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Monday, January 9, 2012

Bylines Calendar 2012

My order of Bylines desk calendars arrived on Saturday. I opened up one of those spiral bound beauties, and immediately fell in love. It's an organized (or wanna be organized) person's dream.

Are you a writer who'd like to set goals for 2012? This handy planner provides a section for choosing overall yearly goals in writing areas such as the book you always wanted to do, articles, poetry, personal enrichment, publicity/marketing, and the website. You can use the goals and tasks which are suggested, create your own, or do a combination of both.

Another fun feature is the list of 2012 Literary Holidays. Did you know that August 18 is "Bad Poetry Day" (not that any of us ever writes bad poetry). How about December 10, which is "Dewey Decimal System Day", a real milestone. We'd never find a book again without it, so why not celebrate? Then there's the tracker for submissions, mileage, and purchases. A list of literary festivals. A section for notes. Favorite books and writer resources. Well, the list simply goes on and on.

But Bylines is more than a calendar/planner. Each week also includes an essay where a writer shares an insight or inspiration sure to ignite your writing fire. I'm honored to be among them, but don't laugh when you see my picture. After all, Sylvia Forbes, Bylines creator and editor, did suggest we send a non-formal, non-posed picture that shows our personality. For good or for ill, I listened. You be the judge.

If you're a writer, or just dream about writing someday, you'll love the Bylines calendar. For more information or to place an order click here.

More good news. Bylines is seeking submissions for the 2013 desk calendar. Check out this link for submission guidelines. And if you're wondering what Sylvia likes in an essay, one of the best ways to find out is to get a copy of the calendar and read.

Now you must excuse me. I'm off to set some goals in my new calendar!


Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

thank you for sharing! I will definitely share as well and will have to check this out :)

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Sounds perfect fur ANY writer.. butt my mom would LOVE Dec. 10th. since she is a BE TIRED School Librarian..

Mariodacat said...

Sounds like a nice one. I love those spiral bound calendars with enough space to write in each day. The older you get, the larger the handwriting.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Sounds cool we will check it out
Benny & Lily

BECKY said...

Hi Pat! I rec'd mine on Saturday, too. What a joy to behold! I loved flipping through it, too...and of course, YOUR essay and photo was my main interest. You look fabulous, dahhhhling! And I loved what you wrote, too! I agree about how awesome the calendar is. It makes me WANT to do better, write more often, be organized....Maybe it will work!!

Donna Volkenannt said...

Congratulations, Pat. I bet your photo and essay are great.


Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

I'm sure your photo is great! Congratulations on getting your photo and essay in there.

Sketching with Dogs said...

That looks like a brilliant calendar and organiser.
Hugs, Lynne x

Lynn said...

Congrats! This has been on my to-do list to order (clearly I need it to be more organized!) and now that I know you're in it, well... I better get to it!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Congrats on being in Bylines! I have a Franklin Planner and just received my 2012 updates for that, so I'm all set for planning...but Bylines sounds like a lot more fun than Franklin.

Ed Pilolla said...

a very interesting calendar indeed. thanks for highlighting it.