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If Only I'd Been This Conscientious in High School

I have no patience. 

I sent my manuscript to some beta readers. What I didn't send was a deadline to finish their notes on it. Is that even a thing, can authors trap feedback into a time frame or is that rude? I'm trying to remember how long it's taken me to read a fellow author's draft but I know it's not long. Three or four days, tops. Because I know they're waiting on me and because I'm a Type A personality, a disease not covered on Web MD.

In high school there was always a…

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Added by Suzy Soro on August 1, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

Saturday Short

Today's short is the trailer for 'Paul Taylor: Creative Domain', a quick look at the famous choreographer's artistic process.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2015/08/saturday-short.html

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 1, 2015 at 7:40am — No Comments

Good Morning!

Good morning all. Today is…

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Added by Deborah Ailman on August 1, 2015 at 5:12am — No Comments

Car Stuff Coming Out My Ears

Today I feel a little bit like I've been beaten up. Visited my car. Pretty sure it will never drive again. It doesn't even power up. All I do is talk to insurance agents, and get told about x-rays and gap insurance. I hate driving every time I get into the rental car. I look at everyone driving and I SEE them looking at their phones, and talking on their phones, and picking stuff up off the floor of their cars, and looking into the seats next to them, and I just want to scream. I'm a…

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Added by Phoebe Wilcox on July 31, 2015 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Happy Saturday!

Enjoy your Saturday! Do something nice for yourself today. Or, even better, do something nice for somebody else.

Go watch a sunrise (or sunset). Go to a park with the kids. Get outside if you can and just take it all in. It’s relaxing. It’s fun. It will make you smile.

If you want to mop the…

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Added by Deborah Ailman on July 31, 2015 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Writing is about Showing Up

Added by Laurie Buchanan on July 31, 2015 at 10:37am — No Comments

Welcome Michelle Gaffino, Author of The Love Quad

In my teen novel The Love Quad, Emma's in college, so she's into cookies and cocktails. Which means - Sugar!

Emma actually bakes Nigella Lawson's salted peanut chocolate chip cookies in the book, partially because she needs to use baking as a distraction, and also…
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Added by Shelley Workinger on July 31, 2015 at 10:24am — No Comments

All Art Friday

Posted new edition of All Art Friday.

In the spotlights you'll find links to a new report on creativity and the brain, the Jerusalem Season of Culture, textile artist Sue Rangeley, printmaker Nick Wonham, and German textile artist Dagmar Binder. Plus videos about the last tapestries of Silvia Heyden and painter Joan Semmel.

The roundup highlights exhibitions of the work of installation artist Liza Lou, sculptor Virginia Poundstone, Hawaii artists, Elizabeth…

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Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 31, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Are Law Firms changing for Female Lawyers?

Source: Bold Content

In a recent…

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Added by Nathalie Martin on July 31, 2015 at 3:45am — No Comments

. fencing .

maybe not such a good idea,

it may feel fenced in, surrounded.

yet we lean on it, dicuss the time of day,

avoiding price on fish.

i learn about sub soil, all things growing,

the logistics of burying. he borrows electricity

a while, while i tidy up, hang out washing.

i miss my company, went out walking.

no one came this time.

sbm.…

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Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on July 30, 2015 at 10:43pm — No Comments

My Worst Book Review Ever! What to Do When It Happens to You

I’ve self-published over 75 ebooks to date. Most of them have been in the non-fiction genre, ie, ebooks on how to start a freelance writing career, how to write and sell ebooks online, and internet marketing.

Over 30 of the titles though are short fiction (romance novellas). Recently, I received one of my worst reviews ever (the link to it is below). Uggghhhh!! While it sucks and did sting, it didn’t bother me…

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Added by Yuwanda Black on July 30, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Surround Yourself

Surround yourself with them…positive people, when you can.

Okay, I can already hear what you’re saying “I can’t pick my family, Debbie,” and you’re right- you can’t. But you can pick your friends.

Now I’m not telling you to abandon your friend in need- we all have times when we just need to “talk it…

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Added by Deborah Ailman on July 30, 2015 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Bad Day

It's like when someone does a number on your car by whizzing through a stop sign at 40 mph, and you're pretty sure the insurance adjuster's going to say the thing is totaled (and it's not anywhere near paid off yet)--then, baby, you are up the creek.

So, I am up the creek with a sore neck but at least I'm not dead and thank heavens the kids were not in the car.

I really wish people would be more fucking careful. 

Added by Phoebe Wilcox on July 30, 2015 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Progress Report: Help! I'm giving birth to a 92,000 word manuscript!

pregnancy, Tatiana Vdb (Picture from Flickr, Tatiana Vdb)

Last week I dreamed I had this bulging belly. When I realized I wasn’t fat, just pregnant, I thought, good, now I can eat all of the Doritos I want! Now why I would chose Doritos as my food of choice, I don’t know. I’m much more of a chocolate addict. In the summer my food of choice would be ice cream, preferably loaded…

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Added by Patricia Robertson on July 30, 2015 at 10:33am — No Comments

What is a Blog Tour & More?

Let me go ahead and say now that I am not about to reinvent the wheel. Most of what I’m about to say may seem common place or simple to many of you reading this, but that doesn’t mean that some of you haven’t been a bit confused about these terms. So, this article is for those who simply don’t know or who have been a bit confused.

The term Blog Tour is used loosely among the blog community which may be why some people aren’t quite sure what one is. Today I’m going to breakdown a few…

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Added by Toi Thomas on July 30, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments

TWEETING 101

I continue to know nothing about how to tweet and am feeling dumb. Any help I can get would be amazing. Thanks

Added by catherine harnett on July 30, 2015 at 8:47am — No Comments

Good Morning!

Good morning all. One of my neighbors has one of…

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Added by Deborah Ailman on July 30, 2015 at 5:17am — 1 Comment

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

I've posted a new Artist Watch feature at the online arts magazine Escape Into Life. Today's column is devoted to Lisa Ann Watkins of the United Kingdom and spotlights Lisa's exemplary portraits of dogs.

Introduction at my blog Writing Without Paper: http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2015/07/new-artist-watch-feature-at-escape-into.html

Direct EIL…

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Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 30, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

Infographic: Unusual Jobs of Famous Writers

 In the infographic below, Unplag plagiarism checker dives into big-name writers and their extraordinary jobs.

 You might think all big-­name writers became famous at once. However, this is far from the case. Many of big­-name authors had unbelievably weird jobs not related to their writing careers at all.…

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Added by Lynn Usrey on July 30, 2015 at 4:06am — No Comments

. binding .

may be the contrast here,

the national library stairs.

guided to the cupboard,

the collection dusted, labelled,

named as important. emptied, it

is the proof that nothing can be

rare.

nothing is now something, quality

of non existence, held us in a

moment, then we moved on blindly

looking for something,

as we are bound.

sbm.…

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Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on July 29, 2015 at 10:46pm — No Comments

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If Only I'd Been This Conscientious in High School

I have no patience. I sent my manuscript to some beta readers. What I didn't send was a deadline to finish their notes on it. Is that even a thing, can authors trap feedback into a time frame or is that rude? I'm trying to remember how long it's…See More
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