Why Enter Writing Contests?

Morning everyone, I guess the better question would be, why not?

I enter writing contests from time to time for the chance to win prizes like cash, fellowships, and of course notoriety in the way of published works. Not to mention, jump-starting your career!

There are many places to submit work for contests:

Winning Writers-I just entered a poem in the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest and there was no fee! Plus, the possible prize is $1,000! Submit now through April 1, 2018

If one looked at Writing Career, one might find a plethora of interesting writing contests with prizes in the $10,000 range without fees!

We all want to make money for our writing, yet sometimes the creative bug hits, and we can’t help wondering if we have the right stuff to impress the judges and take a shot at winning some impressive money.

There are contests for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, feminists, and freelancers unable to work. If you are a writer, there is something for you, just browse their list that is put together by Brian Scott, editor-in-chief.

Another website for writers,  AWAI,  does a copywriting challenge and the top prize is $10,000! AWAI stands for American Writers & Artists Inc. and they have training programs on teaching the art of copywriting. They are the ones that inspired me to start writing from the beginning. This isn’t so much a contest as a challenge to write the best sales copy.

Another place I found challenges/contests for money with is Prose. Once you sign up, search for contests with monetary prizes and join the challenge. Many genres to choose from.

The downside to all of these contests is waiting for months to find out if you’re a winner. In addition, you need some kind of tracking system so you know what contest you entered and when. For me, it’s my trusty calendar, but for you, it might be a handy writing tool like Google Calendar, an app for iPhone or Android users.

The bottom line for us writers is, you’ll never know if you don’t try so, go on…what have you get to lose? More fitting, what have you got to gain?

 

What A Beautiful Tuesday!

Morning everyone, or should I say afternoon? I have a lot to do today so I will make it quick for now. I got my lab work done this morning for next week’s appt. with Dr. Epstein, my wonderful nephrologist. Pretty sure he is from Jersey or New York, he is such a card and also a snazzy dresser!

Handsome devil too, although he is a little whiter up top these days.

Yes, he is from New Jersey, as I just read in his bio. I really enjoy our twice-yearly get-togethers, I’m hoping I can keep this up forever!

After my lab work, I made a QT for some coffee, and went to visit Stephanie and drop off my spare key so it could be used by Aimee! (I just wrote a rap!)

Her dad and I had a nice visit and caught up on her mom’s health. Lynn (her dad) offered some advice on my wig but said he liked it, and I found out his neighbor Fred is not adjusting to his new place in Minnesota so well. Steph looks good and I’m so happy things are working out well with Aimee and she was the perfect person to fill my spot and give Stephanie the care and companionship she really needs. I miss everyone but I’m so glad I live close enough to visit often. Sadly I took no pictures to share, maybe next time!

I saw this quote on Facebook and copied it to my timeline, as it has meaning for not only me but one of my boys as well: actually, all my boys!

Don’t let fear hold you back from accomplishing your goals and dreams

I think I have been guilty of this myself but I think it applies to my son right now as he questions his job and his relationships.

I am looking forward to tomorrow’s meeting with my new girlfriend group-the over 40/50 girls who are also members of the RHS (Red Hat Society). We are going to see the new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express at Movie Tavern. Which reminds me, I need to go call them again and see if I can finish the process of joining up. Then I will be a Red Hat too!

If anyone wants more info on how to join either group, please call Laura Smallman at (817) 583-9420 or The Red Hat Society 1-866-386-2850 (toll-free)

Membership to the RHS is open to all women of any age now. Go have some fun!

By the way, the weather is gorgeous outside today, I may have to get in a walk later, for now though, I’m happy with writing to the sound of nothing more than my windchimes busily tinkling away as the wind blows hundreds of acorns atop my roof, down my sidewalks and all over my lawn. :/

So I realized just now that I never hit publish this afternoon! Oops! My walk ended up being a furious hour and a half in the front yard, sweeping, raking, and bagging up leaves and acorns. We got upsetting news from my son about his court date today and that was my outlet. Say a prayer please that he is ok and that his continued battle for vindication turns out better than things did today. Goodnight all. 😕

New Week New Theme-What Do You Think?

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I thought I would change my theme and start with something fresh and clean this week. It’s getting close to the holiday and also closer to my surgery date (Nov 30) so I was feeling like a change. I think it has one of those rolling headers that changes every time you look at it.

I also changed my profile pic on Facebook to the selfie in my new wig, since I will be wearing that a lot now that the weather is cooling down. When it’s warm, I’ll opt for a hat. I even tried a wig AND a hat one day, not bad!

I had a record writing week last week (according to Grammarly) and today I’m just not feeling it. Ever have one of those days? My challenging but interesting jobs at Crowd Content dried up and I looked for work for a while and then decided to take a break and clean up the house. Last week I blogged every single day without even thinking about it or trying hard for that matter, and today I’m just bleh. Grammarly is a great app to have because it corrects your bad grammar or other writing mistakes as you’re typing, so there isn’t as much self-editing to do! I posted my results on Facebook since I got a productivity achievement and all, lol.

Grammarly gives you weekly updates on your progress.

I did go to Bunco Saturday night, and Jenna Lasanta’s baby shower yesterday! So I have a couple of pics to share…I won’t share them all since some of you see/follow me on facebook, you’ve probably seen them already. Jenna is the wife of my son’s high school friend Ryan Lasanta.

Jenna and her sweet mom Donna
Snacks for the guests
Ryan getting his grill on before the big game
All the kids wanted to feel the baby moving, so cute!

A good time was had by all, we left early because we were doing family dinner last night. There was only five of us but we got all the gumbo, lol. I’m off to fold clothes and get more writing inspiration. Have a happy Monday everyone!

 

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Gettin Wiggy With It

Happy Friday everyone!

I know it’s late, but I recently got home after getting my wig trimmed and wanted to do a big reveal, lol. I’m silly, I know. I’m going to show a before and after the trim.

Me before the trim
A selfie of me after the trim

I think it looks better, don’t you? I love this new wig, this one is from Paula Young, cost a fraction of what the longer, darker one cost, and is a feather light weight-which I really love. Still, it will take time to get used to seeing myself with so much hair on my head, plus dealing with the fact that it is kind of itchy after a while.

I got a couple of things accomplished today, another job for Crowd Comtent-sad to say that even after 3 hours of work it will pay less than $20, but that’s better than nothing and maybe that will drive me to seek out clients!

I also sent a story to The Southern Review Magazine, it will take several months to hear back from them. Wish me luck!!

Happy Veterans Day to all of you veterans out there! I am one too but I don’t feel I need recognition since I wasn’t in during war time. Yes, I’m proud I served my country but so many vets did so much more than that!

It is also the Marine Corp 242 Birthday! Happy Birthday USMC!!

Do You Have A Particular Morning Routine?

If So How Does That Help Your Productivity?

I just read an article on Medium by Annie Atherton about 7 things she tried to see which routine she liked best and what it did to help her productivity in the mornings. It was very interesting, but she doesn’t work from home, which has its own set of unique challenges. According to Romper, here 10 reasons working from home is harder than working in an office.

  1. You have to be more disciplined
  2. There are more distractions
  3. You are never “not working”
  4. Everyone thinks you’re available
  5. There’s little incentive to shower
  6. Staying overly organized is a necessity
  7. You hardly ever see anyone
  8. It can be stressful on relationships
  9. You can’t blame others
  10. Exercise becomes that much more important

My problem is that I try to cram all of that in on a daily basis, and I’m failing miserably. Like, little to no exercise, no organization whatsoever, no discipline some days…hey, just keeping it real here. My dogs are distracting, my constant worry that I’m not keeping up with the chores, and yes, sometimes even my family, although I’m happy to do whatever they need, all of that hurts my productivity, but family is everything and I will continue to do it,  and I find myself procrastinating at the important stuff (like making money with my writing) and wanting to only do the creative stuff, like writing stories, blog posts, poems or constantly reading and studying instead of actively searching for work.

So what is your morning routine and how do you keep it all together? Maybe your tips could help me out. I’m struggling the most with organization…you should see my “desk!” Papers and notebooks scattered everywhere, no idea what I’m doing day to day (not using my calendar, obviously), wanting to find clients and make money but worried my website is such a mess that I let that keep me from really reaching out to anyone. I’m a hot mess this morning.

My mind some days

Normally I have a certain kind of routine and if I stick to it, strange as it is, I do tend to get more done. That’s of course if I’m not distracted by the previously mentioned.

  • get up and immediately do my oil pulling routine
  • brush my teeth and take my meds
  • make my coffee or tea
  • feed the dogs
  • grab my phone, Ipad, e-cig and sit my butt in the chair

That is basically it on days I don’t feel the need to do chores or cook stuff or whatever else gets in the way of writing. Those days, the days I stick to the routine, I actually get more done. After what I deem is an appropriate amount of time spent writing, I will then get myself washed, made up and ready for the day-yes I mostly work in my jammies-go run errands or do what housework, cooking or whatever that needs to be done.

On a daily basis though, I have to contend with barking dogs, background noise, phone calls, nagging sense I should be doing something else, tinnitus so loud I have to have the tv on to drown it out, my dogs wanting my attention to play or cuddle with them, and a plethora of other annoyances (constant emails coming in), time sucks like facebook and medium. I’m sure I’m forgetting some things because my brain is all over the place this morning. The one thing I have to go out for today is to get my new wig trimmed so, I am about to go do that getting myself washed up and made up routine and get ready for my 1:15 appointment!

AAAAnnnd nevermind, I was just informed by Miss Sassy’s that I can’t go until tomorrow, she had a glitch in her morning too! no problem, she said because I had been so patient, she isn’ going to charge me! How sweet!

So see, now I can concentrate on getting some real work done…once I turn on some heat, my feet are freezing! Or maybe I’ll just get dressed first. And see, now the sun is shining and I’m thinking, “I really should go out and rake up all those acorns.” I’ll let you know how it all turns out. Stay tuned, I’ll see you tomorrow (maybe) from a very chilly patio!