Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday's This & That


I can't resist sharing a few links every so often. Hope you don't mind. :)

Is children's poetry your thing? The Institute for Children's Literature is offering a Children's Poetry Contest. Hurry, deadline to enter is November 10, 2011.

If not poetry, then how about fiction for kids and young adults? Sue Bradford Edwards gives pointers on How to Avoid Parenting Your Characters at the Writer's Digest site in this article.

Jessica Bell's book, String Bridge, is making its debut this month. For info on this women's contemporary fiction novel, visit the String Bridge website, or stop by Jessica's blog. I am sure she would love to see you!

Never discount humble beginnings. Why? The proof is in this article - Before They Were Famous - The Oddest Jobs of 10 Literary Greats.

November/December 2011 classes at the Coffeehouse for Writers begin Monday, November 14. Most of you know that I am the instructor for Basic Boot Camp for Writers there. FYI: writers at any level are welcome to join Boot Camp, which is a refresher of the basics, the in between stuff, and a whole lot more, with interesting and fun prompts and assignments. Check out the other great Coffeehouse offerings, too. Classes are reasonably priced and there's something for everyone!

I am taking a break next week. Will be back on or about November 14. 

What are you doing this weekend? 

Thanks for coming by,
Karen


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35 comments :

  1. Thanks for the mention, Karen! I hope you have a lovely vacation!

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  2. What type of job allows you all these vacations, I want one. :)

    I'm going to an estate auction and hoping I remember to set my clock/clocks back. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  3. Thanks for all of the tips and enjoy your blog free time.

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  4. Ooo, that parenting characters one sounds interesting. Talk about a hook!

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  5. Jessica,
    You are welcome. Congrats on the debut!

    Jules,
    Me too! LOL Actually the break allows me to do more work. Being self employed has its perks. Sometimes. :)

    Linda,
    Thanks! Hope they are helpful!

    Susan,
    It was an interesting article. Let me know what you think!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  6. Enjoy your break, Karen. I'm wondering if it's about time for another one for me. Hope you'll get some "relax" time in somewhere. :)

    Your one link, BTW, reminds me of the Biography channel. I enjoy that once in awhile, that peek behind the curtain before there was fame and fortune. The stories are very similar - someone had a talent and did it. Over and over and over for a very long time. Then one thing led to another, one contact knew another, and finally there was success. I'll pop over and check that link.

    Fall blessings in abundance!

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  7. I have been in the throes of reading lately and anticipate two books through inter-library loan to arrive for a weekend on the couch in front of a nice fire. If not I'm still working through the empty nest energy with my quilt-in-progress. Funny how the writing bug has gone into hiding.

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  8. Enjoy your long break! I'm looking forward to posting my review of Jessica's CD. It rocked!

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  9. Rhonda,
    A break, yes, it probably is time for you to take one too! :) Yes, the Biography Channel, very similar!

    Sally,
    Sounds like a wonderful cozy weekend! Enjoy it!

    Alex,
    Will have to check out your review. Haven't heard the CD.

    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  10. Thanks for the links, Karen. I definitely want to check out the children's poetry contest :-) As for the weekend, I'm going to the OKI(Ohio/KY/IN) Literature Conference Saturday at Thomas Moore College in northern KY. Should be a fun day:-) Enjoy your break!

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  11. Enjoy your week off - every one needs a vacation!

    sandie

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  12. I'll look at the links. I hope you have a good rest.

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  13. Kenda,
    You are welcome! Sounds like you have great weekend plans. I'll have to check into that one for next year! :)

    Sandie,
    Thanks so much! I'm actually working on projects next week, but am vacationing from blogging. lol

    Lisa,
    Thank you. Hope they are helpful!

    Cecelia,
    Thanks so much! Hope one or two might be of help!

    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  14. Hi Karen....
    Congratulations on taking a break. Hope all goes well for you.

    Take care and thanks for always sharing. Susan

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  15. Oh some nice links to entertain me--thanks, Karen!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  16. Susan,
    Thanks a bunch! Hope you have a good weekend!

    Angela,
    You are welcome! Hope they are helpful!

    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  17. Have a fun time on your break and thanks for the links. Going to check them out right now.

    This weekend I am going to try to clean a little. House needs a good scrubbing. *wishing for a maid*

    I heart you, amigo. Always and forever.

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  18. Great links! Enjoy your break and see you on the flip side. ;)

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  19. So many good things going on! Have a great break Karen. Enjoy the fall weather!

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  20. Have a lovely weekend, Karen. I am busy plotting and to tell you the truth..its just not going well.

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  21. Your timing is great, Karen. I've got an idea for a children's book. Best I not parent my characters. Thanks!

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  22. Robyn,
    Thanks and you are welcome! :) Yes, I need to do some cleaning this weekend too. Weekends mean cleaning for me - a flashback to our homeschool days, lol.

    Laura,
    Thank you! Yes, see you then!

    Lydia,
    I intend to get out a little and enjoy fall. Hope you can too!

    Rachna,
    Oh, I hope things work out with the plotting! No wait, I am sure it will, just give it time. :)

    Joylene,
    Well, I aim to please, so I am glad it might help!

    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  23. Thanks for the good links.

    This weekend I am going to start ordering some gifts from Amazon.

    Then, I will help my husband spend his birthday money - from Sept.

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  24. Thanks for the links Karen, great, as always.
    I've been traveling again, took the long flight from Holland to los Angeles, catching up on emails and blog reading right now :)

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  25. Nancy,
    You are welcome! I hope you had fun spending that money! :)

    Marja,
    Hope you don't have jet lag! :) Thanks for making my blog one of your stops!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  26. Have a relaxing break, Karen--thanks for all you do to help us shine!

    Hugs
    Jen

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  27. Jen,
    Thank you! Have some projects to attack. :) I think you've helped me shine quite a bit!

    Alisa,
    You are so welcome! Hope they are useful.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  28. Ooh, I'm loving the "Before They Were Famous" article. A janitor? A banker? Interesting tidbits!

    Have a restful and enjoyable break.

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  29. Janette,
    I know! I loved it too. Interesting stuff. Thanks so much. :) Have a great weekend.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  30. Hi Karen .. links are always fun to have .. and interesting too - taking us to new places. Have a good break and see you soon .. cheers Hilary

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  31. Hilary,
    Yes, exactly - new places - I like that! :) Thanks so much!
    Have a good weekend,
    Karen

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  32. I enjoyed the "Before They Were Famous" link. I have something about famous authors planned for my next blog post.

    This weekend, I'm cleaning (leaves and house) and watching Christmas movies on Hallmark.

    Blessings.
    Jean

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  33. Jean,
    I know, I enjoyed that one too! Sounds like you have a great weekend planned, :)
    Blessings,
    Karen

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