<![CDATA[Jocelyn Paige Kelly - Blog]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:07:41 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Fossilized]]>Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:44:43 GMThttp://jocelynpaigekelly.com/1/post/2015/10/fossilized.htmlby Jocelyn Paige Kelly Picture
Back in 2004, I wrote a flash fiction piece at a place called Asilomar. It was inspired by an actual tragedy in which a 6 year-old girl had burned to death at a gas station. I'm not sure if they were able to determine if it was accidental or on purpose, but the event took place near my parent's home so it left us all unsettled.

When I wrote it I wanted to explore the possibilities of what it might be like existing as a ghost. Would you have some sense of consciousness or would you gradually lose that over time? Or would you become something else all together.

I submitted it to many places over the years, but never caught found a home for it. Sometimes it got close. I had almost forgotten about it until I saw Cease, Cows on Twitter promoting a Scary Short Story contest. So, I dusted it off and submitted and crossed my fingers.

A few weeks later I was delighted to learn that it had won 2nd place and would go live on their site the day before Halloween. 

Now I'm going to go back to some of those pieces I had trouble finding homes for and see if I can get them placed somewhere. You never know. There's always hope. 

<![CDATA[Vegas Valley Book Festival]]>Sun, 18 Oct 2015 16:56:02 GMThttp://jocelynpaigekelly.com/1/post/2015/10/vegas-valley-book-festival1.htmlby Jocelyn Paige Kelly Picture
This year we had another great experience at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. 

We maintained a table with our issues alongside Red Rock Review and it generated a lot of buzz about the growing literary community here in Las Vegas. Many expressed gratitude towards are efforts and our continued presence and we loved sharing out table with the staff of Red Rock Review.

In the early part of the day I had the privilege of introducing four writers during their reading of work featured in our upcoming issue and blog. They read as part of the Las Vegas Poets Organizations series of readings in the Poetry Courtyard.

Judy Salz, Sarah Vernetti, Chelsea Sedoti, and Rosie Vargas.
Later that same morning I took part in a panel put together by James Joseph Brown who served as moderator. The panel was called Industry Insights: Local Literary Journals and was well attended as was the reading. Brown was complimented from many people of how informative and lively the panel was for them.

Overall, the experience was amazing. I'm thrilled that we've grown as much as we have and the enthusiasm among readers, writers, and supporters astounds me still. 

Read more about the recap from Helen's blog here.

<![CDATA[Las Vegas Writer's Conference]]>Sat, 02 May 2015 02:58:58 GMThttp://jocelynpaigekelly.com/1/post/2015/05/las-vegas-writers-conference.htmlby Jocelyn Paige Kelly PictureArika Elizenberry, me, Vogue Robinson
Last week Team Helen and I were at the Las Vegas Writer's Conference spreading the word about our magazine.

It was good to meet new people, new friends, and talk about our love of writing. We had several people take fliers and business cards and are hoping they'll submit. 

<![CDATA[Interview at KNPR]]>Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:10:49 GMThttp://jocelynpaigekelly.com/1/post/2015/03/interview-at-knpr.htmlby Jocelyn Paige Kelly
Yesterday I was interviewed on KNPR's State of Nevada. Listen to it here.
<![CDATA[Local Author Showcase]]>Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:15:13 GMThttp://jocelynpaigekelly.com/1/post/2015/03/local-author-showcase.htmlby Jocelyn Paige Kelly PictureArika Elizenberry, me, Kari O'Connor
Here we are at the Paseo Verde Library with over 60 local authors from Southern Nevada. (We're so grateful to the library for inviting us to attend!).

We had a wonderful time this afternoon, sold a few issues, and many people said they'd send us submissions. Can't wait!

<![CDATA[Joint Reading with 300 Days of Sun]]>Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:28:25 GMThttp://jocelynpaigekelly.com/1/post/2015/03/joint-reading-with-300-days-of-sun.htmlby Jocelyn Paige Kelly
What an amazing experience. Read about it more in Kayla Dean's review here.
Me making an introduction at The Writer's Block
<![CDATA[Jana's RedRoom]]>Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:56:01 GMThttp://jocelynpaigekelly.com/1/post/2014/11/janas-redroom.html
Photo courtesy of Jana Lynch
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
One of the great local art places to visit in Las Vegas is Jana's RedRoom.

I found this place through a friend who had met Jana Lynch and knew how supportive she was of local artists. I had no idea until I visited the place.

When our first issue came out, I went to visit Jana and she agreed to sell copies at her place. It felt like the beginning of a happy holiday season indeed
<![CDATA[Vegas Valley Book Festival]]>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:50:02 GMThttp://jocelynpaigekelly.com/1/post/2014/10/vegas-valley-book-festival.html
Kari O'Connor poses with a sticker for Helen: A Literary Magazine at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
On October 18th I had the privilege of sharing table with several of my staff members from Helen: A Literary Magazine at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

It was an amazing experience to meet many people who were interested and supportive of our endeavor. Even though our issue wasn't out yet, we had some preorders and sold some posters of our first issue. 

And I was grateful to Jorge Lara of the Las Vegas Poets Organization for giving us 30 minutes of stage time to have one of our published writers read from our magazine. Margie Klein did a great job reading from her nonfiction piece. Can't wait for the issue to be in print soon.
<![CDATA[Helen is born]]>Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:43:28 GMThttp://jocelynpaigekelly.com/1/post/2014/08/helen-is-born.html
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
In May I started a venture that would change my life.

Helen: A Literary Magazine was founded with help of several friends and colleagues. Already we're receiving amazing submissions and support.

We have an ambitious goal to publish our first issue in October. I have faith we can make it. 
<![CDATA[A Visit to the Wetlands]]>Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:37:40 GMThttp://jocelynpaigekelly.com/1/post/2014/07/a-visit-to-the-wetlands.html
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
It's a wonderful find to discover a place so magical in the desert.

I grew up in Las Vegas, but I had never been to the Wetlands. The Clark County Wetlands is the largest park in Clark County and is teeming with over 300 of plants and animals. 

It's lush in the way you wouldn't expect the desert to be and I was surprised at how humid it felt while I was there on one of the hottest and driest days over the Vegas summer. One of the best surprises was a desert hare who hopped by me. She was too quick for me to grab a picture, but that spirit will always remain with me.