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Comment by Michelle McGee on August 31, 2010 at 7:40pm
My son has Tourette Syndrome. Read my latest post on why it's so important to have a place where you belong. http://moxiemomma.com/?p=2083 Camp Twitch and Shout Family Weekend.
Comment by Nicelle Davis on August 31, 2010 at 8:18am
Review of Marjorie Tesser's amazing amazing chapbook here: http://www.pankmagazine.com/pankblog/?p=5714
Comment by Lanita Andrews on August 31, 2010 at 12:48am
ok Meg - you're making me do it. I've been avoiding that real simple essay contest for about a month, thinking there is no place in that sugary sweet mag for my salt and vinegar life, but I keep coming across the announcement. Just when I thought it was done nagging at me, you post another one. So I sat down and started writing and it's actually coming along quite beautifully. I may just have something here. Thanks!
Comment by E Victoria Flynn on August 30, 2010 at 10:48pm
Beth,

You're pretty much talking about my husband in high school and partially even now--a mild tempered, honest, "Wonder Daddy" who not only plays video games at night, but designs them by day.

We've had many conversations on this exact topic and I come out on your side. My best to you on your project. I'm looking forward to seeing the outcome.
Comment by Beth Winegarner on August 30, 2010 at 10:13pm
I was recently interviewed by the folks at Giant Fire Breathing Robot about my current project, a guidebook for parents on violent video games, heavy metal & the occult. Check out the interview here: http://gfbrobot.com/?p=6937
Comment by Joan Dempsey on August 30, 2010 at 6:51pm
Glad you found my e-book helpful, Elizabeth - that 10 minutes a day can make all the difference. Here's a great one-pager on how to develop the writing habit, from Leo Babauta (ThePowerofLess.com).

9_Rules_to_Form_a_Habit[1].pdf

I adapted this for my free, 40-page e-book - The Power of Deliberate Thinking: 5 Strategies for Staying at the Writing Desk (Despite Your Self-Doubts) - you can find it at http://literaryliving.com. Enjoy!
Comment by Meg Waite Clayton on August 30, 2010 at 6:57am
Writing Contests to Help You Break Out (including one for publication of an essay/memoir in Real Simple Magazine that seems a perfect opportunity for mom-writers) - and another AWWP writing prompt

Hope it's all helpful!

> "10 minutes a day."

and I agree with this. for one thing, the hardest part is to get started (for me, anyway) and so if you only think you have to do 10 minutes, it's not so hard. :-)
Comment by Karen Paul-Stern on August 29, 2010 at 4:34am
My newest blog on Current Mom:

Tethered to Technology, Part Two: Texting
http://www.currentmom.com/currentmom/2010/08/tethered-to-technology...
Comment by Ginger McKnight-Chavers on August 28, 2010 at 9:22pm
My writing instructors @ Sarah Lawrence also advised "10 minutes a day." Even if it's just journaling or writing down the conversation of the people next to you at Starbucks. It really helps you move forward, however incremental. And most importantly, it keeps your mind in your writing so you don't waste precious, hard-earned time reviewing where you left off once you finally are able to tear your attention away from your family long enough to revisit your writing.
Comment by Elizabeth Young on August 27, 2010 at 11:26pm
Thank you SO much Joan for the information! Any new tools that help are invaluable. I tend to write when I'm inspired to, but am attempting to set aside time each day to write, or if I don't actually write, do some research or collate notes. In other words, I'm on the job! Thank you again Joan, true leaders recognize the importance of mentoring and you have caught that vision beautifully.
 

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