Thursday, May 22, 2014

When I Grow up...

When I was young-er, I didn't know that I was going to be a writer. Some of the occupations I had in mind:

- Artist. I loved to draw - sometimes - but, well...


- Singer. I loved to sing, but...NO! I am not going to post a sound clip. I will not insult thine ears. (No modesty, but gospel truth: I can usually carry a tune. In a bucket. A rusty, dinged up, holey bucket.)

- Veterinarian. I loved (and still do love) animals, but math and science were not my strengths in school.

- Actress. I hate acting. Always have. For some odd reason, I kept telling myself that I loved it...or at least should love it.

At fifteen (maybe sixteen), I thought I was going write and publish poetry. But then there was and is a slight hurdle: I have a genetic flaw that ALLOWS ME TO READ YOUR MIND!
...

Still awake? Good.

Seriously, I can't hear stressed syllables. O_O I know: that's a slight problem. Yes, yes, there is free verse, but...

Anyway, fiction writing. My first "novel" was written when I was around twelve years old. My second one was started at age sixteen. It wasn't anything serious. I was just messing around.

I became more serious around age twenty. There were hints along this way that this was what I wanted and was able to do, such as encouragement from teachers, librarians, friends.

There was one teacher, two if I'm being honest, who really nudged me toward this path. They weren't English or creative writing teachers. A science teacher. A religion teacher. 

They planted the seeds. God and time grew my love for the craft.

And here I am.
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What led you to the path you're on today? 

For those still in school: have fun, don't quit, and have a wonderful summer! Check this blog often, and scroll down for two creative contests.

Cheers!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Submissions are OPEN!

Go ahead and send your artwork and/or short story to bethovermyer@gmail.com

Rules are listed in the two previous posts.

~Beth

Monday, May 5, 2014

Contest for Young Writers

The challenge:

Write a flash fiction ranging from 200 to 2,000 words using the following trope:

TIME TRAVEL


Rules: You must be between 8 and 14 years old to enter. By entering, you are signifying that you have a guardian's/teacher's permission to enter. Only participants with permission to enter will be eligible for prizes.

Fan fiction and poetry will be automatically disqualified.

Please, no language or excessive violence. This is a PG site ;)

You may enter even if you live outside the USA, but the only prize you'll be eligible for is an e-copy of In a Pickle.

You may send in your entry as soon as May 15, 2014 to bethovermyer@gmail.com with the subject line: YOUNG WRITERS. Entries will close on June 15, 2014. Winner/s will be selected and notified by June 30, 2014. Prize/s will be award in July, 2014.

Misc.: Winners will be asked to have a guardian/teacher contact me via email (bethovermyer@gmail.com) in order to receive their prize. This is for safety reasons. Kids, never give out information without first consulting an adult.

Prize/s: To be disclosed

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Questions? Contact me: bethovermyer@gmail.com

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Contest: Young Artists

What: A drawing contest for kids ages 8 - 14. You may enter even if you live outside the USA, but the only prize you'll be eligible for is an e-copy of In a Pickle.


Draw a picture of what you'd like your family crest (a badge) to look like, along with a short (one to two sentence) written description. 

Charlie Pickle's family crest, unfortunately, looks like an actual pickle speared by two toothpicks.

When: Starting May 15th, send your drawing (one per entrant) as an attachment to bethovermyer@gmail.com with the subject line "ART CONTEST." If you don't have access to a scanner, please have your guardian/teacher email me and we'll come up with a solution.

Deadline: June 15, 2014

Judging: I will choose my favorite entry/s by July 1, 2014.

Rules: You must be between 8 and 14 years old to enter. By entering, you are signifying that you have a guardian's/teacher's permission to enter. Only participants with permission to enter will be eligible for prizes.

Note: Your information will be kept private, and will only be used to send you your prize.

Prizes: To be disclosed

Friday, May 2, 2014

Watch This Space

I have not one but TWO contests coming up on this blog. If you're between the ages of 8 and 14--or know someone who is--you'll want to stay tuned!

Are you a young writer?

A young artist?

Sharpen those pencils, guys! Sunday and Monday I'll announce the rules.