Thursday, June 08, 2006

Mirathon Miscellany

First up, a prayer request:

Regular Mirathoner, the Curmudgeon, aka David Meigs, is recovering from a heart attack. Please ask God to heal him up real good, would ya?

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Novel Journey posted a brief interview with James Scott Bell this week. He's the author of the very helpful--in my Mir-ish opinion--PLOT AND STRUCTURE.

Here's a taste of the Q&A:

What makes for an engaging plot?

The LOCK elements are Lead, Objective, Confrontation and Knock-out ending. Every one of these must be pressed to the max to make the plot work. When I teach writing, I tell the students that if they master only these four elements, they'll never write a weak plot. From there, it's all a matter of growing as a writer.

For Christian SF fans: NJ will be posting an interview with Karen Hancock some time today. Look for that!

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I'd like to thank Deanna for posting a link to Mirathon and offering some lovely praise, like so:

Mir, a refreshingly funny, obviously talented fictionist.

Excuse me while my head expands a smidge. Oooooooh, aaaahhhhhhh niiiiice.

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Are you going to the ACFW and/or RWA conferences this summer? Need a cool, eye-catching one-sheet designed for you or maybe some snazzy business cards or a promotional brochure?

Well, drop by Dineen's place and peruse her portfolio. She's got the artistic and writerly chops to do you proud.

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Do you urgently need help getting your story structure in shape?

If you have up to a ten-page synopsis handy and are willing to pay a modest amount for some expert assistance, then visit the Story Sensei, Camy Tang, she of the 3-book deal with Zondervan and of the popular Camy's Loft blog.

For a gushing recommendation, click over to Squirly's blog and check out her post for June 2. It's titled "Thank God for Camy." I think that says it all about how happy she is with the services of the sensei.

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Are you living in or visiting the Nashville area this week? Then head over to Chris Well's book event. He's having his first public book signing this Saturday, June 10, from 2 to 4PM at The Way Gallery in West Meade. See details over at his nifty blog.

And to tempt you just a wee bit, I have two words: FOOD and PRIZES.

So, Nashville-ians, head over and support a Christian author of "killer" Christian fiction.

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Two new markets for you, babes.


What they want:
We accept work with both subtle and overt associations to the Christian faith, and we also accept work that has no direct association to Christianity.

What they pay:
I couldn't find any reference to payment other than a year's subscription to contributors. You can always email and ask.

You'll want to check out the contests page. Yes, entry fees. Yes, very nice cash prizes.

RELIEF: A Quarterly Christian Expression.

The estimable Mr. Bertrand is one of the editors there. That's a good sign.

What they want:
We are looking for original, unpublished poetry and stories that reflect reality. In terms of scope, the door is wide open, but still has some boundary. A decent yardstick is the Bible. Not the churchized version, but the real, gritty scripture...

What they pay:
For the first issue, authors will experience the joy of being published in the pioneer issue of a cutting edge Christian event. Each contributor will receive a complimentary copy of the issue, and a cash prize (to be determined) will be awarded to "Editor's Choice" in each genre. We do hope to compensate all authors for their work as soon as possible.

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And just sharing, again, my verse for the year:

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9



Camy Tang said...

MIRSTER I LOVE YOU TO PIECES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the plug, in case you didn't get that above.


Deanna said...

Thank you, Mirtika, for mentioning me, Deanna, a.k.a. LittleFish, in your delightfully informative blog. I'm about as green a blogger as exists - it's great to know people like you are around.

Mirtika said...

Hey, you mentioned me first. THANK YOU. :)