B U S Y F R E E L A N C E R
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August 1, 2003 Volume 2 Issue 8
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In This Issue...
>>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson
"Can't Write? Play!"
by Andrea Mack
>>>> Write From Home Site Updates
>>>> Column: Regional Reviews
by Hilary Evans
>>>> Success Spotlight
>>>> Excellent Editors
"Brain Works...Relaxation Techniques: Learning to Stay
Out of Your Own Way"
by Carolyn Burch
>>>> News Items
>>>> Writing Contest
>>>> Paying Markets
°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°
This month in the Regional Reviews column Hilary Evans talks
about how children and the experiences you have with them can
make for excellent writing fodder. Amen to that!
Since my last letter to you, I have more writing material
than I can possibly use--all from my two-year-old son. (This
child is a constant ER trip waiting to happen.)
A few weeks ago, my son decided to run across the bedroom and
dive onto his bed. Well, his body made it, but the top of his
foot smacked the wooden side of the bed, resulting in a
fracture on the top of his right foot. Cha-ching! Articles
galore resulted from this experience.
A few days later while running across the living room (with a
broken foot) he stumbled, fell and hit his mouth on the
corner of an end table--splitting open his upper lip. This
event surprised me more than the fracture. The end table is
in a corner of the room, with a rocker blocking most of the
front and the couch positioned right next to it--leaving very
little of the table open for mishaps. Once again, Cha-
ching! Article ideas about no matter how hard a parent tries,
their house will never be completely toddler-proof. (A long
time ago, I purchased those rubber corner protectors. Within
an hour of applying the safety devices, Dakota had them all
Don't get me wrong, I certainly don't revel in his accidents
or start counting my earned dollars on the way to the ER. In
fact, whenever he's hurt my heart aches for him, especially
when I can't kiss those types of boo-boos away or make them
all better. I'm often told to get used to these accidents,
especially because he's two, fearless and very rambunctious.
I'll never get used to blood coming out of my child, or
Hopefully, this phase will soon pass (God willing!). In the
meantime, all I can do is try my best to keep my child safe-
without being over-protective (Yeah, Right!), and put these
experiences in writing, with the hope of saving other parents
and children the agony of dealing with similar injuries.
Here's wishing you and your children an accident-free month!
"Can't Write? Play!"
by Andrea Mack
Everyone has times when words just don't seem to flow.
Instead of staring at a blank page, take a moment to think
about your children. Have you ever noticed the way young
children seem to be bursting with imaginative ideas? How do
they get them? They probably couldn't tell you, because they
are too busy playing. Through the games they play, with no
pressures to perform, one thing leads to another until
finally they have constructed an intricate imaginary world.
Follow a child's example by trying one of these writing
exercises based on children's games:
1. I Spy With My Writer's Eye...
Young children love to play the game I Spy. As a writer, this
game can work for you too. Look around the room and focus on
one particular object. Now try to describe it. Write down as
many different ways as you can think of to describe the
object you've spied.
2. Hide and Seek.
If you could imagine a fantastic place to hide, where would
it be? Close your eyes and imagine what your secret place
looks like, the lighting, the colors, the objects that you'd
find there. Imagine the smells, the sounds, and the feel of
the floor under your fingers. Write a paragraph or two
describing your place--and then, if you like, what happens
when someone else finds you there!
3. Let's Pretend.
Remember when you used to make believe you were a queen, or a
superhero? Let's pretend that you're not a writer. Instead,
you are a mermaid, an explorer, or another of your favorite
"pretend" characters from your childhood. Now write yourself
a list of things to do, a list of the things you carry in
your bag, or a list of what is in your closet. Then drop the
pretend character and write a paragraph or two about the
things on your list as if they belonged to an ordinary
4. And Then What?
Did you ever play a game where you and some friends each take
turns making up a new sentence in a story? The jumble of
outrageous ideas that results can make for a good laugh. You
can use this technique to help yourself generate story ideas.
Start with a simple statement, such as, "Jennifer was
lounging by the pool." Add the question, "And then?" and fill
in the blank. For example, "And then a tall, dark stranger
came along, blocking out the sun." Keep asking yourself,
"And then?" after every sentence until you eventually run out
of things to say. Chances are, when you're finished, you'll
have the beginning of a story.
5. Secret Messages
Remember trying to write invisible messages with lemon juice?
Or creating a code that no one else can read? The idea is
that real words on the page disappear. This can help your
writing, because sometimes the words themselves get in the
way of telling a story, especially if you are a stickler with
spelling, grammar and punctuation. You can eliminate these
distractions by writing or typing with your eyes closed. Does
it sound crazy? Give it try. You might be surprised at
what happens when your focus is on the ideas in your mind,
rather than the letters and symbols on the page.
Andrea L. Mack is a freelance writer/researcher and the
mother of two avid readers. Her areas of expertise include
writing, child development, parenting, literacy and
gardening. She also writes fiction and nonfiction for
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COLUMN-----> REGIONAL REVIEWS
by Hilary Evans
I woke up this morning in a horrible mood. Nothing was going
right. I couldn't concentrate. My motivation was caput. Since
the kids weren't leaving me alone, and my husband was
downright unbearable, I cooked up some hotdogs and hustled
the kids off to the park.
It was terrible! A boy stomped on my daughter's foot, the
baby refused to sit still, and someone brought one of those
jumpy, licky-type dogs--apparently to abandon while they went
to the pool. After two hours of shear torture I wrestled the
kids back into the car, and started for home. Three minutes
later the kids were asleep, and I felt oddly refreshed. I
also had a ton of material for new articles.
Freelancing wears you down. The studying, the querying, the
rejections, the WORRY--all of it takes a toll, but nothing
whips you back into shape like a day at the park, or on the
beach, or at the library. Ditch the monotony. Forget your
troubles. Get out. Live life. Then come home and write about
it. Your whole family will be better for it.
Susquehanna Valley Parent
Susquehanna Valley Parent appreciates doing business online.
So much so, in fact that it was hard to find their physical
address, even after requesting their guidelines. Thankfully
those were not as hard to find. In fact, editor Dana Borick
responded quickly and kindly with a list of wants and must-
haves for the Pennsylvania parenting pub.
" We always are looking for articles from a father's
perspective, grandparenting articles and special needs
children, but we are flexible," Ms. Borick writes.
"Generally, any topic that is 'safe' for parents and children
More on what Susquehanna Valley Parent wants can be seen on
their Web site, which is easy to navigate and well designed.
The magazine buys one-time print and electronic rights. If
you'd rather not be published on the Web, you need to say so
when you submit your piece for consideration.
Susquehanna Valley Parent has a traditional editorial
calendar. January focuses on children and the arts; February
on preschoolers; March on finances; April on camps; May on
women's health; June on technology; July on summer fun for
families; August showcases kids and sports; September is back
to school; October highlights safety and Halloween; November
on birthdays, Thanksgiving, and adoption; and December on
holidays for families.
Payment terms weren't addressed, but writers are paid the
first week of the month following publication. This means if
you are published in September, your check should be in the
mail by October 7. Although, Ms. Borick adds, "In order
to print any article, we must have a W-9 form FIRST."
With a little beforehand preparation, this would be an
excellent magazine to submit reprints to via e-mail. The
following market, however, is not.
San Diego Family Magazine
P.O. Box 23960
San Diego, CA 92193-3960
San Diego Family Magazine takes hard copy submissions only,
meaning, absolutely no e-mailed, faxed, or phoned in queries.
The editor, Claire Yezbak Fadden, suggests the following for
queries: send an outline of your idea, word count, rights
available, a published clip with accompanying pre-published
manuscript, whether you are available for assignment, and a
Some of you might be thinking that's a lot of commitment for
a regional magazine, but San Diego Family Magazine is an
excellent clip. The magazine looks professional, and is
distributed to more than 300,000 readers monthly.
San Diego Family Magazine focuses on "the importance and
pleasure of parenting." They like factual articles, including
multiple sources, that cover every aspect of a topic. The
editorial team goes to great lengths to explain to writers
what they deem professionalism. Every fact must be linked
back to a source-if paraphrased, if quoted, if alluded to.
Anything else is considered plagiarism. A source list
including contact information is expected at the end of an
Manuscripts must meet very specific guidelines. They should
follow a cover letter listing author's name, address, phone
number, and date. Each page of the article should list the
same, also including title. They should be double spaced, on
regular white paper in a regular font, like Times 12 point.
More on this can be read at their Web site.
San Diego Family Magazine purchases first-and one-time
rights, exclusive rights in Southern California. Payment is
made on publication, at $1.25 per column inch--ten inches per
column. Target lengths are between 750 and 1000 words. An
additional 20% is added for online publication.
Available online is the current month's table of contents,
articles, and information on obtaining a sample copy.
Regional parenting magazines like real solutions to real
problems, usually with a local twist. Thankfully, most
parenting problems are universal. Forget about the writing
life for an hour or two, get outside, and gather some more
ideas for tomorrow's musings.
Have a comment, question or suggestion? Know of a great
regional writer who deserves some recognition? Let me know at
Hilary Evans is the mother of three children, and lives
with her family in Fort Dodge, IA. Her work has appeared in
several regional parenting magazines both online and in
Share your success with others. Regardless of how big or
small, I want to know about your accomplishments. If you
sell an article, receive a book contract, or met a writing
goal send the information to
mailto:email@example.com with 'success
spotlight' in the subject line and I'll print your news item
in the next issue. (Hint: This a great area to do a little
shameless self promotion.)
Let me share some good news. With two other friends, I have
decided to start my own magazine (www.aspiremagazine.ca) for
women. This is a dream come true for all three of us. We're
working hard to put the pieces in place. Financing is, so
far, the biggest hurdle. But we have no shortage of
enthusiasm! We'll launch early next year. Hoping for
everyone's good wishes.
Editor-in-chief, 'Aspire' Magazine
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of praise. Please send me the editors name and the
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"Brain Works...Relaxation Techniques: Learning to Stay Out of
Your Own Way"
by Carolyn Burch
In the 1960’s a wave of transcendental meditation swept the
nation, along with a following interest in spas, therapeutic
massage techniques, and music for relaxation. And while the
effects of relaxation on overall health have been documented
for hundreds of years, the primary benefit to writers is that
we can teach ourselves to ignore many of the automatic and
learned responses that tend to usurp our creative flow and
direction as we write.
"Relax!" It seems someone tells you that at least a couple
times a week. But for many of us in the writing field,
relaxation is very hard to come by when we have five
manuscripts in our head to get down, a full-time regular job,
family and friends, house to clean, bills to pay, and a
myriad of other pressing things in our head every time it
hits the pillow. But there are ways to give your brain a
breather and allow a little white space into your schedule.
** White Space For The Mind
I jokingly tell my students and friends that they should
watch dishwater get cold, or watch a pattern of light cross a
room for 12 hours. But the fact is most of us cannot afford
such luxury, nor could we stand sitting there that long when
there are things to be done, pieces and works to write, and
so many other things to do. In fact, we sometimes busy
ourselves to death.
"To Put the world in order, we must first put the nation in
order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in
order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our
personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must
first set our hearts right."
But the fact remains that we need to find time to ourselves,
time for fun little activities, or what Julia Cameron in her
book, "Artist’s Way" calls 'artist dates.' Refilling the
well takes little fun, eccentric and amenable activities like
choosing a card of pretty painted buttons at Wal-Mart for no
apparent reason; or painting one’s toenails bright pink even
when all you wear are closed-toe shoes; or buying a new piece
of software that you know you'll only use once in a blue
moon. Katherine Anne Porter often bought irreverent little
things with her advances from her books that made her friends
cringe. While she often ate bread and cheese due to lack of
funds in her late forties, after one advance she perpetually
wore, for instance a $2000 waist length set of cultured
pearls which she treasured the rest of her life. It was, she
said, one of her "little indulgences." And perhaps she even
got a little mileage out of them in the literary world, as in
her most famous work, "Ship Of Fools," one of the lead
characters’ most strikingly noticeable assets was "a string
of pearls she wore around her neck that trailed clear to her
waist which made her walk with an air of opulence everywhere
Little Indulgences are to be had, if only we take the time to
have them. Here are six ways you can indulge yourself and in
doing, help your internal editor get a little white space.
This Week’s Exercise: Take a little time to take a little
time. Start by making a list of 12 funny, odd, or amusing
things you can do in a half hour on your own. Here are some
of my favorites to get you started. And remember, these are
your own little secret. No one else will know unless you tell
them. And yes it does have LOTS to do with your writing. Just
wait, you'll see.
1. Explore a fun shop you've been meaning to go into. Take
the time, go on, have a little fun.
2. Go to a park and feed the birds, or the ducks, or whatever
kind of fowl may inhabit it.
3. Procrastinate on purpose. Declare one day a week YOUR day
off. Don't wash the dishes, vacuum, or do anything you can
put off until tomorrow. Climb back into bed and play sick.
Let family wait on you hand and foot. Drink pleasant tea from
a very thin china cup and enjoy the experience.
4. Get out that book you've been meaning to read, you know,
the one with all the dust on the dustcover, and actually read
a chapter a week. Do it on lunch break, a half-hour before
bedtime, or hey, while you're on the toilet. But start
reading it. Reading makes the best writers. Remember the old
adage: "He who doesn't read is no more fortunate or
enlightened as he who cannot read."
5. Take an Artist Date and go shopping for some little
irreverent funny thing like stickers, or pretty buttons, or a
hilarious looking stuffed animal just for you, or some other
useless and just plain fun item. Then squirrel it away
someplace and enjoy looking at it when you're between
articles or assignments. (Nothing feels quite as good or
lessens the tension as much, by the way, while you're stuck
trying to think of that elusive verb than to sink your
fingers into a coffee can full of buttons! You'll have to
trust me on this one!)
6. Go on, paint those toenails. It’s fun and you know it!
Favorite colors: candy-apple red, every other toenail black
and white, purple, shocking pink. Buy little playboy bunny
manicure stickers at Wal-Mart and seal them on with a top
coat of clear gloss. C’mon, you know THAT will make you smile
every time you look down.
And just think: no one will know unless you take your shoes
Carolyn Burch is an internationally known freelance writer,
educator, and mother of four from Austin Texas. She can be
reached at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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