Gearing Up For WriteOnCon

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I will be somewhat absent from the blogosphere this week as I jump head first into WriteOnCon. While the conference lasts only two days, it is jam packed with events – most of which I’ll be attending via forums and social networks. Needless to say, the time usually devoted to blogging will be given to WriteOnCon!

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Over the last week, I’ve been working on my query letter, first five pages, and first 250 words. I submitted my query letter to the Young Adult Query Critique thread, which was quite scary, but I’m getting some good advice on how to make it better. To me, those responses have already made this a worthwhile experience.

“Ninja Agents” will be perusing all forum threads starting August 13th, so it’s imperative that I get my best work possible posted. I’m hoping to get some sort of feedback, although I’m cautiously optimistic. Just like the industry as a whole, it’s like trying to be the one face noticed in a crowd of millions.

This is the first time I’ve released anything as specific as a query letter for Novel #2. I can’t begin to say how nerve-wracking it was to let my baby go, but I am encouraged by the fact that it was not slammed with critical scrutiny. I don’t know if that has something to do with the old adage, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all,” but I’m choosing to believe it doesn’t suck.

Wish me luck as I wade into unfamiliar territory. Hopefully, I will come out of this with thicker skin, a little wisdom, and ready for the next step.

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c.b.w. 2013

Poetry Poll Results

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After four rounds of voting, my readers have spoken and chosen the top three winners.  These poems will be submitted to Wordrunner eChapbooks in response to their call for poetry relating to the theme of “found.” My sincere thanks goes to everyone who participated.

Without further ado, here are the winners:

Where Peace Resides – 12

Force of Nature – 11

As for third place, we have a tie!

The Guardians – 7

Solitude – 7

I wasn’t expecting a sudden death match, but the tie must be broken. Seeing as I did not vote in any of the polls, I thought it was fitting that I cast the vote that decides the third and final spot.  Perhaps its my loner nature, but I am quite partial to “Solitude.” In addition, I think it fits well with the other two in terms of theme.

You can read all three winners by following the links:

Where Peace Resides

Force of Nature

Solitude

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In the name of total transparency, here are the full results of all four polls.  The top three poems where those which received the most votes overall.

Poll #1

Force of Nature – 11

Peaceful Respite – 6

The Guardians – 7

Moments of Light – 4

Poll #2

Gather Resilience – 3

Where Peace Resides – 12

Shattered – 5

Changing Hands -2

Poll #3

Lifewalk – 6

Secret Passage – 5

Kaleidoscope – 5

Where Dreams Wait – 2

Poll #4

A Bridge Crossed -4

Unknown Steps – 1

Solitude – 7

Dawn – 1

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I’ll post any further developments as they occur during the submission process. Hopefully, I’ll have some good news!

Thanks so much again to those who took the time to read and cast votes!  Your support is an incredible gift.

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c.b.w. 2012

Last Day to Vote!

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Today is the last day to vote on any and all rounds of the Poetry Poll!  Results for all four rounds, including the winners will be announced tomorrow.  How exciting is that?!

Follow the links to cast your vote:

Poetry Poll #1

Poetry Poll #2

Poetry Poll #3

Poetry Poll #4

Thank you so much! I never cease to be amazed by my wonderful readers.

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c.b.w. 2012

Poetry Poll #4

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Thanks so much to my readers for making the first three rounds of the Poetry Poll a success. Your participation has made this process a fun and enlightening experience.

The fourth and final round of initial voting is here and ready to go with the last batch of poems. Once again, my wonderful readers will decide which one deserves to move on to the final round.  Your vote truly does matter as poll results will determine which three poems I will submit to  Wordrunner eChapbooks, (in response to their call for poetry that relates to the theme of “found”).

All polls will remain open until Poll #5 is posted with the finalists.  This is a numbers game, so the poems with the most votes overall across all polls will make it to the final four.  Follow me on Twitter or my page on Facebook, (see  sidebar) for daily updates on poll numbers.

Need to catch up?  Check out the previous rounds here:

Poetry Poll #1

Poetry Poll #2

Poetry Poll #3

Ready, set, Round 4 . . .

A Bridge Crossed

Unknown Steps

Solitude

Dawn

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Thanks so much for casting your vote!

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c.b.w. 2012

Poetry Poll #3

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Let me begin by saying a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to vote in the previous two rounds of the Poetry Poll.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my readers are amazing!  I appreciate your support so much.

Round 3 is here and ready to go with four more poems.  Once again, my wonderful readers will decide which one deserves to move on to the final round.  Your vote truly does matter as poll results will determine which three poems I will submit to  Wordrunner eChapbooks, (in response to their call for poetry that relates to the theme of “found”).

All polls will remain open until Poll #5 is posted with the finalists.  This is a numbers game, so the poems with the most votes overall across all polls will make it to the final four.  Follow me on Twitter or my page on Facebook, (see  sidebar) for daily updates on poll numbers.

Need to catch up?  Check out the first two rounds here:

Poetry Poll #1

Poetry Poll #2

Here goes Round 3 . . .

Lifewalk

Secret Passage

Kaleidoscope

Where Dreams Wait

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Your vote is very much appreciated!  Thank you!

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c.b.w. 2012