Betty’s Tips

Happy New Year, Dear Readers,

This New Year’s Eve I invited neighborhood friends to dinner, and each brought their favorite side dishes grown from their gardens. The smell of all those fabulous recipes had my tastebuds overflowing with anticipation of our veritable vegetable feast, and the roasted pork and sauerkraut, our tradition to bring luck in the upcoming year, tasted even better with so many flavorful combinations. Best of all, my stewed tomatoes were a hit!

During the meal we made resolutions. Mine is to enter writing contests to see how my short stories fare compared with other writers. The prize money would help to order something new to plant in the garden, as the seeds saved from last season grow the plants for the next. My tastebuds from the feast steer me to spaghetti squash as they paired well with the stewed tomatoes, maybe a few artichoke plants, and new trellises, too.

An email to my writing group floods my inbox with context to find contests. One member suggests searching, and another, Someone else mentions, and the free site, They are easy enough to navigate, even with my lack of information technology, and the free trials allows me to peruse the sites.

One contest, the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2024 Short Story Award, opens New Year’s Day. A holiday story, only 2,000 words, with a deadline on March 31! Rubbing my hands together, I can already taste those new vegetables.

Happy writing!

Betty Wryte-Goode

Betty Wryte-Goode is a writer and mother who lives in the Lehigh Valley. Her passions include writing, reading, shopping, gardening, and exploring the internet. Betty is always looking for writing tips, so if you have any you would like to share, please send them to her through our Submissions/Contacts page.

Mixed-Up Words of the Month

Fare vs. Fair

Fare and fair are pronounced the same and have many different meanings spanning different parts of speech, including nouns, adjectives, and verbs.

This can make things very confusing. Is it fare well or farewell? And when you ask someone how things turned out, should you say “How did you fare?” or “How did you fair?”

Both fair and fare are commonly used as nouns: Fair usually refers to an event; fare commonly refers to fees for rides or to a specific kind of food or entertainment. If you want a verb, you probably want fare, especially if it pertains to how things turn out. If you want an adjective, you nearly always want fair, which can mean honest, proper, average, pale, and clear, among other things. Fare as an adjective could describe something related to a ride fee: a fare sheet or fare schedule.

The conditions are fair for outdoor activities today.

How did you fare at the grocery store?

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