Showing posts from January, 2009

News: 22nd Annual Pennwriters Conference in Pittsburgh

News Online Registration is open for the Pennwriters 22nd Annual Conference A Writer's Tool Chest . WHEN: May 15 - 17, 2009 WHERE: Pittsburgh Airport Marriott KEYNOTE SPEAKER: New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline PENNWRITER SPEAKER: Asimov's Readers' Award winner and Seton Hill mentor Timons Esaias I'll post continuing updates about the conference, guests, and events. Pennwriters , Heidi Ruby Miller , annual conference , A Writer's Tool Chest , Pittsburgh , Lisa Scottoline , Timons Esaias , writing , Seton Hill Writers

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Irene L. Pynn

Irene L. Pynn HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Everyone is always surprised to hear that, in From Light to Dark , Balor is my favorite character. He's technically the antagonist, but I just love the guy. Come on, world. Give him a chance. :) 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4.What else can you do besides write? Let's see... I can't juggle. Math is out. My cooking's a bit like poison. Um... O.O 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? There's a fight scene in From Light to Dark that was not only emotionally-charged, but also confusing for me to write, since I have never actually been in a fight myself. I had to call several friends who had been in more unfortunate situations than I and conduct interviews with them about what exactly a punch to the nose feels like. After that, I resolved to never be punched in the nose. 8. Where do

CELEBRATION: Seton Hill WPF Graduates for January 2009

CELEBRATIONS Congratulations to the following Seton Hill University students as they graduate today with their Master's in Writing Popular Fiction and become part of the WPF Alumni : Mary Ann Aug (Mystery/Romantic Mystery) Patrick Cobbs (Young Adult) Rebekah Cramer (Young Adult) Matthew Donahue (Science Fiction) Gale Holt (Young Adult) Susan Isola (Women’s Fiction) Sherry Peters (Fantasy) Daphne Riordan (Urban Fantasy) Krista Russell (YA/Historical) Stephanie Splater (Women’s Fiction) Alexander Spoerer (Science Fiction/Fantasy) Jennifer Stuttle (Chick Lit) Betsy Whitt (Fantasy) Tracy Wilson-Burns (Romance)

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Susanne Saville

Susanne Saville HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? (evil laugh) Coffee, of course. Always coffee. Forever coffee. Although I do like English Breakfast and Glengettie tea. And I must have milk in both my tea and my coffee. So maybe just pour all three into a big swimming pool and I'll float about in them. 4. What else can you do besides write? Catalog. Used as a verb. I could create both Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal numbers for books. You want travel to Britain? That's 914. Biography? 921. I think movies are 798.... It's a useless talent now because most cataloging is done by a central source these days and distributed by computer, instead of each library having its own cataloger. So I'm rusty now. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? I studied pop culture when I was part of academia. Seriously. Ask about my paper on Disney. Ask about my book

Submissions: 2008 Submissions and Responses

Submissions I always like to look back on my submissions record for the previous year right around this time, so here are my statistics for 2008 , along with commentary: 2008 SUBMISSIONS AND RESPONSES: 68 total submissions *The total is 58 less than 2007 and much less than the Buckell 150 I've been striving for annually, but the results of these meager submissions were encouraging. 15 rejections *These are from various sources for a variety of projects, some agented, some freelance (mags, agents, online media, editors). 3 withdrawals *All withdrawals were for online publications, 2 of which turned out to be of questionable integrity. 1 other *I created the "other" category for circumstances which cannot be covered under the usual headings; in this instance, it was a bad e-addy with no way to find an alternate one. 20 non-responders *This isn't as cut and dry as it would seem because either my agent or me are still in direct contact, negotiations,