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Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Thanks, April, yes."
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is an excellent book! Love Steinbeck. Wish I could cut out the coffee, I've been trying English tea again but milk just doesn't agree with me."
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Thanks so much, Cate! Okay, that Orwell essay was perfect! Not only because I love Orwell, but it fits perfectly with a poetry class I'm taking. This week's topic was the philosophical and/or political essay (in poetry)."
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Sign me up for immortality since my reading list is out of control too! My bookmarks folders are all a mess. Like email it just gets to the point of dump everything and start fresh. I have my coffee and cereal now. Time for Orwell."
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Laura.Yes! I want coffee. Maybe I'll take a break and read Orwell too. Cate, I didn't know about the Rodin sculpture, thanks for that."
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Anyone else keep like 20 tabs open with stuff they want to read that day?"
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"thanks, Cate. I'll keep that Orwell link open until I read it later today."
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Am laughing, Laura. I don't remember if Balzac had a an alcoholic beverage of choice, I was referring to how most people only think of Balzac as the writer that drank so much coffee it killed him."
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Cate, I'll have to read Orwell's essay. His writing is part of my foundation as a person and writer. Laura, thanks for the reminder--I need to reread Steinbeck's book. I appreciate the specific examples you included particularly the…"
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Rebecca, when my writing location isn't ideal, I recall Stephen King's first writing corner next to the hot water tank or furnace...less than ideal. The message was a writer can writer pretty much anywhere. I found King's On Writing…"
May 22
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Thanks, Laura, for the Blythe suggestion. Mary, I'm a fan of Patchett and wanted to buy The Getaway Car, but it's not available on Kindle, darn. It's on my to-read list when it's available again."
May 22
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"My favorite book on writers and writing is A. Scott Berg's Max Perkins Editor of Genius. I recommend the paperback so it's easy to dog-ear pages and make marks galore. I absolutely fell in love with Max."
May 22
Alonna Shaw liked Ellen Bravo's blog post [SWP: Behind the Book] The Stories We Need to Tell
May 21
Alonna Shaw commented on the group 'In Praise of Literature'
"Thanks, Laura. I can't believe I'd missed that on-writing book by Margaret Atwood!"
May 20
Alonna Shaw liked Annie Tucker's blog post Grammergency #12: Confounded by Commas
May 19
Alonna Shaw liked Emily Lackey's blog post The Art of Submission: Inquiring After Our Work
May 19

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Who I am:
Alonna is a writer and editor living in Northern California. She utilizes her background in theatre, film, television, and appreciation of nature in her work. Storytelling interests include transformative adventures, travel, biography, and social science fiction.
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Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Eleven Sundays, a novel
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My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Blog Posts, Screenwriting
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Services I offer to other writers:
critique editing, line editing
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Indie Writers Unite, Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy Library Recovery
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Alonna Shaw's Blog

Forts! Harkening Back to Childhood for an Atmospheric Office

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 5:16pm 0 Comments

I am formulating a plan for an organic writing space. In this photo my neighbor's cat made her own fort out of a blanket I was airing in the sunshine.
I was an expert fort-builder when I was a kid. Traditional forts were made out of pillows and…

Developing Writer's Identity

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

I wonder how people find their writer's identity. Which isn't just a slick brand, but something innate that fuels their creativity.

In my most recent travel piece I gave myself an identity. Trekker. That's me for sure. Life has been and continues to be an exploration. I'm always…


My Writer's Bucket List: Travel-Writing Wings On!

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

I'm spreading my writer-ly wings. Here is my first travel writing piece! 

I wonder if I'm the only one who tapes their dreams up on the wall? I have a scrap of paper taped to the wall next to my desk. It's my bucket list for writing. When I was a little kid I wanted to be both a jockey and a photojournalist when I…


Why Is Writing About Myself So Difficult?

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 10:18am 0 Comments

(Me at my favorite place, an over-water house Bora-Bora, 1999. From the article.)

Promotion is part of the writer's equation. And I'm just not good at it... never have been. Yes, I was a shy kid, but that can't be an excuse to get out of letting the world know…


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At 9:40am on March 16, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Welcome to In Praise of Literature, Alonna!

Feel free to tell us about the books you love, or the ones you didn't love, start a discussion, post links to reviews, articles, or blogs you think that everyone needs to read--anything that you define as literature goes, including song lyrics, film scripts, and plays! Most important, please have fun!

I'm new to this group moderator biz, and bound to overlook something, so please let me know if there's something lacking and I'll do my best to come through for you.

Glad to have you aboard!



At 8:53pm on February 24, 2014, Carol Davis Luce said…

Hey Dear Friend, thanks for the invite. 

At 7:40pm on January 7, 2014, Michele Zackheim said…

Dear Alonna, I'll be in the Bay Area the last week of February.  If you come to one of my readings, please be so kind as to introduce yourself.  Best.  Michele

At 2:41pm on April 30, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

>"Hi, Meg, Would it be possible to join your SF Bay Area Writers Group? I lived in Marin for over five years, now am in Tahoe (my husband is a skier).

Absolutely. I think that door opens automatically if you just click to join. We don't chat much on site, but we use the group to organize face-to-face gatherings occasionally. Hopefully one in June. A ways from Tahoe, but maybe you need an excuse to come down?

At 8:40pm on December 11, 2012, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder said…

I'd like that, Alonna.  We loved the mountains, but the Bay Area feels like home to me.  

At 2:22pm on December 4, 2012, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder said…

HI Alonna.  I just moved back to the Bay Area from Nevada City.  Spent a lot of time in the Tahoe region.  Perhaps we will cross paths some time.  

At 1:58pm on November 17, 2012, Jill Starishevsky said…

Welcome to SheWrites.  Feel free to reach out if you need anything.


Jill Starishevsky

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Author, My Body Belongs to Me - A Child Sexual Abuse Prevention book

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Co-Founder, The Innocence Revolution, April 14, 2013

At 5:19pm on November 11, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

>SheWrites is a fantastic place to connect.

It is indeed.

At 10:35am on November 11, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Alonna, Just waving hello. If you write book fiction in addition to screen fiction and you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group.

Hope you enjoy it here, and best of luck with your writing.

Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Novelist Group
Bestselling author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (all Random House/Ballantine)

At 12:54pm on November 6, 2012, Jennifer Lauck said…

Hi and let me be one of the first to welcome you to Shewrites.  This is a terrific site, tons of resources and innovative info.  As my own bonus, you have access to my teaching site and free teachings on memoir.  Just click here and sign up.  No spam, I promise.  Just great teaching tips.  Enjoy!  XO Jennifer



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