"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Unknown (as seen on River's blog, "Drifting Through Life")

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau



Monday, June 16, 2014

* LIVING THE WRITER'S LIFE *

It's Time for Another Living the Writer's Life

 
 
Along the same theme as my Nostalgic Sundays posts being about memories, I'm also going to have frequent blog posts titled, Living the Writer's Life. They will be about....you guessed it: Writerly Things! I need to decide on a photo for it too, like the Andy Griffith dinner table for nostalgia. (What do y'all think about this one? I loved this when I used it for my blog header, but since it wasn't an "official" BlogSpot header, I had some problems with it. Any other suggestions, other than a laptop, or pen in hand kind of thing?)

 
For weeks I've mentioned Calls for Submissions and Contests that I've come across, and I'm finally getting the chance to post them. I wish I remembered where I saw each of them, so I could give credit where credit is due, but unfortunately I didn't write it down.

Click on the links below for complete contest rules and guidelines.  Good Luck!



Good Housekeeping: All About Love Contest, Deadline September 1, 2014.


Real Simple: Life Lessons Essay Contest, Deadline September 18, 2014
 

Mark Twain:
The Royal Nonesuch National Humor Writing Contest, Deadline June 30, 2014
 
I'll have more to share in the next few days.
 
 
"If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages." - Elaine Liner
 

34 comments:

  1. Good luck to all you writerly types. And thank you.

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    1. Thanks, EC! And we "writerly types" thank YOU, the "reader types!" :)

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  2. Thanks for the tips. As far as a photo...I like that one in your sidebar, the book-signing one.

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    1. So, Val.....are you going to submit anything?? And thanks for your suggestion on the photo!

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  3. Thanks, Becky. I would like to get back to some real writing!

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    1. Hi Claudia! Maybe one or all of these will get your muse going again. I hope so!

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  4. I'm really taken with the 'toon, Becky. That faithful sidekick (Vern?) and sweet coffee mug make me smile!
    .... Last but not least, that Robert Brault quote is a favorite!

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    1. Hi Myra! Thanks! your comment made me laugh! Yes, I LOVED that header...and yes, I chose it because it's all ME, and yes...VERN! That quote is one of my favorites, too. I can't believe you could see all of that. You must have Super Eyes! :)

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  5. Maybe someday I'll finally try to write something - maybe a short story :)

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    1. Hi Keith! Well, I think you should definitely write something...and enter one of these, or any of the hundreds that can be found online! And lots with no entry fees.

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  6. Thanks for the links. As for your header, a photo of a woman in front of a laptop, elbows on the desk, head down with her hands clenched in her hair would be accurate for many of us. Probably not the look you're aiming for though. lol I'm sure you'll choose exactly the right thing for you.

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks! And yes.....that's almost exactly the image I was thinking of!! In fact, I've posted one on my blog...a long time ago, that I found Googling....But I should have one of myself, don't ya think?! :)

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  7. Today, I'm thinking a torture chamber would be an appropriate picture. :)

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    1. Hi Vanessa! What a wonderful surprise to see your name and cute little icon here! Thanks so much for stopping and commenting! And...Wow! A Torture Chamber?? I hope today is a better one for you!! Let me know, ok? :)

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  8. Thanks for sharing... maybe you could draw something for your writerly pic.

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    1. Hi Lynn! Thanks for stopping and commenting.....but, ME....DRAW something??!! OMG! Either I never told you I can't draw, or you forgot, or you're being kind! :) ....But, that's a good idea! Maybe my son can sketch something for me!

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  9. Great links Becky! Thanks for posting those!!

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    1. Hi Johanna! It's great to see you here. Thanks so much!

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  10. Becky, Thank you for the writing contest info. I entered one this morning...wish me luck! -Vickie

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    1. Hi Vickie! You're very welcome, and that's awesome that you entered one already! I do wish you very good luck! Which one was it??

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    1. Hey Marcia! You're welcome. Maybe these will jump start your muse again? I hope so!

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  12. Thanks for the wonderful links! If you went with the Andy Griffith dinner table theme, it would be fun if you put your photo in place of Aunt Bea's. Then again, you could also insert your picture next to Aunt Bea's famous pickle jars. Good luck Becky!

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie! Glad you liked the links! And I love your ideas with the Andy Griffith theme. (Do you watch a lot of the reruns?? The "pickle" episode was just on TV yesterday or the day before I think...here at least!) I only use that table scene for my Nostalgic Sundays, so that's why I'm trying to think of something new for my Writerly posts. I'll probably know when the right one "hits" me!

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  13. I must get back into a writing routine. Seems like time just keeps slipping away...

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Hi Pat! I hope you do start/keep writing, because YOU ARE SO GOOD! Really!! Go for it...I'll keep posting other things I come across, too.

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  14. Hi Becky! Thank you for all the great links! :)

    Thanks for the visit to my blog and the birthday wish too. It's always nice to hear from you! I had a great day. Hope all is well with you.

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    1. Hi Daisy! Hope you can use some of the links! And you're very welcome for my visit and birthday wishes. It's been WAY too long since I visited your blog! Glad you had a great day! I'm fine...just running around like a nut...."Oh look! A chicken" :)

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  15. Great links, Becky. Thank you!

    Your reviews are fantastic. :-)

    Wish I could help with the photo, but I've had the same one since 2008!

    Pearl

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    1. Hi Pearl! I am delighted to see your cute face and comment! I'll keep posting more links, too. Somehow I've got to get a handle on some kind of system....
      Thank you very much for your compliment on my reviews! *blush* :)

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  16. Hi Becky! I was so happy to see your comment on my blog. And, no need to apologize. This "writer thing" can be super time consuming!
    I love your new theme for posts. I'll definitely be checking it out.
    Also, I'm working on getting books into print. I sent out a request for a proofreader because if I'm printing out real books, I can't live with a bunch of typos. And, I found someone willing to do it, but she lives in Wisconsin. So, I printed both books out and mailed them to her in a flat rate box that weighed like 10 pounds! I'm waiting for her to get back to me and then, I need to decide if I want to use Createspace or Bookbaby to print them out. To make a long story longer (ha!) as soon as I have books in hand, I'll mail them to you!!!
    Take care! Happy almost summer!
    :) Audry no E

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    1. Hi Audry! Thanks for stopping by here, too! So good for us to reconnect! :)

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  17. Thanks for the tips, Becky! I'm not much of an personal essayist and definitely not a humorist, but I've marked my calendar, in case inspiration strikes! Wishing you the best of luck in all you do.

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    1. Hi Dianna! Thank you! You're so sweet!! Best of luck to you, in all you do, too! :)

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