Wednesday, December 20, 2006

More Writing News

#1: Seton Hill writer Dana Marton's latest from Harlequin Intrigue, Undercover Sheik, is on shelves now.

#2: The Magazine GUD (Greatest Uncommon Denominator) is now on LJ at gud_staffblog and shipping its first issue.

#3: Deborah Kolodji's poetry is up at Sketchbook.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Author News

#1: Kimberley Howe launched a new website today. She's made it into the next round of the American Title III Contest over at Romantic Times. To vote for her story, e-mail: webmaster@romantictimes.com with ONE SHOT, TWO KILLS in the subject line. Voting for this month ends on December 31, 2006.

#2: Infuze Magazine has a nice review of Thou Shalt Not, a horror anthology edited by Lee Allen Howard at Dark Cloud Press.

#3: The 2005 RITA award-winning book Grounds to Believe by Shelley Bates is being reisuued in mass market paperback in February.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

BOOK SIGNING: REI Has MOON Pennsylvania Camping

BOOK SIGNINGS

Jason and I made a stop at the REI in the Southside Works in Pittsburgh, PA, today to finish up some shopping and there were four copies of MOON Pennsylvania Camping on the shelf. The manager had been trying to get these copies since May when Avalon first put the guide out, but had some difficulties with their (REI's) corporate office.

We signed all their copies, met Ron Rodriguez, the store manager, and Peter Greninger, the outreach specialist, and discussed doing two clinics at the store during 2007. The first will be this spring and be devoted to family camping. The one in the fall will be about travel writing.

Then J left so I could get his present and on the way out I had the gift wrapped by the wonderful volunteers from the Regional Environmental Education Center in Boyce Mayview Park.

As a related aside, we stopped by the Barnes and Noble in Monroeville and found to our delight that they had sold eleven signed copies of our book since May. For a niche market guide, we were pretty happy.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

SUBMISSIONS: Greensburg Magazine

SUBMISSIONS

Greensburg Magazine editor Moira Richardson sent out the following call for submissions a while back, but I only came across it recently, so the deadline is coming up soon.

Calling All Writers / Artists
Greensburg,PA-based magazine now seeking submissions with a local* flavor:

Non-fiction pieces up to 1,000 words on topics such as:
Bicycling, Dumpster Diving, Recycling, Local Politics, Current Events, Arts & Entertainment, Healthy Lifestyles, & so much more!

Interviews with Greensburg natives and local* celebrities.

Some flash fiction and poetry; ideally, Greensburg will figure prominently in the work.

Black & white photography, drawings, and comic strips**.

Send queries / completed articles / art submissions to:
greensburg.magazine@gmail.com

The deadline for the first issue is DECEMBER 12th.

You will not be paid for your contribution, but you will receive 2 contributor copies, with the opportunity to buy more issues at cost. This magazine will be distributed for free throughout Greensburg, and, we hope, fill the gap left by other local publications.

We will reply to every submission within one month, usually with comments.

* NOTE FOR NON-LOCALS: While local pieces are given preference, we'd love to read any great article that touches on the issues listed or above or similiar subjects that you'd like to send in. Query first, if you are unsure, or send the full text article in the body of the email or as *.rtf file. We are a collective of open-minded, intelligent people and we'd love to hear what you have to say about the state of YOUR world!

** We don't have any comic strips at all, so if you send in one, you have a darn good chance of being accepted.

REVIEWS: Year's Best Fantasy 6 and Electric Velocipede

REVIEWS

Publisher's Weekly has a review of Year's Best Fantasy 6, which includes a nice nod to Anne Harris' short story 'Still Life with Boobs.'

Velcro City has a review of Electric Velocipede #11 which includes the story 'The Duel' by Toby Buckell.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Pennsyvania Mercury Rule Passes!

I received the following from the National Wildlife Federation list serve:

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Pennsylvania won a great victory for wildlife and public health. The state's Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted 3-2 in favor of the strong mercury rule developed by Gov. Ed Rendell and the Department of Environmental Protection.

The rule requires all coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania to cut mercury emissions 90 percent by 2015.

Pennsylvanians played a key role in making this happen--more than 99 percent of the record-breaking 11,000 public comments submitted were in support of the DEP's plan.

Thanks so much for your help!
Catherine Bowes
Mercury Program Manager
National Wildlife Federation

This rule is extremey important to the area where I live, considering there are currently three of these plants, with two more in the works, between Morgantown, WV, and Masontown, PA, an area of 20 miles. Studies already show that these plants contribute heavily to Greene County, PA, having one of the highest rates of cancer in the country.

For more information, send an e-mail to alerts@nwf.org.

If you would like to show Governor Rendell that you support the Pennsylvania Mercury Rule, call 717-787-2500 and thank him. I am.


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Friday, December 01, 2006

EVENT: Exquisite Corpse Screening

EVENTS

Jason Jack Miller and I attended Mike Arnzen's screening of Exquisite Corpse on November 9. Ten directors from around the world made eleven short films based on his work in 100 Jolts.


We first had dinner at Primanti's with Timons Esaias, Al Wendland, Moira Richardson, and Mike Brendan.


Then it was off to Seton Hill where we met up with Pat Picciarelli, Becca Baker, Bruce Siskawicz, and Karen Herc.



Here's Arnzen casually drinking his coffee before it all got underway.


And, here's Bruce's reaction to Mike's latest book LICKER.


Unfortunately we missed the second Greensburg screening on November 25, but he's hoping to show it at residency in January.