Author Archive: DonettaS

My Poem published on Spillwords

My poem, Guilty, is published on Spillwords. 

Spillwords is a literary press that publishes online writing.  While there is no cash payment as of yet, there are still many benefits of being published with them. 

Their site attracts a lot of readers and once logged in, you can vote on poems or stories you like.  They run features on their page. Also you can save your favorites so you will have them.

Spillwords takes submissions, then the editors look at your work, help with the process, and if your work is published you are notified via email. 

You are given the link to your work and you can share it on social media, your blog, or wherever you like.  Spillwords helps your work reach as many people as possible.  Your piece is ran on their front page so readers can have a chance to see it. 

While Spillwords has a lot of users, I think the exposure is the payment.  It may not be for everyone and I was hesitant at first. It never hurts to check it out and I would love for you to read my poem published there. Thanks! 


What’s up with Planks



So what’s up with all these plank challenges? I’ve decided to try the 30 day plank challenge I found on Pinterest.  If I start to see results,  I will post about it on here. So stay tuned for an update on Day 10.  Today seems fairly easy  –  20 seconds shouldn’t be too hard. Comment below if you’ve tried planks or would like to try this challenge. As always, sharing is caring!  






PAYING/NO FEE Submission call + interview – Speculative City (NEW!), DEADLINE: Dec. 15, 2017

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It is always wonderful to discover a new magazine that offers something different for readers as well as the contributors. Huge thanks to Trish Hopkinson for helping beginners and experienced writers find new platforms for their voices  to be heard. 

Cash For Shopping


So who doesn’t want to earn money the easy way?  Understand, this is no get rich scheme.  It is a simple way to get cash back or a gift card.  

The app is Ibotta.  You download the app and you automatically receive $10 for signing up and $5 for referrals which is one reason for this post.  Another reason is to let people know about this app because it actually does give you pay outs.  The withdraw amount is $20.  You can get money through Paypal. If you want a gift card instead there are plenty to chose from.

Ibotta offers gift cards for Amazon, Walmart, Google Play Store, and several others.  Here is how it works. You go shopping and Ibotta has certain products that you can redeem cash back on.  Most of the products are items you already buy anyway. Ex: Milk, Bread, Eggs, Hair Products, Shower Products,  Beer, and Much More.

Once you purchase an item on Ibotta, you simply scan the code on your receipt or take a photo of your receipt. It doesn’t take long for Ibotta to add your money towards your account. Pretty easy to earn cash.

Now is a great time to join and here is my referral link.

Right now you can redeem $0.25 for any item on your receipt.  Like I said,  this is not a get rich app or scheme but I have received payout for a $20 Amazon gift card. You are going to shop anyway,  so you may as well take 5 minutes to earn some cash back on everyday shopping.  


The Anatomy of a SHORT Synopsis – Pt 1

I never really knew there was so much in a synopsis. NaWriMo is getting close so I am learning as I go for my first novel. This post was extremely helpful.

An Intense Life

After playing around on the interwebz this week I discovered a theme emerge among my writerly buds…lots of angst over the dreaded synopsis. Now, I’m not saying writing a synopsis is a piece of cake – far from it. But, there is a way to do it that s a little less painful.

The editors, agents and published authors I’ve spoken with have all said that shorter is better when it comes to the synopsis.

WHAT? SHORTER…It’s hard enough cramming the storyline of a 70 – 80K novel into a few pages single spaced. Now I need to cram it into 500 words or so. CRAZY!

True…but totally doable too.

That is, once you really KNOW the arc of your story.

That’s right, a synopsis can be an easy endeavor, relatively speaking, if you have taken the time to plot out your story arc.

For me, the easy way to…

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