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How Journaling Propels Me Forward

Posted by Elaine Soloway on April 16, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Every morning, after rising and making coffee, I sit on my couch with a 6" x 8" spiral notebook and a Pilot Razor Point Extra Fine pen. For at least a half hour, I record a diary of what I did the day before, dreams and nightmares, wounds and applause, plus tasks due that day. As of this writing, I'm up to page 10,380.

While that number may sound impressive, it doesn't travel far enough back. I wish the innocent little girl I once was would've grabbed pen and paper as soon as she learned to print. If I had started then, writing my memoir, "The Division Street Princess," might have required less tunneling. To fill in, I had to rely on microfiche pages of Chicago newspapers, tales told by relatives, memories that had been bolted to my brain, and my…

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[TIPS OF THE TRADE] How Many Readers is Enough?

Posted by Ellen Cassedy on April 17, 2014 at 12:30am 5 Comments

How many readers is enough? 

 

Five panelists at the AWP conference in Seattle (February 26-March 1, 2014) posed this question and tried to answer it. 

 

“How many readers will it take to feel I haven’t wasted my time?” asked moderator Valerie Vogrin, who’s at work on her second novel. 

 

After considering the question from various angles and with various degrees of seriousness, she (perhaps tongue in cheek) came up with a figure: 150.

 

More numbers:  

  • Virginia Woolf thought 1,500 readers was a lot.       
  • For a university press, two or three thousand…
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[Making the Leap] Singing Like Amy

Posted by Julie Luek on April 15, 2014 at 12:00pm 8 Comments

When I was younger, like in high school younger, I used to sing a lot. I wasn't all that bad, back in th’ day. Of course, when I sang with the school choir, I sang with my choir voice. When I sang alone in my bedroom using the hair brush as a microphone (oh come on, you did it too, admit it), I tried to sound like Barbara Streisand or whoever was on the radio at the time.



Back in high school a group of my friends formed a band. Someone played guitar, another friend played the drums, and like all high school bands, we thought they rocked the joint. To my delight, they invited me to sing with them for a performance (just once, now that I think about it). After our show a friend’s mom who had been in…

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From the First Self-Publishing Summit to a First Self-Published Book, Part 2

Posted by Renate Stendhal on April 15, 2014 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

Baby Steps in Platform Shoes

Continued dialogue between Kim Chernin and Renate Stendhal

 

Kim: Let’s call this blog post “Stumbling onto a New Path.”…

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Oscar Pistorius Trial South Africa Judge Masipa

I ask Maitreya’s grace on the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa. It’s a wretched situation of karma for the country. The whole trial brings us closer to the issues of guns and temper, and accidental death or murder and how our humanity may respond to these situations.

 

It’s hard for a successful white athlete to be the point man to help his country, all South African families, and Her Honor Milady Judge Thokosile Masipa to see the correct response to the story unfolding.…

Yulia Tymoshenko, Vitali Klitschko Ukraine

I have the South African election day, May 7th, onmy calendar. I have May 25th marked on my calendar for the Ukraine elections.

I'm thinking that the boxer Vitali Klitschko and the chocolate billionaire Petro Poroshenko would be better served in a career line that involved international service. I know South africa for instance needs sports leagues for young people, and I know as a woman that when I exercise and feel physically fit, I have much higher self-esteem. If Mr. Klitschko…

Cover Reveal: The Alchemy of Shards The Alchemy of Shards. This is the new book cover for my latest release, which should be available for purchase this Spring. (From Devoured): “Barefoot, I moved…


Cover Reveal: The Alchemy of Shards


The Alchemy of Shards.

This is the new book cover for my latest release, which should be available for purchase this Spring.

The Alchemy of Shards2 (2)

(From Devoured): “Barefoot, I moved through the woods like a hurricane. They were at my heels, sticks and stones in their hands. Promises to burn and…

FoodFic Look at "The Night Circus"

I love carnival food. Who doesn’t? My favorite is the fries; they have that inexplicable something* that is somehow conjured up by every unique traveling show, yet can be found nowhere else on Earth.
Maybe it’s magic.
Now don’t tell me you don’t believe; real magic…

O is for Ottawa Ontario

 This will be the biggest stretch I’ve made, sorry.  Would you believe there is only one country that begins with the letter “O?” Can you guess it? I’ll give you a second…. Oman. I knew this because several of my awesome students are from there. I did not, however, know it was the only one. So I shall write to you about Canada, specifically, kind of, Ottawa Ontario, for which I feel I should receive bonus…

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    What's the absolute best use for new writing material?

    Started by Francine Huss in General. Last reply by Anna Miriam Keller Feb 28. 7 Replies

    My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue

    She Writes Press News: Announcing Hysterical, by Rebecca Coffey

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    There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue

     
     
     

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