Writing Process Blog Hop

Here’s a fun fact about writers. We are fascinated by the creative process and scared of it at the same time, afraid that if we examine it too closely it will vanish like some nebulous Bohr particle. So we look outward to the safer realm of other writers’ processes. We ask them where they get . . . 

I knew venom was good for me.

The same researcher who discovered Komodo dragons are venomous is now hoping to harness the power of that venom for medicinal purposes. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Dr. Brian Fry has “uncovered anticoagulant properties to Komodo dragon venom which could help stroke patients, as well as properties which drop blood pressure which could be used . . . 

The Siskiyou Prize

Here’s an opportunity for all eco-conscious writers! The Siskiyou Prize for new environmental literature has just opened for submissions. Karen Joy Fowler will judge and the winner will earn a $1,000 prize and publication of their manuscript. Submit your environmental novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections between now and September 30, 2014.  

Quinoa Salad

It’s been a little over a year since I started my vegetarian journey and, from what I hear, my path has taken a sadly typical trajectory. I started out completely unaware of what nutrients my body needed and thought by removing meat from my plate I could call it done. Uh, nope. That mistake, coupled . . . 

Best of the Bookfair

I wanted to share two of my top finds at AWP’s book fair this year, because you shouldn’t have to go to Seattle to get some great literary goodies. Prompt & Circumstance  This gem of a website bills itself as “A resource dedicated to lighting creative fires.” Now what could be better than that? Every . . .