It is sort of maybe the beginning of THE HOLIDAYS (for them what celebrates the Christmas ones), which means that EVERYONE GETS PRESENTS.
The first gift is a writing update — and a chance to read some of what I’ve been working on, if you want to.
(Fiction, I mean. If you want to read this week’s freelance output, keep scrolling.)
I submitted fiction to two writing contests this month. The first piece, which I sent to The Masters Review Novel Excerpt Contest, is from a project currently titled What If It Were This. I’ve been calling it “a book about magic, in novel-numerical-musical form.” (It’s really a book about love.)
The second piece, which I sent to the St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition, is my finished-and-revised cozy mystery novel titled Ode to Murder. (Boy-oh-boy did I spend this month revising that piece, to get it turned in by the deadline.) Ode to Murder is about—well, if I told you what it was really about, I’d give away the ending. Trust me when I say that it includes MYSTERY and JOKES and BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONY and A ROMANTIC SUB-PLOT and AMATEUR DETECTIVES and BAKED GOODS and PROTECTED BIKE LANES.
(The protected bike lanes don’t have anything to do with the mystery, they’re just there because I like writing about cities that make their streets as safe as possible for cyclists.)
If you would like to read either of those pieces, email me at email@example.com and I will send you one or both PDFs. Consider this my FIRST HOLIDAY GIFT FOR YOU because I am very proud of both of these writings and I want people to read them regardless of whether or not they win any contests!
(Also, um… this offer is valid only through the end of 2021. Just in case you’re reading this substack in, like, 2025 [after both books have become incredible bestsellers] or something.)
Here is my SECOND HOLIDAY GIFT FOR YOU. It’s a practice video, which means it is also a gift for me (yes, I am one of those people who gives those kinds of presents). There is a lot of very good Mozart in this one, as well as some excellent problem analysis.
Here’s my THIRD HOLIDAY GIFT FOR YOU. This is one of the photos that went into our holiday cards this year, and if you’d told me a few years ago that I’d be taking this photo in December 2021, I probably would have ruined the whole thing by being impatient and trying to make it happen before it was ready to happen.
Happy hols from us to y’all. ❤️
Where I got published this week
Should you make online credit card payments, or pay by phone? Is it possible to visit an ATM and pay a credit card bill with cash? Can you pay a credit card bill with another credit card?
What should you do when you apply for a credit card online, only to receive a message from the card issuer stating that your application is pending?
Many people use their cash back rewards to pay off their credit card bills, but you can also turn your cash rewards into gift cards, redeem them for online purchases and more.
With a credit card promotional rate ending, you could find yourself stuck with higher interest rates and a balance that you aren’t prepared to pay off.
Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of Citi Diamond Preferred—including how to get the most out of the card’s balance transfer offer and how to maximize its perks and benefits along the way.
If you want to know whether a credit card has a good APR, compare it with the average credit card APR, which is currently above 16 percent. If the card’s APR is below the national average, that’s an excellent APR.
The benefit of a card with a 0 percent intro APR is that you can borrow money for a limited amount of time without accruing interest.
Here’s how credit limits work, how credit card issuers calculate credit limits and what you can do to increase yours if you want extra spending power and the associated credit score boost.
Credit Cards Dot Com
A great card for rewarding small businesses’ advertising spending.
Our guide to telling the many different types of trusts apart
Don’t Write Alone | Catapult
We post roundups of writing and literary jobs once a week. Here’s our list for December 17, 2021.
We post submission roundups once a week. Here’s our list of literary magazines and freelance opportunities for December 17, 2021.