January 2012

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 10:00 am by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in January: 0
  2. Rejections in January: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in January: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

Almost a year ago, I sent a first line submission to 50 to 1 which either got lost somewhere in email or I missed the rejection. They’re pretty fast so I’m going to mark it off my pending responses. It’s a new year so I’ll start with a clean slate.

I’m thinking the way to go is the monthly Write 1 Sub 1 to encourage more submissions this year.


Mailbox Monday – January 30th

Posted in Event at 7:59 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. January’s host is At Home With Books.

At the end of December I got some books for my Kindle and forgot to post them. So here are the newest additions:

Loose Ends – A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery by Terri Reid. Mary O’Reilly is a former Chicago police officer who died on the job. Given the choice to remain dead or go back to the light, she chooses life which gives her the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Now she’s a private investigator in a small town.

My Memories of a Future Life (Episode 1 of 4: The Red Season) by Roz Morris. A professional pianist is forced to stop playing after an injury and fears her life is over. Her soulmate shows up but is he real or a figment of her imagination?

The Soulkeepers by G. P. Ching. When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother’s car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can’t find his mother’s body. Made a ward of his uncle and thousands of miles from home, a beautiful and mysterious neighbor, Dr. Abigail Silva, offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. In exchange, she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a gifted warrior charged with protecting human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother’s disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions Dr. Silva’s motives for helping him.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


A Month of Letters Challenge

Posted in Event at 10:05 pm by Amber

A Month of Letters 2012I don’t know about you, but I love to send and receive letters. During middle school I had pen pals in Turkey, Germany and Japan. Whenever I would visit my grandmother in Nevada, I wrote my best friend every other day.

I’ve gotten out of the letter writing habit. I don’t even really send emails. Isn’t it nice to get something in the mail that tells you someone was thinking of you? When Beth and Rhonda both mentioned the A Month of Letters Challenge on Twitter I was immediately intrigued. And it’s only tonight, just a few days before it starts, that I’ve decided to participate.

If you want me to send you a letter and I don’t have your snail mail address, just leave a comment and I’ll email you or send you a message.



Striking a Pose

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:30 pm by Amber

Yesterday Jim C. Hines tweeted about his newest blog post but I didn’t get to see it until later in the evening. It points out the silliness of some of the covers of fantasy books. Jim really put himself out there. This gave me a giggle and I hope it makes you giggle too. Without further ado, here is Jim C. Hines Striking a Pose.