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Are you pressed for time?  Is it hard to find time to even write a grocery list?  Is there something that you would like to have some uninterrupted time to work on…a book, a screenplay, a short story or say, a contest of some sort?
I have the answer for you!  The In Print professional writer’s group is hosting a writer’s retreat on Sunday, April 29th.  It will be held at Camp Winnebago, Rockford IL, from 10-5pm.  Time has been carved out for visiting and a dish-to-pass lunch hour. 
What do you like to work on, a computer?   An Ipad?  Pen and paper?  Chisel and stone tablet?  Bring it with you on Sunday the 29th of April along with a dish to pass and a lawn chair, if desired.
Cost is minimal.  If you’re a member of In Print, send a check for $10 to In Print, PO Box 2146, Loves Park, IL 61132.  If you’re not a member of In Print (yet!) the cost is $15, the mail to address stays the same.
Tell anyone you think would be interested in coming on Sunday, April 29th.  Let your fellow writers know there’s a retreat coming up where there are no ringing phones, no crying babies, no TV, no laundry to fold…just you and your writing, with others and their writing.
I’m going.  Will you be there?
Questions?  Call Kristin Oakley, President of In Print, at 815-275-9226.
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You’re a good writer.  You know it.  Anyone who’s read your work knows it.  Have you been thinking of entering a contest to prove to the world that you can write a winning short story?
Here’s a wonderful opportunity for you.  The In Print writer’s group is holding their 1st annual writing contest.  Your short story has to be 1000 words or less; poetry needs to be 30 lines or less, and the only other requirement is that your story or poetry must be something about writing…an author, a group, or perhaps how you beat writer’s block. 
Will there be prizes?  You betcha…there will be one $100 winner for each category.  The deadline is June 10th, and the winners will be announced at the August 11th In Print meeting. 
It’s $10 for members and $15 for non members.  Checks should be made payable to In Print and sent to PO Box 2146, Loves Park, IL 61132.  Make sure each submission you send in contains your entry fee, a cover letter with your name and contact information, and your story or poetry.
Do you have lots of stories you’d like to submit?  That’s fine; just be sure to include a separate $10 or $15 fee and a cover page with each story.
We have three distinguished judges who will be judging in three categories:  fiction, non fiction, and poetry. 
You know you’re a good writer.  Time to let everyone else know!
Questions?  Call Kristin Oakley, President of In Print, at 815-275-9226.
Once a year, almost every single person I know of makes a list of New Year’s Resolutions, whether they choose to write them down or simply daydream of things they’d like to change in the New Year.  We reflect on the past year and plan big changes for the New Year.
I do it too. 
I prefer to write them down, because it is a known fact that writing things down encourages the universe to give them to you.  Sometimes.  And wouldn’t it be great if you actually DID the things on your New Year’s Resolutions list?  However, you might want to be careful what you write down.  Nothing too personal.  In fact, perhaps hide the list, in case your snickering wiseass of a teenager finds it and decides to post it on Facebook for revenge, all because you didn’t buy Captain Crunch.
2012 Resolutions:
  • To stop telling the dog all my problems without politely offering to listen to his. 
  • To encase my credit cards in ice if I’m going to watch QVC.
  • To stop putting my Halloween decorations away and bring my Christmas decorations out on the same day.
  • To put gas in the car before the fuel light comes on.
  • To finally tell the loud, heaving, grunting weightlifters at the gym to pipe down.  Honestly. You’re not impressing anyone.  You sound like you’re giving birth. 
  • To tell my family more often how much I love and appreciate them.  Even if they sometimes make me so mad the cords on my neck stand out unattractively while I yell. 
  • To go to more garage sales than we did this past year, thereby increasing dramatically the chances of finding an old piggy bank that is stuffed with $100 bills.  That no one ever noticed before.  For a quarter.
  • To “unfriend” at least one fake “friend” a month and stop accepting friend requests from people I passed in the hall for one semester in middle school.
  • To become more regular by using Activia while encouraging (read:  making) my husband to try it too instead of having to slip Benefiber in his morning coffee on the sly when he runs with the sports page into the bathroom.
  • To match up clean pairs of socks sooner, instead of letting them sit in a laundry basket for weeks until I give up and just wash them all again.
  • To actually learn what “Occupy (fill in blank)” actually means.
  • To donate food to the food pantry more often, not just when I’m starting a new diet.
  • To be kinder to my children and husband, and not just when I need a refill on my coffee/wine/water.
  • To stop using sarcasm as a second language.
  • To resist the siren call of “As Seen on TV” items in the Publisher’s Clearing House mailings and ordering them, just because I think secretly it really does increase my chances of winning.
  • And as always, More Cowbell.
So, those are my resolutions.  I’ll even keep some of them this year, for a change.
What’s on YOUR list?

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