Welcome, September!

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It’s no secret I’m not a fan of August, so imagine my glee and joy to rip that particular page off the calendar to expose…SEPTEMBER!

Breaktime

Well, not really time for a break because the train really never stops rolling, right?

So what have I been up to?

I’m in the process of updating this site dedicated to my writing endeavors, and Word Webbing for editing. It’s a monumental task, but progress is being made.

I’m always busy with editing projects, which I love. Busy is good. But I’ve also been putting some steam behind certain writing projects. October 15th will see a re-launch of Not Nice and Other Understatements, with a delicious new cover by the incredibly talented Melinda VanLone, a new intro by the lovely Patti Larsen, and some bonus material not included in the original publication. It was time for a face lift :) Stay tuned for the cover reveal–subscribers to my newsletter on Word Webbing received a sneak peek. *Hint, hint*

It’s my little book that could. Not Nice was recently translated for a Chinese publisher, and I am incredibly thrilled about that.

November 1st, a special, personal anniversary, will see the publication of Still Not Nice, or the Strange Planet Inside My Head. I’m really excited for this.

And, by popular demand, it looks like at some point next year my evil feline overlord, Athena the Hun, will be featured in a volume of our conversations. Yes, we have conversations. Don’t play like you don’t talk to your pet. The difference is for me I’m usually trying to talk Athena out of eating my eyeballs or devouring my soul. She’s pretty evil.

Look at this face. My soul AND eyeballs are definitely on the line.
Look at this face. My soul AND eyeballs are definitely on the line.

Somebody hold me.

I have taken quite a break from blogging, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the swing. More updates as they happen, along with whatever happens to pop into my head.

I know, that’s a little scary to me, too. Heh.

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Creepfest Blog Hop – Day 1 – What You Can Expect

I am a Blog Hop virgin.

When I first heard of the Creepfest Blog Hop, I wasn’t sure it was for me. After all, I’m not really a horror writer, per se. That’s not to mean I’ve never written horror — au contraire. If you’ve read any of the stories from Not Nice and Other Understatements, you’ll see there are a few stories in there which would fit quite nicely under the “horror” label. The one which instantly springs to mind is “Wickedly Smooth”, which gives me chills to this day every time I read it. “Athena’s Promise” certainly has its horror moments and even a few monsters. I was assured my work definitely has a place in the horror family. I get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it :)

Doesn't he look all warm and fuzzy? Heh.

So exactly what is a blog hop and what the hell is going on?

It’s like this:

There’s a list of fabulous blogs right here for your convenience. Every blog is hosting a GIVEAWAY. That’s right, like FREE STUFF. (Including me, but keep reading.) Hop from blog to blog, and you just may come away with enough swag to fill a Santa bag. (Hey, that almost sounded like a poem! Heh.)

You’ll meet a wide variety of authors; have a chance at some free fiction; learn something about the community of horror you may not have known before. It’s a great way to pass the time when you’re supposed to be working or if you have to look busy but there’s no way you’re looking at another report because you feel as if you see one more your brain is going to snap and you’re going to pick up a sharp, stabby implement (could be a pen, could be a letter opener, could be a spork) and gouge the eyes out of the next phucktard who asks you a dumb question about something they should know better than you but of course, they don’t make the effort, they just want you to do the work for them and you have dreamed for weeks of quarts of their blood gushing from their newly severed tongue and splashing all over those stupid damned reports that you’d rather set on fire with a gallon of gasoline and an old-fashioned match…

Whoops. I may have gone off subject there. Sorry.

So, for the next twelve days here on Word Webbing, you will find fiction excerpts and interviews with some very interesting and twisted people. As far as free stuff goes, how about this:

At the end of the Blog Hop, on December 24th, I will give away twelve e-copies of “Athena’s Promise”, one for every day of Creepfest. But that’s not all! I will also give away one autographed print copy. WAIT! One more thing — I’m so excited about Creepfest, I will also give away one Amazon gift card in the amount of $20!

Since this is a sweepstakes and not a contest, entering is easy-peasy, and you can enter as many times as you like. Here’s how:

Leave a comment on any (or all) blog posts here during Creepfest.

Sign up for my Once in a Blue Moon Newsletter. (No spam, I swear.)

Like my Facebook Fan page.

Like “Athena’s Promise” on her Amazon page.

Tweet about this blog or AP and use the hashtag #AthenasPromise so I can track properly.

Mention this blog or AP on YOUR blog.

That’s it. You’ll get one entry apiece for each action – up to 17 entries if you do each of these things! Damn! I will tally the results from all twelve days and choose the winners via Random.org. Make sure you leave a comment that lets me know what you did and include a working email address so I can make an accurate count and contact you if you win.

Spread the word! The more the merrier :)

MUAHAHAHA! Come with me to the dark side!

Visit the Creepfest Blog Hop page for a complete listing of participating blogs and have fun!

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Twisted Festivities and Other News

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m actually excited about the holiday season.

I know! How weird is that?!

Why am I so excited, you may ask. No, Santa has not put me on the Nice List (har!) but Rebecca Treadway (whom you might remember from this interview) has invited me to participate in the Twelve Days of Creepfest Blog Hop.

OMG I am SO EXCITED!

For twelve glorious December days, I will be introducing you to some of the most cutting edge and talented artists in the horror genre, plus exposing a peek at my own dark side. I am so excited about this I can’t even tell you. I often experience horror at Christmastime — did you see the videos of people losing their damned minds on Black Friday? Pepper spray, beatings, absolute barbaric behavior over a $2.84 waffle iron, for the love of Jaybuz — so a good dose of REAL horror is just the ticket to get into the mood of the season. Heh.

Keep your eyes open! And you might want to bring a change of underwear. You know, just in case.

The Creepfest Blog Hop starts December 13th for twelve glorious days. Don’t miss it!

As a reminder, you have a couple of weeks to enter the giveaway for “Athena’s Promise” right here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Athena's Promise by Annetta Ribken

Athena’s Promise

by Annetta Ribken

Giveaway ends December 15, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Three autographed copies are up for grabs and all you have to do is enter. Wheee!

Now I have to get back to work. I have some dark, nefarious deeds to plan and execute and YOU’LL reap the benefits!

MUAHAHAHAHA!

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A Round-Up of Worthy Links

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I am  a Link Hound, a Research Ho, and I’m going to share with you some of the best links I’ve found on the ‘net the last couple of weeks. Hopefully, there’s something here that will inspire you, help you, or amuse you. If so, please leave a comment on the site you visit, or leave me one here . Enjoy!

Helpful:

A brand new forum of internet marketers, Simple Machines Forum promises to be THE place to be for all things related to getting your business off the ground and running. It’s in the early stages yet, but there’s the potential for a great meeting of the minds and an opportunity to get in on the ground floor. I’ll definitely be picking some brain cells here.

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Blogging For History

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One thing I’d like to emphasize is the need to document our lives for the next generation. Blogging has been ideal for this. In the olden days, before typewriters, computers and word processors, people actually kept written diaries. You know, like with paper and pen? Actual ink? I know, isn’t that wild?

Not only did people keep written diaries, they also wrote letters to each other. It was one of the only ways of communicating, especially over distance. I find this fascinating — we take so much for granted, these days. We are a society of instant gratification. Imagine writing a letter to a loved one asking an important question, and having to wait for DAYS…maybe even WEEKS for a response. The suspense would kill me.

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Let's Talk About Blogging, Baby

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I’m a big fan of blogging. I’ve had a personal blog for friends and family for four years, and I’ve tried to blog every day. To date I have over 1800 pages – enough to fill a couple of large books, or four smaller ones, or a combination thereof.

Why, you ask, would someone blat out a blog entry every day? What on earth have I found to talk about every single day? More to the point, what is the motivation for my daily blogging habit?

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