Friday, June 24, 2011

Top Ten Favorite Things about Summer in Seattle

Now that summer is officially here, I thought I'd celebrate by posting my top ten favorite things about summer in Seattle! Here goes:
  1. Daylight till 10 p.m.!
  2. Live concerts in Seattle parks throughout the city during the weekday lunch hour.
  3. The Center for Wooden Boats' Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival July 4th weekend.
  4. Salmon bakes and barbecues.
  5. The Annual Seafair Indian Days Powwow at Daybreak Star.
  6. Farmers markets all over the city.
  7. Sunshine!
  8. Ferry rides to any of the beautiful islands in the state.
  9. Eating sushi while watching the Mariners play at Safeco Stadium!
  10. Just enjoying the picture postcard views of the Pacific Northwest scenery everywhere you look.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Contest feedback

So, the bad news is that I found out this past week that my entry did not final in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association's annual contest. The good news is that I received two fabulous critiques from the judges! Am I grasping at straws here, trying to find something good out of this rejection? I don't think so. I put off reading the critiques for almost 24 hours, worried that they would futher damage my already wounded ego, but when I finally read them I was really surprised at the quality of the feedback and the overall positive and encouraging tone of each. True, one said that she/he absolutely despised one of my primary characters, but then went on to give detailed feedback regarding the characters and plot and ended with the phrase a writer never tires of hearing: "You are a very good writer."

The main criticism from both was that my story was not a romance. My heroine does not end up with a man in the end. Instead she ends up accepting her dream job. Isn't that romantic?! I thought so. Apparently, this plot line is not considered a romance by some PNWA judges. Oh well. I see that the Golden Rose Contest recently opened. I'll make some revisions based on the feedback I received (still keeping my ending though!) and send it there.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Registration open for Emerald City Writers' Conference

Early bird registration for the 2011 Emerald City Writers' Conference opened on June 1. The conference will be held at the Bellevue Westin October 28-30, 2011 and has an exciting line-up of keynote speakers and agents and editors attending. See the conference site for more details.

I can't say enough good things about this conference. It attracts a huge turn-out of writers representing all genres, every registrant is guaranteed at least two small group pitches with an agent or editor, the atmosphere is enthusiastic and supportive, there are tons of workshops to choose from, even the food is great!