...especially when you're deep in the throes of anxiety over your current project?
Don't ruin it for me.
It started small - a single yellow strand draped over the arm of the couch, a few short red pieces in the corner of the bathroom, maybe a small jumble of multicolored leftovers on the coffee table.
But now... I can't go anywhere; I can't do anything. It watches me from the kitchen table, from my nightstand, from the center console of my car. It mysteriously appears in my purse and the pockets of my jeans; the other day Danica pulled a magenta piece out of my hair (and I haven't even used magenta). Lately I've been waking in the night feeling floss tangled around my fingers, or curling slowly around my ankles, only to look and see nothing there.
But I know what they want. My embroidery needle, my pattern, my Aida 12 ct, they sit on my desk; still as ever, but waiting, always waiting, sending their colored bits of thread to do their bidding. They know I will return.
And for now, I will oblige. For now, I will play their game. For now... I will stitch.
Writing Contest: Liquid Literature
from Literature and Libation
Theme is “Writing and Drinking”; 300-1,000 words
Deadline May 3
“(Un)Conventional” Short Story Competition
from The Great Escape
Must be set at or strongly feature a convention or expo; 1,000-3,000 words
Deadline May 30
A Midsummer Tale
from Toasted Cheese Literary Journal
Theme is “Retreat/Encounter”; story should take place during warm time of year; 1,000-5,000 words
Deadline June 21
drawkcaB Fiction Contest
from Postcard Poems and Prose
Theme is “Backward”; 153-194 words
Deadline June 22
Weekly Micro Fiction Contest
from Flash! Friday
Theme and word limit are given each week
Poet’s and Writer’s “Smart Approach to Contest Submissions”
from The Competitive Writer
Author Etiquette 101: Do’s and Don’ts for Writers Using Social Media
(from Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog)
How Social Media Changed the Dynamic Between Authors and Readers
(from Joanne Clancy at Leaders West)
Your Author Online Platform and Numbers – Newsletter Subscribers, Speaking Engagements, and Book Sales
(from Karen Cioffi at Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing)
Also from Karen Cioffi:
Your Author Online Platform and Social Networks – Blog Page Views and Twitter Followers
What Is An Author Platform and How Do You Create It?
Ever Thought About a Virtual Launch Party? Here’s How!
(from Pamela S. Meyers at We CAN Market Our Books!)
And Then What Happened?: Chapter 3 in My Self-Publishing Diaries
(from Julie Gerstenblatt at The Huffington Post: Blog)
18 Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts
(from Jody Hedlund at Goodreads)
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Thursday 10: Writing Tips, Challenges, Exercises; Free Kindle eBooks; So...
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