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A Quick Charity Challenge!
That's right. I have a challenge for all the writers out there.

First, read this article: abc7ny.com/news/photos-second-…)

Secondly, write a short story (15k or less) where one or more vampires were sealed up in this vault and suddenly wake to find themselves in the 21st century.

Finally, send your tale to my email. masteranthonystevens [at] gmail [dot] com.

What do you get for all that work?

Based on comments, I'll select the top six or seven tales and edit them into an anthology. Once done, I'll release it as a PDF with a Creative Commons license so that anyone can print and sell it as long as ALL proceeds go to a charitable cause.

Submission guidelines:
-- Please use your own characters, no fanfic.
-- Times New Roman preferred, one space after period, italics are okay, em dashes are okay.
-- .doc, .docx, .txt, .odf, and .rtf file formats are fine.
-- Include a brief bio and contact information, including your website if you have one.

The deadline is October 20th. If we get enough submissions, I'll have the PDF ready to release before Halloween. The authors will retain copyright on their respective works.

Any questions or suggestions?
#charity #vampire #shortstory #writers
I recently joined the new Ello network and there are a TON of artists of all types. If you want some idea of what Ello is, check this LA Times article.
One of the great photographers on Ello has compiled a list of other photogs.
Ello is still in BETA and invite-only, but if anyone would like an invite, let me know. First-come, first-serve. When I run out, you'll have to wait. 
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/fpDw3s7XJKo
  • Reading: John Ringo - Gust Front
  • Watching: The Last Ship
  • Eating: Brunch
  • Drinking: Ice tea
Those of us that enjoy cosplay, will find Mr. Santoso's website a treasure trove of worldwide cosplay photos. He was kind enough to list my SuperCon gallery ( ecfield.deviantart.com/gallery… )along with hundreds of other cosplay photo sites.
His site is: www.nyx.net/~wsantoso/cosplay.…
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/fpDw3s7XJKo
  • Reading: John Ringo - Gust Front
  • Watching: The Last Ship
  • Eating: Brunch
  • Drinking: Ice tea
If you don't weaken. 
I've spent the last six weeks working on a new eCommerce website. If all goes well, I'll be announcing it to the world on October 1st. Besides the usual free stories, blog, and pretty pictures, I'm be offering novels, audiobooks, cardstock models, and stock photos.
If anyone would like to help with the beta testing, please send me an email and I'll share the URL. 
In other news, there was a really pretty sunrise on the end of my street, so I'm sharing it in the form of a panoramic shot, suitable for desktop wallpaper. Enjoy!
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/fpDw3s7XJKo
  • Reading: John Ringo - Gust Front
  • Watching: The Last Ship
  • Eating: Brunch
  • Drinking: Ice tea
I've been buried in building a new website for the last month. It is now ready for testing. If anyone has a few minutes, I'd appreciate some feedback on how it looks in your browser. Supposedly, it will work well in all major browsers as well as smartphones and tablets. The URL is: postorbitallibrary.com/
As soon as the beta test phase is over and I'm satisfied that all the basic components work, I'm going to add a lot more content. 
The only part that I *know* isn't working is the Stock Photo gallery. I still have to sort out the "Buy Now" buttons on it. 
Hope everyone is having a great week!
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/Wi0e7brHdMQ
  • Reading: Nora Roberts aka JD Robb
  • Watching: The Bridge
  • Eating: Cookie
  • Drinking: Ice tea
I spent most of Saturday at SuperCon in Miami and shot almost two hundred images. 
A few of them have been posted to a new SuperCon folder in my Gallery. 
ecfield.deviantart.com/gallery…
I want to apologize for not being able to thank everyone for the recent faves. It's been hectic and I've just not had the time. Believe me, they are all appreciated. 
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/Wi0e7brHdMQ
  • Reading: David Weber
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Eating: Cruncy Grouper sandwich
  • Drinking: Ice tea
I went with another couple of photographers, for a walk in a local park. Got some interesting shots. Also spent some time at the beach. 
All in all, it was a lovely day.
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/Wi0e7brHdMQ
  • Reading: David Weber
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Eating: Cruncy Grouper sandwich
  • Drinking: Ice tea
I've just posted three samples of cover art for a short story I'm going to publish this summer. I don't believe any of them will be the final cover, but I'm asking for some feedback. What do you think? Which one looks best in both thumbnail and full-size view? 
For those who are interested, the model is the lovely Meena, the camera is a Panasonic Lumix FZ100, the post-production work was done with GIMP and Inkscape. 
Any questions, feel free. 
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/Wi0e7brHdMQ
  • Reading: David Weber
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Eating: Cruncy Grouper sandwich
  • Drinking: Ice tea
It has been a slow couple of weeks. I've been catching up on back chores and finally finished the last of the remodeling for a while. 
Now going to focus on writing and editing. 
Hope y'all are finally getting a chance to enjoy springtime.
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/KtQb2axKpuw
  • Reading: Kim Harrison
  • Watching: Bitten
  • Drinking: Ice tea
We spent Saturday up in Lake Wales, Florida. There is a wonderful little-known national treasure called Bok Tower Gardens. If you find yourself in the area, be sure to schedule a relaxing walk.
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/KtQb2axKpuw
  • Reading: Kim Harrison
  • Watching: Bitten
  • Drinking: Ice tea
I took a short walk and grabbed a few shots of birds trying to get a late snack as the sun was going down.
It's a lovely and peaceful time of day.
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/j4ueaD22hg8
  • Drinking: Ice tea
I caught a couple of nice sunset shots and a close up of an old heron.
Hope everyone had as nice a day as I did.
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/j4ueaD22hg8
  • Drinking: Ice tea
I have been planning to build my own workstation and hobby desk for months. Now that we've finished the remodel on our home, I got busy and built it. I posted four images if anyone is interested.
If there are any questions on the build process or the plans and design, feel free to drop me an email.
Happy Holidays to all!
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/j4ueaD22hg8
  • Drinking: Ice tea
First off, a hearty Thank You to everyone for the birthday greetings! It's been a heckuva year.
Secondly, I was invited to visit an aircraft renovation hangar. I got a few shots that I've just posted. There will be more in the future.
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/j4ueaD22hg8
  • Drinking: Ice tea
We're visiting relatives in Alabama for a couple of weeks. Naturally, I had to grab a few photos.
Enjoy!
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/j4ueaD22hg8
  • Drinking: Ice tea
Just added a few more shots including a pair that I'm not sure which one I prefer.
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/j4ueaD22hg8
  • Drinking: Ice tea
I've managed to steal some early morning time for some photos. Hope you like them.
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/7nqH4-amR88
  • Drinking: Ice tea
I managed to take a look at some of the shots I've taken this month and posted four of them.
Comment welcomed, of course. Hope everyone is having a great summer.
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/7gphiFVVtUI
  • Eating: Homemade egg McBagel
  • Drinking: Ice tea
Cheop's Law is still very true.
I believe I have at least another week of spending money and working in the Florida heat before I'll be able to relax and spend more time doing the things I like.
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/7gphiFVVtUI
  • Eating: Homemade egg McBagel
  • Drinking: Ice tea
I'm going to be moving out of state in a couple of weeks and have been trapped between work and packing for the move. No time for pix. I'll take some on the trip, but it will probably be few weeks before I'll be able to post 'em.
Hope everyone is having a great summer!
  • Listening to: http://youtu.be/7gphiFVVtUI
  • Eating: Homemade egg McBagel
  • Drinking: Ice tea