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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Passionate Plume and Stroke of Midnight Changes

Hello Passionate Inkers!

Some of you may be wondering why the Passionate Plume and Stroke of Midnight contests haven't been announced.  I posted on the PI forum a few months ago that the time lines for the contests have changed.  Here is just a reminder of how the contests will work for the foreseeable future.

The 7th Annual Passionate Plume and Stroke of Midnight contests will open for entries in mid-March. The first round of judging will begin in May. The finalists will be announced in June right before the final round judges receive their entries.  The final results will be announced at the Passionate Ink party at the RWA National conference in July.

I am happy to announce that our very own Harlie Williams has agreed to co-ordinate the Stroke of Midnight contest this year.  Thanks for stepping up Harlie!

If you have any questions, please contact me, or Harlie, at:


or at


Gina Gordon
Vice President and Passionate Plume Contest Coordinator

Friday, January 13, 2012

PI Members--Are You Registered?

Hey, Inkers -- we're preparing to go live with the Passionate Ink MyRWA forum/group and we need all of you to register with MyRWA so that you're THERE when we go to add you to the group. If you haven't registered for MyRWA at the RWA website, please do so ASAP.

Once the forum is set up and you're added, you'll be able to choose whether to read posts at the forum or receive them via email, as with a list-serve.

Keep your fingers crossed we can get everyone added by early next week!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Writing Erotica Steampunk by Christine D'Abo
February 1-15th, 2012

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Gears, gadgets and sex? The world of steampunk presents authors with a variety of opportunities to create fantastical worlds, while exploring the human condition through technology. Alternative histories, the bending of sexual identities, and the use of future technologies in a historical setting are all arenas authors can explore in the world of steampunk. This workshop will outline what the basics of steampunk, look at the used of politics, sex and technology, while weaving together a love story.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Multipublished author Christine d'Abo loves exploring the human condition through a romantic lens. She takes her characters on fantastical journeys that change their hearts and expand their minds. A self-professed sci-fi junkie, Christine can often be found chatting about her favorite shows and movies. When she's not writing, she can be found chasing after her children, dogs or husband.

Christine is published with Carina Press, Ellora's Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and Berkley Heat.


$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members

To pay via PayPal, please send payment to robinrotham@yahoo.com and make the subject line WORKSHOP: EROTIC STEAMPUNK. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: EROTIC STEAMPUNK in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.

Mail checks to:

Robin L Rotham, Treasurer
P.O. Box 2412
Norfolk, NE 68702

***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***