Blogging from A to Z 2013

A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9For the month of April I am going to be participating in two different challenges. The first is Camp NaNoWriMo and the second is this. Blogging from A to Z.

I participated in both last year (Blogging from A to Z successfully, Camp NaNoWriMo not so much) but they were in different months last year. I expect having them in the same month is going to be extra challenging. What’s more, I should also be starting another course toward my degree in April. Busy, busy, busy. Because of that I’m trying to get all my blog entries written ahead of time (for example, I am writing this one on February 12th). That will mean that all I have to do for the blogging challenge is visit my fellow participants blogs and respond to visitors here. That is something I ought to be able to manage even around Camp NaNoWriMo and schoolwork. I hope.

Oh, wait. It just occurred to me that you may not know what Blogging from A to Z is.

Allow me to copy and paste a segment from the Blogging from A to Z website:

Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet.  When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge.

Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.  It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself.  The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

But wait! There’s more! It’s not -just- about writing the blogs it’s also about visiting the blogs. Part of the challenge is visiting the blogs of at least five other participants a day in addition to whatever blogs you usually visit. Since I always visit the blogs of anyone who comments here, in addition to the ones I follow regularly even if I get all my blog posts pre-written and scheduled, I’ll still have plenty to do with this challenge in April. And frankly, I’m not optimistic about my chances of getting all my blog posts pre-scheduled LoL

Last year when I participated in Blogging from A to Z I didn’t have a theme. I just wrote whatever came to mind that fit with the letter for that day. This year I wanted a theme. But I totally struggled to come up with one. In the end I’ve decided to go with ‘Niteblade‘ which I figured was open enough to not be a nightmare to write, but interesting enough to be worth reading. Plus it’s a good way to promote something I’m passionate about during it’s second annual fundraiser, so… yeah. Win-win, right?

 

Books. We Signed ’em.

Book-SigningWednesday’s Edmonton book launch of Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories and Krista D. Ball’s book, What Kings Ate and Wizard’s Drank, was equal parts exciting, nerve-wracking and intimidating. It was the first time I’d ever signed books for strangers and the first time I’d ever attended the launch of an anthology with one of my stories in it. Thank gawd it was for the one Jo and I wrote together because that meant he got to be there with me, signing, chatting and keeping me sane.

In the end it was fun. Emotional, but fun. I learned a lot that will come in handy for the next book signing/launch I attend, and I met some awesome people.

Books. We signed ’em :-p

Photograph courtesy of Danica Parrish

Metastasis Update #2

He Loves Me Not - Photograph by Rhonda ParrishThey say that bad things come in threes, but I’d like to share three exciting developments with regard to Metastasis.

Award-winning author and cancer survivor Jay Lake has kindly donated his story The Cancer Catechism to Metastasis.

Jay Lake has been described as one of the rising stars of the science fiction and fantasy genre. Since first appearing on the scene in late 2001, he has seen over 300 short stories published, along with nine novels out, and more forthcoming. His work has received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and significant recognition within the science fiction and fantasy field. He has won two of the most prestigious awards in science fiction and been nominated for numerous others.

Like many of you, I’ve been reading Jay’s books and watching him fight cancer for years now and it is truly an honor to have him be a part of this project.

But wait! There’s more!

Perhaps you’ve heard of Kevin J. Anderson? Kevin J. Anderson, the #1 international bestselling author of more than 115 books, is best known for his Dune novels coauthored with Brian Herbert, his Star Wars and X-Files novels and comics, and his original Saga of Seven Suns series.

Like Jay, Kevin has graciously donated one of his stories to Metastasis. Tide Pools, while not specifically about cancer deals with a degenerative disease and has, at its heart, a moral very appropriate to this anthology.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get more exciting you find out that Marge Simon has donated her artistic skills to this project. That means some or all of the accepted stories and poems will be illustrated. I don’t know about you, but as a writer I always especially adore publication credits where my work is illustrated. Marge has worked with Wolfsinger Publications a lot in the past as well as with me on Niteblade. It is going to be fantastic to have her adding to the visual impact of this anthology.

Me? Excited? That doesn’t even begin to express how I feel.

 

Bio blurbs were taken from the author’s websites. Also, though both Jay and Kevin’s stories are reprints we are not accepting unsolicited reprints.

Aphanasian Stories Giveaway

Aphanasian Stories by Rhonda ParrishWhen you combine Lost and Found, Shades of Green (with a new title) and Sister Margaret into one self-published collection you get Aphanasian Stories. Clever title, no? LoL This book is available now but I don’t have time to promote it yet so what I’m going to do is pretend that it’s not available. Yet. Come the middle of May when the Niteblade fundraiser, Blogging from A to Z, Camp NaNo and April Poem a Day are done, and I’ve recovered a little bit, I’m going to officially release this book.

My plan is to do some intensive promotion over the first five days (May 15-19th) and I’d love for you to be a part of that. If you have a blog that accepts guest posts, does interviews or book reviews please get a hold of me (rhonda@jofigure.com). I would really like to send you a copy for review or make an appearance and share my book with your readers. I promise not to be spammy 🙂

If you don’t have a blog, I’d still like for you to be a part of this launch. I’m giving away three copies of Aphanasian Stories on Goodreads. You could be one of the lucky winners, all you have to do is enter at the website.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Aphanasian Stories by Rhonda Parrish

Aphanasian Stories

by Rhonda Parrish

Giveaway ends April 20, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Published: Beneath

Every Day Poets Logo I’m going to call it a brain fart. I totally forgot that my poem, Beneath, was being published on Every Day Poets at the end of February. Totally, totally forgot. For some reason I thought it was being published at the end of this month, but no, that’s a different poem. /facepalm

So. Yes. My poem, Beneath, went live on Every Day Poets on February 25th. I know it’s a little behind the times, but please do take a look and lemme know what you think. I’m pretty fond of this one 🙂

Sale: The Other Side of the Door

Kzine-logoI’m happy to announce that my short story, The Other Side of the Door, which I originally wrote for the Whittaker Prize last year has been accepted for inclusion in a future issue of Kzine. The editor suspects we’re looking at an early 2014 publication date. So that will be a fantastic way to start the new year.

Much like my last publication at Kzine (…Oh My!), when I originally submitted this story Mr. Hurry rejected it but offered some feedback on the story. I thought his comments were insightful and constructive, so I re-wrote the ending of the story and re-submitted it to him. And voila!

🙂

On the Cusp

Blodeuwedd - Niteblade #23Ya know, I feel more and more these days, that I’m on the cusp of something. Something awesome…

I just don’t have a clue what LOL

Maybe it’s my writing. The work I’m producing just keeps getting better and W1S1 keeps me motivated to keep creating it and sending it out there. Plus my newest self-published project is going to be making its way out into the world soon.

Could be that it’s Metastasis. There are exciting things happening there. Things I can’t talk about just yet, but which make me very happy.

Or maybe it’s Niteblade.

There is a lot going on with Niteblade these days. A lot.

First of all it’s our 2nd annual fundraiser. We’re running it via IndieGoGo and in the past four days we surpassed the amount we raised all month last year. Currently we’ve raised $179. Exciting! I’m still nervous though. The people who have donated perks for this fundraiser? Well, they want people to pick their stuff and there are still a lot of perks left, so *fingers crossed* more people will pop by and see something they want.

Niteblade’s 2013 Fundraiser

Also exciting for Niteblade? We just released our first issue for the Kindle. We began with the most recent issue (Blodeuwedd, which was released on March 1st) and we’ll be working backward to add all the 2012 titles as well.

~ Blodeuwedd (Niteblade Magazine) for Kindle (Canada) ~ Blodeuwedd (Niteblade Magazine) for Kindle (USA) ~

For other countries just search for ‘Niteblade’ 🙂

So… yeah. I feel like something awesome is going to happen soon. I just can’t wait to find out what.

(also, do you think I could have used the word ‘exciting’ in this blog post any more than I did? LoL)