30 Day Challenge: Day 17

30 day challenge
Day 17: What do you want to be when you get older?
Holy cow…I’m already ‘older’…lol.
I’d like to become more known as an author, but I know that takes time. Not saying I really want to be rich and famous, just known and liked by my peers. I would like my work, both in writing and blogging my mundane little things, to be appreciated. It takes a lot of work and dedication to achieve such a thing. But getting feedback from those who visit my site or read the things I write is a fantastic feeling.

If I cant have that…well…I want to be a cat when I grow up. 😛

Movie Review Zoe-Style : Fury

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Fury

Yeah, so, its been out for awhile now, but I’ve just gotten the chance over the holiday weekend to watch it.

Fury.

Now, we all know I am a history buff, especially WWII.

I Frikkin’ LOVED this movie.

It was honest and blunt. It was in your face on the realities of these armor crews in WWII, and how the Germans really did have superior armor divisions and tanks.

And not only that, but in the stories of each member of the Fury family. They came from all different walks of life, loved and hated one another, but no matter what, their Fury was home.

I just loved it. 5 stars from me. But again, WWII buff…oh, and Brad Pitt. ~drools~ I love him in just about everything he is in. I like him best in hard nosed gruff roles. I prefer his cleaner cut look though.

So, watching this made me want to pull up some of my other favorite WWII films. But then I got lost in the Netflix Vortex of Doom, and have started watching Heroes from season one and onwards. ~facedesks~

I really should be working on my book. I really should be working on Camp Nano. I really should be working on contest entries (still pining away for membership into The Horror Writers Association)

On a strange side note, there is one war movie I will NOT watch, despite its good reviews and everyone telling me to watch it, and that’s ‘War Horse’. Nope. Yanno, I can watch people being tormented, exploded, decapitated, dismembered…but I cant watch it happen to an animal. And I don’t even know if that sort of thing happens in War Horse, but I know what the movie portrays, and I just cant see that. Not to horses. Yeah, bring me exploding people. ~sage nods~

An Angell’s Life: Book review: The Road of Darkness by Zoe Ambler

An Angell’s Life: Book review: The Road of Darkness by Zoe Ambler: I really want to enjoy this book…. and I must have, because I finished it eagerly in one day, despite having a lot of house work and sev…

Striving for a new goal

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I want to be a member of The Horror Writers Association something fierce. I have for some time now. However, being self-published does not qualify me for membership. I have to have something published and paid for (at least $25.00) or have won a cash prize and been published. The more the better.
So, since none of that has happened as of yet, I have hunted down some prize and publication paying competitions. Both will be VERY difficult.
The first and most pressing is a competition that costs $16.00 per entry, with a word limit of 6000. You all know writing short pieces are a challenge to me. ~headdesks~ The deadline for all entries is April 30th. I have skimmed through some of my ‘started and abandoned’ stories and found a couple that could possibly be expanded upon, or in some cases, edited, revised and shortened. I’d like to enter as many as possible.
The second is sort of weird. There are cash prizes and publication, but there isn’t like, a panel of judges. You may only make one entry, between 10k-40k word count. That’s not a big deal for me, I have two stories already that just need an unneeded paragraph or so deleted and some wordiness snipping. What makes this contest weird is that is determined by how many people download your story, which means you have to practically spam your story’s link everywhere as much as you can, get other people to spam it, and really work your ass off to get people to download the story, even if they don’t like the genre or want to read it. However, liking the genre and interest in the story is helpful, because I’m assuming there is a discussion forum for it as another part of ‘winning’ is the literary value, which the site does not state how that is determined. The deadline for that contest is June 4th.
I need something publish, even if its only a little winning, like the $25.00 minimum, to join the Horror Writers Association. Winning something more would be great, especially since you have to pay yearly dues to the Association.
The Horror Writers Association also holds their own contests for their writers, which again, I would love to be able to enter.
I could join as a ‘supporting non-professional writer’, but NO! I AM a professional. Or trying to be. ~whineswhineswhines~
So there you have it.
Camp NaNoWriMo is in April, with a 500 word count per day limit, so maybe I can flesh out some 6000 words or less stories and get them entered into the first competition, provided I have the $16.00 each entry fee’s. I have a few stories that are less than 1000 words, but to me, thats a little too short to be captivating for this competition. ~pouts~ But what do I know? 🙁
The Spotlights are pretty much on hold for a bit. No one has been wanting to step up for my little stage to be interviewed or showcase their work. If you DO happen to want to, then please email me…I will most definitely take the time to shine the lights on fellow authors AND bloggers. (zoeambler@zoeambler.com or zoe.ambler5@gmail.com – please place ‘Spotlight’ in the subject line)