March 2012 Blog Posts (535)

:: honours degree ::

preparing, storing,

for that which may not come,


about things,

that may not happen,

imagining scenarios,

and gaining our

honours degree,

for all the difference

that will make.

Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on March 31, 2012 at 10:09pm — No Comments

World Building in Science Fiction & Fantasy

If you are like me and writing science fiction and fantasy, take a gander at  the link at the end of this post about world-building.

True sci-fi aficionados will know what world this pic is from. (Hint: it rhymes with Flayed-Sunner)

I am not a huge world-builder.  I mean, I have thoughts on what is going on…


Added by Rebecca Lane Beittel on March 31, 2012 at 6:12pm — No Comments



Added by GMTA PUBLISHING on March 31, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Fatty fatty Two by Four!

 Fatty fatty two by four...can't fit through her own front door!!  That's how I felt for the past couple of weeks.  Honestly, I'm just trying to have some humour with my chubby self that can't fit into my fat clothes from last year.  Ya I know, I'm pretty, I'm fun, I'm not fat, and all those other empty things that people say to make you shut up!  I'll stop it, but come on....we all feel like that once in a while. Give me a break!!      OK, so I just slapped myself out of my feel sorry for…


Added by Michelle Russell on March 31, 2012 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Behind the Scenes

I was asked to write an article for a magazine: Cocktails Fiction and Gossip magazine.


I talk about where my ideas from my stories in Man Theory and Other Stories come from.


Check it out at:…


Added by Vicki Batman on March 31, 2012 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Go Orange for Animals

Some may say "I look great in pumpkin", other may say, "not for me Thanks" Would you wear just a little to create a discussion with a stranger, a unique pin or a scarf... to help make a point to your community, "Why Orange this April is so important....."   

...... Orange. A past student of the arts, an art lover, and won’t pass up the opportunity to visit our art galleries…


Added by Martha Steward on March 31, 2012 at 10:19am — No Comments

Does good weather distract you from writing?

Here is my latest post about the distractions of Spring.



Added by Anita Chapman on March 31, 2012 at 10:08am — 2 Comments

When In Doubt, Read it Out (Loud) - Julie Hammonds

As promised, as an addition to my Bonanza today, a repost from Julie Hammonds.  Her blog: Words4Wildlife: Notes from the field.


I worked on a piece of writing over the past weekend. It was the first new writing I’ve done, of any substance,…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 31, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

My Mixed Bag of Accents

When I first moved to New Orleans from Mississippi, my new friends told me that I had a thick accent. I thought this was funny because in my mind everyone else was speaking with thick accents. It was during a stage speech class that I was able to recognize my speech patterns and realize that I indeed spoke with a lazy tongue that drawled out "dog" to "dawg".

I began to speak without an accent because I learned to snap my tongue with each word. That is until I moved to Texas and my new…


Added by Teicha Hill Mailhes on March 31, 2012 at 7:42am — 1 Comment

Ten Lessons Learned by Author/Agent Natalie Essary


Hi She Writers!  Today I have a bonanza, so keep checking back.  Thanks, Natalie, for these words of wisdom!


1. Write what you know. Writers get sick of hearing this, but successful authors keep repeating it, because it's true. I spent (wasted) a lot of…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 31, 2012 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Saturday Sharing (My Finds Are Yours)

Poetry, painting, book arts. TED courses, and California are the subjects of today's finds. You'll particularly enjoy the video feature, an animated visualization of van Gogh's "The Starry Night".

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 31, 2012 at 6:59am — No Comments

Music and Writing Go Hand in Hand

'Yes but what is my talent?' I can remember asking my mum this question occasionally as I grew up. She always said that each of us had God-given talents and that one day they would become obvious. Well I waited and waited. MY brother was an exceptional pianist and my sister sang country songs, they were both very talented. Me? I was just me. Nothing I did struck me (or anyone else) as particularly talented.

Here I am fifty years young and I think I may have…


Added by Dianne Baines on March 31, 2012 at 6:11am — No Comments

:: hospital pyjamas ::

I come here late, hospital pyjamas,

was it body or brain paralysis

that kept me there, tired

lace curtains drawn,

I lay as a child, arm high

tracing patterns and bows,

thinking in the wind,

when there is no wind?

to the door i find

earth smell, light rain

and music from the overflow.

little toads still hazard,

everywhere, everywhere,

i warned you yesterday,

tread very gently my dears

Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on March 30, 2012 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Library Nominations Are Now Open...Free Book for Your Library!

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with…


Added by Vivian Kirkfield on March 30, 2012 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Coronations, Cookies & Christianity (and characters with free will, aka minds of their own)

Back at the coffee shop with the daughters this afternoon....waiting too late and didn't get any of the special pesto pasta :-(.  Oh well, the chicken salad sandwich and  peanut butter cookies were delicious, and the latte, of course, was its usual fantasmic!

It's Friday.  I did a smidgen of writing today and plan to do more as the girls play and goof off for the rest of the afternoon.

I finally wrote a scene that I had been having a hard time getting into my head - for a month…


Added by Rebecca Lane Beittel on March 30, 2012 at 3:25pm — 2 Comments

Jacquline Susann: When Promoting Herself, She Knew Once Was Not Enough

There are times I hate promoting myself. Silly but true. It just reminds me of school elections when all the posters were up for weeks, bright colored poster boards saying how cool someone was you must vote for them, with stars and glitter. I've been promoting my ebooks for two solid months and it always feels like I'm not doing enough. I'm not twittering enough, I'm not mentioning myself enough, I'm not selling myself enough. It's one of those times I have to channel…


Added by Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on March 30, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Pull From The Past

When Joe showed up at my doorstep last Wednesday, I must confess I was relieved. I hadn't seen him for more than a year. The last time I had heard from him was on December 23--the day before Christmas.  I refused to let him come to my house and stay over the holiday. When I finally got…

Added by Marcy Bruch on March 30, 2012 at 8:54am — No Comments

A Writer's Apology

For all the friends and family in my life (especially Mark):


A Writer’s Apologia 


Although I love you, I may not see you for hours or days or weeks, even if we live or work together.


When writing, my inbox and voice messages pile up around me until I forget that they are there. My intention is to get to them, but in all probability, they will be lost. I appreciate your efforts to send me repeated messages. I…


Added by Valya Dudycz Lupescu on March 30, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Stale, boring!!

  At my age I hear this all the time from my fellow femmes and man friends.  Everyone seems to be doing it...having bad sex.

     "There's no romance, The spark is gone, I'm just too tired, I'm too fat, I don't…

Added by Michelle Russell on March 30, 2012 at 8:29am — No Comments

Bella Stander on "What Not to Do at a Book Festival or Writers Conference"

(picture, courtesy of VABook Fest)


Greetings Shewriters - Get out your highlighters for some sound advice!


Bella Stander is the proprietor of Book Promotion 101 and publisher of Bella Terra Publishing. For the past dozen years she’s worked with the Virginia Festival of the Book, where she…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 30, 2012 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

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