Friday, October 30, 2009


I've been promising for days to do a couple of these but haven't been able to for one reason or another but when I make a promise, I do my best to keep it.


First of all, Mike Wilkerson has a personal blog out there where he writes about WRITING THE HARD WAY.

His latest posting involves a story about the partial of his novel that he put out there for an agent to read and what rejection feels like. Hint: a kick in the balls.

But, as Mike and everyone else who has been told no knows, you have to pick yourself up and start again.

To me, Mike is an ace when it comes to the hardboiled and the few stories that he has out on the net are worth every minute of your time.

If you haven't already, check out the blog, track down the stories, see what you think.

Meanwhile, I've been telling Michael J. Solender that I would promote the Thanksgiving Contest that he's holding on his site, Not From Here, Are You? for about a week or so now.

Well, Michael, tonight's the night (and it won't be the last).

November 13th is the deadline. Flash fiction is the name of the game. Michael will donate $100 to the winner's favorite charity. Genre is optional.

So what's the catch?

Glad you asked. It's not really a catch, though.

You have to incorporate thankfulness into your story's theme. As Michael says, what that means is completely up to you.

The other catch, it must be 1000 words or less.

The winner will not only win $100 for their favorite charity, their story will also appear on Not From Here, Are You? on Thanksgiving Day, one of the most trafficked days on the net. Runners-Up will have their stories appear on Thanksgiving week and the following week.

Send your original, unpublished 1000 word or less story to me at: The subject line should read: Thxgiving Flash Submission, Name, Story Title. Place your story in the body of the email – NO ATTACHMENTS.

I've already entered and I wish good luck to everyone else who has entered or will.

This is for a good cause, whatever cause that might be.

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