Deceomber Plans, plus some awesome news

December, 2014

Happy and Merry, Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrated, and a great month if you didn’t.  For those of you who, like me, did NANO, I hope your word counts were large and plot holes were few.

Now, though, it’s time for December.  Whatever you celebrate, I hope you’ve got lots of time to eat good food, and spend time with people you love.  Because Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, it’s all about love, so enjoy.

Now, starting this month, you’re going to see some changes on Paper Beats World.  I’ll be revamping the site, making some new icons for the weekly columns so it’s easier to find content, and hopefully adding a button to get updates e-mailed to you if you want.

Even better, welcome to Paper Beats World, 2.0!

I’m going to be changing up the content a little bit around here.  First off, each month will now have a theme.  This month the theme is first drafts.  Which means the whole month, everything we talk about will be about getting your first draft on paper.  It can be messy, uncoordinated and under-researched, doesn’t matter.  All that matters is getting from once upon a time to the end.

Also, I’m going to be launching two new weekly columns.  One, premiering on Tuesday, is called The Writing Life.  This is all about being a professional writer, keeping the day to day paperwork organized, keeping your other obligations taken care of so you’ve got more time, and some simple ways to save money so you can afford to cut back on your day job hours, and transition into being a full time writer.

The second new column is called The Market.  Here I’ll show you a contest or freelance market ever week, the website to submit, the word count, payout and any other important info.

As an added bonus, I’ll be increasing my major Sunday blog posts from every other week to every week.

Let me know what you think about the changes. Stay tuned for more!

Also, some exciting news on the personal front.  Two of my Flash Fiction pieces, titled Favorite and Bird in The Cathedral, were just accepted by Every Day Fiction!  They’ll be published either in December or January.

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