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2016 Holiday Roundup For Fiction & Poetry Submissions


two-hot-toddy-cocktail-drinks-cinnamon-lemmon-whisky-rum-apple-brandy-set-rustic-wood-35766231 Happy Holidays Creatives!

Now that I’ve completed my six week free fiction writing course, How Writers Write Fiction 2016 For Storied Women,  which I enjoyed immensely and obtained a writing buddy to boot, by the way, I’ve decided to take a well deserved holiday time out!

But, I’m not leaving y’all high and dry here either. Here are a few 2016 Holiday roundups that are accepting fiction and poetry writing submissions in December. This is a last shout out for folks to submit something wonderful in 2016, before ringing in a brand new year.

So, come on people, let’s do the dang thing!

http://www.boulevardmagazine.org/short-fiction-contest

http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual,

http://www.lascauxreview.com  lascaux prize in short fiction

I hope there’s something here you might want to tackle and if you have a link to last-minute submissions for 2016, feel free to share. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a productive and Happy New Year!
Good luck in all of your writing endeavors and I hope to see y’all back here, sharing great news in 2017!
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18 Gifted Writing Quotes For Your Holiday Enjoyment!


thquoteHappy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all avid readers and writers!

Good evening. You guys know by now just how much I love collecting  and sharing great writing quotes from every caliber of writers. It doesn’t matter who said it, as long as there’s a bit of sage advice in the  message. So, I decided what better gift to share with my awesome comrades in readership than writing quotes to enjoy along with their holiday festivity? I know, I done good, right? 🙂

Anyho, without further ado, here’s 18  memorable writer quotes to top off your holiday reading:

  1. “Don’t write to become the next great somebody, write to be the next you- the one and only you, the writer/author our world needs to meet” – Wayne Dyer
  2. “The only limit to your success is your own imagination” – Shondra Rhimes
  3. ” Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry” – Mark Twain
  4. “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way” – Ernest Hemingway
  5. ” I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose” – Stephen King
  6. ” Writing is its own reward” – Henry Miller
  7. “You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed” – Larry Niven
  8. “To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme” – Herman Melville
  9. ” A poet can survive everything but a misprint” – Oscar Wilde
  10.  ” Never use a long word where a short one will do” – George Orville
  11. ” I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick skin” – Harper Lee
  12. “Write drunk, edit sober” – Ernest Hemingway
  13. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt” – Sylvia Plath
  14. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader” – Robert Frost
  15. “The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination” – Richard Wright
  16. “Wait, wait, wait, wait. Don’t try to write-through it, to force it. Many do, but that won’t work. Just wait, it will come” – Toni Morrison
  17.  “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching  the live of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It’ about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay?” – Stephen King
  18.  “You can’t rest on your laurels. Your own body of work is yet to come” – President Barack Obama

So, there you have it folks, 18 holiday quotes from esteemed writers and authors for your reading pleasure. My gift to all of my loyal and faithful readers, colleagues, writers and authors everywhere.

Have the warmest, healthiest and happiest Christmas and New Year possible! I hope to see all of you along with new friends, readers and followers back here in 2016:)

BTW : If you felt good vibrations from today’s post, feel free to chime in and let us know the quote that resonated with you, on your writing journey.

 

A December Whatcha Doing!?!


Happy Monday! Today is a hump day for me. I’m doing research on articles I need to send out for my entertainment column for December at London’s City Connect Magazine.

Doing laundry- an early morning habit retained from an “up with the chickens” sorta mom:)

 Working with &trying to remember “I’m not my hair” because it’s growing back faster than a speeding bullet- cut it 1 year ago:( 

Preparing for an interview this afternoon!

Cooking comfort foods-yummy

Keeping an ear out for delivery-xmas comes early for the grandchildren at my house- Love playing Ms. Claus ( a reasonable ms. claus, doncha know?)

Glowing from my most recent accomplishment in continuing to hone my coaching & mentoring skills…admiring the certificate I just received after completing a ten week Leadership and Coaching class via Depaul University’s online Values- Centered Leadership Course, under The Hay Project.

Anyone interested in this awesome skills enhanced course, can go here for details http://leadershipdepaul.edu/secure/eng/lEduCP.asp or email hayleadership@depaul.edu

Sooo, Whatcha Doing my fellow scribes!?!

New Year Money Management Resolutions


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The roundtable conversation around the nurse’s station today was about Christmas shopping, Bill consolidation and the financial futures of the babyboomer… I’m proposing a New Year’s Resolution for all professionals, inclusive of freelance writers & entrepreneurs on doable ways to become creative money management experts and rise above the financial stress, strikes, and surprises that can follow us well into the new year.

By keeping our smart money management resolutions,we’re bound to see the pot of gold at the end the rainbow, or something akin to it. Let’s face it, many of us allowed the joys of Christmas gift giving to get out of hand. Overall spending skyrocketed, purchase receipts accumulated and overdraft bank fees loomed on the cusp of 2011! The fact that the economy is sluggish and unpredictable, admittedly didn’t stop people from contributing to the economic recovery- reportedly to the tune of billions of Christmas dollars for retailers… 

Formulating a money recovery plan for the New Year can be tricky, but requires a formula for success. According  NBC’s Money Market/Smart Money Report, managing our money need not become another stress factor in our lives if we follow some basic rules:

1. Learn more about your finances

2. Pay Yourself first- Set aside at least 10% of your paycheck

3. Scale back on spending habits-as in daily Starbucks

4.Keep track of your receipts- I keep a receipt drawer (xmas unbelievable!)

5.Get your Insurances checkup- Term Life & Disability Insurances should be at top of your Smart Money checklist

6. Start a budget and get out of the credit card trap.  Avoid your credit card as much as possible and pay for your purchases in cash. People can become proactive and call to lower their interest rates on their credit card. And, according to reports, those unwanted gifts received during Christmas can soon be exchanged via an Amazon exchange gift program! I digress, but…

Somehow, as I’m writing this post, an image of babyboomers afloat on dry land pop into my rearview. Babyboomers, Money management and Financial straits…hmmm AND another 2010 tidbit…

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Good-bye 2010!

Pleased to make your acquaintance 2011!

Happy Kwanzaa!