Brain Vacay: Catching Up on Odds and Ends

Its somber at my house with the death of my sweet little pug Ally over the weekend.   My brain has been elsewhere.  (I wrote about dealing with distraction like this on Friday and I wrote about Ally's death on Saturday, mostly in the comments section.)

Since my brain seems to be taking a bit of a vacation, I figured this would be a good time to clear out some clutter and catch up on some odds and ends.  I've been doing a lot of clutter clearing lately, and it is good for the creative soul, that's for sure.  Also, keep reading, because this is good stuff I just haven't been able to fit in anywhere else.

1.  My good friend Ruth Williams (that's her in the photo on the right) has a new book out.  It is called The Prescription for Joy, and its 6a0120a6269bb7970c0120a5f363ac970b-150wi pretty damned cool.  Never mind that I helped her with it the wee-est bit.  If you knew Ruth, you'd know that she is one of the most joyful people walking the face of the earth, and her book reflects that.  Plus, it tells you how you can get in on the action.  Click here for more info. 

2. Also, writing about Ruth reminds me that Room to Write is coming right up.  Why does Ruth remind me of that?  Because she has been to every single one of these Nashville writing retreats.  If you're in the area, you should come, too.  There's lots of time to write, meals prepared for you, and connection with fellow writers.  And, I'll be on hand to guide and coach you.  Check out the Scarritt Bennett website for more details and book soon because it always fills up.

3.  Writing about Room to Write reminds me that I'll soon be in Nashville for that event.  And, I'll  have a few days there before it.  So, if you're wanting an in-person Get Your Writing in Gear session, or a chance to connect with me about coaching, shoot me an email at charlotte@charlotterainsdixon.com.  I'd love to meet with you!

4.  About a month ago, I won a Facebook contest and received Laura Fitzgerald's new novel, One 51svuAQeQ5L._SL500_AA300_ True Theory of Love, as the prize.  I have not had a chance to read the book yet because I put a gazillion books on hold at the library.  And every time one of them comes in, I have to put it at the head of the reading queue because I've got to return them on time.  (And odds are good that if I've put a hold on a book, so have at least 50 other people.  So they aren't renewable.  But, lord, I love the library.)  Anyway, I promised her I would mention the book on the blog.  I wanted to review it, but that will have to wait.  In the meantime, here's the mention.  It looks like a great book, so check it out.

5.  My new Twitter friend Rob has a great project that he is requesting submissions for.  Here's his blurb:  Submissions call out for an Australia-initiated writing project – The Book of Fascination. Contact Rob Kennedy at http://thebookoffascination.blogspot.com/ I love this concept and I'm planning to write something up for him.  Dibbies on writing about writing.

 Those are my odds and ends for now.  My brain is now going back on vacation for a bit.  Because, you know, self-care and self-love is important, too.

And if your brain has taken what is looking like a permanent vacation, perhaps you need some help jump-starting your creativity.  How about a Get Your Writing in Gear session?  I'm having a March Madness special all month.  You can book an hour-long session with me for only $100 through the end of the month.  Oh, and if you want to book it now but won't have time until later, I have two things to say to you: 1. you really need the session and 2.  you can book it now and do the actual session later.  Check out the page here.


Any Craft Writers Out There?

I got this email from a Leisure Arts editor this morning and thought some of you might be interested.    Here's what Debra said: 

"This is an excellent opportunity for novice writers to get their first publication credit, and to work with an editor who remembers how intimidating the whole process can seem in the beginning."

So what are you waiting for?  Submit something.

(And by the way, check out Debra's blog while you're at it, I enjoyed it.)


Call for Submissions

Send submissions to: debra_moore@leisurearts.com

Leisure Arts, one of the world’s largest publishers and distributors of lifestyle and instructional materials, is accepting submissions for the Second Edition of our newest annual holiday publication, Christmas Traditions.

Christmas Traditions was created because we at Leisure Arts know that the personal customs of Christmas are what bring the holiday—and our loved ones—nearer to us each year. Bearing this in mind, we took extra care to ensure that every page of the first edition of this beautiful book featured meaningful ways to enrich the holiday experience. 

We would like to include your uniquely personal story in the second edition.  Describe for us how you create gifts destined to become treasured keepsakes or make decorations to evoke tender memories. Share with us the recipe your family looks forward to every year and tell us the story behind it.  Describe the holiday traditions your family observes every year—whether the traditions are new or have been passed down from generation to generation.  Tell us the story of your favorite family tradition.

Submissions should be 120-200 words, written in first person, be original and true. We happily accept multiple submissions.  If your submission is chosen for inclusion in the book, you will be contacted; however, Leisure Arts cannot acknowledge receipt of individual submissions or report upon each submission's status. 

Submissions accepted via email only.

If we use your submission, you'll receive publication credit and one free copy of the book. No monetary compensation will be made.

By submitting, you certify that you are the creator of the material and that it does not infringe upon any third party's trademark or copyright.  You retain ownership and copyright of your contribution, but your submission grants Leisure Arts unencumbered, non-exclusive, perpetual license to reuse the work, in whole or in part, in any of its publications, Web sites, or archives.

Leisure Arts reserves the right to make grammatical and editorial corrections, or to edit the work for length or stylistic requirements according to the judgment of the editorial staff.