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Do you have a question about the 9th Annual Write a Dear Reader Contest? Send me an email and I'm happy to reply. Suzanne@Emailbookclub.com
Jason wants to know, "I have an idea for the Write a Dear Reader Contest but I'm wondering, since I'd be writing about people in my family should I change their names?"
(Suzanne replies:) You can certainly write about your relatives, but depending on what you say about them, you might consider changing their names so you still have a seat at the Thanksgiving table.
If you need ideas carry a notebook with you just in case. Who knows, you might be inspired to write a story about the little old lady I saw at the market the other day buying oranges. One-by-one, the little old lady would give each orange a good, long looking-over before putting it in the plastic bag the grocery store provides for fruit. (Which I didn't find strange at all. Heck, I'm so tired of getting fruit home and realizing it's bad, I sniff the outside of each orange, before I buy it--just to make sure it actually smells like an orange.) The little old lady wasn't sniffing oranges, but it was a bit odd that after giving an orange the once-over, she'd hold it up to the side of her handbag hanging down from her shoulder. After holding the orange beside her handbag for a few seconds, she'd either set it back down, or put it in the plastic bag.
I couldn't resist. So I went over and stood next to her. Not too close, but close enough to see the itty-bitty orange divining chihuahua tucked away in her purse. "Isn't it frustrating buying fruit and when you get it home you discover it's not ripe?" I asked. "So I sniff every orange before I buy it."
The little old lady leaned-in close, slightly opened the top of her handbag and winked, "We sniff every orange before we buy it, too."
Seriously, you don't need to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth at this year's "Write a DearReader Contest." Fiction, nonfiction, or a little mix of both, simply tell a story in 650 words or less. It's all about writing for fun.
See past winners, cash prizes (totaling $600), rules and deadlines, go to: http://tinyurl.com/DRContest2013
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
KIDSBUZZ: Meet new authors--send an email, ask a question and they will reply. Plus enter to win a free copy of INCONVENIENT by Margie Gelbwasser and BUBBLE WORLD by Carol Snow. For a chance to win free copies, say hello to the authors, and more, see http://www.authorbuzz.com/kidsbuzz
AUTHORBUZZ: THE NIGHT OF THE COMET (Fiction) by George Bishop
A father. A son. A telescope. A beautiful girl across the canal, and a great comet hurtling towards the Earth, reigniting the dreams and longings of one family. These are the stars of my new novel set in 1973 in a small town on the eve of the arrival of Comet Kohoutek.
Go to: http://authorbuzz.com/dearreader click on THE NIGHT OF THE COMET to read more and to email author George Bishop, you'll get a reply.
* This month's Penguin Classics book is DEATH OF A HERO by Richard Aldington. Start reading now and enter to win a Penguin totebag. Go to: http://tinyurl.com/July13Classics