judged by an agent or editor who is attending the Colorado Gold Conference. One winner will be picked in each category. Winners receive $100.00 and a certificate. The remaining finalists will receive $30.00 and a certificate. Winners will be announced at the Colorado Gold Writers Conference, September 10-12, 2010 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, CO

Here's the link .

And for you Denverites, RMFW has a May program you might find of interest.

What: The Final Edit - An RMFW One Day Workshop

When: 9:00am, Saturday May 22, 2010

Who: Charlotte Cook, acquisition editor, KOMENAR Publishing

Where: Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St.

Cost: $55 if you're registered by 5/15/10 - What a deal!!!!

Morning: Polishing Opening Pages

As an acquisition editor, Charlotte Cook of KOMENAR Publishing will look
over and comment on opening pages (one to four in standard manuscript
formatting) or query letters (similarly formatted) from participants. She
will offer advice on presentation and content, as well as make editing
suggestions that will polish those pages or letters. Time should allow for
ten or so people to have first-hand opportunity to present their work ...
though it's been Charlotte's experience that those without material often
find the event more fun, not having their work in the spotlight. Please
bring a dozen copies to be shared among participants and one for Charlotte.

Afternoon: The Final Edit

Delve into the real differences between developing a manuscript to
completion and polishing the manuscript for an audience of agents and
publishers. This practical, interactive and entertaining workshop covers
drafts, editors and the best advice from the right people at the right time.

RMFW will provide a continental breakfast and a box lunch. The hotel has
graciously agreed to offer attendees a special rate of $99 a night for
rooms. Attendance will be limited. To reserve your place register on our new
website via Paypal or send a check to Vicki Law, Rocky Mountain Fiction
Writers, 18 Poplar St., Montrose, CO 81401. For more information, contact
Vicki at (970) 497-6452.

And one more thing. Cindi Myers writes a very good market newsletter for writers. Check her out here .

My talented friend and web designer Jay Salam and I have begun revamping my website. I'll let you know when you can take a peek. I'll appreciate your comments.

See you next week...and let me know how you plan to spend YOUR weekend!
awww, thanks for the congrats. I'm still bouncing.

16000 words? you can do it! I'll be writing too, before everything happened (and it happened fast), I'd set aside may to draft a pet project of mine that has been languishing on my to-write list, so now it's a race to finish it before I get that editorial letter, lol. I'm at the half way point, about 50k (but I cheated and the ms had about 30k all ready at the beginning of the month, lol).

Today I am about to embark on an extraordinary adventure -- 28 kids, 6 parents, 2 teachers, 1 bus, and a 20 mile trip down the 405 in morning traffic. Yes, it's field trip day. We're going to the tidepools in San Pedro.

have fun at the retreat!
And you have fun at the tidepools!!

Congrats Suzi! That's is fantastic :D
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