April 2011 Blog Posts (597)

Lions and tigers and blogs...oh my!

I can’t believe I’m doing this…blogging, that is.  I feel like the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz.  I don’t have the COURAGE it takes to reveal myself; to show up, so to speak.  I was amazingly good at hide and seek as a child.  Who knew, I’d use those skills for most of my life.  It’s hard for me to even fathom that what I actually believe or have to say is relevant.  I Am the cowardly lion.  No, wait.  Not the cowardly lion, no, I Am the tin man.  DO I HAVE…


Added by Hannah Kozak on April 30, 2011 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Oscar Wilde

I love Oscar Wilde’s work, he is a great writer: stage scripts, novels, short stories, poems, all of it fabulous. I eat it all up. He has a humor that is absolutely timeless and keeps the intellectually challenged in the dark, for it is not for them to enjoy the genius of Wilde. The wiser you are the more twists and turns there are in his writing. “The Portrait of Dorian Grey” will always intrigue me with the heartlessness of Dorian Grey, and his eternal beauty. “The Canterville Ghost” will… Continue

Added by Samantha Blackwell on April 30, 2011 at 2:18pm — No Comments

David Vs. Goliath: A Tale of Standing Up for What's Right

Just look at that stoplight. Isn’t she a beauty? Well, maybe not so much to you, but to me this stoplight makes my heart swell with pride, because it represents victory after a hard-fought battle.


It all started about ten years ago, just before Christmas, when seven-year old…


Added by Hollye Dexter on April 30, 2011 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Interview with Paris writer and adventuress Mary Duncan

Founder of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Moscow, IRA expert, Playboy insider, supporter of Festival and Co, creator of the Paris Writer's Group, and author of the delightful memoir, … Continue

Added by Laurel Zuckerman on April 30, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments


On television, the world is inhabited by people who don’t remotely need the products they demonstrate. Hair dye is sold by models in their twenties, for whom gray hair is unheard of. Wrinkle cream is touted by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Penelope Cruz. 

The people in advertising must think that if they actually showed individuals who look as if they need the goods, the consumer would be scared off. Imagine showing a woman with a paunch in a Spanx ad! In the world of television,…


Added by Molly Campbell on April 30, 2011 at 11:24am — No Comments

Castle book review, interview & giveaway/mystery short story in new issue

New issue of Kings River Life is up and we have a review of the latest Richard Castle book, "Naked Heat" and an "interview" with Castle & a giveaway of the book http://kingsriverlife.com/04/30/naked-heat-by-richard-castle/

We also have a mystery short story called "Relentless Love" by Bill Butler http://kingsriverlife.com/04/30/relentless-love/…


Added by Lorie Ham on April 30, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

Literary Lunchbox Left in Dust.






The Mystery Writers of America and I are not in agreement over the Edgars.

Go figure.  …


Added by Karen Burgess on April 30, 2011 at 9:52am — No Comments

Win Trish Perry's book, Unforgettable!

Thank you for being here today, Trish! I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. They were very interesting ~ for you other writers out there, this is for you!

Tell us how you got… Continue

Added by Amanda Stephan on April 30, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments

What Are You Doing for National Children's Book Week?

Attention Moms, Writers and anyone looking for fun.  Imagination-Cafe's owner/operator Rosanne Tolin has written an awesome article for Chicago Parent - 9 Ways to Celebrate Children's Book Week in Chicago.


This year National Book Week is from May 2-8th and even if you're not going to be in the Chicago area, this article will get you excited about this wonderful event - who knows, you might even want to take part or check out the amazing books being featured this…


Added by Sandie lee on April 30, 2011 at 7:54am — No Comments

Saturday Sharing

Today's new edition of Saturday Sharing features links to the Poetry Foundation's archive, La Casa de Botellas (The House of Bottles), Arts for the Earth campaign, "Conductor" by Alexander Chen, the Tate Museum's Archive Journeys, and Google Exodus.


Added by Maureen E. Doallas on April 30, 2011 at 7:12am — No Comments

249th Good Thing about Unemployment


You are the unemployed representative at Career Day at your kid’s school. You get a free lunch.


Added by Sheba Marx on April 30, 2011 at 6:05am — 1 Comment

DVD Giveaway and Review: Through Gates of Splendor

I've been re-reading Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot along with my junior high English class, and TGOS is also the May selection for Julia's Heroes of the Faith Book Club at Dark Glass Ponderings.

This book tells the story of five young… Continue

Added by Renee Ann Smith on April 30, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Romance - Wills and Kate Style

Wills and Kate, a royal romance that landed, as the Brits might say, on my tellie.  

I almost got up at 2:00 a.m. to watch the coverage of the royal wedding.  Almost... 

Instead I taped it and watched the event mid-stream at shortly after 6:00 a.m.  Still, a crazy hour to get up but it was a crazy event.  As they say, the event of the century. It was amazing the crowd that gathered - the crowd physically there and the crowd that gathered at a distance around the…


Added by Ryshia Kennie on April 29, 2011 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Oddest Words

When I pronounce the word Future,

the first syllable already belongs to the past.

When I pronounce the word Silence,

I destroy it.

When I pronounce the word Nothing,

I make something no non-being can hold.

The Three Oddest Words by Wislawa Szymborska

Translated by S. Baranczak &…


Added by Maria Clara Paulino on April 29, 2011 at 6:45pm — 1 Comment


As I edit my book

In a quiet little nook,

Here I stand,

Pen in hand.

I scribble away,

All the mistakes

It’s a small price to pay

I do what it takes

To make the perfect tale

And not one that is stale,

So an agent may not go berserk

At the sight of my work

Though I hate this task

I ease the boredom with music

To keep me from being sick

And put on a patient…


Added by Samantha Blackwell on April 29, 2011 at 5:10pm — No Comments

phati'tude Literary Magazine Launches "Real Poetry, Real Talk" at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC

Real Poetry-Real Talk Logo

phati'tude Literary Magazine announces the launch of “Real Poetry, Real Talk," a hot new reading series to be held at the landmark Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. Set to kick-off on Thursday, May 12, 2011 as a quarterly event, "Real Poetry, Real Talk" was developed by the… Continue

Added by Gabrielle David on April 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Free drawing for The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner's Manual

Over on her blog, Wordplay, K.M. Weiland is running a free ebook giveaway of my book,  The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner's Manual.


If you'd like to win a free copy,…


Added by Victoria Mixon on April 29, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

As the Actress Said to the Bishop: "It's hot and crazy in the kitchen - the sequel."

As the Actress Said to the Bishop: "It's hot and crazy in the kitchen - the sequel."

Well what do you know? As if to prove the point that you can never tell with auditions, my agent called to tell me I had landed a recall following last Friday's disastrous casting session. "The problem is... they won't pay you a recall fee." When have any of them ever paid me a…


Added by Isabelle Gregson on April 29, 2011 at 8:51am — No Comments



Did I ever tell you about the time that I was almost run over by one of those real big cruise ships? It was back in 2000, my first year fishing my own boat. I was up in Coghill, in the northwest of Prince William Sound. College Fjord is a spectacularly beautiful and pristine area of the Sound and a popular destination for cruise ships. The fjord is about 20 miles long and consists of five tide water glaciers, five glacier valleys, and countless other glaciers. It’s… Continue

Added by Jen Pickett on April 29, 2011 at 7:18am — No Comments

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