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The 5 Most Common Mistakes Writers Make

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I made so many mistakes along the way that I thought I'd offer a roundup of them to help aspiring writers avoid stumbling into the same muddy potholes that nearly swallowed me whole.

The Contest Ploy for Literary Credibility

Warren Adler | Posted 01.30.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

The Internet is now awash with so-called "literary" competitions. All operate on a similar business plan, designed to produce revenue or to serve as a promotional avenue for the publishing business and its various offshoots.

Litquake and San Francisco Writers' Grotto Announce Lit Camp

Nicki Richesin | Posted 11.11.2012 | San Francisco
Nicki Richesin

There's a new literary camp in town. Litquake and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto have joined their wonder twin powers to form Lit Camp a literary writing intensive with representatives from McSweeney's, The Believer, ZYZZYVA and The Rumpus.

To Enter or Not to Enter: Thoughts on Fee-Based Writing Contests

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 07.02.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

Poets and Writers implies that simply by submitting to a large number of contests, a writer with a high-quality manuscript would eventually prevail. Based on my experience as a judge for some of these competitions, I'm not so sure.

PHOTOS: 9 Hotels To Live Out The California Dream

Trazzler.com | Posted 06.01.2011 | Travel
Trazzler.com

The best hotels are all about creating a beautiful alternate reality that bears virtually no resemblance to anyone's "real life." These nine spots hit...

PHOTOS: Getting Romantic in 9 Southern California Gardens

Trazzler | Megan Cytron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text by Megan Cytron, Editor of Trazzler While much of the rest of the country clings desperately to the weather predictions of a furry oracle who ...

Trash Art: California's Artistic Recycling Revolution

Trazzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Maybe it's the mild weather and thriving back-yard culture--California is a hotspot for artistic recyclers. Creative reuse of scavenged materials is n...

PHOTOS: 11 Awesome Ice Skating Rinks Around The World

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

When it comes to travel in winter, you can either fantasize about escaping the cold, or run headlong into it, embracing the season's icy wiles. Of all...

PHOTOS: 9 Places To Spot California Sea Lions And Seals

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

By Megan Cytron With a population of 238,000, there are enough California sea lions to populate a slippery city the size of Scottsdale, Arizona. Cali...

PHOTOS: Death Valley in Winter

Trazzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Trazzler.com. By Megan Cytron The sky is blue, the sunsets in technicolor, and the temperature well below broiling--winter is when ...

PHOTOS: 11 Spots To Birdwatch Near LA

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text by Megan Cytron, courtesy of Trazzler. Southern California's warm weather and primo location on the Pacific Flyway, makes it one of the top bird...

PHOTOS: Going Sideways In The Santa Ynez Valley

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Trazzler.com. By Megan Cytron The movie Sideways put the Santa Ynez Valley on the map--and not just for aging burnt-out urban dwell...

Fresh Powder: Time To Plan A Mountain Road Trip

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Trazzler.com By Megan Cytron Powder is accumulating, lifts are opening one by one, hot chocolate is bubbling with anticipation....

Escape To Big Sur: 53 Trip Ideas For A Northern California Getaway

Trazzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

If you're a suave Jake Gyllenhaal sort (at least in your dreams), you grab your sweetie, book a Big Sur escape at a modern-rustic clifftop hotel, and ...

Exploring the Weird and Wacky in LA: A Sampler

Trazzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Frank Lloyd Wright put it this way: "Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles." We think LA's capacity to harbor a...

PHOTOS: Keep Calm, Carry On: 12 Spots To De-Stress In LA

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Trazzler. By Megan Cytron Charlie Brown called it decades ago: post-modern life has a way of quickly converting good tidings an...

PHOTOS: 13 Buildings That Tell LA's Architectural Story

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

While LA's downtown lacks the kind of in-your-face skyscraping architectural monuments you'll find in towns like Chicago or NYC, a bit of urban spelun...

15 Quirky Shopping Spots in Los Angeles

Trazzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Are you broke, a big-box store refugee, a militant recycler, a connoisseur of mom and pops, or just someone looking to outfit a home with something th...

PHOTOS: Desert Dreaming: Escape To Joshua Tree

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Trazzler.com By Megan Cytron With sunny highs in the 60s and bright blue winter skies, December and January are excellent month...

PHOTOS: Roadtrip To Mono Lake In Search Of Alien Life Forms

Trazzler.com | Megan Cytron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Trazzler.com By Megan Cytron NASA's big announcement will surely inspire many to head up to beautiful Mono Lake, peer into the ...

PHOTOS: California Filming Locations: 10 Cinematic Getaways

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Trazzler.com By Megan Cytron All well-orchestrated weekend getaways deliver a therapeutic dose of fantasy. In California, a qui...

10 Vintage Spots Chock-Full of Old California Culture

Trazzler.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Trazzler.com

Here are ten only-in-California kinds of places where the Golden State's past is present.

10 Smart Travel Ideas That Do Good

Trazzler.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Trazzler.com

Can travel make us better people? Can it make the world a better place? Is it possible to make a positive contribution to a community just by having t...