August 4

Birthdays: Percy Shelley (1792), Knut Hamsun (1859), Mary White Calstom (1948)

Tip: If you can afford it, enter contests, especially ones that offer comments not just scores. The feedback from some can be invaluable. But be prepared for uneven results. Don’t look at the scores so much as pay attention to the comments.

Thought for the day: “The saying goes ‘when one door shuts, another opens.’ Unfortunately, publishing doors shut every day…Sometimes you have to haul yourself up and climb out a window.” – Holly Jacobs

Jumpstart: You’re one of the first people who get to go on vacation on the international space station. Do you go? Why or why not? What happens when something goes wrong?