July 1st, 2009

Writing workshop in Manalapan, NJ, on Saturday, July 11


Have I Got Muse

 For You!

with award-winning writer

Mike Penncavage


At the Monmouth County Library (HQ), 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726 (opposite Target), Saturday, July 11th – starts at noon.


Join New Jersey writer, Mike Penncavage (winner of the 2009 Derringer Award), for a writing workshop packed with tips and techniques on where to find ideas for stories, and how to use them.


The GSHW (Garden State Horror Writers), is a MULTI-GENRE writing group.  We conduct monthly meetings here at Monmouth County Library (HQ). 


Non-members welcome.


Future events:

The 15th Annual GSHW Short Story Contest: Closing date extended to July 31st 2009 - See website for details. September 12 Multi award-winning editor, [info]ellen_datlow (topic tba)

The Dreaded Plot Cliché

With particular thanks to my friend, ghostposts, who posted the first of these links on her LJ page, I'd like to draw your attention to the following lists, from over at Strange Horizons.  They contain details of, shall we say, somewhat overemployed plotlines, which they'd prefer not to see in submissions.

Frankly, after reading through them both I feel violated.  It's like they raided my ideas folder and listed every plot I ever came up with
 However, in the interest of sharing (and to save anyone ever needing to read one of my stories), I'm posting the links here.

Strange Horizons:
Horror stories we've seen too often

Strange Horizons:  Stories we've seen too often

My only consolation is that my current WIP - about a housesitter, who goes up the creaky staircase to investigate strange growling noises coming from the attic during a dark, and stormy Hallows' Eve, armed only with a candle - doesn't get mentioned. 

How about you?  Are there any stories on your collection that you won't be submitting to Strange Horizons after all?