It is never too late to be what you might have been. —George Eliot (1819-1880) English Novelist
I must sound like a broken record, but yes—I am still writing hard. Will be done by Monday or bust. Then I revise. Start work on the next Dirk & Steele book, which I’ve got turning circles in my head. Big action, big adventure. Though, here is the problem—towards the end of writing one book, I start thinking about the next, which is trouble. Very distracting. But in a good way.
In other news, there’s a Publisher’s Weekly article about my publisher that mentions me and others, which is nice. And my friend, Tenea Johnson, has a new website. She’s another writer who combines the spoken word with music, in ways that are beautiful to listen to.
Here are some writing opportunities. I always forget to mention this, but make sure to doublecheck that they are legitimate.
AMERICAN MASTERPIECES GRANT PROGRAM – VERMONT
The Vermont Arts Council in partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center offers funding to support presentations, residencies, performances, and/or workshops by designated American Masterpiece artists at local schools, libraries, arts organizations, community organizations, parks & recreation departments, libraries etc. Grants range from $250-$1,500 require a 1:1 match. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis at least 60 days prior to your activity for events that happen prior to August 31, 2007.
The INSTITUTO SACATAR
Operates a residency program for creative individuals in all disciplines at its estate on the Island of Itaparica in the Bay of All Saints, across from the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The Instituto Sacatar provides unstructured time and space for creative individuals to develop new work. Specifically, a Fellowship to Sacatar provides:
� Roundtrip airfare between the artist’s closest regional
airport and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
� A private bedroom with attached bath
� A separate studio
� All meals (except on Saturday night, all day Sunday and holidays)
The Fellowships does not include a stipend; artists are responsible for incidental expenses and all working materials.Once on the island, artists are responsible for their local transportation, although we meet artists upon arrival at the airport to take them the first time to our island estate.
Offers accommodations to artists from other countries whowould like to come to La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.Residencies are one to two months. Artists accepted betweenages of 21 and 45. Price of the residency is arranged on apersonal basis to suit each artist according to individual needs.
THE HERB COMPANION
A bimonthly magazine devoted to the interests of avocational herb gardeners, cooks, crafters and herb aficionados. In each issue we encourage and inform both novice and more experienced enthusiasts. 300 to 3,000 words. Payment will be negotiated between writer and editor. The writer will receive payment upon publication. Mid-list payment range.
Rates vary depending on experience and expertise. Generally, rates are 35 cents per published word for feature articles and department articles. Payment will include three contributor�s copies. Grit Gazette items pay a flat rate of $50 to $75 per item. Grit celebrates the intergenerational bonds among those who live on the land with spirit and style � a legacy of self-sufficiency, audacious ingenuity and pragmatic problem solving that gave this country its backbone and continues to shape its unique character.