62 NO FEE poetry book publishers important tips on submitting your manuscript — Trish Hopkinson

If you write poems, they are a great way to get started in getting published in journals.

It’s so important to do your homework before sending your manuscript to a publisher. Make sure to take notes for each publisher you research. You will most likely want to compare them to each other before deciding where you want to submit. Make sure the press is the right aesthetic for your work. Do you […]

via 62 NO FEE poetry book publishers important tips on submitting your manuscript — Trish Hopkinson

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Know the Child- IEP

The one thing that bugged me the most at my sons IEPs were the experts that liked to spout information about autism. He needs this as children with autism are low toned. Its important that you have a lot of knowledge when working with autism. We need experts.
However, it does not help that much in making decisions. In deciding what is best for the child in question. Because every child is different, you need to know the child.
Teachers are taught to respect and include parents in planning meetings. I think they still often fall short. However, they are important because they know the child the best.
Professionals, I think, do not look to the parents because they often do not have the cache of information on autism that they do. That info is great for guidance, but for every generalization made (yes by me included, there are just as many exceptions).

I know this because at my son’s IEP, I saw how the professionals talked. They did not know that I had that same information. I did not confront them, but I did not need to. They were able to get my child’s educational needs met.

Maas the Man

Couldn’t agree more

writingwithdixie

Reading or re-reading Writing the Breakout Novel is so enlightening after hitting my third published novel. I know I read this a ton of years ago, but I’m seeing new things even in the introduction. For example, in the foreward, for goodnss sake, Donald Maas says he took an informal survey of how readers chose the books they read. Unlike teachers, who try to keep up with professional texts AND what our students are reading and reading for pleasure, his survey showed people picked books by word of mouth or they liked a previous author. KABLOUIE!

Stop angsting about your blog like I do (not writing but angsting) or spending your precious seat time tweeting politics. WRITE and write the best novel you possibly can.

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The struggle of Autism

Good insight, especially if your child has just been diagnosed with autism

Flawed Warrior Spirit

On May 19, 2016; my world as I knew it was turned upside down. I sat there as the doctors said those fateful words. My little man, my buddy was on the Autism Spectrum and they diagnosed him with a Sensory Processing Disorder. I knew walking in that the Autism was a possibility but I didn’t know anything about Sensory Processing Disorders. I asked where on the Autism Spectrum he was and what that meant for him. They explained that he was High functioning, what they would call Asperger’s but with the Autism Spectrum Disorder they don’t use the term Asperger’s anymore. The doctors explained the Autism Registry and told me about the Early Intervention Programs and sent us on our way.
The drive home was silent. I was in shock. How could I have missed the signs, did I do something wrong? Did my Postpartum Depression make him Autistic?…

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How Dare They

Interactions with people are a difficult, complex thing. However, we do it pretty well. Before we say something, we consider how we would take that comment. Cause and effect teaches us that this comment will make someone feel good and this comment will make someone mad.

A person with autism has trouble with this. They say what is one their mind because they cannot predict how someone else thinks (to generalize). They do not see social constructs.

. Otherwise you leave them in the dark of what is wrong. Focus on helping them not make the mistake with someone else.

NO FEE submission call for full length manuscripts–Four Chambers Press, DEADLINE: July 31, 2017

This blog always has great places to submit!

Trish Hopkinson

To read more about Four Chambers Press or for more about their editors, read their Staff page hereFour chambers is a fairly new press and print literary magazine that published their first issue in 2013 as “an independent community literary magazine based in Phoenix, AZ whose mission is to give greater visibility to the literary arts and encourage their larger participation in the cultural scene. Basically, we like to think of ourselves as a heart: something centralized, organic, and part of a larger body; that connects, supports, and circulates life. While most literary magazines publish literary work, and some community literary magazines may get that work from the community, we are publishing work to build community.”

You can read samples of each issue on their order page to get a feel for what they are looking for. You can also check out authors they have published and…

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Autism- Adult Supervision

John Elder Robison, author of Look Me In The Eyes, talked about his Asperger’s syndrome going undiagnosed. A great book and in it he talks about the adults being the only ones that interacted with him due to his social skills.

He gives great anecdotes about how hard it was to interact with him.

People with autism can be challenging. However, as adults, we can handle it. When behaviors get on our nerves, we need to be the ones that keep them from isolation.

Their behaviors are not a choice to be naughty. They can be organic and they can be learned. They may make comments that are insensitive because they cannot predict how it will be taken.

Those behaviors may need to be ignored. However, we need to make sure the person behind those behaviors are also not ignored.

People with autism can do or say things that are annoying. At times they may drive peers away and sometimes they do not know how to engage with peers, but want to. They gravitate towards the adults they know because adults know the importance of being kind.

You do not know how important you might be to someone without positive relationships.

Drunk In the Warm Glow

I definitely heard echoes of Holden Caulfield as I read this book. Tyler is a modern young person with some issues trying to make sense of the world. He tries portray himself as normal by mimicking the characters in movies and TV shows that he is obsessed with.

He also uses chemicals to help him do that.

Anderson’s main character tell us his story. It’s a unique one while hitting the anxiety that we felt as young people (not that you will not identify if you are not so young). Tyler feels like he is a fraud and is more comfortable with failure due to his childhood. He finds himself doing terrible things to continue his failure. I found the way Anderson let us into Tyler’s head through first person and then had him be a reliable narrator well done.

Anderson also did well with his dialogue and inner monologue. The language and the events of family time with the girlfriend’s family was dead on.

Tyler cynicism reveals the craziness that our modern society has become- from casual sex to foreign policy. To me a literary novel searches the depth of human experience while revealing the condition of society as it truly exists. Anderson does both well.

Drunk In the Warm Glow on Amazon-

Nick of Time by Beth Amos

I tried something a little different. This book. I was motivated to support a Wisconsin author. It is something I believe in. And I can tell you:

I enjoyed Nick of Time. It was outside my normal reading genres, but it kept me turning the pages (flicking the pages as I read it on my Kindle app. Ms. Amos took on some very heavy duty topics. She did not bog down in them, but she didn’t gloss over them either. This well-paced novel, showed a main character dealing with the guilt of a car accident that left her daughter in a coma. Ms. Amos engaged me in the story while only showing the story necessary to make the story compelling.

The story is also highly imaginative with the afterlife and why ghosts appear. Not only does she tackle this, but she makes time travel believable.

This story left me still thinking about the world Ms. Amos created and thinking about life after death.

Words are Stronger than Facts

Nobody likes what they have. There is always something better and it is in our nature to find problems. Perhaps most importantly, nothing is perfect, but we want things to be.
And that is why Trump was elected. He is a salesman and he used salesman techniques to sell himself. I noticed that seeing all of his promises put together. He promised everything. Health care that did everything and was cheaper. He promised a balanced budget that expanded the military. This is low-balling.
According to Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017, Definition of lowball
transitive verb
1 : to give (a customer) a deceptively low price or cost estimate
2 : to give a markedly or unfairly low offer

He gave the racists what he wanted. He promised them what they wanted while saying no one is less racist than me. In this way, he won over the racist and many moderates. He gave the fundamentalist what they wanted by being anti-abortion. Then he promised the large amount of disgruntled voters what they wanted. That he was not beholding to politicians or greedy Wall Street jerks. He still says that while putting those exact kind of people in position of power. Words are more powerful than facts.
He does not care. His job was to land the big client, the American people. He wants to go on and keep selling and leave the delivery to Bannon and his crew. He may not even support what they are doing, but he is not concerned with that. That is not his skill set so he is not even going to try. Instead, he’s going back on the road and do some more selling. That is where the adrenaline rush is.
Selling is his comfort zone. It is a money-getting skill, but you don’t have to be brilliant for it. You just used the time-tested techniques. So it’s how he approaches everything. Dealing with reporters and dealing with foreign heads of state. He believes that he can succeed with his limited skill set. However, his ad campaign of a ,er, campaign worked on the individual voter and running a government is not. After all, as Abraham Lincoln said, You can’t play a player,