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On the 7th & 8th Day of Writing: Chicken Soup for the Soul and Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

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December 7th

Hi everyone! My apologies for missing yesterday’s submission post. Today, I have two opportunities to make up for the missed blog from yesterday.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is publishing stories about Running/Walking. They are due December 15th. 

Blue Mountain Arts seek poems for a poetry card contest due December 31st.

Keep reading to learn more about both!

Running for Good – and Walking Too!

Chicken Soup for the Soul is teaming up with Dean Karnazes. He is the Ultramarathoner. This book will be about walking, running, and how steps toward taking care of the body have many benefits.

Guidelines

The upcoming book title refers to how running and walking are good for one’s health. You can also run or walk for an important cause or issue, to raise awareness.

They seek true poems or stories of 1200 words or less. It can be about all aspects of running, walking, and raising awareness for a cause. Stories can be serious, heartwarming, or funny and quirky.

Read more about potential topics here! You can submit your story here. Remember, stories are due December 15th.

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

Want to write a poem for Blue Mountain Arts 33rd biannual poetry card contest? First prize is $350, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. The winning poems will be displayed on their website.

Guidelines

Poems can be non-rhyming or rhyming. Blue Mountain Arts noted that non-rhyming poems read better. They suggest writing about real feelings or emotions and think about a particular person while you write.

Poems are judged based on uniqueness and originality. They seek English only entries, and you can submit as many poems as you’d like!

Poetry Contest Rules

Poems must be an original creation. The rights to the entries will remain the property of the author. You’ll give permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to display and publish your entry on the Web, electronically, if you win.

Winners will be contacted within 45 days of the deadline date 🙂 Remember, they are due December 31st. Read more here.

Have Fun

Hope you enjoy these two submission opportunities, friends ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Oh February, where did you go?

February 26th, 2018 10:44 am

Hey all!

How are you making out? I’m in the country in northern New Brunswick and it is sooo beautiful. Last night we had a bit of a snow fall. From where I am writing, I can look out and see a beautiful old church against a backdrop of a frozen muddy river. Lovely place.

Debut YA Fantasy novels I read this month:

 

 

 

 

Everless’s premise by Sara Holland was intriguing. The story is set in a world where time is currency. They extract it from a person’s blood, bind it to iron, and consume it by dropping the coin in their tea to add time to their life.

I loved the characters and it was quite fast-paced. This was the first novel in a long time that I couldn’t put down. I stayed up quite late one night to finish it. Can’t wait for the sequel.

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross is so beautifully written. It is slower paced than some YA novels but I am enjoying it so much. I have about twenty pages to go. I could finish it in one sitting but I don’t want it to be over! It’s an epic fantasy and it involves overthrowing a plot of an evil King. The MC, Brienna, is lovely.

February progress

This month was fairly good for writing. I entered a competition called #KissPitch and had a few likes on my fantasy, EVREN and fairy-tale retelling, KING BLUEBEARD.  Competitions are always exciting because they give you the push to  create and polish the pitch of your story (About two-three sentences long).

I began walking daily for thirty minutes to help with my achy back I had from sitting for hours on end while writing. That has definitely helped. Still haven’t completed my healthy meal-prep. But there is March for that 😉

I created a revision plan for KING BLUEBEARD and hope to have the completed second draft complete by mid-March for when my critique partner and I swap our works-in-progress ❤ #cpsoulmates

EVREN is pretty well there. Now it is fine tuning the language and working out some of the scene pacing. I do want to overhaul the ending, there’s that 🙂 I am going to brainstorm how to later on this afternoon.

Music

I have discovered an amazing soundtrack to write to :

So epic. So beautiful. I love this soundtrack and listen to it on repeat while daydreaming and brainstorming.

My friend Rebecca has also sent me some good tunes. This is one in particular I love :

March goals

1) Re-write ending of EVREN

2) Complete second draft of KING BLUEBEARD

-Re-write at least four scenes a day 

-Examine character arcs, setting details, and plot 

3) Continue to walk everyday for thirty minutes

4) Submit manuscript to SCBWI WIP competition

5) Partake in #PitMad on March 8th, 2018. More details here:

http://pitchwars.org/pitmad/

6) Submit #1st5Pages to the First Five Pages Writing Workshop on March 3rd, 2018 :

http://www.1st5pageswritingworkshop.com/

7) Create sea glass art 🙂

8) Finish sewing a bag – pictures to come 😉

9) Meal prep for at least one week

10) Brainstorm new projects

11) Send in my first 250 words to the Secret Agent Contest on March 5th, 2018. Enter here:

https://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.ca/2018/02/march-secret-agent-early-info.html

Happy end of the month, everyone!

What did you accomplish this past month? Did you do anything new and fun? My boyfriend and I went to a board game cafe which was amaaaazing. We got to meet new people from the city and compete in a tournament. Us newbies got second place that night!

Is there anything you want to accomplish in March? Let me know in the comments ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo