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Here we are at vacation time, schlepping the luggage, screaming kids in tow, gazing helplessly at the departure board with the words "cancelled" emblazoned on them. We swallow some very bad coffee and down a hot dog as we wonder how we're going to pay for this "getaway."
Itineraries? Forget about it. Assignments? The writing life that we love will just have to wait.
Or will it?
Choose a magazine and flip through its pages to get a sense of it. Ask yourself what the focus of the magazine is and what sort of stories it publishes. Even more importantly, determine whether it accepts freelance submissions. You can do this by comparing the names on the masthead to the articles’ bylines. If the names don’t match up, it is likely that they accept freelance submissions.
Inside the terminal you may also find magazines that come from other parts of the world, and perusing these publications may inspire ideas for stories and articles. If so, jot them down. If you don’t write the ideas down when they start to sprout; you'll forget them by the time you walk out the shop entrance. So don't delay when the seed of an idea appears.
Sure, you don't have a free ride to Paris or Wichita. But so what? The best is yet to come.
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