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Contests & Activities: February 13, 2019 Issue [#9381]

 This week: Down the Rabbit Hole
  Edited by: spidey
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Table of Contents

1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

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Welcome to the Contests & Activities Newsletter. I'm spidey , and I'm your Editor this week!

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Letter from the editor

Down the Rabbit Hole

Do you ever just lose track of time exploring the internet?

Lately I've been watching a lot of videos online, mostly skeptic intellectuals that I respect. It has led me to response videos to things like pseudoscience and "theories" like Flat Earth. Thing is, I can completely lose track of time doing these things, and it gets me off track. Soon I've wasted half the day, and I could have been more productive!

I'm all for taking breaks and enjoying some entertainment or doing thought experiments, but I also think those things (for me personally) are best done after my work is complete!

So I have to set rules for myself, and I realized some of these are great for keeping on track with writing, too.

*Idea* Goals. I'm a huge fan of goals. I like to set realistic goals, small lists of things to complete. I keep a calendar and write in my daily to-do list. This can be for work items, online duties, deadlines, appointments, etc. I easily lose track of notes and scrap pieces of paper, so it's super helpful for me to have everything in one place.

*Idea* Set a timer. I use my phone to set alarms to remind me to get back to work. I can use them as time limits on certain websites to remind me to focus. I'm all for taking breaks, but the breaks can't get larger than the work time! *Laugh*

*Idea* Think before I commit. I want to spend loads and loads of time doing everything I enjoy, but I need to realistically look at the time I have available. I try not to commit to a long project (like hosting a contest or entering a longer activity) unless I know I can realistically dedicate the time needed.

Personally I've struggled with balance all my life. I can get very focused on something and lose track of the other important things going on around me. I think using outside tips to stay aware can be a really helpful thing!

As always, keep on writing!

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Editor's Picks

Official Writing.Com Contests & Activities:

Good Deeds Get CASH!  [E]
Write reviews to win cash prizes!
by Writing.Com Support

Quotation Inspiration: Official Contest  [ASR]
Use the quote provided to write a story and win big prizes!
by Writing.Com Support

Contests & Activities submitted through feedback:

Charity's 10 Year Anniversary Contest  [E]
A prompt based contest for new or old entries! Revised and extended until 7/9/19.
by Charity Marie-Missing Hubby

WhataLand  [ASR]
How-To Help. Have fun while learning about WdC! 2018 Quill HM Best Educational :-D
by Whatas Offly-Iffy TeeHee


Science Fiction Short Story Contest  [18+]
A contest inspired by the serious need for more good sci-fi
by BlackAdder

Elizabeth's Poetry & Short Story Contest  [13+]
Open for January Poetry submissions.
by Elizabeth Hayes is Happy

The Humorous Poetry Contest  [18+]
The contest where the rating doesn't matter!~Open for entries!
by Lornda

Musical Drabble - SUSPENDED FOR NOW  [13+]
A Flash Fiction contest based around a given song prompt
by Spacecat

Knowledge is Power  [E]
How will you use your power?
by DragonBlue

Cupid's Lucky Arrows  [13+]
Role Playing Raffle - Supports 2 Groups - 1 in 14 Wins 5K!
by Hannah ♫♥♫

24 Syllables   [E]
Closed - On Indefinite Hiatus
by Lostwordsmith

Chinese New Year Celebration  [E]
A Chinese New Year-themed raffle- 2020 open!
by ~Dragon~

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by A Guest Visitor

Mad Hatter's Tea Party  [E]
March Madness at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party Raffle & Auction Extravaganza.
by Choconut 🍫

The Talk Place  [E]
A place to come talk about anything and everything...
by Sunnie

Some contest resources:
How to Create a Contest  [ASR]
Things you need to know before you open a contest. Includes a contest template.
by Angels in my Ear is a grandma

"Create/Edit a Message Forum
Newbie Hyperlinking 101 - Bitem Format  [E]
Learn the ins and outs of creating a link using the bitem format.
by NickiD89

Know of some gems that deserve exposure? Submit them in the feedback form or submission form at the end of this Newsletter, and I'll put them in my next one!

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Word from Writing.Com

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Ask & Answer

My last newsletter, ("Contests & Activities Newsletter (January 16, 2019)), and it discussed Writing Buddies. Here is some feedback from last week's Newsletter readers:

I love finding writing buddies. The Snail Mail Group is one of those places to do that as well. But also when you Review writing sometimes you find a friend with the same likes as you. ~ Elfin Dragon - poetry fiend

Those sound like great places to find a writing buddy! *Smile*

My husband is my writing buddy usually but now that he's been sick so much it's been harder to work with him. I miss the interaction between two people who love writing, the bouncing of ideas, the excitement in creates. A writing buddy is fantastic. ~ charitykountz

Sounds like a wonderful writing buddy, and I hope your husband is feeling better soon! *Smile*

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