Expert Advice

 2012 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway, Day 26:

Be sure to leave a comment on Christina Katz’s blog today for a chance to win an autographed copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms, containing my story “Expert Advice”.

Expert Advice

By Cara Holman

Shortly after my wedding, and long before my first child was even a twinkle in my eye, well-meaning friends and relatives began doling out parenting advice: “You don’t want to wait too long before getting started on your family. You never know how long it will take,” I heard from the relatives. From my younger friends, “Don’t be in a rush to have kids” was the constant refrain. No wonder I was confused!


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Today’s question, and my response:

Easy to Love but Hard to Raise sounds like it could have been written about raising a writing career…do you ever feel this way? Is your writing career easy to love or hard to raise or both or neither? Does writing or not writing about your family make it more or less challenging?

The easiest (and most fun!) part of the writing life is the writing itself. Tracking submissions is surprisingly time consuming, and can get tedious at times. Trying to understand why one piece is accepted, and not another, can be frustrating. And finding the right balance between time spent writing and everything else can be a challenge. Yet still… the rewards far outnumber the inconveniences, and that’s why I keep writing, and keep submitting!

Two Wins

For a while now, I’ve been following Erika Dreifus’ Practicing Writing blog. Her useful blog contains “updates on writing and publishing opportunities (especially handy between issues of our popular monthly newsletter). You’ll discover ONLY opportunities that charge no fees, and ONLY publications/contests that will pay for your writing. The blog also shares writing-related Web news and resources, book reviews, and occasional news about this practicing writer’s own work.”

This blog is where I learned of Amy Paturel’s essay contest, which I entered last month, and won free entry to the e-course: Essay Writing: How to Find the Story in You– and Sell It, that I am currently taking.

Several weeks ago, I noticed that Erika was offering a chance to win one of two short story collections, in  Short Story Month 2010: The Collection Giveaway Project , simply by leaving a comment on our favorite short story collections.  I was delighted to see that I am one of two (randomly drawn) winners of the collection The Pale of Settlement, by Margot Singer.

I also had my first haiku accepted to a print journal, Riverwind 30. That will appear next month!

The Promise of Spring

Last week I saw a call for submissions for an essay writing contest on the topic of “spring”. On a whim, I penned something and sent it in, and… WON!!! The prize was  free entry into an e-course by Amy Paturel, of The Renegade Writer, entitled Essay Writing: How to Find the Story in You — and Sell It

You can read my winning essay here.

The class starts on May 3, which is perfect, because I will just have wrapped up both the Poetic Asides PAD challenge and the Read Write Poem PAD challenge. After 30 days of poetry, I think I will be ready to shift gears for awhile!