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NaNoLosAngeles anthology cover art – SUBMISSIONS OPEN!

CALL FOR ART SUBMISSIONS TO Regimes, Formulas, & Schemes: Meet the Systems

Are you an artist or illustrator? Want to have your work on the cover of the 3rd annual NaNoLosAngeles anthology? We’d love to see what you have! Please send your 100 dpi image to lemurpublishing@gmail.com by July 15, 11:59 PM PT.

Our first anthology, Believe Me Not, comprised 46 stories including 12 from writers ages 10-17 and can be purchased online here. Our second, It’s About Time, managed to boast more than a hundred pages more than the first anthology and can be purchased online here. Will your art be on the cover of our third anthology, Regimes, Formulas, & Schemes: Meet the Systems? We hope so!

Submissions must 
…include this year’s theme “it’s the system” (but feel free to think outside the box—see below).
…be turned in digitally using one of the following formats: jpeg, png, or pdf.
…be 100 dpi (note: final artwork to be at least 300 dpi).
…not be larger than 500×500 pixels (note: final artwork must be at least 1000×1000).
…are due to lemurpublishing@gmail.com by July 15, 11:59 PM PT.

NaNoLosAngeles, Lemur Publishing, and 1667 Press will be allowed all rights regarding artwork, but proper credit will be given in book’s colophon and in all other official uses. Our suggested “systems” list is below to inspire you.

–solar system(s)
–computer matrix
–hierarchy (nobility/peasants, castes, etc.)
–systems in the human body (nervous system, etc.)
–ecology
–systems of thinking/system psychology/systems behavior
–systems of oppression
–operating system (computer, game console, etc.)
–postal service (shipping of letters/packages)
–cultural systems
–economic systems (command/planned, socialism, market economies, etc.)
–systems of government (aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, tyranny)
–”the healthcare system”

NaNo Los Angeles 3rd Annual Anthology – SUBMISSIONS OPEN

In the tradition begun by our Editor Emeritus and former Los Angeles Municipal Liaison Sara, I am pleased to announce our call for submissions for the third annual NaNo Los Angeles Anthology! Our first anthology, Believe Me Not, comprised 46 stories including 12 from writers ages 10-17 and can be purchased online here. Our second, It’s About Time, managed to boast more than a hundred pages more than the first anthology and can be purchased online here. Will your story be part of our third anthology? We hope so!

All proceeds go to NaNoWriMo and its Young Writers Program and help make possible all the events that the Los Angeles region holds during National Novel Writing Month in November each year.

The third annual NaNo Los Angeles Anthology is now open for submissions, which are due March 10th. Lemur Publishing invites all Los Angeles Wrimos and Wrimos-at-large to submit short stories for the 2016 anthology. Our theme this year is “it’s the system“… Please think broadly about this idea, and in case you need a jumping-off point, we came up with several ideas. This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you have something that fits the theme that’s not included here, please feel free to write that and send it to us!

–solar system(s)
–computer matrix
–hierarchy (nobility/peasants, castes, etc.)
–systems in the human body (nervous system, etc.)
–ecology
–systems of thinking/system psychology/systems behavior
–systems of oppression
–operating system (computer, game console, etc.)
–postal service (shipping of letters/packages)
–cultural systems
–economic systems (command/planned, socialism, market economies, etc.)
–systems of government (aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, tyranny)
–”the healthcare system”

We had several requests to include a phrase the same way we did in the first anthology, so we decided that it would be interesting to see what writers can come up with when they have to include the first sentence: “Where did this come from?” And, as usual, if you can organically use NaNo Icons, you’ll get bonus points from the editors! For information on NaNo Icons, please see the descriptions on the Lemur Publishing website.

Here’s the nitty gritty details for your information!

Due date: March 10
Theme: “it’s the system”
Phrase: story must begin with “Where did this come from?” (though it doesn’t have to be in quotes)
Submit to: LemurPublishing@gmail.com (Re: Anthology 2016 submission)

GUIDELINES
–All genres welcome!
–4000 words or less. (Flash fiction is also great.)
–12-point type, Times New Roman, double spaced, paragraph indented 5 spaces.
–send as .doc (NOT .docx), .rtf, or plain-text attachment.
–Please do NOT copy/paste your entire story in the email.
–Grammar questions – Check the Chicago Manual of Style (free trial) or do a search on Grammar Girl.
–Spell check and proof your story before you submit.
–Proofread; have a friend read your story before submission.
–Each submission will be personally confirmed.

We look forward to reading your submissions and hope to present you with a brand new NaNo Los Angeles Anthology in time for NaNoWriMo 2016! Now get writing!

NaNoWriMo is upon us!

… and I’ll be hosting some Saturday write-ins this year! Come meet me and other writers on this ridiculous adventure: writing a novel in a month! Info about my write-ins below. Also, visit NaNoWriMo official site and/or my profile page.

[Pasadena] Youth Room Writing! But not just for youth!
Location: Youth Room across the street from Pasadena Covenant Church in Pasadena (church address is: 539 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101)
Date(s): 5 Saturdays (11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30)
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Details/Info: A large room donated to NaNoWriMo for the five Saturdays in November by Pasadena Covenant Church, at the corner of North Lake Ave. and Santa Barbara St. There are sofas/couches and tall tables with high chairs. I will also have a longer table set up for those people who don’t want to feel like they’re sinking to the bottom of the sea or in a crow’s nest the entire time. (Bring a cushion or pillow if you want a personalized comfy seat!) I’ll have power strips set out (please bring a power strip and/or an extension cord if you have them), but there is NO INTERNET ACCESS. That means more time for writing and less distractions!

I should have signs out pointing the way to the room, which is north of the church across Santa Barbara St. BEHIND the house on the northern corner, and there is parking west of the church in the church lot on Santa Barbara St. (The lot is gated, but it’s free and I have the code to get in, so let me know after you arrive if you need access.) The room we’ll be using has a microwave, a stove and oven, and a refrigerator. I’ll be providing Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend coffee (ground fresh!) and tea, but please BRING YOUR OWN MUG. My mom (bless her heart) will be in the vicinity, and she mentioned she may even bake us some muffins or coffeecake WHILE we’re writing!

So, what to bring: yourself, your writing (!), your own mug for coffee or tea, a cushion (if desired), and a power strip/extension cord (optional). I’m looking forward to seeing you bright and early on Saturday morning!

A real live post?? Never!

Hello, lovely readers!

I just wanted to let you know a couple things that’ve been going on recently in my life.

#1 I’ve got a creative nonfiction (feminist!) piece up at Flyover Feminism called “Getting My Grandmother to Vote” (also featuring my mom ^_^). I hope you all check it out and comment if you so desire.

#2 No, I have not abandoned this journal or website, but life is getting in the way of writing, and I’m trying work out my priorities to fix that. Hopefully there will be more than just tweet updates soon. Hahaha. ^_^;;

#3 Speaking of writing, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) again this year! If you’d like to follow my word count progress through the rest of the month, check out my page!

#4 This is my official (if not a bit half-assed) call for anyone who would like to receive a Winterthing card from me this year. I’ve got some special cards and I want to share them with you all ^_^. So, if you’re interested in receiving a card with a yearly update from me, email me (see my contact page for the email address) or leave a note here with you address (if you’re comfortable with that). I like sending out real mail to people, so the more, the merrier. I hope you’d like a card from me, so let me know if you do!

#5 Hopefully I’ll have a more substantial update soon, but I’m done for now since typing on my iPhone is (relatively) torturous. Love you all! Thanks for sticking with me.

A Winner is Me!

Haha, damn right. A winner is who?

YOU BIG WINNER HAHA
image copyright WolfmanX.

I’m just going to pretend that he drew this specifically for my NaNo novel, even though I know that’s totally a lie. Anyway, at 7:05 PM PST today, I validated my NaNoWriMo novel with 50457 words. Here’s my progress graph:

NaNoWriMo 2011 stats and graph
click for larger

The original name for my novel, “Snake Oil Charmer”, went out the door almost immediately, since the story that the title is connected to… well, it didn’t really get written. I wrote a Gundam Wing fanfic instead. Hahaha ^_^;;; What? Don’t judge me. But I’m keeping the title for that other story, just in case I ever do write it (and I will because it’s not going to let me not write it, eventually)…

My word count (on the NaNo website) languished at 49898 for hours today, and finally one of my writing buddies messaged me to say,

omg
your word count is killing me! 🙂

But then I updated the word count and input the novel into the “yes, I really did write that much” machine and I won! Yaaaaaaaaaaay. Now I can go back to normal life for a while. First thing on the agenda: homework. /ugh Then: email. /dies