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Alonna Shaw liked Cate Warren's blog post "IN PRAISE OF LITERATURE" SELECTIONS: FIRST QUARTERLY REPORT, 2015
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Alonna Shaw liked Maria Murnane's blog post Writing Tip: Use Contractions in Dialogue
Aug 25
Alonna Shaw commented on the blog post '[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Why Animals Matter to Writers--and What We Can Do for Them'
"Jill and all, I've enjoyed this conversation so much!"
Aug 25
Alonna Shaw commented on the blog post '[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Why Animals Matter to Writers--and What We Can Do for Them'
"Jill, I've noticed myself using an idiom mentioned above (straw that broke...). I cringe when I do and remind myself of your post. Your words have stayed with me."
Aug 24
Alonna Shaw liked Catherine Marshall-Smith's blog post Lessons I Learned While Editing
Aug 22
Alonna Shaw commented on the blog post '[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Why Animals Matter to Writers--and What We Can Do for Them'
"Cate, thanks for sharing your cat allergy situation. So sorry to hear about the loss of your lovely white cat. I'm sorry to hear you have an allergy challenge too. But you've made me feel less alone in my challenges. Hey, this is kind of…"
Aug 16
Alonna Shaw commented on the blog post '[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Why Animals Matter to Writers--and What We Can Do for Them'
"Cate, I loved your morning walk story. I've always been an animal person (more than humans) and see and feel animals in a way similar to yours. Unfortunately, even after eight years of allergy shots, I'm very allergic to dogs, cats, birds,…"
Aug 16
Alonna Shaw commented on the blog post '[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Why Animals Matter to Writers--and What We Can Do for Them'
"Lisa, terrific idea to use Latin for the poem's title."
Aug 15
Alonna Shaw commented on the blog post '[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Why Animals Matter to Writers--and What We Can Do for Them'
"Jill, absolutely I'll be mindful in terminology! The word choice can reflect character and subtext. On a personal level, I wish there was a way to value animal life more... To increase quality of life and rethink ownership as guardianship."
Aug 15
Alonna Shaw commented on the blog post '[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Why Animals Matter to Writers--and What We Can Do for Them'
"Thanks for your post. Animal welfare is a topic in my current writing effort. I'll have to be strategic in how I refer to livestock, pets, etc."
Aug 13
Alonna Shaw liked Jill Jepson's blog post [BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Why Animals Matter to Writers--and What We Can Do for Them
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Low-Pressure Goals Allow Your Writing Future To Evolve

Set an imperfect goal as your first step.A strange thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago after reading a short article online. Ever have the experience of reading a health article and thinking to yourself  “but I thought everyone was like this”? I came away understanding my experience of the world is somewhat…See More
Aug 7
Alonna Shaw liked Annie Tucker's blog post Grammergency #18: Crazy for Capitals
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Alonna Shaw liked Brooke Warner's blog post Will Traditional Publishing Retain Its Dominance by Mandating That Its Authors Keep Their Distance from Self-Published Authors?
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Alonna Shaw left a comment for Jo Anne Valentine Simson
"Jo Anne, Yes, a fancy lunch in Charleston someday! I read your Amazon bio--we were both raised in Michigan. I bet we'd have loads to talk about during that lunch. (I spent some of my childhood in Louisiana and the music of the southern speech…"
Aug 1
Jo Anne Valentine Simson left a comment for Alonna Shaw
"Thanks for the comment about Charleston and science, Alonna! Yes, I feel truly lucky, living in Charleston and having had a satisfactory career here in the biomedical sciences. When I first moved to Charleston, I only intended to stay for two years.…"
Aug 1

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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.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
http://www.alonnashaw.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AlonnaShaw.writer
http://twitter.com/AlonnaShaw
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Eleven Sundays, a novel
Media outlets that I currently write for:
http://www.alonnashaw.com/
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Blog Posts, Screenwriting
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
http://goodreads.com/AlonnaShaw
Services I offer to other writers:
critique editing, line editing
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Indie Writers Unite, Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy Library Recovery
My professional associations:
SAG-AFTRA
I found out about She Writes from:
web browsing

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Low-Pressure Goals Allow Your Writing Future To Evolve

Posted on August 7, 2015 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Set an imperfect goal as your first step.

A strange thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago after reading a short article online. Ever have the experience of reading a health article and thinking to yourself  “but I thought…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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At 12:43pm on August 1, 2015, Jo Anne Valentine Simson said…

Thanks for the comment about Charleston and science, Alonna! Yes, I feel truly lucky, living in Charleston and having had a satisfactory career here in the biomedical sciences. When I first moved to Charleston, I only intended to stay for two years. But then I got married. And then I had a child. And then I got tenure. And then had another child. I eventually retired here and used this as my base for many travel forays. So here I am, still. And Charleston has become transformed in the more than four decades I've lived here from a sleepy, down-at-heel backwater to an upscale, chic city and one of the prime tourist spots in the country. If you ever visit Charleston again, please let me know. We can have lunch at one of the many fine downtown restaurants I rarely visit!

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!

Cheers,

CW

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…

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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.

Warmly,
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)

 
 
 

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