Friday, September 10, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #193

9/11, “peaceful” MUSLIMS hijacked 4 jetliners in US - cut throats of women in front of their children & brutally stabbed others w/boxcutters. Thousands also lost their lives in the same barbaric "peaceful" Muslim attack on the WTC.

REASON TO KEEP WRITING: ART LINKLETTER, age 97, hosted the popular TV shows "People Are Funny" and "House Party" in the 1950s & 1960s. "Art Linkletter's House Party," one of television's longest-running variety shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and was seen on CBS-TV from 1952-1969. The best known segment was the daily interviews with schoolchildren. Linkletter collected sayings from the children into "Kids Say The Darndest Things," and it sold in the millions. The book "70 Years of Best Sellers 1895-1965" ranked "Kids Say the Darndest Things" as the 15th top seller among nonfiction books in that period. The primetime "People Are Funny," which began on radio in 1942 and ran on TV from 1954 to 1961, emphasized slapstick humor and audience participation. Linkletter got his first taste of broadcasting with a part-time job while attending San Diego State College in the early 1930s. He held a series of radio and promotion jobs in California and Texas, experimenting with audience participation and remote broadcasts, before forming his own production company in the 1940s and striking it big. After leaving daily broadcasting in 1969, Linkletter continued to write, lecture and appear in television commercials. Among his other books, were "Old Age is Not for Sissies," "How To Be a Super-salesman," "Confessions of a Happy Man," "Hobo on the Way to Heaven" and his autobiography, '`I Didn't Do It Alone." A recording Linkletter made with his daughter Diane not long before she died, "We Love You, Call Collect," was issued after her death and won a Grammy award for best spoken word recording.

ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE – science and hobby mag serves readers who want to keep up with the latest discoveries and understand astronomical science, as well as those who want to know what is happening in the sky each month. Occasionally publishes unsolicited material, news features, human interest stories, hobby. Guidelines: (articles & bk reviews)

sub-TERRAIN, Canada - fiction, poetry, photography and graphic illustration from uprising Canadian, U.S. & International writers and artists. Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, commentary, photos. Guidelines:

GOOD WOODWORKING, UK - for the serious woodworker, seeks ideas, advice and projects for the amateur. Guidelines: Contact editor - URL:

TRAZZLER - helps would-be travelers answer the question “Where should I go?” Make us forget about our mundane lives and take us to a place that we’ve never been before. Guidelines:

NEW MOBILITY – active wheelchair lifestyle mag w/articles on art, culture, recreation, travel, people, relationships, medical news, civil rights and resources. Eighty-five percent of readers have disabilities, most caused by spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or ALS. Looking for the unusual, the quirky, the humorous angle, but also needs well-reported service articles. These include pieces on health (innovations in bladder or bowel management, pain or fatigue prevention, stem cell news); technology (new products for work or play) and travel. Guidelines:
FETCH THE PAPER - serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area.Looking for expertly written topics on health, travel, humor, training, and things to do with dogs. We also speak out on issues of social importance. Contact page to query:

NORTHERN WOODLANDS MAGAZINE – audience consists of conservation-minded people with an interest in all aspects of the forests of the Northeast. Looking for book reviews, articles, photos. Guidelines & Editorial Calendar:

THE STINGING FLY, Ireland - provides an outlet for short story writers: each issue features several short stories and from time to time entire issues are devoted to new fiction. Also publishes poetry, creative non-fiction and book reviews. Only accepts submissions between January and March, cutoff date March 31, send by postal mail only, giving e-mail address. Prefers to respond by e-mail but enclose an SAE (with Irish stamps, or an IRC). Rates low +2 contributor's copies. Guidelines: - keeps a comprehensive list of contests that pay a grand prize of $500+

AMAZING KIDS! - has contests for kids

GIFTED HANDS WRITING - children’s writing contests

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Prologue Structure 4 Character driven/Plot-driven stories Oct 3-6, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Cant & Historical Slang 4 Authors Oct 4-10, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Writing Serial Novels Oct 4-31, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Master the 3 Act Structure Oct 4-31, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Using Description to Enhance Storyline Oct 4-31

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Creating a Believable Paranormal, Fantasy, or SF
World Oct 4-31

ONLINE WORKSHOP: The Art of Rewriting Oct 4-31

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Handling Backstory the Right Way Oct 4-31

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Alphas: Leaders of the Pack Oct 4-29

LITERARY SCAMS – Suggest writers bookmark these links & check lists before embarking on any writing venture. A search will give you more links.