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Do You Slump When You Work, or Proper Posture at Your Computer

By on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 | 0 comments

Do you spend hours every day sitting down at the screen typing away?  Ask yourself these questions to see if you're stressing your body by not doing it properly!Do your ears line up with your shoulders and hips (like they should if you are sitting up straight)?Is the top of your screen at forehead level?  (hard to [...]

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…

By on Friday, Mar 25, 2011 | 2 comments

"...you never know what you're gonna get."  Forrest Gump was right.  And it looks like this year, I didn't get a Golden Heart final, nor did some of my very talented friends. But for those who did, Congratulations!   You were recognized for your talent and determination, and you earned it!The GH lists are not quite complete, [...]

It’s Golden Heart Week

By on Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 | 0 comments

It's the week we've all been waiting for!  Doesn't last November, when we cautiously and optimistically FedEx'd our bulging packages full of manuscript copies and binder clips goodbye on the crisp autumn breeze, seem SO long ago?On Friday, the calls go out from RWA to the winners of the Golden Heart Contest for unpublished writers.  I'm [...]

Brain Fatigue and Maturing Your Manuscript

By on Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 | 2 comments

I really hate brain fatigue.  The kind that prevents you from seeing mistakes.  When you work on a manuscript day in and day out, you are bound to get it.  Here are the top three annoying mistakes I often make and then catch only after I've had a rest from a manuscript:--I use the same [...]

The Ethics of Coordinating a Contest

By on Friday, Mar 11, 2011 | 0 comments

A little while ago I did a post on the difficulties of judging the GH.  Today I have some comments on being a category coordinator for my local RWA chapter contest.  Judging the GH was a piece of cake compared to this job!I have a new appreciation for the ethical dilemmas of contest coordinators.  For new [...]