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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Tidbits of info

cj Sez: I had been diligently gathering and organizing my tax information to hand off to my CPA then . . .

I got an email that she wasn’t going to do personal returns this year. Aaargh.  Now to find a new tax preparer.

   Speaking of taxes, as an author with several published pieces, I’m thinking I need to establish a literary trust—probably should have acted on that thought a long time ago. Those intellectual property rights will outlive me, and I can’t expect my heirs to know how to handle them. Unfortunately finding an attorney who understands that document is not a slam dunk. As a former civil court clerk, I thought, "If I can find an example, maybe I can do this myself."

   A search on Amazon for author estate planning books turns up only a couple specifically aimed at authors. Fortunately neither one is very expensive. I may not be able to produce the legal document myself, but a book is a start, and I'll have an idea of what to expect if I can find an attorney.

Registration for the 2019 Writers' Police Academy's MurderCon opens Sunday, Feb. 24, at noon EST.

   According to the sponsors, “The 2019 WPA is a special event, one unlike anything we’ve presented in the past.”  

   This one will be a four-day, hands-on exploration of forensic tools and techniques used to solve crimes and is being held Aug. 1-4 in Raleigh, NC. 
   This piece of crime detecting information from veteran police investigator and Writers’ Police Academy founder Lee Lofland: Unless you’re writing historical fiction, the heroes of your stories cannot detect the odor of cordite upon entering the scene of a shooting. This is so because cordite manufacturing ceased at the end of WWII! It’s not used in modern ammunition.”

   NYT best- selling author Heather Graham will be the final judge for the WPA’s 2019 Golden Donut 200-hundred-word Short Story Contest. 

   If attending this conference piques your interest, you probably shouldn’t procrastinate about registering on the 24 th  because space/slots are limited. Read more here:  
In my Feb 3 post, I made a pitiable error when announcing the deadline for the Kerouac Project— it should have read ONLY ONE MORE MONTH. Here’s the correct information:  Applications for the 2019-2020 writer-in-residence positions may be submitted from Tuesday, January 1, 2019, to Sunday, March 10, 2019. Results will be announced in late May 2019.
   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

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1 comment:

  1. Your tax prep picture totally applies to me, too! But just wait until next year! I'll keep tuned to see if you learn anything about a literary executor. I need to think about that, too, I guess. We all do--all of us writers. I've been to WPA a few times and wish I could go every year!


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