Bridgetown Buzz

Drop by Bridgetown Buzz to check out what's happening on the writing front in Portland, Oregon.  A place for area writers to reach out for support and inspiration. If you live in or near Portland, or just love it... come join us!

Location: #West USA, Writing
Members: 10
Latest Activity: Sep 6, 2013

Discussion Forum

Portland area critique group?

Started by Mary Chase. Last reply by Kate Powell Apr 30, 2013. 10 Replies

Good evening!I am getting back to writing again and need a mid to high level critique group that meets on a regular basis. Genre is not important but dedication is. I've been in some wonderful…Continue

Need questions and comments for blog on large media site

Started by Alle C. Hall. Last reply by Kate Powell Jun 15, 2012. 4 Replies

If all goes well, I will shortly be blogging about self-publishing for a big big big media site. I need your questions. 1. Qualms, comments, or concerns about choosing self-publishing over the…Continue

B&N refusing to stock any books published by Amazon

Started by Alle C. Hall Jan 31, 2012. 0 Replies

The New York Times is reporting the above. Here is Stumptown, it's big news. What do you think,my neighbors to the South?Would the prospect of no sales through B&N dissuade you from using…Continue

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Comment by Kate Powell on September 6, 2013 at 9:53am

Good post on John Grisham's advice to writers: 

Comment by Ms. Reality Space on August 1, 2012 at 12:37am

Hi Tiffany,

Welcome to Bridgetown Buzz!  Are you going to the conference?  If so, please let us know all about it!  I'm not able to go... again, welcome and look forward to sharing with you.

Be well,


Comment by Tiffany Lyn on July 31, 2012 at 10:55pm

Anyone attending the Willamette Writer's Conference this coming weekend?

Comment by Tiffany Lyn on July 31, 2012 at 10:51pm

"Portlanders, those are my people." A direct quote from my girlfriend that can never seem to move back home. She's lived everywhere, including Africa. Guess where her other favorite people live? VEGAS! My sweet granola girl! Shut your mouth!

Comment by Nancy Thompson on June 9, 2012 at 4:26pm

Hi,  I just found this group.  How fun to connect with fellow Portlanders.  I'm a newbie blogger, just getting my feet wet (pun intended).  I'm here to learn and share and I would be very appreciative if anyone wanted to visit my blog and give me feedback.

Thank you!

Comment by Alle C. Hall on April 26, 2012 at 10:07pm

Real-life quotes about Madonna, and for no particular reason, my interview with Leonard Nimoy.

From Makes Own Kombucha, Age 49: "Madonna? You mean, the singer Madonna?"

From Just Married!, age 25: “She just doesn’t seem all that relevant. I mean, it’s ok to do all that stuff (evocative twirling gesture with hands) when you are in your twenties.”

From Lemon Pasta, aged 38: “I just got MDNA. It’s OK, but I will defend it to the death because it is Madonna.”

On May 7th, the literary magazine PLOP! Review will publish my review of the new anthology Madonna and Me: Women Writers on The Queen of Pop (Soft Skull Press, 2012).

Assigned readings:

Comment by Ms. Reality Space on January 23, 2012 at 10:34pm

Hi Kate!

Welcome to Bridgetown Buzz!  Feel free to post Portland-related writing events, or share about what you're reading these days.  It would also be great to get a Portland area distinguished writers discussion started... stay tuned!  

Be well, Melissa

Comment by Ms. Reality Space on January 10, 2012 at 11:26pm

Hi Alle,

Thanks for your gracious offer to answer our burning questions!  

I am quite new to thinking about publishing.  I have written one short memoir about my life with mental illness, and recently submitted a manuscript of poetry.  My memoir was not published, but I made it far in the cut -- which made me happy for my first submission.  I've just been winging it...

I'm thinking novel next... something along the lines of this post on my blog.  If you have a chance to check it out... let me know what you think.  

I will definitely get back to you with some questions and check out your blog in more detail.

Thanks again and be well,


Comment by Alle C. Hall on January 10, 2012 at 10:30pm

Thanks, Melissa, 

Listen, I am about to start blogging about publishing for a big media presence here in Seattle. Ink is not on the dotted line, so I'll leave the name out of it.

To drum up some readership, and to get to know you all, I would love to start answering any questions you have about:

- publishing opportunities in Seattle (or nation-wide)

- good places on the Web to publish work (for money, even)

- self-publishing vs. going the industry route;

- agents to submit to;

 - promotion ideas,

 - good book reviewers to send to and/or bookstores to read at in Seattle

I teach about publishing at Richard Hugo House. Claim to fame: i interviewed Leonard Nimoy. 

Leave a question here, or on my blog:

It will be fun to meet you all.


Comment by Ms. Reality Space on January 10, 2012 at 1:07pm

Hi Alle!  Welcome to Bridgetown Buzz... thanks for joining and sharing your review.  Look forward to getting more going in the group... it's been pretty stagnant for some time now.  Be well, Melissa


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