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‘The New Year’s Eve of Time’

At the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, south of Athens. Image – iStockphoto: ISO3000 The Heart of the Holidays One of the first extended efforts in features writing I did on the way to journalism, many years ago, included an effort to describe the peculiar sensation of the holidays. Across …

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Writing, the Gift of Time and O’Henry

image by sakaki0214 One of the best gifts you can give yourself as a writer is time. Time is a scarce commodity for many of us. Anyone with obligations to meet beyond writing — school, work, family, a near-countless litany of other responsibilities — knows that every minute spent writing …

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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Winter 2018

What are your submission or rejection goals for 2018? Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, I got 93 rejections 2017 and aimed to cross 100 this year. Since my last contest roundup, I’m at 125 rejections this year. This submissions season covers deadlines from December 1, 2018 …

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Use Eastern red cedar berries for holiday decoration and that compost any time

I’d like to grow an evergreen tree that produces berries for holiday decorations besides red holly berries. I found these blue berries that would be perfect. What is this and should I plant it in my yard? Eastern red cedar can have lovely blue “berries” with a light frosting of …

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Your Story Deserves More: Putting in the Time

I have a short post to share with you today with a small but rather important point. We need to take our time while crafting our stories, to say something meaningful, or to craft a story of which we’re proud, whatever that may be. I’ve just ordered a pain au …

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Good Idea or Waste of Time?

Flickr Creative Commons: Alan Cleaver I had grand plans for my next historical manuscript. The idea was solid, the plot outlined, and an experimental first chapter written. I’ve read that chapter twice now. The voice is compelling, the writing a level or two above ‘crappy first draft’ and it is …

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That Time Jane Friedman’s Advice Saved My Novel

Today marks the paperback and audiobook release for The Moon Sisters–a book that earned some critical acclaim, but not before nearly dying on the vine, pre-publication. Below is one story behind the story, complete with rising stakes, a ticking clock, a dark moment, and a turning point. THE SETUP I …

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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Fall 2018

What are your submission or rejection goals for 2018? Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, I got 93 rejections 2017 and aim to cross 100 this year. Since my last contest roundup, I’m at 99 rejections for this year! Read my latest responses in the latest edition …

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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (Summer 2018)

What are your submission or rejection goals for 2018? Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, I got 93 rejections 2017 and aim to cross 100 this year. Since my Spring 2018 contest roundup, I’ve earned plenty of rejections and published the last season’s responses in a fun …

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