Magazine Markets for Writers

May 30, 2011
Currently on my Coffee Table by brezomayo
Currently on my Coffee Table, a photo by brezomayo on Flickr.

Check out Writer’s Digest Top 100 Markets – it lists some great mag markets. Some of the publications are painfully specific… Dollhouse Miniatures? Dogs in Canada? But there are many niche markets you may not have considered here, so it’s worth a gander.


Wherewithal

May 30, 2011
if you see my friend the sun by knitalatte11
if you see my friend the sun, a photo by knitalatte11 on Flickr.

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Humble Thanks

May 30, 2011
@SOLDIER_031227-A-8331M-001x by MATEUS_27:24&25
@SOLDIER_031227-A-8331M-001x, a photo by MATEUS_27:24&25 on Flickr.

Bless the soldiers who sacrifice,
who serve and do us proud.
Protect these home-grown heroes
out there in a foreign field,
on the front lines
where fear and fate intersect.
Place them in Your perpetual care.
Bring them back to us intact,
back to the warmth of home,
the smell of fresh bread,
mom in an apron, flour on her face,
the high school sweetheart, with a promise ring.
Back to the things they are fighting for.
From my Prayable, A Soldier’s Story, on http://www.prayables.com


Endurance

May 29, 2011
About Stones by Dietrich Bojko Photographie
About Stones, a photo by Dietrich Bojko Photographie on Flickr.

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

Hunter S. Thompson


Skype Tech Alert

May 29, 2011
Skype by ViroM
Skype, a photo by ViroM on Flickr.

My Techie Guy son, Coleman, encountered a vexing computer issue tonight – he found that there was hidden “crapware” loaded along with Skype. This link to an engadget post explains.  Check back for updates as we learn more.


Techie Translation

May 28, 2011
HAF 922 by David Atkinson Images
HAF 922, a photo by David Atkinson Images on Flickr.

I don’t understand my son’s Tech Accent. Tech-cent? He’s a gamer and a Tech Dude who throws acronyms at me like “LOL” and “IDK” – sometimes even “Bee Tee Dubs.”

Today he said, “I just heard Windows 8 will support XBox 360 games, Ma.” I said, grunt? Eye roll. “You know, you can play XBox 360 games on Windows 8 once it comes out.” I said, “oh, I get it.” But do I really?


Print on Demand Resource

May 26, 2011
Standard and "print-on-demand" books compared by Phil Gyford
Standard and “print-on-demand” books compared, a photo by Phil Gyford on Flickr.

For all you brave souls who self-publish, check out this article on WritersWeekly.com comparing the major POD companies.  You’ll also find paying markets there, usually consumer mags.


Blaze a Trail

May 24, 2011
onkalo by TommyOshima
onkalo, a photo by TommyOshima on Flickr.

We can never judge the lives of others. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.

Paulo Coelho


Nature’s Blooming

May 24, 2011
flowers by saxyman0
flowers, a photo by saxyman0 on Flickr.

Nothing is so beautiful as spring…
What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being.

Gerard Manley Hopkins


Weather Whine

May 23, 2011

Heard myself complaining that it was muggy today here in Jersey, then remembered that, not too long ago, we were snowed under.  This is my dog, Sheena, in our backyard this past February.  A little humidity?  No big deal.