February 2011 Blog Posts (564)

Window Films and Treatments



For rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, window films and treatments can help to achieve privacy. You can obtain privacy and still let the ambient sunlight come through depending on the type of treatment you…


Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika on February 28, 2011 at 11:49pm — No Comments

Five Questions for ... Cinderella Ate My Daughter Author Peggy Orenstein

Journalist Peggy Orenstein, author of the recently released New York Times bestselling Cinderella Ate My Daughter, among many other books, answers five questions from…


Added by Elline Lipkin on February 28, 2011 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Royal Romance + European Vacations = Meet Author Melissa McClone

Yep, you got it right today it's all about royalty, romance and European vacations.  Author, Melissa McClone has a little bit of each to talk about as she stops by on the last day of her virtual tour marking the release of her latest book, "Expecting Royal Twins".    Here's a chance to meet the author of that…


Added by Ryshia Kennie on February 28, 2011 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Review: Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum

I posted a review of Christina Meldrum's Amaryllis in Blueberry at my blog Literary Endeavors.





Added by Jennifer O. on February 28, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

A purse by any other name...is still a purse

by Evelyn Q. Darling
Romance Reporter At Large

This reporter was dashing here and there yesterday from one errand to another when disaster struck at my local market. You can’t lug around a big ole purse and not expect the inevitable not to happen.
The strap… Continue

Added by Jina Bacarr on February 28, 2011 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Storm Glass, by Jane Urquhart

In her Preface, Urquhart describes these stories as her first forays into fiction. As a poet, she had begun to find that her interest in narrative and “subtle explorations of character” demanded a different, more expansive form. She says, “I found that there was not enough physical space in a single lyric poem for what I wanted to say, and not enough breadth for me to get to know what I needed to learn.” Even narrative poetry proved insufficient, and I found it amusing that her first story is… Continue

Added by Barbara Morrison on February 28, 2011 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Other online writing communities?

So, besides SheWrites, what other online writing communities do you enjoy? http://pamparker.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/online-writing-communities/

Added by Pam Parker on February 28, 2011 at 3:46pm — No Comments

The Stuffed Cat's house


I have always liked London. I don’t really know why. Maybe it is because of the energy, the various parks and the narrow, cobbled streets. But I can’t help thinking that it is because London has all the ingredients of an organised chaos.

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Added by Muriel Jacques on February 28, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

3 Reasons to Write a Query Early

Guest post from Jodi Milner - great reasons to write that query early.


Added by Pam Parker on February 28, 2011 at 1:53pm — No Comments

3 Creativity Posts for your enjoyment

Sorry for being out of sync with the daily three I committed to doing.


1. Yes! Your creativity is what the world needs

2. Do distractions make you more creative?



Added by Donna Baier-Stein on February 28, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Donate a Journal and Change the World. Lillian Gaffney is Helping People Find Their Voices – One Journal at a Time. The Interview.

“Journal to Change YOUR Life is  looking for Journal Donations to give away to women, men, and children who need a jump start on a new life. The goal is to collect 2011 journals in the year, 2011 and then give them away. The purpose is to encourage people to spread their wings, give voice to what is inside of them, and inspire them to tell their stories. I am here to assist others in manifesting a rich and meaningful life through the art of journaling.”

Lillian Gaffney …


Added by elizabeth on February 28, 2011 at 11:48am — 1 Comment

3 Times When I Remember Why We Writers Do This Work

Sometimes it's easy to forget.

Added by Victoria Mixon on February 28, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Call for Submissions: Best Sex Writing 2012

I hope to see some submissions from SheWrites members and would especially appreciate it if you'd pass this on to anyone who has written or might want to write nonfiction about sex. The 2009 and 2010 editions won IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards and I hope this edition is just as groundbreaking.


<b>Call for submissions: <i>Best Sex Writing 2012</i></b>

To be edited by <b>Rachel Kramer Bussel</b>, selected by guest judge…


Added by Rachel Kramer Bussel on February 28, 2011 at 10:44am — No Comments

Keeping Your Novel on Track Over the Long Haul: for Young Writers

Although I'm guessing a lot of you are not the age of the teen who wrote to me, you might still want to learn how to stay focused.

It's not always a piece of cake.

Added by Victoria Mixon on February 28, 2011 at 10:31am — 2 Comments

To be XX or XY? That is the Question

A lot of my writer friends, male and female, have been as distressed as I have about the recent statistics published by VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts.  And yet I can't say I (or really any of the other women I know who write) were terribly surprised.  Women write a lot of books, and women buy a lot of books, as…


Added by Rebecca Johns on February 28, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Monday Madness Blog Hop

I am a guest at Shah Wharton's blog, Words In Sync, today. Shah has a new feature on her blog called 'Monday Madness' that has to do with mental illness. It is for anyone who has been touched by mental illness in any way. Shah has a lot of excellent resources and advice available and I recommend joining her blog hop!

Added by Elizabeth Young on February 28, 2011 at 9:26am — No Comments

Virtual Book Tour

Tomorrow - March 1 - Melissa McClone will be visiting my blog Once Upon a Time...(…

Added by Ryshia Kennie on February 28, 2011 at 9:08am — No Comments

The fire drill


222nd Good Thing about Unemployment

You don't have to return to work after the fire…


Added by Sheba Marx on February 28, 2011 at 8:41am — 1 Comment

Reform's Inside and Outside Game

The weariness has taken hold. Years of recession inevitably produces, pardon the phrase, malaise. We may not be falling farther down, but neither are we observing new growth. Though our tastes, as well as our ideological stances greatly differ, every tree that does not produce good fruit has been threatened to be chopped down and thrown into… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on February 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Un-Tangling POVs and Characterization

Aaah, word play:) I went to see Tangled last week. I could say that as a storyteller, I am interested in any example of the craft, particularly in the romance genre, so felt duty bound to attend. But I'll be honest; it's a Disney fairy tale so I am ALL over it.

The good thing about the recent animated films rather than the older, classic Disneys is that they are dynamic enough to appeal to adults as well as children, without stooping to sly, rude humour. Not that I've anything…


Added by Katherine Holt on February 28, 2011 at 7:58am — No Comments

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