THAR SHE (I mean he) BLOWS!! Excitement on the Dock as We All Prepare for a Tropical Storm…that is now heading elsewhere.

THAR SHE (I mean he) BLOWS!! Excitement on the Dock as We All Prepare for a Tropical Storm…that is now heading elsewhere.

We’re gearing up for our popular Summer, 2019 24-Hour Short Story Contest this weekend! We are celebrating our 20th year of the popular 24-Hour Short Story Contest! We LOVE contest weekends!!

In other news, it looks like we’re going to be spared the worst of the tropical storm that’s building in the gulf and we are praying for our Louisiana neighbors. We haven’t escaped all of it. Even if we didn’t have modern weather forecasting and satellites, we’d have known something was brewing. It’s been overcast here all week, which is very unusual for this time of year. And, we had several really strong squalls that had us adding extra lines and bumpers. During one particular lightning storm that woke up the entire dock, we remembered we had not yet reconnected the lightning protection after getting the mast put back in. Oops.

This morning, we had a very short burst of rain but the wind is wailing and the boat is rocking pretty good. We’re supposed to get rain most of today and all day tomorrow as well, even as the storm moves away from us. And, despite what has been broadcasting, we’ve been watching rotation off the coast for the past two days, even before the low hit the gulf. It just hadn’t organizing itself yet.

Despite the fact that we’ve lived on a boat for two years now, I still feel wobbly-legged after disembarking. Most people say that goes away after awhile but it hasn’t for me. I was sitting in a restaurant eating raw oysters (YUM!) last night and my brain was still making my body feel like it was gently rocking up and down, back and forth. It’s actually quite calming. Thank GOODNESS none of us gets seasick!

After things calm down, we’re heading to our daughter’s house to have some grandkid time this weekend and I’m very excited about that!

PLEASE JOIN US for The Summer, 2019 24-Hour Short Story Contest THIS WEEKEND!!

What will the topic be??? See the link below all past topics and winning stories. Only 500 participants are allowed per contest so don’t delay if you wanna play!

Here is a  list of fun topics from the last eight Summer contests:

  • A beach town souvenir shop with a candy cane awning, where customers go in…but don’t come out.
  • An upscale camp, nightfall, and the camp chef staring through a window at…
  • A wacky hot dog vendor delivers a cryptic message.
  • The music stops at the swimming hole as radios blast an emergency broadcast alert.
  • A hungry camper digs for a forbidden snack, and notices something terrifying under the floorboard.
  • A sleepy seaside town wakes up as people start stampeding down Main Street.
  • A young woman working a dead-end job at the family charter business finds something mysterious…while cleaning a fish.
  • After the oceanfront reception, a groom has a secret to tell his bride on his wedding night.
  • And many more!

Those are just a FEW of the many Summer contest topics participants have had fun tackling in the past!


1st Place $300 + a Book Publishing Package from! (Value: $875)

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $200

+ 80 other prizes!


Got questions about Print On Demand and Self-publishing? Ask Angela Hoy.

Got questions about Print On Demand and Self-publishing? Ask Angela Hoy.

About The Author


Angela Hoy is the publisher of, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).

Angela has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises. - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday. - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."

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