Finding Something Friday: Hallmark Card Contest

Now, here’s a contest where I’m really feeling the love!

Hallmark is looking for card ideas for Valentine’s Day with the theme, “Love is a Funny Thing.” Believe me, with the Beneficent Mr. Hall, love is downright hilarious. And I’ve got a couple pictures to prove it.

Which is a good thing, because you’ll need artwork or pictures to send along with your card and scathingly witty remarks. Here’s the info and the how-to’s, and really, it looks easy-peesy.

Of course, you’ve got to think of something before you can submit. That’s probably the hard part. Well, that and finding the right pictures. Which reminds me. Anybody have a Zombie guy pic?

Because nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a Zombie.

The ONLY Time I Listen to Music While Working

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Fill the air with the scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and cough drops! Clutter the house with yule knick-knacks, holly, ribbons and red noses! Listen to the carols and choirs, and the neighbors complaining about the caroling choirs in the street!

Ah, December. Who can work in the midst of all that wonderfulness? But if you can, here’s a holiday writing opportunity for you:

The Spinetinglers Christmas Ghost Story Competition is accepting your creepy, spooky yule tales until midnight, December 18th. You can snag a bit of Fame and Fortune from the Brits, who for reasons only they can explain, love ghost stories at Christmas! Check out the details here for this no-entry fee contest!

And here’s a wonderful opportunity for you to start the season of giving with a gift that will help a fellow writer:

It’s the Season of Love and Hope Auction to benefit Bridget Zinn, who’s working hard to kick cancer. Tons of writers and friends have donated books, critiques, and other gifts to raise money for this young, YA author. Why not make a bid and make her day shine a little brighter? But hurry! The auction closes on December 4th!

I’m off to the auction myself, just as soon as I finish belting out “Love on Layaway.” I don’t want to brag, but it’s kinda hard to tell the difference. Is it me or Gloria Estefan singing?

Tooting My Horn Tuesday: Hot Flash Mommas!

You know how your stories are sort of like children? You’re proud of them when they go out in the world and do well. And you love each and every one of them, exactly the same.

Except sometimes, you like one a little better than the other. She makes you laugh, or she makes you smile, or maybe she makes you sigh. But mostly, there’s just something there, close to your heart, that makes you like her just a teensy bit more than the others. Not forever, of course. You know that tomorrow, your heart will be pulled in another direction.

That’s just the way it is, with stories and kids. And that’s the way it is with my story, “The Funny Thing in The Bathroom at Casa Del Rio.” You can read it in A Shaker of Margaritas: Hot Flash Mommas. This anthology has just come out of Mozark Press, and it’s brimming with wonderful stories about the forty or older woman and her search for happiness, or love, passion, or perhaps revenge.

I’m not sure what each character is searching for because I haven’t had time to read each and every story. But I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read so far. And I’m so glad that this story of mine found a home there. There’s a little piece of me in that forty-something woman who bumps into a long-ago lover in the Senoritas.

Makes me feel twenty-something again when I read it. And for just a few minutes, that’s a fine thing. Might make a fine gift for the woman of a certain age you know. That’s all I’m saying.

And that I really love “The Funny Thing in the Bathroom at Casa Del Rio.” I’ll keep smiling… until the next special story grabs my heart.

Finding Something Friday : Laptops and YALitchat

Let me begin by saying I LOVE MY NEW LAPTOP! (I’m saying that extra loud, just in case PC is listening.) I know we’re not supposed to love things, but I can’t help myself. PC has these amazingly mad skills.

There’s just one eensy-teensy problem. (And now I’m whispering because I don’t want PC’s feelings to get hurt any more than they already are.) I can’t always figure out how to make these mad skills work. It’s not him-it’s me. But after spending 45 minutes with PC, trying to move a simple thing around on the Hall of Fame (and making some updates), I finally had to give up and move to my desktop computer (where I zipped through the tasks in 10 minutes). So, today you’ll find a few changes here at Cathy C.’s Hall of Fame. And hopefully, PC and I will work through this “bad patch” and everything will be hunky-dory again between us.

Here’s something else I love: YALitchat! Since my latest work-in-progress is Young Adult, I’ve been zipping around, looking for interesting YA sites and such. When I found YALitchat (a community for folks who write, read and live YA), I knew I’d found a spot with amazingly good stuff, like agents, contests, and writing support. So, you can find me there, hanging out, soaking it all in. You can friend me, too, if you’re there.

But um, keep it on the down low. I’m not sure how PC feels about my virtual friends.