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Writer to Writer - July 2008 - Issue One

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EDITORIAL:

 

Busy, busy, busy!

It seems like all I'm doing lately is copywriting. I'm not complaining, not really - the money is nice, but I like variety.  And I'm ready to embark on a new non-fiction book to help you earn money from your writing skills.

But then again, I have to do some edits on my contracted novel. And I want to work on my latest novel.  <sigh>  There's not enough time in the day, or the week...

Speaking of editing, have you read my latest blog article? It's all about a publisher that does no editing whatsoever.  Yes, really.  It's a short post, so do try to take the time to check it out.

I mentioned in the last issue that hubby and I were taking the grandchildren to Ballarat for a few days.  It was absolutely freezing, which is nothing new for Ballarat. I heard yesterday they had snow - all I can say is I'm glad I wasn't there.  It was cold enough when I was!

Two days before we left for our trip, I had a little accident. I was stepping off the bottom step of the stairs when one of the grandchildren came running across in front of me.  I tripped over her, badly bruising my foot and breaking my little toe. (She's fine - not even a bruise!)

Nearly two weeks down the track, I'm still in a lot of pain, and still have numbness and bruising.  So off to the doctor I went.  He told me I don't have a broken toe - I have four broken toes! I have fasciitis in the other foot (and have had for several months), so I'm hobbling about at the moment.

Oh the joys of grandparenthood.

Okay, I've been doing a bit of playing around with the XsitePro web design program since I last wrote.  I did a lot of 'mucking about' but finally knuckled down and produced my first real site. You can see the results here:  http://www.romancespinners.com

I'm definitely no expert, and the site is still under construction as you'll see. My point is that when I produced this site, I'd only spent around four hours learning the system. As most of you know, I'm not technical, and I do find it difficult to learn new programs.  This one was fairly simple to learn.

And if anything does present a problem, help is available via the extensive manual, and also their help desk and forum.

I understand the special discounted price of $100 off is still applicable, but since they're not saying, I have no idea how long the discount will last.  If this is something you're interested in, and many of you have indicated it is, then don't delay in checking it out.  Once the discount is removed, the price will go back to $297.  (This is by no means expensive software, but it does a lot of things!)

Normally Cheryl Malandrinos would have an article for this issue, but the lucky lady is on holidays.  That means you get an article from me.  This one is a playful little piece, written totally for fun.  (Okay, so sometimes I get bored and need a bit of entertainment!)

I hope you enjoy it.

Okay, that's it from me - time to sit back and enjoy this short issue.

Til next time…

 

Cheryl

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Whimsical Board Talk

Copyright: Cheryl Wright – All rights reserved

 

It was supposed to be a brainstorming session, but instead I just stared at the whiteboard.

And as I watched, something quite strange happened; little stick figures began to run around my whiteboard. Right before my eyes!

Convinced I’d finally lost the plot – although my family would say I’d lost it long ago – I backed away, staring in disbelief.

As my hands shook and my heart beat a virtual tattoo, I closed my eyes. This couldn’t be happening; perhaps I had fallen into a new dimension?

Somewhere out of the silence, a cackle of laughter rose. I sneaked a peek. The little horrors were scribbling on my whiteboard!

I’d heard of characters becoming alive in the author’s eyes, but this really was quite ridiculous. Before I had the chance to protest, the cheeky devils had begun to chart my characters:

Hero: tall dark and handsome

Heroine: short and blonde

No! This was not how it was meant to be! Stereotypes - that’s all they wanted. But stereotypes are not for me.

I reached for the Valium, but before I had the chance to swallow it down, they’d added more to their mischief making: "It was a dark and stormy night..."

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! What were they trying to do to me? I want an original opening, not a cliché, and certainly not something that’s been written before.

Staring out the window I noticed it was indeed a dark and stormy night. Perhaps there was another way to describe the scene?

"Heavy rain fell, people scattered trying to find shelter; Jake Peterson turned his collar up and bent his head toward the wet ground. Little did he know his entire life would change when he turned the corner."

 

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Anthology Calls for Submissions:

 

This is a paying market:

 

The bestselling A Cup of Comfort book series is now seeking submissions for new anthologies. Stories must be true, original, positive, narrative essays (creative nonfiction), and 1,000-2,000 words. Entrants pay no fees. Writers' guidelines: http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm

 

 

SHARE SOME COMFORT

 

 

A CUP OF COMFORT FOR FATHERS

 

The connection between father and child can be as deep as the ocean, as strong as a mountain, and as uplifting as fresh air. For all its rewards, though, fatherhood is not without its challenges. And for all the gifts dads bring to their kids' lives, dads sometimes falter and fumble. Yet, the father-child bond forms, holds, and grows. A Cup of Comfort for Fathers will feature inspiring and insight true stories about the life-defining and life-enriching relationships and experiences shared by fathers and their children. These personal essays will be of varying topics and tones (heartwarming, humorous, poignant, provocative, etc.); about fathers and children of all ages and varying circumstances; and written by fathers, daughters, and sons.

 

   Submission deadline: August 1, 2008

 

A CUP OF COMFORT FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

 

For this very special collection, we seek uplifting true stories about the ins and outs, ups and downs, blessing and challenges of parenting children with special needs. The stories will cover children of all ages (birth to adult) and a wide range of developmental, physical, and mental delays/disabilities. No matter how difficult the experiences/emotions conveyed in a story might be (we want them to be authentic, after all), the story must reveal a positive aspect, resolution, or outcome and must be of comfort to parents of children with special needs. Stories may be serious, humorous, insightful, heartwarming, or inspiring. The majority of the stories will be written by parents of children with special needs; we will also consider stories written by adult children with special needs. (No articles or commentaries by clinicians, please.)

 

   Submission deadline: September 15, 2008

 

A SECOND CUP OF COMFORT FOR DOG LOVERS

 

Oh, how we humans love our canine companions -- for so many reasons and in so many ways that one Cup of Comfort collection of uplifting dog stories just wasn’t enough. So we’re giving all you dog-loving writers another opportunity to share your personal stories of canine comfort with a growing legion of dog-loving readers. This volume will feature both serious and humorous anecdotal stories covering a wide range of topics and perspectives and varying breeds of dogs. We do NOT want sad stories about a dog’s illness, injury, or death, though we will consider stories that weave a beloved pet’s illness or death into an otherwise positive story. The story should focus on the dog’s remarkable attributes and/or actions as well as on the special relationship between the dog and his/her human(s).

 

  Submission deadline: December 15, 2008

 

A CUP OF COMFORT FOR THE GRIEVING HEART

 

When a loved one passes away, comfort is often fleeting and hard to come by. Yet, even a small comfort, like a personal story of how someone has faced a similar loss, does help to ease the sorrow. This volume will feature uplifting personal stories that reveal the special relationships and extraordinary experiences shared by the deceased and his/her loved one(s) immediately before, during, and after the loved one’s passing; it will also includes stories about the internal and external processes by which one deals with and heals from the loss of a loved one. The stories will vary with regard to subject matter, circumstances of death, and the relationship of the author to the individual who has passed away. The book will not include eulogies, profiles/memoirs of people who have passed away, or clinical depictions of death and dying.

 

  Submission deadline: February 1, 2009

 

Please note that deadlines are sometimes extended by one to four weeks.

 

BASIC GUIDELINES

 

All Cup of Comfort stories must be original; true; appropriate for mainstream Americans (adult, primarily women); inspiring, comforting, and/or uplifting; and 1,000 to 2,000 words.

 

Creative nonfiction and narrative essays preferred (that is, incorporating such fictive elements as scene, dialogue, character/plot development, imagery, and literary word usage). Whether serious or humorous, the story should be authentic and engaging.

 

Electronic submissions preferred. One submission per email. Copy and paste (or type) into body of email. No formatting (no indents, centering, doublespace, bold, underline, etc.). To: wordsinger@aol.com.

 

Mailed submissions are acceptable. Standard typed manuscript (double-spaced, indents). Send as many submissions per envelope as you’d like, but include one SASE per submission. To: Colleen Sell, 71563 London Rd., Cottage Grove, Oregon, 97424, USA.

 

Each submission must include: author’s full name, mailing address, email address, phone number, story title, story wordcount, and theme of volume for which it is being submitted (i.e., Grieving Hearts).

 

For more detailed writers guidelines: http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm

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