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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 12 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 9 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 2 Comments

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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Community Blog

P is for Panama

 

 

10 Things I loved about Panama

 

  1. Diving- Some of the cheapest diving in the world is in Panama. I had thought Honduras had that racket till I got to Panama.  Each dive I went on was just me, the dive master and one other diver. We saw…

Psoriasis Free For Life Review - Katy Wilson Book Pdf

Psoriasis Free For Life Review - Katy Wilson Book Pdf

Katy Wilson the author of Psoriasis Free For Life encountered psoriasis for several years beginning with a remarkably early age. Due to this she’s undergone being affected by cruel kids pertaining to this mystical disease having about her making use of clothing to cover up the lesions and in addition low confidence due to suffering from this…

Book Excerpt: To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

Title: To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis
Author: Andra Watkins
Publisher: Word Hermit Press
Pages: 300
Language: English
Genre: Historical fiction/Paranormal/Suspense
Format: Paperback,…

Thought for Day

I've posted for Thought for the Day a line from John Betjeman's poem 'Loneliness'.

Blessings on this Easter Sunday.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/04/thought-for-day_20.html

Integument

Going down down
they found me
fragmented and
fallen,
and loving my
darkness they
carried me below
with them.
I wrappd myself in
vinyl and lace and
steel heels.
I wound myself around
so tight
my night started to
seep through
so they could
all enjoy
the glaring black,
the blaring
bright, the
gritted grin.
I lit their way
down and down
with my
paler than pale
slick skin,
my melting…

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