Lesson learned; it will not be happening again.
As I sit here waiting for the sore back to kick in and the hand cramps to subside, I thought I'd share the current happenings of some fellow writers.
1. If you have about five seconds to spare, I highly recommend heading over to the site of my literary hero JM Tohline and voting for your favorite 6 word story. Now, seeing as I really want to win the prize, a free advanced copy of his debut novel The Great Lenore, I will only SUGGEST voting for me. Should you choose to honor this suggestion, you would do so by selecting the fifth (and last) entry on the right sidebar which is tagged @ImPaulJoseph.
HOWEVER, because I am running against truly awesome people, like my hometown gal Christine Marie, my buddy and cohort The Weed, and the always entertaining Ara Grigorian, I would be happy if you voted for any of us. It's all in good fun. Of course, while you're over there, you should take a second and check out JM's site, learn a bit about his book, and keep in mind it will be available for pre-order next month. Just sayin'...
2. It's been an exciting week for YA novelist Karsten Knight. His debut Wildfire hits bookstores July 26, 2011. However, if you are like me and a zillion other impatient readers, you can follow this link to preview the first chapter, courtesy of Simon and Schuster.
3. Fellow writer Jason Messina (Surf the Gasp) has completed the ultimate accomplishment and released his inspirational book 101 Ways To Get High Without Drugs. It's currently on sale for a reduced price, and you can read the first chapter for free here. If you get a chance, help spread the word.
4. After the success of his Music Blogfest earlier this week, Alex J. Cavanaugh wasted no time promoting the next big event headed for Blogosphere. The A to Z Blogging Challenge takes place this April, and the organizers are shooting for a minimum of 300 participants. You can visit his site to join Alex, myself and the other 87 participants already registered. Check out his blog for more details on this event.
5. Finally, my brilliant buddy Michael shared a great post this morning in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. As a former history teacher, I was ecstatic to see someone not only know what today was, but also take a moment to spread a critical message. The Holocaust was one of those "special" topics I personally inserted into my previous seventh grade curriculum. Too many kids entered my doors in September having never heard the term; those who had were often misinformed. I decided when they left me in June, they would all know exactly what happened. They did.
As always, this is an insightful post that offers perspective while reiterating the importance of empathy. We must remember no life is more valuable than any other, and that remaining silent about things that matter is equivalent to performing inhumane actions ourselves.