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The one and only, lovely beyond compare, inimitable Andrea Portes, at The Rumpus

July 1, 2012

Chloe Grace Moretz in HickDon’t miss Jennifer Sky’s interview with the one and only Andrea Portes regarding the film adaptation of Hick, which opened last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Trailer for Darlene Quinn’s latest novel

December 2, 2011

Trailer we did for award-winning author Darlene Quinn‘s prequel to Webs of Power and Twisted Webs.

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Claudia says: Or, why you should register for SCWC LA9

August 31, 2011

Claudia WhitsittYes, friends, there is still time to register for the Ninth Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference, Los Angeles edition, a.k.a. LA9. And if our friend Claudia Whitsitt doesn’t mind, I would like to borrow a little of this and a pinch of that, and perhaps a dash of something else in order to explain to you just why you should be signing up for “the best writers’ conference EVER!

(Isn’t that sweet? Thank you so much, Claudia. I’m certain MSG is smiling. And if not, we’ll try the stapler.)

Why, you ask? The first time I attended this conference, I was scared to death. My knees rattled, my breathing arrested, my heart clutched inside my chest. I was a newbie. What the hell did I know about writing? But then, at the opening session, Michael Steven Gregory, the head of the conference, spoke in his loud announcer-like voice, reassuring me and the rest of the writers in the room that we would SUCK LESS at writing after having attended this conference. His humor and his honesty relaxed us all. And we remained hopeful, that as we tread in these unventured waters, we’d learn how to swim.

He encouraged us to network, and challenged us to introduce ourselves to someone new. He told us that the best networking happens in the bar. I took his advice and found that he was right. While it’s true that I might spend a little more time there now than I should, I’ve also made some of the best connections, cultivated some of the best friendships and met some of the most talented people I could ever hope to meet.

I should also mention that this is where I met my publisher, Karen Syed of Echelon Press, and where I entered my essay in the SCWC/Hummingbird Review contest and … WON! I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, just share with you the wonderful things that can happen at SCWC.

I mean, really. I don’t think if we were to throw together a late-night infomercial that I could script a testimony like that.

So come on. What have you got to lose? I mean, who doesn’t want to suck less?

SCWC LA9 is slated for September 23-25, in Newport Beach. Be there. Really. Or I’ll have to send Claudia with the stapler.

(Claudia Whitsitt is the author of The Wrong Guy, published by Echelon Press.)

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A sordid kind of love

August 30, 2011

Ah, Edwin.

As our sordid barman wrestles with his own vanity, one commenter offers the sort of compliment that only a writer can love:

You’re not ugly. But you do kind of look like the love child of Waylon Jennings and Louis CK.

(Sorry, man. I just couldn’t resist.)

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Reminder of sorts

August 30, 2011

SCWC LA 9You know … there is still time to register for the Ninth Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference Los Angeles gathering. And why should you? Well, check our news and announcements page, which can say it so much better than I can. Or have a peek at the LA 9 staff and schedule to see how we’re hoping it all plays out.

MSG in BlueC’mon … sign up. Don’t make MSG sad. I even borrowed his Facebook picture. Because he’s smiling. He smiles when he’s happy, and you’ll see his smiling face if you sign up and make your way to Newport Beach for the Ninth Annual Southern California Writers Conference, Los Angeles edition. Or, as we like to call it, LA 9.

Be there, or … er … uh … yeah. Be there.

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A note for the San Diego Police Department

August 7, 2011

A note for friends, on an occasion most dreadful:

Jeremy HenwoodSan Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne said Sunday that the officer who was shot Saturday in an unprovoked attack has died.

He was identified as Officer Jeremy Henwood, 36. He was a Marine reservist and had been deployed overseas three times, and had been with the Police Department for four years. He was from Texas and is survived by his parents and a brother and a sister.

Please know you have the condolences of entire cities—a whole region—up where I am in western Washington state. And my personal best wishes to the San Diego Police Department, and all who serve it, in this most difficult of times.

Sorry, guys. It sucks. We know.

Stand tall.

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A little bird told me ….

July 18, 2011

Good news from our friend Mr. Decker:

Edwin Decker starts the rumor-mill for his forthcoming anthology.

Unfortunately, the comma is included with the hyperlink in that one, so it doesn’t go through. That’s okay, though. Anyone interested in Puna Press, or in bugging them about release dates for Bartender in Heat: The Anthology (can you work an orgy joke into the title?) can just click on the link in this sentence.

Or follow his ramblings on Twitter.

Or Facebook.

Ye gads and huckleberries. I need to catch up on this social networking thing. Hell, I thought the internet was still a series of interconnected tubes.

Never mind. Just make good with Decker, so he’ll remember you when he gets invited on Rachel Maddow‘s show to discuss cocktails.

And, yes. I know the title of this post sucks. It’s supposed to; I’m a sucker for bad jokes.

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Your Book Sucks

June 7, 2010

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Great conference = great blogging

February 25, 2010

Lots of blogging going on from SCWC conferees and staffers alike, talking about their most recent conference adventures, what they learned, drank and took away from SD24. Here’s some of the latest…

Claudia Whitsitt on SD24

Gayle Carline’s SD24 De-brief

Nick Valentino’s conference wrap

Janet Tait Takeaways from the Southern California Writer’s Conference Part 1: Cross-Reading Leads to Better Metaphors and Takeaways from the Southern California Writer’s Conference, Part 2: Platform Building for Fiction Writers

Lesley Vance on What is Copyright?

Kirsten Imani Kasai special guest speaker follow-up

Bob Yehling’s Afterglow from the SCWC

J. R. Peregrine’s SCWC report

Jeremy Lee James’ “One Flew Over the Twitter’s Nest” workshop follow up

If you’re blogging about the conference, let us know so that others may too.

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Three Cheers: Gayle gets a deal!

June 13, 2008

(Updated: See below.)

Congratulations to our good friend Gayle Carline, who sent us the following announcement:

I just accepted an offer by Echelon Press to publish my very first novel, Freezer Burn. It’s a murder mystery, set in my hometown of Placentia. Briefly:

Peri Minneopa has traded her housecleaning career for a private investigator’s license. Her timing seems perfect, especially when she cleans a former client’s freezer and finds a severed hand inside, wearing an expensive ring.

We’re waiting on any further details, but for now it is enough to simply cheer—

    Woo-hoo!

    You go, girl!

    Knock ’em dead, kid!

—and all that sort of thing.

Good show, Gayle!

And let us not leave out Karen Syed and Echelon Press, who are good friends of the SCWC. Perhaps we are a bit biased, but picking up Gayle is definitely a good move. Personally, I can’t be doing any drinking tonight, but rest assured I’ll be raising a glass to both the first opportunity I get.

So hip, hip, and hoo-ray Gayle, and do let us know when you have a release date!

Update: The deal apparently was reached without agent representation, but Gayle did mention—and we certainly must acknowledge—the efforts of her editor, the inimitable Jean Jenkins.

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