It’s called “Ghosts and Garnets” and at last count there were forty-three episodes running mostly around forty minutes.
Who knew there was so much fertile ground for discussing murder in Idaho. But then, on the other hand…
Hat tip to the BSU/NPR newsletter for alerting us to this free podcast.
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We’ve highlighted the Writer Beware blog and website not that long ago. But it bears mentioning again as, being on their mailing list, I’ve found two recent articles of great interest:
- Copyright, Contracts, and AI-Generated Material is a must-read for any author currently working. It’s a brief but thorough summation of where creators stand now as to copyright protection when their creations include material AI-generated.
- When the Copyright Trolls Came for Me is for anyone with an online presence (website, social media, blog) who uses any images. Take a couple of minutes to read it and be forewarned.
And just in the last day they’ve pulled some Amazon-related scams out into the bright light of day.
We all get “too many” newsletters, but this is one that respects your time and provides invaluable, real-life information. A “sign up for updates” form is at the bottom of their website page.
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Writer Beware® is a site rich in resources — all sponsored by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association — but encompassing all genres. Are you an aspiring writer? They’ve got you covered. Are you querying agencies and/or publishers? They’re all over it.
Be sure to add this website to your bookmarks or favorites, and visit it regularly. It’s too easy for new or longtime authors to be taken in by the unscrupulous.
Topics covered include:
- Contests and Awards
- Editors and Assessment Services (this has been hot lately)
- Literary Agents
- Small Presses
- Vanity or Subsidy Publishers; Vanity Anthologies
- Writers’ Services
Avail yourself of this resource. Don’t fall prey to a writer scam.
The Script Lab website is currently examining the tremendously imaginative work of Guillermo del Toro, an amazingly diverse oeuvre that includes: Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Crimson Peak, his Pinocchio, and Nightmare Alley.
Signing up for a free account at their website enables you to download and examine the screenplays.
Think you’re a stellar proofreader? Can you spot a misspelled word at fifty paces?
Here’s a fun time-waster for you: Spot the 10 typos in an article.
The clock is running!
Do you write mysteries, suspense, crime fiction, thrillers? You are heartily invited to join us, sisters (and brothers)!
An Idaho chapter of the international crime-writer’s association, Sisters In Crime, is in the process of forming. Our first meeting will be in Boise one week from today, on 12 January (5-7 p.m. MT).
Meetings will be in Boise every other month. Check out their website, IdahoSinC.com, for more information.
Today IWU would like to acknowledge what looks to be a terrifically useful resource — a wealth of over 80* no-fee, paying opportunities for writers.
*and that’s just for this issue of her newsletter
Erika Dreifus regularly serves up these huge piles of contests, competitions, and other opportunities — potentially saving writers an appreciable amount of online research.
Visit her Practicing Writing website and/or subscribe to her newsletter.
We want YOU.
A New Program in the Treasure Valley Solicits Writers
If you’re a writer, you might find it difficult to get your work into potential readers’ hands (and ears). Writers Read, a program in Star, addresses the problem by giving writers a chance to read their work in public.
Mark your calendar
Location: Ada Community Library, Star Branch
Free, starting at 5:30 p.m. MT
- 17 January
- 21 February
- 21 March
Your participation will encourage the organizers to continue!
More about it
Every month we’ll meet, featuring up to four authors per event. Participants can read anything they’re working on:
- fiction, poetry
- children’s lit
- graphic novels
Writers Read organizer Tina Johnson is looking for writers to read at upcoming events in January, February, and March. “We’re inviting writers with all levels of experience across the Treasure Valley and beyond. “We’re excited to hear from teen as well as adult writers,” she said.
Be the audience
The program also seeks audience members. “It’s a great event for listeners as well,” Johnson said. The program lasts about an hour and includes time to chat with authors around the refreshment table.
If you have any questions, contact Tina Johnson at: email@example.com
To sift out spam, please use this subject line — Writers Read Firstname Lastname — for example, Writers Read Jane Smith
Hallowe’en has passed, but every month is a good month for excellent horror. Screenwriters, feast your eyes on these “Best Horror Movie Scripts of All Time” from The Script Lab. All it takes is a free sign-up to be able to dissect pages and pages of the greatest scary and terrifying movie scripts:
Halloween, Alien, Scream, 28 Days Later, The Exorcist, The Thing (1982), Hereditary, The Conjuring, Candyman, A Quiet Place, Night of the Living Dead, Insidious
Yes, there are lots of newspapers and magazines to trawl through at your local library — but your library card may be your passport around those irritating paywalls, as well.
(A brief aside, recognizing that work deserves monetary compensation, including writers and responsible journalists, and the organizations they work for. All true. But we still are irritated by paywalls, aren’t we?)
Check with your local library to see if their services include subscriptions to magazines and periodicals such as: Idaho Statesman, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, New York Times, and more.
If you’re in Boise, check out this page in the BPL’s Research and Learning section for what you might be able to access.
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