Friday, June 3, 2011

Freaky, frigid California - Flash it! contest

Freaky weather! I'm still using my heater in JUNE! And I had finally turned my sprinkler system on a couple weeks ago, only to turn it off again because of the RAINS – in JUNE! What happened to sunny California? And tornados? This isn't Kansas! Check out this aritcle article about our frigid, storm-filled state. I feel a story coming on…

I've been keeping up with my blogging, but not my fiction lately. My solution? I'm going to make my blog feed my fiction! I have till Friday to write and polish a flash (under 1K words), speculative fiction story in which freaky weather features prominently. You're going to hold me to it. And for your trouble, I'll post it here next Friday. Free fiction! Can't beat that with a stick.

Want to have even more fun? Write one of your own and get it to me at kawilkes AT gmail DOT COM by Friday, June 10th and I'll post the winning entry the following Friday (June 17th). I will announce the names of my qualified, guest judges next week.

I just lined up two gigs in one day! I'll be reading at the San Mateo County Fair on June 18th and hosting a Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading at the Sonoma County Book Festival in September. I'll post the details soon.

Pauline Baird Jones takes a stab at defining Steampunk, complete with pictures in "Defining the Undefinable" at Novel Reaction.

Realms of Fantasy is celebrating its 100th year! See press release below:

Realms of Fantasy publishes 100th issue

Santa Rosa, CA, May 29, 2011: Kim Richards Gilchrist, publisher of Realms of Fantasy announced today the publication of the magazine's milestone 100th issue.

Realms of Fantasy celebrates 100 issues with an expanded 100 page issue for June 2011

Gilchrist mentioned in her announcement that in celebration of the magazine's 100th issue, the June 2011 issue is 100 pages long with additional fiction and art, more columns, a few surprises and the debut of poetry with work by Ursula Le Guin. The popular column, Folkroots, addresses the subject of fairies.

"We're thrilled and excited to share this issue with fantasy fans. You only get to 100 once and so we've pulled out all the stops," Gilchrist says.

The June 2011 issue of Realms of Fantasy ships to stores this week. It will be available in a digital format from the Realms of Fantasy website on Saturday, June 4, 2011. For more information and a sneak peek at what's in store for the 100th issue, visit Realms of Fantasy online at

And here's a heads up for Manga fans:


Special Discounts Available for 3-Day Passport Holders on Manga, Toys,
Posters, Anime and More! Get your Passports Today and Experience the

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 13, 2011) ¬ Attention all manga enthusiasts, this
summer¹s most anticipated anime, AM2, manga and music convention this coming
4th of July weekend will be hosting a liquidation sale for the world-famous
manga giant, TokyoPop, in its exhibit hall with special discounts made only
to Passport holders. More info can be found at

Some of the most popular TokyoPop titles will be made available. Titles
will include both English and Japanese mangas, posters, toys, anime and
more! Special discounts will be provided for 3-Day Passport holders.

³Fans who love manga will be able to take advantage of this amazing
liquidation sale at AM2², states Chase Wang AM2 representative, ³AM2 will be
the place to be with all the amazing guests of honors, concerts, exhibit
hall and other amazing activities for fans and enthusiasts! With five
concerts and the price of a Passport being $45.00, that is $9 a concert!
Where else can you get a deal like that? Get your Passports today and
experience the difference!²

Entrance to the event is free, but attendees can avoid the anticipated huge
lines at autographs, premiere screenings, workshops, main events, concerts
and panels by obtaining a Passport fast pass for the event. The Passport
fast pass will also provide holders with premier seating options at Main
Events and at Concert events as well as major discounts with theme parks,
retailers and local restaurants. Bypass the lines and get your Passport
today and experience the difference!

Current Guests of Honors including Scandal, Sadie, Kanon Wakeshima, kanon x
kanon, heidi., Gashicon, IBI and MINT.

AM2 current activities include Exhibit Hall, AMV¹s, Arcade, Summer Festival,
World Cosplay Summit, Behind the Voice Actors Studio, Rum Party Pirates,
Masquerade, Cosplay Chess, Dances, Fashion Shows, Table Top, Console Gaming,
AniMaid Café, AniMaid Café Host Club, Workshops, Panels, Concerts and more!

Partnerships include Ani.ME. and Cure Magazine

Prize sponsors include Atlas Games, Cosplay Wigs USA, FUNimation, Gaia
Online and TokyoPop.

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Also, 25% of all official Passport sales will be donated directly to
Japanese Disaster Relief efforts.

About AM2
Located in Anaheim, California ¬ AM2, established in 2010, is a multi-day (3
days) event with no general attendance/badge purchase requirement and is
aspiring to be a key meeting place for fans that share a common interest in
Asian music, Animation/Anime, and Comics/Manga. Nominal fees are charged
for certain activities that attendees choose to participate in. AM2 will be
held on July 1-3, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in sunny Anaheim,
California. More information can be found at

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