Gnusletter #002 - Taking a bite out of October

"I've learned to respect the whimsical."   
—Michael Leunig

During the 3 years since the idea of the academy first began to take shape (having waited on the back burner for 15 years!) we started what has been rebranded as WHIMSICALIDOCIOUS a nonprofit to benefit authors and artists, to help creatives get their work out to a wider audience. Just as the academy project has evolved, so has the philanthropy. If you know anyone who is an artist or supports the arts, please send them our way. We interact primarily through our repurposed Facebook group.
Get a load of all the fabulosity you can get when you become an Ocademy Patrionette. Subscriptions start at $1 - yep, just one crisp dollar

E. Gads Hill Press' 2020 SoCal Publishing Intensive is designed specifically for Indie fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, and speculative fiction writers. Once you've decided to face your destiny and answer the call to adventure, you will find our fellowship waiting to assist you each step of your journey to publication.

Travel companions & provisions:
  • Fellowship of literary travelers all with the same goal - to be published in 2020!
  • Weekend Writing Retreat and Indie publishing workshop in Seal Beach to kick off your project - Feb 7-9, 2020
  • Midway to Middle Earth Meetup at the Cauldron to regroup and revitalize - June 20, 2020
  • Weekend Publishing Party at the Mission Inn where you will see your finished work go live! - Nov 6-8, 2020
  • Weekly write-ins and tutorials covering scores of writing and publishing topics
  • Individualized 'Waymarks' roadmap outlining a clear and direct path to your writing destination
  • Access to detailed matrices gauging reader need, purchasing patterns, the next wave of industry trends, and much much more   
  • A published veteran Retreat Ranger to guide you each step of the way
  • Fellow beta readers and fans
  • You maintain copyright to your work  
  • You keep 100% of the royalties from book sales!

Stretch your creative legs by submitting wacky content to the Ocademy's upcoming tongue-in-cheek bi-weekly newspaper. Here's the kind of stuff we'll be looking for:
  • EDITORIAL - Op Ed pieces, Letters to the editor
  • FEATURES - Community activities & events (preferably ridiculous made-up ones), Optimystics feel-good news
  • ARTS - Movie/TV reviews, Book reviews, Restaurant reviews, Music album/concert reviews, Game reviews
  • PAGE 6 - Society highlights (and lowlifes)
  • GALLIMAUFRY - Poetry, Inspiring Quotes, Crossword (I definitely need help finding one's that are legal to use), Recipes
So ... anything strike your fancy? This will be an ongoing project without 'strict' deadlines. Just get your stuff in when you can and I'll post it as applicable. Also, I can put in a link to your page or site  Hope you have fun with this!
Here's the newspaper email for your records: cynosurae@omniocademy.com
And the site-in-waiting: 

According to sources that track bizarre holidays, today is Do Something Nice Day.

Visit us on our Facebook page to let us know what you did.
Candy Corn Cake 
Visit the Baking with Blonde site for details and instructions on how to replicate this awesomeness 

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