I’m messing with widgets on the blog’s sidebar. Yeah, this shouldn’t shock anyone who stops by on a regular basis. Allow me to introduce the “Amanda Nicole’s Writing Calendar” widget. Thanks to Google Calendar I have created a calendar dedicated just to my writing. I’m not sure why it currently isn’t showing when I have stuff on the calendar on the widget. It should have dates in bold. I’m working on the issue at the moment. I guess you could always click over and view the calendar in Google Calendar. And, yes, I realize this is what happens when you jump on the bandwagon the day a new widget comes out. Kinks will appear.
At the moment the calendar just has my querying schedule and the deadlines for a couple writing competitions. (Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the contests that appear, nor am I endorsing any contests.) If you know of a really cool and legit contest I’ve missed, email me (amanda (at) amandanicoletrisdale (dot) com) and I’ll add those to the calendar. There are a lot of legit contests, and I will admit I won’t enter each and every single contest on the calendar. Some of you might be interested in the contests, though, so I am adding the deadlines and links to the contest rules.
If you look at the whole month over at Google Calendars you’ll notice cute little icons. Anything with a smiley face is about agents. (I figure I’m smiling with hope when I query agents.) All open books are contest deadlines. The little martini glass? That’s for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and while I’m sure I won’t be drinking in November I might want a shot or two after writing a novel from scratch in a month. The cute little green present goes with all the dates associated with Amanda’s Blog’s Annual Holiday Short Stories. (Don’t forget about those stories!)
Someday I plan on putting my book tour dates and publication dates on the calendar. Someday. For now, I’ve gotta find an agent that’s willing to chance it with a new author. Until then, I’ll use the time wisely and get everyone used to the calendar. (Well, while I’m querying, writing and entering contests.)