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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.ย 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Remember, they are due December 31st.ย Read more here.

Have Fun

Hope you enjoy these two submission opportunities, friends โค

Until next time,

Loie xo

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National Novel Writing Month Check-In and Visiting Nova Scotia

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Hey everyone!

How are you all making out? I wanted to check in and see how NaNoWriMo is going. I’ve hit the 12,000 word mark. I should be a little over 17,000 words, so I have a fair bit of catching up to do today.

I’ve been writing with my friend Biljana over Skype a few times this week. We chat for a bit and then sprint for a half hour or so. It’s a great accountability trick, and I’ve managed to finish two chapters. I look forward to our writing sessions a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

Sundays tend to be quieter for me, so I think I will have some time today to work on my story for a few hours.

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Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

I’m in Nova Scotia visiting my family. I always feel so nostalgic when I go to Yarmouth. It’s a little maritime town at the end of Nova Scotia. A lot of people lobster fish here. I grew up in Yarmouth for seventeen years until I moved to New Brunswick.

As a teenager, I couldn’t wait to leave. There was a big world out there that I wanted to explore. I wanted to live in a city and meet new people. I have seen some of the world, but I now enjoy living in a quiet village in New Brunswick.

As a writer, I find this place a wonderful spot to live and write in. It’s quiet and relaxing. When I lived in the city, it was chaotic and busy. There’s a certain magic to cities, but there’s a calm peace with living in the country.

I have space to think and breathe and dream. I’m not so preoccupied.

If you are feeling a little discouraged with NaNoWriMo, don’t be! This month is meant to be a great inspiring time, but it can be stressful too. Life happens. Interruptions stop the flow. That’s okay. There’s still December and a whole new year ahead.

Today, I will enjoy time with my family, read from M. Dalto’s TWO THOUSAND YEARS, and hopefully pen a new chapter or two.

Enjoy the day. Go for a walk if you’re stumped. I find walking helps my ideas flow better.

Some fun blog posts are going live this week! I interviewed a lovely fantasy author and can’t wait for you to read!

How is NaNoWriMo going? I’d love to hear below โค

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Happy Thursday friends (before the snow bomb hits eep) !

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University of Nottingham. Picture taken in January 2013 when I arrived there.ย ย 

March 8th, 2018 6:17 am

Good morning lovelies! I have been waking up mad early to participate in twitter’s writing community called #5amwritersclub and it has been quite fun. I managed to re-write EVREN’s ending and work on my twitter pitches for #PitMad. However, when 11 am rolls around, I am definitely feeling it ๐Ÿ˜‰

That is when coffee lovingly calls my name.

Eastern Canada and the States are expecting a “snow bomb” (very descriptive of the weather channel ;). So we may get snowed in today or tomorrow.

Finding peace in the busyness of life

In any case, this month is filled with heaps of writing contests and fun opportunities to grow as a writer (#PitMad, #1st5Pages, #AMM to name a few) All wonderful things. I just wanted to make a post about finding some peace and quiet when things pick up and get busy. I find it difficult to concentrate on my writing when my mind keeps flitting to that contest I just entered or wondering if someone is going to comment on my entry on so and so’s website. It is hard to focus right now.

One of my favorite verses that I hold close to my heart is from Philippians 4:7:

“And the peace of God,ย which transcends all understanding,ย will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Breathe in. Breathe out.

My first experience of deep peace

When I went to England in 2013 on a student exchange, I was so nervous I wouldn’t make any friends. I suffered from social anxiety and found it difficult to relax in social settings. I asked God before leaving if He could help me relax and make friends. I wanted to experience a new culture and stretch myself but I was afraid.

That was my first real experience of a peace that transcended understanding. I stepped on a plane in Toronto at the end of January and didn’t feel nervous about the prospect of leaving behind my home. I wasn’t thrilled about flying in a death tube for 8 hours but I wasn’t nervous about going to a new country. I was SO excited!

I landed in London the next day and foolishly booked my train to Nottingham eight hours later so I could explore the city ๐Ÿ˜‰ HAH! Naive over-excited traveler I was, thinking I could actually be a tourist after an eight hour flight, haha. I lasted for a few hours, beaming over a latte in Kings Cross and then slumping over my basil tomato pizza in a sweet diner hours later, feeling the jet lag kick in.

When I finally got on the train headed to Nottingham, I ended up sitting next to an older gentleman (after struggling with my big suitcase) who politely asked me where I was from. When I told him I was from Canada and headed to the University of Nottingham for five months, he smiled and told me he used to be a Professor of Psychology there (which was my major!) and that I should go to the student exchange fair later that week. He told me it was where I would meet all my friends.

And friends, I followed his advice, and I met the most wonderful people! I don’t think that meeting was random. I know it was God taking care of me through His people. Very cool and encouraging.

That exchange changed my life, for the better. I got to meet one of my online writing best friend’s for the first time in person in Ireland and squee over our writing life goals together. We traveled to the Cliffs of Moher with her hubby.

Kendra Leighton and I went to a book signing together โค She was another friend I met in the online writing world. We met Marissa Meyer in London when she was touring Scarlet from her Lunar Chronicles series. Kendra also gave me some awesome raw and dairy-free chocolate. The link to her business is here:

https://www.rawrchoc.com/raw-chocolate-bars

I grew as a person and learned that we are better together. Everyone brings a different gift and way of thinking to the table. I met people from Australia, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and the USA. Everyone had different ways of coping with life struggles and I learned so much from them. I learned I didn’t need to stress or worry about certain things that I always ruminated on in the past, particularly social stuff.

God is so good. I asked Him for help and He answered.

So if life is getting crazy and busy – whether good or bad- take a moment to yourself and breathe in and out. You are not alone. โค

Until next time,

Loie xo