Free Comic Book Day 2013

Posted in Event at 8:28 am by Amber

The US has Free Comic Book Day annually on the 1st Saturday in May. That means tomorrow!

I’m excited to see Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez in the lineup.

Anything catch your eye?


Mailbox Monday – April 8th

Posted in Event at 1:42 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. April’s host is Mari of Mari Reads.

Locke & Key Volume 2: Head Games by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


Mailbox Monday – March 18th

Posted in Event at 9:53 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. March’s host is Caitlin of Chaotic Compendiums.

The 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology which features short stories from writers nominated for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer award.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


A Month of Letters 2013 Wrap-Up

Posted in Event at 10:33 pm by Amber

Here are the links to my weekly LetterMo updates:

The challenge is to mail an item daily for each day of postal service in your area. The second part of the challenge is to reply to all the letters you receive.

I did better this year in sending items out, replying to letters, and posting my updates. Last year I mainly wrote to people I knew. This year I added some new people from the LetterMo forums to my address book. Postable seemed like a popular choice for keeping track of mailing addresses although I did not create an account for myself. I did add my address to a few Postable accounts. I made sure each new person I wrote or was hoping to get a letter from had something in common with me. Usually it was an interest such as reading, writing, or yarn crafting. Read the rest of this entry »


Niteblade Fundraiser – Fantastic!

Posted in Event at 2:48 pm by Amber

In 12 days, Niteblade has almost reached the halfway mark of the indiegogo fundraiser. It’s already more money than was made with last year’s fundraiser. I do the interviews for the site and it’s nice to know people like to see what Rhonda, Alexis and the slush readers are doing. My position isn’t a paid one (nor am I looking to make it a paid position) but does pay the poets and fiction writers who are selected for publication.

The goal of $500 is ambitious and like most online fundraising campaigns held through a third party site, if the goal isn’t met then Niteblade doesn’t get the money. Some of the items up for donations include ebooks, art work, books, and writing-related critiques. You may not be interested in horror or fantasy literature, but you may know someone who does. Help spread the word; it’s appreciated. 🙂


A Month of Letters 2013 Update #4

Posted in Event at 9:21 pm by Amber

Lettermo is no more but the spirit lives on.

This week I mostly sent letters:

  • Michelle Obama
  • Mary Robinette Kowal – I received her reply to my first letter this week so I sent her a reply.
  • An introductory letter to a UK Lettermo participant.
  • An introductory postcard to a US Lettermo participant.
  • Replies to Beth Cato, Rhonda Parrish, and a third Lettermo participant.
  • Girls Love Mail – I sent a small package with three letters.
  • A birthday present for my niece.

As of today I have mailed 25 items, received 14 Achievements and have an achievement score of 140.

In last week’s update I mentioned some people have mailed hundreds of items and pondered how much was spent in postage. One person was kind enough to share his statistics for the month. In February he sent out 56 cards and spent about $33.40 in postage. He received 23 pieces of mail which I think is a wonderful number. At the end of January he sent out 14 items which may have helped increase what he received.

My mailed items went to:

  1. Alberta, Canada
  2. Berlin, Germany
  3. Southampton, United Kingdom
  4. California, Illinois, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington D.C, and Wisconsin.

Next week I’ll have a wrap-up post.



Upcoming Niteblade Fundraiser

Posted in Event at 8:30 am by Amber

Niteblade will have their second annual fundraiser next month starting on March 1st. Last year Niteblade raised $108.78. I handle interviews for Niteblade as a volunteer. We’re all volunteers.

This year Rhonda Parrish will be using IndieGoGo to run the campaign. Do you have anything you want to donate to the fundraiser? Last year’s donations included books, critiques, knitted items and cookies. Let Rhonda know if you’re interested in donating something. Her email address is rhonda at niteblade.com.


A Month of Letters 2013 Update #3

Posted in Event at 8:50 pm by Amber

The third week for the challenge is now over!

This week I mostly sent postcards and letters:

  • Artist Deena Warner – Starting in 2005 I’ve received an annual Halloween card from  her. For once, I thought I’d send her a little artwork, and sent her a Niteblade postcard featuring artwork from Marge Simon.
  • A reply to Suey of It’s All About Books.
  • A friend in New Jersey.
  • An introduction letter to a Lettermo Participant who friended me on the forums.

As of today I have mailed 17 items, received 11 achievements and have an achievement score of 90. One person has mailed 374 items. While I can estimate that is quite a bit of postage, I can’t help but wonder what the person has mailed to people. Are they postcards, mailart, packages, or letters?

I have been quite a bit more active on the forums this year for Lettermo and one of the questions posed was “In what order do you send your mail?” When you have a bunch of thank you cards, for example, do you tackle the shortest content first? Do you write them in alphabetical order? Do you send them out according to geographic area?

My goal for Lettermo was to send letters internationally first and when it came to my Valentines I sent them out according to the furthest point from me first to Ohio addresses last. Everything else has been sent with no rhyme or reason.


Mailbox Monday – February 18th

Posted in Event at 5:18 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. February’s host is Audra of Unabridged Chick.

The Threshold Child by Callie Kanno for review. Adesina was trained from childhood to serve her land as a warrior and a spy. When she is selected to combat a group of seditious magic users, she must summon all of her talents–some of which have been buried in the deepest part of her.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


A Month of Letters 2013 Update #2

Posted in Event at 9:28 pm by Amber

The second week for the challenge is now over. I skipped mailing on Friday and Saturday and made it up on other days.

It was a big week for Valentines:

  • A birthday card for Kimmie’s niece.
  • Valentine’s cards for my two best friends.
  • Valentine’s postcards to Beth Cato, my parents, and my brother-in-law’s family.
  • A postcard to the station manager of the main post office.
  • A letter to a fellow Lettermo participant in Germany

Incoming mail is still slow but more than before. My first item was a letter from Suey of It’s All About Books. I received a funny Valentine from Beth Cato. Not surprisingly, a package arrived from my mother with Valentine’s Day goodies for me and my husband. And today I found a pleasantly large envelope from Rhonda Parrish. It was a cute notecard with some Niteblade postcards which I will be sending to other Lettermo participants.

Something new this year for Lettermo are the enhancements to the site. It keeps track of the # of items you mailed, and gives you an achievement score for different things (finding a new mailbox, sending a valentine/birthday wishes, mailing to an international address, etc.). As of today I have mailed 13 items, received 8 achievements and have an achievement score of 42. Some people have mailed out 159 items. That seems unbelievable!

Heather B. Armstrong made a timely post about teaching her daughter how to address an envelope I thought I’d share with you today.

Would you like me to send you something in the mail? Let me know and I’ll send you an email to get your address.

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