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I love this illustration by Doris Ettlinger that appears at the end of the Thanksgiving feast in her book, PILGRIM CAT. It makes me think about the kids and how they probably are still looking for more Thanksgiving dinner, the day after. Hope you enjoy those leftovers.

You might be interested in knowing that Doris is planning a Wednesday morning, Watercolor for Illustrators (and other experienced artists) class, at her studio near Hampton, NJ. To begin in January 8th. Anyone interested may visit the watercolor page of her website and then email her for details. facebook/dorisettlingerstudio etsy/DorisEttlingerStudio


It’s time to open up nominations for the 8th annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest—the blogosphere’s biggest contest for writing blogs.

How to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Blog:

→ Nominate your favorite blog in the comment section.
→ You have only one vote (only your first will be counted).
→ Please include the web address of the blog.
→ Explain why you think the blog is worthy of winning this year’s award.

To make the cut, a blog must be nominated more than once.

Nominations must be received by 12th December, 2013.

Here is how last years winners were selected:

1. Initial qualification: A site must have been nominated more than once by multiple individuals. If someone nominated more than one blog, only the first nomination was counted. Valid nominations needed to include the URL and give a reason why the nominated blog should be considered.
2. Contest criteria: In order to be considered, a blog needed to be a writing blog. In order to qualify, at least 50% of posts needed to be about writing and not about freelancing, business, publishing etc.
3. Blog-based analysis: Reader involvement: Comment numbers per post accounted for 15% of the total score. The number of nominations accounts for 15% of the total score. Number of shares on social media per post accounted for 15%. These three blog-based factors make up 45% of the final score.
4. Quality of posts: Educational, useful, engaging, and discussion-creating posts were rated higher than self-promotional posts. The quality of posts accounts for 55% of the final score.

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