Archive for September, 2014

Anyone from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana is welcome.

Monday, October 6, 6 to 8 pm. No RSVP required.
The first hour will be for socializing, the second hour for optional critiques. Writers can read for three minutes. Illustrators are always welcome.

Barnes & Noble’s Café, 801 South Hurstbourne Parkway, a mile north of I-64, on the right. This is NOT the Summit Shopping Center B&N.
You do not need to be an SCBWI Midsouth member to attend. For more information, contact Charles Suddeth csuddeth@iglou.com IreadYA-select

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New Southerner Literary Contest, fiction, non-fiction, & poetry. Postmark deadline September 30, rules at: http://www.newsoutherner.com/contest/

I am not connected with this contest, but I thought it might interest some blog viewers.


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Halloween Kentucky Style (middle readers, Diversion Press, paperback)
Mike and Timmy try to scare Alice and Rosie. The trick’s on them when a younger neighbor and a homeless man team up to give them a real Halloween scare!

Here are a few markets:



Malaprop’s Bookstore:


Robie’s Books:


Morgan Hill Bookstore:



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Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 21-27, 2014

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
  11. IreadYA-select

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The Clear Creek Writers will accept entries between September 1, 2014 and January 4, 2015. Winners will be announced before the end of January. Two Categories:

PROSE   – fiction – maximum 1500 words

POETRY- any form – any length – any topic

Only one entry per category will be accepted. Entry fee per category, $10 for non-members; $5 for members. Prizes for each category – First $100, Second $50, Third $25.

Complete Rules: http://clearcreekwriters.org/new-contest-for-2014/


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Who lives in a pirate ship over the sea?

The old seadog

Who is peg legged and drunk as can be?

The old seadog


Friday, September 19, 2014

The Seven Seas

Avast Mateys,

Arrgh. Last year, I searched the Seven Seas and punished the scalawags who ignored Talk Like a Pirate Day. Now it be 2014. Time passes quickly since me head is fouled with cheap rum. Need I warn ye what shall surely happen if ye fail to heed me advice? I have a new weapon. A giant squid haunts me boat, but I plan to placate him with piddly landlubbers who refuse to talk like a pirate. He’s already bit off me leg, which is why I wear a peg leg.

Lads, load the cannons! The cabin boy in the crow’s nest says he smells landlubbers, but he can’t hear them talking like a pirate. Load the cannons with grapeshot, but don’t do like ye did last year. Ye wasted all me good table grapes.

Polly, don’t fly off and desert me! A sleek ship flying the Stars and Stripes just showed up on one side, and the hungry giant squid lurks on the other side, but nothing scares the likes of me. Just as soon as I find me crutches, everyone will taste of me blades and musket balls. Boys, hoist the Jolly Roger up high. No one dares challenge a pirate. After I dispense of me wee problems, I will make those who ignore Talk Like a Pirate go to Davey Jones Locker.

And so be done with it!

The Old Seadog


American Queen

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Listen up, landlubbers!!!!!

September 19th (every year) is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

I will be talking like a pirate. (I wouldn’t dare ignore Talk Like a Pirate Day) http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

Yes, the Ohio River had real pirates, but they weren’t any fun.

American Queen

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