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Holiday Reads And Contest Submissions…


The Book Thief

 Happy Saturday, Writers!

In order to become a great writer, we all know we have to love reading. I’m reading The Book Thief. It is an awesome story, set in 1940’s Nazi Germany and told through the eyes of “Death.” Don’t get morbid on me, now:) death takes on his duties via emotional glimpses not readily associated with his ominous rep…but death isn’t what readers will take-away from The Book Thief- it’s how death oversees a young orphaned girl’s adventures and misadventures in her life, as she encounters interesting characters whose presence helped shape her world. This wonderful work by Markus Zusak deserves its New York Times #1 Bestseller listing! 
Thanksgiving Day has come and gone and the leftover turkey is being reshaped into tasty dishes by way of our culinary skillls. I’m thankful and blessed to be a part of life’s transitions! As we press forward into the Holiday season of Christmas and cheer, let’s be safe, spend wisely and make wise shopping choices for the kiddies. Some of us are busy as Santa’s helpers trying to catch those early bird and doorbuster sales..
For those writers looking to generate a bit of extra cash after the holidays, I’ve penned a few contest suggestions. Pay attention to the deadlines, crank up the keyboard and submit your gems for consideration. What have you got to lose?
1. Cost Of Care essay contest – www.CostsofCare.Org
2.Authenticity For Women – www.authenticityforwomen.com
3.Ladies Home Journal- www.lhj.com/essaycontest
4. Women On Writing 2012 Flash Fiction Contest- http://wwwwow-womenonwriting.com
5.Kore Press- short fiction for female writers, deadline Nov 30th- http://www.korepress.org
I’ve entered Cost of Care, Ladies Home Journal and Women On Writing which are still open, but, check them out for deadlines. Authenticity for Women is a relatively new Magazine whose fall debut is past for the story competition, but is open to article submissions.
Good luck with your submission. Be sure to report back to clara54 and share your experiences…any writing advice, contest winnings/info, or words of wisdom to impart to new writers is welcome as well to this new forum for the writer’s voice!
Happy Holidays and keep writing!

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!