Coach’s Midnight Diner–Submissions Extended

Coach just announced Diner submissions will be extended to May 31st!

The announcement at Relief says:

Diner Subs Open Until May 31

Submisisons for Coach’s Midnight Diner will remain open until May 31st. After receiving some harried emails from folks we met at Calvin (“I just found out about the Diner! My story is almost finished but not quite! Can I please have more time?!?!?”) I decided to go ahead and leave it open. So go ahead and finish your Shatner on a Plane story and get it in!

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I Wonder.

I wonder.

When God starts moving and I start really listening, I wonder what it is he’s trying to say. I have my ideas, these grandiose versions of The Plan, these little dots splattered on the atlas of my life, but they really hardly ever lead where I envision.

I go to a place like Calvin for their Festival of Faith & Writing and know within seconds that I’m somewhere I totally don’t belong. Please don’t get me wrong. It was a great conference, and I met fabulous people. But I’m not all that.

I can’t say for sure the exact reason I went. Coach said the Relief team was going and it’d be great if I came and represented The Diner. So I did.

My worst habit is that I find a million things that bug me. I do it all the time. I’m relentless and ruthless in my head. Sometimes out loud. Most of the time in my head though. Things that bug me about conferences like this are (in no particular order):

  • People who are fake.
  • People who pretend they’re listening but aren’t.
  • People who won’t tell the truth.
  • People who are pretentious and pompous.
  • People who act differently in front of different people.

I guess those things are probably all related. They drive me freaking nuts. And the people who have those attributes probably want to smack me to Ohio. We don’t get along. At least I see it.

Maybe they don’t because they’re too busy putting on a smile and watching that prospective agent from across the room. They can’t read the sarcasm in my remarks because they’ve stopped listening, they’re reading the lips of the editor that’s talking with that prospective agent. They laugh that fake laugh like they’re paying attention to me because I laughed, but I said that my grandfather was my least favorite person because he was fake and they didn’t even catch that I was cutting them down. They push me aside with a tart, “Excuse me,” as the agent makes his way near us. They push out their hands, shake with enthusiasm the agent’s hand while speaking of high brow literary bullshit. And it’s always funny to watch the agent regard them in the same way they just did me while the agent jokes with me about writing horror.

Or something like that.

And then I wonder what God meant by that.

Things I Meant to Blog About But Ran Out of Time, Energy, or Just Plain Forgot

  • Jen reads Randy Ingermanson’s blog and he talks highly of this (free) Simple.ology course. Jen’s been following the course and I haven’t. I had decided to give it a shot, started it, and never got past day one. So I started again today. Which leads me to the next bullet point.
  • I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

    It covers:

    • The best blogging techniques.
    • How to get traffic to your blog.
    • How to turn your blog into money.

    I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

  • Stephen King will appear on NBC Today January 22. If you have questions for Mr. King, see this blog.
  • The premiere issue of Mused: The Bella Online Literary Review is live! Heather, one of my crit partners, has a great story in it. Did I mention I’m on the fiction editing team? Submissions are open for the next issue. Hurry and get your story in!
  • Submissions are also open for Coach’s Midnight Diner. Did I mention I was on the editing team of this one, too? Surely I did. 🙂
  • Did you read about my newest venture? Send me an email if you’re interesting in purchasing one for yourself or someone special. Remember, they’re totally customizable. Project Lifebook:
    Part I
    Part II
  • I think that’s it. But y’never know. I might be back later with more.
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