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RACHEL DEMAS
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Writers, check this out! Monkey Star Press is publishing two new anthologies. Here's how to submit your work:
Call for blog post/personal essay submissions! Monkey Star Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of two new anthologies, Mom for the Holidays and Adventures in Potty Training.

*SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: *
1. Essay/blog post content of 700-1200 words. Non-essay content of any length including poems, lists and/or flash memoir.
2. Content must be mom/family themed (swearing is acceptable) and can be humorous, serious or sentimental.
3. Can be previously published (we will hold non-exclusive copyright).
4. DEADLINES: Mom for the Holidays, May 31st; Adventures in Potty Training June 31st.
5. Submit a link to your blog post/s or attach your Word .doc/s to:  submissions (at) monkeystarpress (dot) com.
6. Submit ONE piece per email. Subject line should read: MOM FOR THE HOLIDAYS or POTTY TRAINING, depending on which anthology you are submitting to. 
7. In your email AND at the top of your Word .doc, include your full name, title of your piece, email address.
8. COMPENSATION: Average payment after publication is $125 per single 1000 word essay.
9. All accepted essays will go through an editing process to make the writing and the essay the strongest and most polished it can be, while keeping the authentic voice of the writer. 
10. Submissions that are not accepted the first time around will be referred to resources and services on reworking writing for publication in anthologies, magazines, and popular websites. You are welcome to resubmit and we encourage you to do so. 

http://www.monkeystarpress.com/p/call-for-submissions.html
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Forty is the New Fabulous
I get distracted at toddler story hour at the library. I guess I don't find The Hungry Little Caterpillar as edge-of-your-seat compelling as my daughter, Claire, does. My mind seems to wander to the other mothers around me. Sometimes, I even get caught star...
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Yes, this hilarious post is about aliens...but it also has a lovely takeaway about being right where you are supposed to be. via +Kristi Campbell 
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Several people have been asking me about the new "view count" number which shows up on your profile, and I've been answering on a bunch of threads, so let me give you the key answers in one place.

What does this number count? This is total views on your profile, your posts, your photos, and your videos. 

What constitutes a "view?" For your profile, when someone goes to view your profile page. For other things, it's when they look at it -- e.g., when one of your posts shows up on someone's screen. (That's because this is how most people read posts: showing up in a stream, without clicking on it explicitly) Looking at your hovercard doesn't count.

Is this related to +1's, reshares, etc.? Only in that someone who +1'ed your post also probably saw it. You can already see counts for those on individual posts, etc., and before today you could see view counts for each photo if you looked carefully at the one-up view -- now you can see that for everything.

If someone reshares my post, does that count? Yes, since a viewer is seeing your content. Ditto if someone sees your post through an "Alice +1'ed this," through a post embedded on a page, or any other way that someone encounters it.

I don't want to show this on my profile! You can hide this by going to your settings page. Go to plus.google.com/settings and look for "Show how many times your profile and content have been viewed."

This seems strange: Some people seem to have a lot more views relative to their number of followers than others. Is something broken? Not at all. Some people have a lot of followers but don't engage with them well, while other people engage amazingly with a smaller group. 

I want to find out more. Check out the Help Center article at http://goo.gl/8BjroH .
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The paradox of parenting is really brought into focus in this lovely piece of writing from +Stephanie Sprenger.
Parents- The Brilliant Book Club is discussing a fantastic new parenting book this month- All Joy and No Fun. Have you read it? Find out why I think you should add it to your "must-read" list: 
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A lovely tribute to the doctors and nurses of a hospital who saved +Kerri Ames' daughter's life. I had chills reading this story.
Boston Children's Hospital
It's quite simple. We owe Boo's life to Boston Children's Hospital. Those first scary days in the NICU? It was the nurses who saved my sanity. I will never forget the panic on the doctors face when he gave Boo oxygen and said she needs to be transferred. NO...
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Google plus just added "views" on profiles. I wanted to know what exactly "views" meant. Here's a great explanation.
Several people have been asking me about the new "view count" number which shows up on your profile, and I've been answering on a bunch of threads, so let me give you the key answers in one place.

What does this number count? This is total views on your profile, your posts, your photos, and your videos. 

What constitutes a "view?" For your profile, when someone goes to view your profile page. For other things, it's when they look at it -- e.g., when one of your posts shows up on someone's screen. (That's because this is how most people read posts: showing up in a stream, without clicking on it explicitly) Looking at your hovercard doesn't count.

Is this related to +1's, reshares, etc.? Only in that someone who +1'ed your post also probably saw it. You can already see counts for those on individual posts, etc., and before today you could see view counts for each photo if you looked carefully at the one-up view -- now you can see that for everything.

If someone reshares my post, does that count? Yes, since a viewer is seeing your content. Ditto if someone sees your post through an "Alice +1'ed this," through a post embedded on a page, or any other way that someone encounters it.

I don't want to show this on my profile! You can hide this by going to your settings page. Go to plus.google.com/settings and look for "Show how many times your profile and content have been viewed."

This seems strange: Some people seem to have a lot more views relative to their number of followers than others. Is something broken? Not at all. Some people have a lot of followers but don't engage with them well, while other people engage amazingly with a smaller group. 

I want to find out more. Check out the Help Center article at http://goo.gl/8BjroH .
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The 80's rule! A hilarious walk down memory lane from +Kristi Campbell.
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