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Writing Wins and Woes: Don’t let clouds stop you from writing

Writer Wins and Woes: Don't let clouds stop you from writing

A cloudy day often stops many things. A picnic. A cook-out. A hike. Swimming. A walk with the dog. Clouds can burst into rain and so it deters us; but clouds can also break into bright sunshine. It’s all perspective. As a writer, I can’t let a few clouds in my way stop me from continuing on in my writer’s journey.

Shari’s Stats for May:
Submissions: 7
Rejections: 8
Acceptances: 2
Publications: 6 (this includes my author story and interview)

This week I’ve had two rejections. One from Youth Imagination and one from Enchanted Conversation. That was just a matter of not winning a contest. I also had a very nice email from Guardian Angel Kids, telling me they “love my work.” This is a reminder of why I’m in this for the long haul. There’s going to be some lovers and there’s going to be some haters. I submitted to two places this week. Guardian Angel Kids and SQ magazine. Check them out here if you’d like to submit to them as well.
http://sqmag.com/submissions/

Guardian Angel Kids is on my sidebar if you enjoy writing poems, stories or articles for kids.

Thought for the Day: Set a goal of writing for so many minutes each day. Even if it’s only 30 minutes per day. You can get a lot accomplished in 30 minutes if you are focused.

Writing Wins and Woes: 50 Acceptances

Writing Wins and Woes: 50 Acceptances

Yes, this is me shamelessly promoting my cute incorrigible corgi again. Before you get a corgi, make sure you’re not too attached to your furniture. Mine likes to chew the stuffing out of mine; also she has been known to chew on the floor (hardwood and linoleum) shoes, books (including ones I’ve had stories in) and probably about fifty percent of my favorite things. As I’ve said in a bio, she keeps it real.
What else keeps it real for a writer? Well, rejections do. Like that lead in? Yes, I’ve had another rejection this week. My week isn’t complete without one. I’ve had a rejection from allegory, my eighth time submitting this particular story which I happen to love. Why doesn’t everybody love it like I do?
But I don’t want to focus on that. I’ve had a great month so far. My 50th acceptance came from the Photo Flash Contest. It was followed almost immediately by the Penn Cove literary Award, making it 51. I feel totally blessed. Here are some links to some of my accepted stories. Don’t feel you have to read them. I’m just proud.
Ashes to Ashes http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/2013/11/ashes-to-ashes-by-shari-l-klase.html
Tree of Life http://www.enchantedspark.com/photoflarepastwinners.php?s=congratulations-to-our-march-winner-shari-l-klase-2
The Visitor http://metromoms.net/2013/03/17/the-visitor-by-shari-l-klase/
Beta Tribe http://www.youthimagination.org/index.php/publish/current-issue/december-2013/item/72-beta-tribe-by-shari-klase
The Forgotten Smile http://whidbeystudents.com/2013/10/04/october-news/

I’m stopping there. I’m so happy to say that there are many more.

Thought for the Day: Encourage yourself by looking back at your accomplishments. Then, move on to further greatness.

Writing Wins and Woes: A Writer’s Blog

Writing Wins and Woes: A Writer's Blog

As you can see, I’ve sort of re-named my blog. I thought since I had a new look, why not a new name and in my bio at the story you will be linked to in a moment I used this phrase to describe my blog. I’m so excited to be able to share with you my new story at Youth Imagination inspired by The Hunger Games. I hope you read and enjoy it. It is one of my longest short stories. Please don’t let that discourage you. Only 5000 words. It’s not a novella or anything.
http://www.youthimagination.org/index.php/publish/current-issue/december-2013/item/72-beta-tribe-by-shari-klase

I am also excited about my upcoming contest, starting the second week of January. However, I need a title of some kind for my contest. Any suggestions? It will be flash, so you could put that in the title if you wish. It will also be based on my husband’s painting. So you could add something about that. I don’t know. Just use your imagination. The prize will be $10 paypal money and $5 paypal for the runner up.

I had one rejection this week, from Daily Science Fiction. Holly, maybe you should share with me the secret to your success there. I’ve submitted probably 5 or 6 times there, and no successes. I submitted two stories to Guide magazine. That is a print magazine for children and they only accept true stories.

Thought for the Day: Don’t monkey around with your talents. Use them. That’s awful, I know. I’ll think of a better one next week.