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 91 
 on: April 04, 2015, 08:41:29 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
Throughout April, we're going to talk about WORK...how do you write with another job? How do balance writing and work?

Now, I know Neil Gaiman made a wonderful point when he said that if we write just one page a day on a novel, we'll have a book a year. But for me, writing with a full-time job just didn't happen. The job consumed all the energy I had (especially since jobs tend to involve interpersonal contact, which I tend to find exhausting). So I finally had to make writing my only job -- even though I wasn't getting much income from my writing at the time. I was unmarried with no kids, so I basically lived in squalor and did nothing but write because I couldn't afford anything else! But it allowed me to finally establish writing as my occupation instead of my hobby. Today I'm married with a teenaged daughter and I couldn't do that now, but that's how I handled writing and work.

How about y'all -- how are you handling writing and work? What are your challenges?

 92 
 on: April 02, 2015, 11:53:28 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by Londy Leigh
I also have issues with plot!!

This is really unique...thanks for sharing! It's awesome that this is what helps you!
Time to go for a run....maybe... Smiley

 93 
 on: April 02, 2015, 07:52:46 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by jojocookie
I always have problems with plot. Huge holes that for some reason, I can't fix. Especially in PB's where the WC has to be limited.

Something that helps me, is writing after an excersize routine. I used to actually write on the treadmill. But I sold my treadmill. Now, I dance, to a DVD. But afterward, I write while the sweat is pouring of me in sheets. Sometimes it is so bad I need a squeegee for my forehead.

Scientists have discovered that increased blood flow to the brain, increases creativity and memory.

That's what works for me.  Grin

 94 
 on: April 02, 2015, 04:28:58 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
Children's Writers eNews
April 2, 2015
"The Write Words to Read"
The Institute of Children's Literature
http://www.institutechildrenslit.com
1-800-243-9645
Editor: Jan Fields -- author@janfields.com

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"You must do the things you think you cannot do."  Eleanor Roosevelt
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CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE
1. News
2. Online in Rx
3. At the Writer's Retreat
4. What's New at Kristi's?
5. Market
6. Cool Site
7. Poetry Contest 2nd Place Entry
9. Good News
10. Note to subscribers
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1. The winners of ICL's Children's Poetry are
1st Place: "Batty Bedtime" by Andrea Perry, Pittsburgh PA
2nd Place: "Message" by Ann Magee, Medford, NJ
3rd Place: "My Mom Always Says" collection by Linda Jean Thomas, Greenfield, NH
4th Place: "Moose Rules" by Janet Burnlam, Bethel, VT 
5th Place: "Autumn Hayride" by Jan Fenimore, Rio Rancho, NM

[Please note, the typo in last week's printing of Andrea Perry's wonderful first place
entry was entirely my own.]
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2. In the Rx
"Just Stay Comma"
http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/rx/ws05/comma.shtml
A refresher course in commas.
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3. Are You On The Writer's Retreat?
http://www.institutechildrenslit.net/index.php
April's discussion of the month is "Side Jobs: Working and Writing" -- all through the month, we'll be talking about all kinds of things to do with the balancing act of writing with another job, possible side jobs that are related to your writing goals, and maybe some stuff about money and writing.

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4. What's New at Kristi's?
http://kristiholl.net/writers-blog/

Friday, March 27: "Write More Because Quantity Improves Quality"
Write more to improve both output and quality, to keep you immersed in a writing project, and to help you fall in love with writing again.

Tuesday, March 31: "Alone with a Book"
If you want a perfect day and you need to detox from the busy-ness of life, try my idea of perfection. Take time to be alone with a book.
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5. A Very Short Story Contest 2015
http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/10W.php
Free to enter, but no mention of any prizes either -- still this contest looked like fun. Can you write a story in 10 words?
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6. Two Spaces After a Period: Why You Should Never, Ever Do It
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/01/space_invaders.html
Interesting piece on typesetting and the totally untrue two-space rule. I have to admit, I was amused by how upset people became in comments about the rejection of the two-space rule. But as writers, it's time to give up your two spaces. Your modern publisher will thank you.
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8. "Message"
by Ann Magee
Medford, NJ
2nd Place Winner

Dear Mr. Webster,
I make no blurted apology
for the demise of etymology.
Your lifetime with words
Has gone to the birds,
assaulted by recent technology.

Sincerely,

Text-weary teacher

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9. Good News

Jan Fields: Annie's Publishing is reissuing my first children's book, THE WELLSPRING OF MAGIC, and they're publishing the second book in the series THE EMERALD DRAGON (previously available only as an ebook). To celebrate, I'm having a drawing to win an autographed copy of each book, PLUS an incredibly cute doll (dressed to represent Rachel from the books) and holding a bear. Bears are special to the books. To win this collection of goodies, all you have to do is tell someone about the books. You can tell anyone -- post it on Facebook, email a friend, chat up your neighbor -- whatever. Then email me at author@janfields.com to let me know you spread the word, and I'll put you in the drawing. Then on May 1st, I'll draw a winner. To see the doll and the books, just pop over to http://www.janfields.com/enews.htm

Denise McCoy: My first book is published by DAO Publishing, printed by CreateSpace. The Lives of Riley(chapter book, ages 7-10) is available on Amazon and my website. http://denisemccoy552.com/

Barbara Bockman: My second picture book, ARCTIC DANGER, for 7-10 year olds, has been published by Guardian Angel Publishing. http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/arctic-danger.htm

Peggy Sue Clay: As of March 9, 2015 I have completed my studies with The Institute Of Children’s Literature and have received my certificate.

Krysten Lindsay Hager: My clean reads YA/MG novel, Best Friends...Forever? (Landry's True Colors Series) http://www.amazon.com/Friends-Forever-Landrys-Colors-Series-ebook/dp/B00UIP1N5S/ was just released and named #1 on Amazon's Hot New Releases for children's books with values and #2 for Hot New releases for teen/young adult values and virtues.

Mikki Sadil: I have a new publishing contract with Books We Love, LLD, and one of my books, CHEERS, CHOCOLATE, AND OTHER DISASTERS will be offered FREE at Amazon on the following days: April 17th and 18th, May 10th and 11th.

What's Your Good News? Send to author@janfields.com -- be sure to put "good news" in the subject line since I get a lot of book announcements due to the review work I do. So I don't want your good news to slip through the cracks.
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10. For All Subscribers

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 95 
 on: March 26, 2015, 04:47:57 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
Children's Writers eNews
March 26, 2015
"The Write Words to Read"
The Institute of Children's Literature
http://www.institutechildrenslit.com
1-800-243-9645
Editor: Jan Fields -- author@janfields.com

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"Writers are not born. They are made. Made through willpower and work. Made by iteration, ideation, reiteration. Made through learning — learning that comes from practicing, reading, and through teachers who help shepherd you through those things in order to give your efforts context." - Chuck Wendig
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CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE
1. News
2. Online in Rx
3. At the Writer's Retreat
4. What's New at Kristi's?
5. Market
6. Cool Site
7. Poetry Contest Winning Entry
8. Good News
9. Note to subscribers
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1. The winners of ICL's Children's Poetry are
1st Place: "Batty Bedtime" by Andrea Perry, Pittsburgh PA
2nd Place: "Message" by Ann Magee, Medford, NJ
3rd Place: "My Mom Always Says" collection by Linda Jean Thomas, Greenfield, NH
4th Place: "Moose Rules" by Janet Burnlam, Bethel, VT   
5th Place: "Autumn Hayride" by Jan Fenimore, Rio Rancho, NM
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2. In the Rx
Apples and Oranges: The Fantasy Novel
http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/rx/ws06/appleorange.shtml
Help understanding and creating a fresh, new fantasy novel.
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3. Are You On The Writer's Retreat?
http://www.institutechildrenslit.net/index.php
We're about to jump into April, and the discussion of the month will be "Side Jobs: Working and Writing" -- we'll be just talking about all kinds of things to do with balancing writing with having another job, possible side jobs that are related to your writing goals, and maybe some stuff about money and writing.

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4. What's New at Kristi's?
http://kristiholl.net/writers-blog/

Friday, March 20: "Taking a Break from Brain Snakes"
When deadlines and life press in, you need a break from "snakes on the brain." Read these TWO ARTICLES on a subject vital to writers and take the advice to heart.
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5. Ephemera
http://www.ephemera-inc.com/writers-guidelines
Buys slogans for buttons. $50 per short phrase. Looking for fresh, funny and concise
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6. A Writer's Identity
https://irenesroth.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/a-writers-identity/
Great piece on how becoming a writing professional begins with us.
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7. Batty Bedtime
by Andrea Perry
1st Place Winner

It's time for sleep.
You have no bed.
You're hanging from
a branch instead.
You're upside down
and in a tree.
Your head is where
your feet should be.
Though it is day
your bedtime treat
is crunchy moths
you catch to eat.
Yet brushing teeth
you never do,
and wear pajamas?
Not for you!
Your wings enfold
and tuck you in
right where a blanket
should have been.
So dream all day
while it is light,
then rise and shine
to welcome night.

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8. Good News

Fanny Wong: My article, "Head Shrinker on the Subway" is in then April-June issue of Skipping Stones.

Donna Marie West: I have a new article up on HALLOWEENFOREVERMORE entitled, “Where do we go From Here?”

Barbara Burgess: My poetry book was published by Sulby Hall Publishers on March 19, 2015.
http://www.amazon.com/Light-Wind-Barbara-Burgess-ebook/dp/B00UEULXHK/ Thirteen poems which describe the beauty and power of love, Nature, longing, and life. Inspired by travels in the Indian Himalayas.

Jack Scoltock- my new childrens paperbacks just now in print are: Going back to Neverland, Davey's Siege and Brothers.

What's Your Good News? Send to author@janfields.com -- be sure to put "good news" in the subject line since I get a lot of book announcements due to the review work I do. So I don't want your good news to slip through the cracks.
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9. For All Subscribers

Many of our eNews issues are being blocked from getting to all of our subscribers. It can be difficult to convince your email provider that you truly want to receive this eNews. Therefore we've created a list of directions to make it easier for you find the exact steps to ensure the eNews always makes it to your inbox.

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To have your address changed, email author@janfields.com and do the following:
1. TELL ME that it's a change of address for the eNews. I handle a lot of things so if you don't tell me what you want me to do, I may not do it.
2. TELL ME your OLD address as well as the NEW one. I cannot search by your name. I need the old address.
3. DO NOT send me a mass mailing that you sent to everyone in your address book that just tells me your new email. I won't know what you want me to do or if it's really for me at all. And I'll probably just delete it.

 96 
 on: March 25, 2015, 07:31:16 PM 
Started by Nanlisa - Last post by DonnaMW
Not sure, Jojocookie. It seems I do have a knack for finding the right market for my work. Or else I'm just really, really lucky. But I try not to doubt myself too much. When I find a magazine or whatever I want to sub to, I write my thing, revise it about 20 times . . . and then I just send it. Of course I get rejections, too, but my acceptance to rejection ration is actually very good.  Wink

 97 
 on: March 25, 2015, 05:30:43 PM 
Started by Beth Consugar - Last post by dell
You're absolutely write, I mean right lol...the 'ole butt in chair with pen moving or fingers typing!

Now off to 'just write!'   Cheesy

 98 
 on: March 25, 2015, 04:36:59 PM 
Started by Nanlisa - Last post by jojocookie
Woweeee!!! How do you do it?Huh?

 99 
 on: March 25, 2015, 04:35:43 PM 
Started by Beth Consugar - Last post by jojocookie
I agree! Sometimes it takes writing with my eyes closed to get the brain unclogged.

Thank you for reminding me about that!

 100 
 on: March 25, 2015, 10:52:48 AM 
Started by Beth Consugar - Last post by Beth Consugar
Feeling stuck in your writing? Here's a tip that's helping me - just write. Write anything - descriptions, short scenes, random thoughts, miscellaneous quotes, anything! Do this for at least 10 minutes each day to help kickstart your stuck writing mode!

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