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Issue 15:19 - October 1, 2015
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK, by Moira Allen
     What Would You Do With 48 Days?
FEATURE ARTICLE, by Audrey Faye Henderson
     The Virtues of Vacation
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK - by Moira Allen
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What Would You Do With 48 Days?
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What would you do, if you had 48 extra days per year to apply to... whatever
you wished?  Days that were free of prior commitments, to spend any way you
wanted?  It's equivalent to about a month and a half every year.  Added up over
a period of five years, it's like getting back an extra 2/3 of a year!

If you wrote an average of 500 words per day, having an additional 48 days of
writing time offers the possibility of creating 240,000 more words every year.  If
you write 1000 words a day, you'd craft almost 500,000 more words each year
than you have time for at present.  If you write a chapter every week, you could
write almost seven extra chapters each year.  Imagine how that time might
translate into extra submissions, extra money -- or just, finally, the opportunity
to invest time in that novel you hope to write "when you have the time."

What would you do with 48 days?  What would you do to GET that 48 days?

At this point, you're probably wondering where this is going.  Am I going to
present a magic formula that will enable you to add the equivalent of 48 days
of writing time to your year?  Um, no, not exactly.  What I'm going to tell you
about, in this somewhat roundabout way that is avoiding getting to the point,
is how I'm going to go about adding roughly 48 days of writing time to MY year.

Time is the one resource that we cannot manufacture.  Although we speak
blithely of "making" time for this or that, we actually can't MAKE time.  We can
only make choices about how we SPEND our time.  And when there are too
many choices and not enough time, eventually we reach the point of saying,
"Something has to go."

I reached that point last spring.  Granted, last spring was a time (as I mentioned
in the previous issue) when I found myself slammed unexpectedly with a host
of projects that all had to be done SOON and that all required considerably
more time than I anticipated.  A host of other projects hence fell into the status
of "backlog," and are only now slowly moving toward the finish lines.  Meanwhile,
still other projects -- projects that fall into the "I would really, really like to
pursue this dream" category have moved ever deeper into the unplumbed
depths of the "one day when I have time, hahahaha" category.  So I decided
that if I was ever going to go after the "dream" projects, something was going
to have to give.

That something is this newsletter.

I love this newsletter.  I love all of you.  Part of me would like to go on publishing
this newsletter forever.  But that part is growing smaller, and the spark of
enthusiasm for doing the same thing next year, and the year after, is growing dim.

By the end of 2015, I will have been producing this newsletter for 15 years.
Fifteen years ago, launching a newsletter like this -- and maintaining a site like
Writing-World.com -- WAS my dream.  Today, I feel that this particular dream has
been fulfilled, and amply so.  It has been a wonderful experience, deeply rewarding,
 and successful beyond my wildest expectations.  When I started Writing-World.com,
it was with the cautious intent of seeing if it would "break even" in a year -- and
now it receives nearly two million visitors annually.

And now it is time to move on to other dreams.  I have been dreaming of writing
a travel memoir for years -- it's time to get that started.  I've written the first
draft
of a novel; it's time to "knuckle down" and get the second draft underway.  I have
another writing book I'd like to create.  But one of the greatest eye-openers came
when I was poking through my "current projects" folder and came across the
notes that I'd begun on a story or series of stories that I'd gotten very excited
about last fall, that I really really wanted to work on... and actually FORGOT
about in the crush of spring projects.

For fifteen years, the goal of Writing-World.com and this newsletter has been to
help writers achieve their dreams.  My hope is that I have been successful at that
goal.  Now I need to start following my own advice.  Imagine what I might be able
to do, with 48 extra "working days" per year -- roughly the amount of time that is
invested into this newsletter.

Don't worry -- Writing-World.com itself is not going anywhere.  The website,
which currently offers nearly 1000 articles and columns on writing -- will remain.
 I probably won't be ADDING to it much in the future -- discontinuing the
newsletter means, effectively, discontinuing Writing-World.com as a market.
But it will still be there, and I hope will continue to provide help and inspiration
to writers from around the world for years to come.

The newsletter will continue through the December issue, and then cease.  I
will be transferring the mailing list to another service, at which time you will be
asked to reconfirm your subscription if you'd like to remain on the list.  I may
still use the list from time to time to announce new books and services relating
to writing (for example, I do plan to keep producing the annual "Writer's Year"
planner - which, BTW, is now available for 2016 - visit
http://www.writing-world.com/store/year/index.shtml for details), or to just
keep you up to date on my doings.  If you would prefer not receive such
communications in the future, please just ignore the confirmation request.

And I'll still be here.  I'm not "going" anywhere.  I will still be available to
answer questions, offer advice, and simply chat with my old friends.  My e-mail
will remain the same (editors@writing-world.com) and I will always be
delighted to hear from you.

There's no easy way to say goodbye.  I seriously considered trying to "hang in
there" for another five years -- but then I realized that it wouldn't be any easier
to say goodbye after 20 years than it is after 15.  And there's that little matter
of buying myself that 240 days...

So here is to happy endings and new beginnings.  May they bring us all
closer to our dreams!


Copyright 2015 Moira Allen

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FEATURE ARTICLE: The Virtues of Vacation
By Audrey Henderson
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Disclaimer: the information contained in this article is not intended to
represent legal or financial advice.  For specific questions about your financial
or tax circumstances, consult with a financial advisor or tax attorney.

I recently returned from a short vacation to Las Vegas. I got on a plane and
stayed in a hotel and everything. I didn't even take my computer along (more
on that in a bit), although I did take my Smartphone and my tablet -- along
with my camera, of course.  I met a friend whom I've known for years and we
had a wonderful time.  We saw a kabuki show (neither of us is much for
gambling), laughed over lunches and dinners, lounged by the pool (Las Vegas
in August is hot!) and generally decompressed.  And we each wholeheartedly
agreed that we both had really, really needed the break. It was my first
vacation in longer than I care to remember, but I've already resolved that I won't
wait nearly so long before taking more time off.  I'm putting a plan in place so
that I can do just that.  And so should you.

MY EDITOR MADE ME DO IT

For the past several years I've been a regular contributing writer to a significant
personal finance online publisher.  It's not my only source of income by any
means, but having that anchor along with one-off assignments from other
clients has taken an edge off my freelance budget.  I happened to mention to
my editor that I had tentatively planned a brief getaway. Her immediate
reaction was that of course I should go, and leave my computer behind.  I'd
get as much done as possible before I left, of course, but any lingering
assignments could wait a few days until I returned to Chicago.

I'll admit that it felt strange packing my bags and putting my laptop aside.
Those few days were the longest period I'd spent away from my computer in
more than a decade.   Even extended vacations in the past were of the
working variety, and forgetting my computer would have been like forgetting
my passport.  But my friend had already informed me that she wasn't bringing
HER computer along, so that was that. I thought I would go into withdrawal.
 I did not.  In fact, after the first day, I actually didn't miss not having my
computer along. At all.

WE WORK HARD FOR THE MONEY

How long has it been since you've taken a vacation? If you have to hesitate
before responding, it's been too long.  But don't feel so bad -- you're typical of
the workforce, at least if you're an American.  We in the United States have
fewer paid vacation days than nearly everyone in the developed world.  And
we don't even take all the time off that we're entitled to. According to a 2014
study, American workers gave up 52.4 billion dollars worth of paid time off in
2013. That translates to 169 million days of paid time off not taken -- the
lowest figure for vacation days taken in the past 40 years.
(http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/travel/u-s-workers-vacation-time/index.html )

It's easy to understand why so many workers leave vacation days on the table.
 During the height of the recession people were afraid to leave their desks or
workstations unmanned for any length of time, lest there be a pink slip waiting
when they returned.  Even as the economy has begun to recover, workers are
still understandably insecure about taking time off.

But what about you?  If you're a freelancer, the only person tying you to a desk
or a computer is you.  Of course working as an independent writer means that
you don't get a regular paycheck or designated time off.  Income fluctuates and
is frequently scarce. Believe me, I know -- it's one of the main reasons I skipped
vacations for so many years.  And if you're truly counting pennies, a vacation
may seem like a wild extravagance.

But you must take time off anyway, even if you're convinced you can't afford it.
You really CAN afford it. In fact, you can't afford not to take a vacation. Besides
providing a much needed break, vacations can improve future income prospects.
At this point you may be thinking, "How does she know I can afford a vacation?
And how does spending money I don't have for a vacation improve my future
income prospects? Is she kidding?"

I am not kidding.

HOW TO AFFORD A VACATION

One of the most potent tools to utilize to afford a vacation can be summed up
in two words: lead time.  My friend and I began planning our getaway several
months in advance, giving us plenty of time to comparison-shop for hotels and
flights, not to mention put aside spending money.  When I began pricing tickets
between Chicago and Las Vegas, I was getting quotes for $475 and up. Painful.
By shopping around, I eventually found a round trip nonstop fare for a much
more reasonable $320, including taxes and fees. (And no, I did not pay extra
for my carry-on bag.)

Another tool that can bring a vacation into financial reach needs just two more
words: tax deduction.  While I don't plan on claiming my most recent vacation
as a deduction, I have done so for past trips. For instance, I spent nearly the
entire month of August 2007 in Helsinki, Finland.  As you might imagine, the
trip was quite expensive.  But while I was there, I participated in the Helsinki
Summer School program, completing a university level certificate program on
European urban development. As a result, I was able to claim much of the
expense associated with the trip as a tax deduction.

Is there a conference or meeting related to your writing interests?  If so, you
may be able to deduct the price of your plane ticket, as well as the cost of your
accommodations and incidentals FOR THE DAYS THAT YOU'RE ENGAGED IN
THE RELEVANT ACTIVITY. If you add extra days to your stay for sheer relaxation
(and you really should do so if you can manage it), you cannot deduct any costs
related to those additional days. If you plan to go that route, keeping good
records -- including receipts -- is a must.

If you absolutely cannot leave town, you can still plan down-time.  Set aside a
block of time and become a tourist in your own town.  If you can afford it, book
a room in a nice local hotel. If not, clean up your living quarters and catch up on
your laundry. Make dinner reservations in a good restaurant or book an
appointment in a day spa. Visit local museums, buy concert tickets or take day
trips to a nearby amusement park.  You get the idea.

MY VACATION MUSE

I won't lie -- I almost always have to tighten my belt to make vacations happen.
But I can also say that whenever I return from an out-of-town trip, I'm reminded
of how amazing Chicago truly is. That's what vacations do.

There's something else vacations do: they inspire writing ideas. After returning
from Helsinki, I wrote an article based on my trip that won third place in a
worldwide contest administered by "Transitions Abroad." I also wrote an
extended guide for Helsinki published by an online expat portal for which I
earned nearly $1,000.  Not bad.

Since returning from my most recent trip, I have begun background research
for projects related to Las Vegas and sustainable development. I've met with a
prospective client who expressed enthusiasm for working with me. I've also
begun drafting blog posts that I intend to leverage into presentations for
conferences and seminars.

VACATIONS AND YOUR WELL BEING

Most essential: LEAVE YOUR REGULAR WORK ASIDE, whether you leave town
or not.  If you're taking a working vacation, set aside some time strictly for
relaxation.  If you're attending a conference, you'll engage in those activities,
of course, but leave some time to enjoy your surroundings.

If your vacation is designated solely for leisure like my trip to Las Vegas was,
put your computer on ice. (Trust me, it won't hurt a bit.)  You'll have your cell
phone handy in case a genuine emergency arises. But it's imperative to put
yourself in a different mind space during your time off.  And you can't do that
if you're checking your email sixteen times a day.

Long story short: unless you're facing imminent foreclosure or eviction or
otherwise in extreme financial straits, you should make a vacation a financial
priority. If affording a vacation means cutting back on things like the cable
subscription or eating out, any sacrifices you make will be well worthwhile.
Think of it as an investment, because that's precisely what it is.  Taking time
off is an investment in your mental and physical well being. And who knows --
your vacations might even enhance your bank account.  Mine certainly have.
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Audrey Faye Henderson is a writer, researcher, data analyst and policy analyst
based in the Chicago area. Her company, http://www.knowledge-empowerment.net/,
specializes in social policy analysis concerning fair housing, affordable housing,
higher education for nontraditional students, community development with an
asset based approach and sustainable development in the built environment.
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Copyright 2015 Audrey Faye Henderson

This article may not be reprinted without the author's written permission.

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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OYSTER IS CLAMMING UP
The service which allows users to read unlimited books on their mobile devices
for a monthly subscription fee is downing its shutters. The virtual book store
with over a million books accessible over iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook HD,
Kindle Fire, and online, believes "that the phone will be the primary reading
device globally over the next decade" and has decided to "take on new
opportunities to fully realize our vision for ebooks." The individual account
closure dates will be communicated to users personally. For more, visit:
http://blog.oysterbooks.com/

CUSTOMERS STILL NOT GETTING THEIR BITE OF THE APPLE
In our mid-July issue, we reported that Apple had been ordered to pay consumers
$450 million for its alleged part in an e-book price fixing conspiracy, and that it was
planning to fight the order. Apple has now raised the matter with the Supreme Court,
citing market innovation and entry challenges. For more, read the application at:
http://bit.ly/1NZnMXL

WRITERS ADVOCATE FREE EXPRESSION IN CHINA
In just over 430 words, 44 writers have written a joint letter to the President of
China "expressing concern over the deteriorating state of free expression in
China" and urging him to "release the Chinese writers and journalists who are
languishing in jail for the crime of expressing their opinions, and to take
immediate steps to defend and protect the rights of all Chinese citizens to
communicate and access information freely." For more, visit:
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WRITERS REIGN
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A huge collection of competitions, articles, Q-and-A, links/resources and
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humour.

ADVICE TO WRITERS
http://www.advicetowriters.com/
Interviews, quotes, links, tips, book reviews, just about everything related to
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WORDS WITH JAM
http://www.wordswithjam.co.uk
"The eZine for writers and publishers." Lots of interviews, discussions and
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NO-FEE WRITING CONTESTS FOR NOVEMBER
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. Unless
otherwise indicated, competitions are open to all adult writers.

GILDER LEHRMAN LINCOLN PRIZE
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DEADLINE: November 1
PRIZES: $50,000
DETAILS: The Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize is awarded annually for the finest
scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War soldier,
or a subject relating to their era. The Prize will generally go to a book but in
rare instances an important article or essay might be honored.  When studies
competing for the Prize show similar scholarly merit, preference will be given
to work on Abraham Lincoln, or the Civil War soldier, or work aimed at the
literate general public.  In rare instances the Prize may go to a work or works
of fiction, poetry, the theatre, the arts, a film, scholarly article or editing
project, provided they are true to history. Send seven copies of book.
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: No
CONTACT: The Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, 300 N. Washington Street,
Campus Box 435, Gettysburg, PA 17325, lincolnprize@gettysburg.edu
WEB: https://www.gettysburg.edu/lincolnprize/about-lincoln-prize.dot

BROOKLYN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL BROOKLYN NONFICTION PRIZE
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DEADLINE: November 15
PRIZES: $500
DETAILS:  Creative nonfiction set in Brooklyn, New York, and
renders the borough's "rich soul and intangible qualities through
the writer's actual experiences."  2,500 words maximum.
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: Yes, required
CONTACT: Brooklynfa@yahoo.com
WEB:  http://www.filmbrooklyn.org/

COMMONWEALTH SHORT STORY PRIZE (UK)
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DEADLINE: November 15
PRIZES: 5,000 for overall winner; 1,000 for each of four regional winners
DETAILS: Author must be citizen of a Commonwealth region (Africa, Asia,
Canada and Europe, Caribbean, and Pacific) but need not be resident in
the Commonwealth. Fiction 2000-5000 words.
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: Yes, required
E-MAIL: writers@commonwealth.int
WEB: http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/

BETTY TRASK PRIZE (UK)
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DEADLINE: November 30
PRIZES: To 20,000, to be used for foreign travel
DETAILS: For a published or unpublished novel written in a traditional or
romantic (but not experimental) style, by a Commonwealth citizen under
the age of 35.
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: No
CONTACT: Paula Johnson, Awards Secretary, The Society of Authors,
84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB, UK, pjohnson@societyofauthors.org
WEB: http://www.societyofauthors.org/betty-trask

EDGAR AWARDS (MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA)
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Deadline: November 30
PRIZES: Prestigious award
DETAILS: All books, short stories, television shows, and films [and plays] in
the mystery, crime, suspense, and intrigue fields are eligible in their
respective category if they were published or produced for the first time
in the U.S. during this calendar year. Books from non-U.S. publishers are
eligible if they are widely distributed in the U.S. and are readily available
on the shelves in brick-and-mortar stores for the first time during the
judging year. Works should be submitted by the publisher, but may also
be submitted by the author or agent. Fiction and nonfiction categories.
Includes categories for children's and young adult fiction. NOTE: Books are
now to be submitted in the month of publication rather than waiting for
the final November deadline.
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: No
CONTACT: MWA National Office, 1140 Broadway, Suite 1507, New York NY 10001
WEB: http://mysterywriters.org/edgars/

SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARDS (UK)
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DEADLINE: November 30
PRIZES: To 1,000 for foreign travel.
DETAILS: Open to British subjects by birth who are normally resident in the
UK or Northern Ireland, under the age of 35. For a full-length book (fiction,
nonfiction or poetry) first published in the UK in the year preceding entry.
ONLINE/ELECTRONIC ENTRIES: No
CONTACT: Paula Johnson, Awards Secretary, The Society of Authors,
84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB, UK, pjohnson@societyofauthors.org
WEB: http://www.societyofauthors.org/somerset-maugham


MONTHLY/RECURRING COMPETITIONS:
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The competitions below are offered monthly unless otherwise noted;
all require electronic submissions.

FANSTORY.COM
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PRIZES: $100 and other prizes
DETAILS: Various monthly fiction, nonfiction and poetry contests; for some,
you must become a member of the site.
WEB: http://www.fanstory.com/contests.jsp

FICTUARY
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PRIZES: $50, promotion, publication; 2 runners up - publication
DETAILS: Monthly short fiction contest.  Winning stories featured in Feed Me
Fiction short story magazine.  Any type of fiction; 1000-4000 words.  Monthly;
winners announced by 15th of following month.
WEB: http://fictuary.com/short-story-contests/

THE NEXT BIG WRITER
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PRIZES: $100, $50, $25, plus review and membership
DETAILS: Must be a member. Competitions throughout the year, including
novels and flash fiction.
WEB: http://www.thenextbigwriter.com/competition/index.html

SCRIBOPHILE WRITING CONTESTS
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Bimonthly/Quarterly
PRIZES: $50 to $100 Amazon gift certificates
DETAILS: Short stories, flash fiction, poetry, on themes posted on website.
WEB: http://www.scribophile.com/contests/

WRITER'S DIGEST YOUR STORY COMPETITION
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Bimonthly
PRIZES: $100 in WD books
DETAILS: We'll provide a short, open-ended prompt. In turn, you'll submit
a short story of 750 words or fewer based on that prompt. You can be funny,
poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.
WEB: http://www.writersdigest.com/your-story-competition

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