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On the 2nd Day of Writing: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide

December 2nd

Here is a fun place to submit! ❄️✨

Submission Tips

MC that is age 8-12.

-A diverse cast of characters.

-Fun to read and encourages love of science fiction.

-Adventures in space with robots, rockets, or alien encounters.

-Steampunk, weird west, and time travel are fine.

-Word Count should be between 3,000-6,000 words.

-Science fiction, not fantasy.

Particularly Looking For:

-Adventures!

-A MC from an underrepresented population.

-MC has agency and isn’t just along for the adventure.

Don’t Write:

-Stories about female characters who need rescuing or are a prize.

-Stories where the subplot or main plot is romantic in nature.

-Graphic violence or swearing.

Submission Deadline

-December 15, 2018, with a reading period of January and February 2019.

-Don’t put identifying information on your manuscript.

Have Fun

I hope you guys enjoy this submission opportunity 🙂

I think I’m going to write about a robotic dog named Mag, of course inspired by my 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier 😉🐕

What will you write about? Find out more, here!

Until next time,

Loie xo

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24 Days of Writing

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Hi everyone! Here’s a fun way to maintain the writing spirit throughout December: participate in 24 Days of Writing.

Every day in December until the 25th, I’m going to post a new place to submit a flash fiction, poem, or novel excerpt.

I think this is a fab way to step back from our NaNoWriMo projects and let them sit for a while. We’ll be able to switch gears and work on something different for a change 🙂

It’s exciting to work on a new story idea, particularly when it’s shorter than an entire novel 😉 You’ll have that satisfying feeling of finishing something. If you want, you can submit your completed story or poem.

Sometimes, I’ve found story diamonds in my little flash fictions that I later expanded into longer pieces. You never know what you might discover!

Then, when January arrives, we’ll still have kept the writing muscle active. That way we can dive back into drafting or editing our current WIP.

Are you with me?!

I hope you join me! Tomorrow, I will post the first writing contest or submission opportunity and perhaps share a line from my own short story.

Let me know if you’d like to participate! I’d love to hear in the comments below ❤ Use the hashtag, #24DaysofWriting on Twitter or Instagram. I think it’s going to be a blast.

Until next time,

Loie xo

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The Sea Carries Me Along

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Hi all!

I’m writing from my little apartment in the port city, Saint John. In one day I will have my twenty-seventh birthday. Every year around my birthday, I always feel reflective. I think about what happened in the year, how I’ve grown, and where I want to go in the future.

What I’ve summed up for the past year is this: it was a year for new beginnings.

I transitioned and started writing full-time. I dealt with some personal problems. I leaned on God and hoped and prayed for a new beginning.

As with any journey, the going gets tough at times. I’m grateful for friends and family who supported me.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to write and make new writing friends online! My life has been enriched this past year. I’ve met so many new people and I love receiving messages from them and dreaming together.

Today, I am in a place where I get to write articles and fiction full-time from home and tutor Chinese students English. This is fulfilling and brings me joy. I am so grateful to be here. I know life is a journey and there are swells and waves and shipwrecks at times.

But right now I am peacefully crossing a stretch of sea that carries whispers of hope and new life and surprises on the wind. I throw my hands up in the air and say yes.

Thank you, God.

THE OCEAN BY NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,
Beneath them there is none.

The awful spirits of the deep
Hold their communion there;
And there are those for whom we weep,
The young, the bright, the fair.

Calmly the wearied seamen rest
Beneath their own blue sea.
The ocean solitudes are blest,
For there is purity.

The earth has guilt, the earth has care,
Unquiet are its graves;
But peaceful sleep is ever there,
Beneath the dark blue waves.

 

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I hope you enjoyed the poem 🙂 I love everything to do with the sea. I suppose that has something to do with growing up by it in a small town and then moving to a port city.

Do you do anything special for birthdays? Do you make a plan for the upcoming year or add to your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below ❤ !

Until next time,

Loie xo