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Monday, May 27, 2013

The 4-1-1 Announcements & News You Can Use

Happy Memorial Day to all of you.
I hope this Monday finds you not only honoring and remembering those who have fought and died for freedoms we enjoy today, but also cultivating great future memories amid time with family and friends. By the way, if anybody out there has a good Black Beans and Corn Salad recipe I can serve for gatherings, please shoot it to me. :-)

Here are a few things I'd like to share as we approach another week here at Pen and Prosper.
  • Pen and Prosper to Celebrate Anniversary---June will officially mark Pen and Prosper's four-year anniversary in the blogosphere! (I'll also have a birthday on the horizon.) Yay! I'm doing the happy dance here. Look forward to new things and old favorites! One new concept I'd like to introduce in June is a Q & A type of  post. "Just Ask Jen" will run in June, and will address your burning questions about the writing business, time management tips, creative strategies, and more. Heres' where you'll come in, dear readers.
Post any question you have by way of comments, or email me at Gemsjen@yahoo.com. I'll try to feature at least one question per week, with your photo and a link to your site, (optional). Though I pride myself in presenting a very diverse and extensive number of topics and conversations here, perhaps there's something I've missed, or simply something that could be better clarified. Do tell!
  • Popular Anthology Seeks Submissions---This "just in" from my blogging buddy, Linda O'Connell:
    Publishing Syndicate is seeking stories until July 31st. We're looking for the fun, funny, frisky, sassy, not sweet and sappy stories. Submit the kind of stories you reminisce about at family gatherings..."Hey remember when...?"
    Consisting of real-life stories written by individuals 18 years and older, NYMB is tailored for a mature-audience readership; stories may contain language and situations akin to a PG-13 or TV-14 rating. While not all stories will fall into this rating system, the series will not focus on death/dying, cry-your-eyes out sad selections, but only hip, fun, modern and very-much-today type stories that will entertain our readers. Here's that link:
  • Speaking of anthologies...I just had two stories accepted and published in a sassy, fun title called, "More of Life's Spices: Sistahs Keepin' it Real." To learn more, visit Vickiward.net.
  • Coffeehouseforwriters.com is currently offering affordable, enriching, online writing classes for those of you seeking to hone your craft and increase your cash. Classes range from two-day sessions to four weeks. Learn at your place and at your own pace! For more info, please visit www.coffeehouseforwriters.com, the site is in the process of being updated, but all listings are valid.
Well, that's it for now. Thanks for checking in today. It's always a pleasure to have you here. Anything you'd like to share or celebrate?
Do tell.


  1. Congratulations on the blogoversary and good news! "Just Ask Jen" sounds like it will be fun!

    Happy Memorial Day! :)

  2. Karen,

    I'm looking forward! Please make sure to send any questions you have. Thanks for stopping by and starting things off here. :-)

  3. Just ask Jen, indeed! I have learned so much from you. Thank you for posting my call out. Four years and a birthday too, We have more in common that you could guess.

    1. Linda,

      Thanks for your kind words. Always here to help. :-)

  4. Congratulations with your Blog Anniversary, I like your 'Just Ask Jen' idea, that looks like an interesting way to be able to get Inspiration from your readers.

    Btw. talking about Inspiration,
    just wrote a new post about
    Blogging For Inspiration & Developing Ideas

    1. Thanks, H.P.,

      I hope you'll pose a question or two. :-)