First, those fractured fairy tales:
Open Doors: Fractured Fairy Tales from Wayman Publishing. Writing as Katherine Valdez, her pen name, she created a story about Red Riding Hood getting revenge. I picked up my signed copy of the anthology on Saturday at Barnes and Noble Centerra (near Loveland, Colorado).
One of the joys of belonging to great writers' organization such as Northern Colorado Writers and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is the ready supply of well-edited books both traditionally published and self-published. You'll see more offerings tomorrow at Chiseled in Rock blog in my monthly feature, "What's New from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers?"
And one more note on Wayman Publishing...there's another anthology in the works. This one is Open Doors: Monstrous Myths and Legends scheduled for a November 2013 release. The deadline for submissions is August 2, 2013.
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I'm declutterimg again. It's so satisfying to have a tidy office that I'm not sure why I don't try harder to keep up my filing, shredding, recycling, etc. on a daily (or even weekly) basis.
My goal this week, however, is to take all the old newsletters from all of the organizations I belong to and dump them in the recycle bin. Then I'm going to clean out my collection of outdated travel books to places I'll probably never visit again. And finally, I'll take the three storage boxes of "important" stuff I needed to sort for filing but haven't looked at in six months or more, admit it can't really be important after all, and throw most of it away. This will give me two clean shelves in the bookcase plus less to trip over on the floor.
Most of all, I'm going to stop printing out so much stuff that ends up in a pile or box, buried so deep I can't find it when I need it, which requires me to print out another copy and waste more paper and ink. Enough is enough. Really!