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Sunday, June 24, 2012

The 4-1-1* June's Month-end Announcements

Happy Sunday, groovy people.
I hope you've had a wonderful week, and are surviving this heat.
As for me? I can't complain.
June has turned out to be pretty cool, for a hot month. :-)
I'm working on some fun projects, trying my hand at some new recipes, and am up to my knees in yard work and gardening.
How about you? Anything exciting?

Before I share with you various items of interest, I would like to ask you a small favor.
Please support the fabulous folks that support Pen & Prosper.
Reflected on this site are several businesses and authors that have valuable services and products that can enhance your writing experience.

As time permits, please take a moment to click on their ads and see if anything is of interest. Easy peasy. :-)

Now, for the 4-1-1.

1. It's not too late!
If you've been promising to take a class to hone your craft and increase your cash, consider registering at the Coffeehouse for Writers today. Affordable, flexible, online classes start June 25th. Popular offerings include: Boot Camp for Writers, Writing for Magazines, Writing Historical Fiction, Creating Ebooks,Your Personal Editor, How to overcome Writer's Block, and my class, Blogging for Profit or Pleasure. Classes range from 2 days to 4 weeks. To learn more, visit www.Coffeehouseforwriters.com. Please note that due to a technical glitch, you may have to click on the link more than once for the site to correctly appear.
I hope to see you there!

2. Good Earth Tea is sponsoring a tea tag quote contest.
Come on, you guys. Many of you are already creative, and you drink tea.
Connect those dots and let's get some winning entries going!
You could be one of 25 winners to receive bragging rights and a year's supply of free tea.
Perhaps you need to purchase some of their brew before your muse will cooperate?
Either way, to enter the contest, or to simply try their popular assortment of teas, check out Goodearthtea.com.

3. Chicago Writers Association announces their Book of the Year Contest.
And, the great thing for you writers and authors, is that you don't have to be a member of the organization to enter! So, no excuses. Participation limited to residents of Illinois. Ebooks are also acceptable.
For more details, visit www.chicagowrites.org.

Outside of Illinois? Five Star Publications also sponsors contests for authors world-wide, in various genres, with generous cash prizes awarded. Specifics provided at www.fivestarpublications.com.

4. Coffeehouse for Writers is proud to announce an addition to its "crew".
Noelle Sterne, author of "Trust Your Life"- an accomplished writer and spiritual coach, will produce a monthly column for writers of all levels and genres, to help them develop in their craft, conquer their writing demons, and realize greater creative potential. Her debut column, "Bloom Where You're Writing"
will run July 15th. You don't wanna' miss it.

Okay, that's it for now.
Oh yeah, P.S., I almost forgot.
Jen will be taking a birthday break from June 30th-July 5th.
Enjoy your week. :-)

Feel free to share your own news, projects, or related thoughts.



  1. Thanks for all the info. Hope you enjoy your break. Happy Birthday! :)

    1. Karen,

      ...A little birdie told me your birthday is soon too. Is it this week, or in July?

  2. Jen, you and I are around the same age - 35ish - right? =0) Have a great one! And thanks for this good stuff.

  3. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    You are so right!
    Much thanks, Sue. :-)

  4. Great post with lots of useful information. Enjoy your birthday break with plenty of fun.

    Thanks for finding time to stop by my blog :-)

  5. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 25, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Hey Cynthia,

    Thanks so much for adding to the discussion. Don't be a stranger. :-)

  6. I was just thinking, once in a while also in July and beginning August there still is some pretty hot and sunny wheater. In an attempt to share some life experience about how to survive such hot weather. I do think it's all in the 'Cybernetics', just finding a spot in the sun with a tree giving a little shade and...,

    Just putting my head in the shade of such a tree. Than every time there is a Cool Breeze the wind blows aside a few branches making it a little more sunny in the face, while when the wind stops the branches swap back in place again, bringing back the shade and making it cool again. 'How cool is that?' :)