The push you need to get that tricky message out of your drafts

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There are a variety of emails I need to send that I sometimes drag my feet on — the type of email that I know should go out but rather than send it I busy myself with something much more pressing, like re-organizing my binder…

“Wake Me Up When This PTA Mixer Ends”

“It’s the End of the Play Date as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

“Wake Me Up When This PTA Mixer Ends”

“(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Quiet)”

“Don’t You (Forget About That Awkward Thing You Said at Your Birth Class)”

“Dads Don’t Cry”

“The Parent Sleeps Alone Tonight”

“Elderly Woman Behind the Counter of a Bounce Town Making Small Talk”

“Child, Don’t Follow Me Into the Dark Bathroom”

“Still Haven’t Found the Parent Friend That I’m Looking For”

“There is A Noise That Never Goes Out”

“Breaking the Girl’s Plastic Trumpet”

“Standing Outside a Kid’s Birthday…

There are a wide variety of places to submit humor writing and having a go-to list of publications can help you keep the ball rolling with getting your writing out there. As with any other writing submissions, you should spend some time reading these publications and their submission guidelines to get a feel for the type of humor they publish before submitting. Before you submit, it’s also worth doing a quick search on the site to make sure the piece you are writing hasn’t already been written.

Not all humor publications pay, but I’ve put a dollar symbol near those…

Is this the year you will finally catch that magical creature?

1. When March arrives, don’t mention St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns, or Lucky Charms.

With any luck, your child will not remember the holiday and you will not actually have to help build a leprechaun trap.

2. Fail to turn off the TV before a Lucky Charms commercial comes on.

Watch your kid’s eyes light up. Sigh, and make a mental note to cancel your cable subscription and from now on only let your child play with kids from screen-free households.

3. Search for “simple leprechaun traps” on Pinterest.

Get 1 million results recommending you construct what amounts to a complex Rube Goldberg machine from materials that must be special ordered and will arrive in 4–6 months. Print out a picture of the simplest-looking trap and hand it to your child. Watch as everything around you…

Podcasts, books, and other resources to help you navigate traditional book publishing

In an attempt to prep for the launch of my upcoming book, I’ve been doing research about book launches and marketing. There is a ton of stuff out there, so I thought it could be helpful to outline some resources for other writers.

I started looking into a lot of these sources once I had an offer for my book, but I think I would have benefitted from exploring a lot of them when I was earlier in the process, so even if you are just at the…

Don’t let a meaningless existence stop you from making resolutions!

By: Julie Vick and Sue D. Gelber

  1. Exercise more! Running on a machine that goes nowhere will remind you that you are just a cog in a wheel. Plus, if you trip and fall off the treadmill, your roommates will laugh, creating a fleeting moment of joy in an otherwise bleak existence.
  2. Reduce your carbon footprint! Traveling less will help the earth heal, prolonging the pointlessness of human existence. Also, even after selling off your childhood collection of Beanie Babies, you can’t really afford to travel.
  3. Resolve to keep your inbox clear and empty. Like your inner life.
  4. Declutter! Purge…

My 2020 submitting and writing stats

[I am imagining the title being sung to the tunes of The Octonaut’s “Creature Report!” but if you have somehow not been watching this television show for children, I guess that won’t make sense.]

It’s that time of year again when I look back at my writing hits and misses for the year. I’ve been doing these roundups the past few years, and you can find last year’s report here. …

First, just sort through these 10,000 ideas

  1. Check email. Receive 500 ideas on how to entertain kids.
  2. Check social media. See 1000 ideas on how to entertain kids.
  3. Check the front door. Find it wallpapered with notes on what to do at home with kids.
  4. Check the web. Read articles saying if you don’t have some sort of schedule, your kid’s only college hopes will rest on you acquiring a lot of money and learning how to Photoshop your child into crew team photos.
  5. Keep scrolling.
  6. Read articles about how you should just let kids lie around and have unlimited screen time and not worry about them…

Work-from-home sign-offs for you to laugh at but not actually use

Are you practicing social distancing by working from home or avoiding work-related meetings, handshakes, and people? If so, you’re probably sending a lot of emails. Sure the standard “Thanks for your time” and “Best regards” sign-offs probably still work, but here are some more entertaining ideas:

  1. “Thanks for your distance,”
  2. “Take care not to touch your face,”
  3. “Looking forward to seeing your child give you bunny ears on Zoom again next week,”
  4. “Virtual elbow bump,”
  5. “Sincerely need to find a store in the area that still has toilet paper if you happen to know of one,”
  6. “Best hand washes,”
  7. “Best…

Julie Vick

Author of “Babies Don’t Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?): The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving Parenthood.” Learn more at

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