June 2010 Blog Posts (431)

Next Up On The Lit Coach's Guide to The Writer's Life

Author of Kick Ass Creativity: An Energy Makeover for Artists, Explorers and Creative Professionals and accomplished musician, Mary Beth Maziarz; and Editorial Consultant, Marcela Landres will stop by The Lit Coach’s Guide to The Writer’s Life in July to blogshop as Creativity is the writer’s virtue of the month.

In a two part blogshop, Mary Beth will discuss:

• The importance of clearing away toxic clutter for prime creative productivity.

• How to… Continue

Added by Erin Reel on June 30, 2010 at 8:09pm — No Comments

The Pledge of Allegiance by Judy Bolton-Fasman

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about the Pledge of Allegiance. For over a century, American children have sworn loyalty to our flag and to the idea of a country where “liberty and justice for all” is commonplace.

Some history of the Pledge of Allegiance with a brief timeline: The Reverend Francis Bellamy wrote the original Pledge in 1892. It first appeared in a pamphlet called “The Youth’s Companion.” Bellamy intended the pledge to be one size fits… Continue

Added by Judy Bolton-Fasman on June 30, 2010 at 7:44pm — No Comments

SW Birthday Bash in Nashville

We had a fabulous turnout--at the height of the evening--45 attendees!! Many writers in Nashville got to hear about She Writes and the wonderful advantages of being a member of this on-line community. We made the evening into a mix of writers reading from their work and mingling with one another. Midway we read the She Writes Credo, lit a candle on a piece of cake (Death by Chocolate-yum!) and sang happy birthday to She Writes and blew it out.… Continue

Added by Sally Schloss on June 30, 2010 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Just Teasing?

Many people have an idyllic image of the rural one- or two-room school. The classes are small. The teachers give individual attention. The older children help those younger or less advanced than themselves. What is there not to like?

The two-room school I attended from kindergarten (all two weeks of it) through eighth grade did, at times, conform to the Little House on the Prairie image. There were only two other children in my grade. I had the same teacher until sixth grade. I… Continue

Added by Lisa Rivero on June 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments


Choices are on my mind this week. I am trying to figure out how one makes choices and why some work and others fail miserably. As a woman who raised two wonderful sons and now has so much free time to do what I want, I am finding myself torn with so many choices. I remember it seemed to be easier when I had kids and worked full-time. This way seemed to dictate my choices where today I do what I want, when I want and have learned to say no and stick with it. How do you cope with your choices day… Continue

Added by Madge Woods on June 30, 2010 at 4:26pm — No Comments

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer

The other day a young woman asked me what I did for a living. What an interesting question. If I had to live off the money I make from writing, I'd be living in a garden shed. On the other hand, it is through writing that I live. So, in a very real sense, when I answer that question by saying, "I write for a living" I am telling a far deeper truth.

Then I asked her if she was a reader. "Oh, yes," she replied.

"And what sort of books do you like?"

"I love James… Continue

Added by Lauren B. Davis on June 30, 2010 at 1:52pm — 2 Comments


I was asked to give my “Write to Win” workshop at the '07 Murder in the Grove conference. I do this workshop dressed in Army camouflage and teach guerrilla techniques for winning writing contests.

I love writing contests. When I hear of one or come across a contest on the Internet, my heart starts racing and ideas flood my mind. My competitive spirit kicks into high gear. I may never run a marathon or win a ballroom dance competition, but give me a theme and a deadline and I'm up for… Continue

Added by Sunny Frazier on June 30, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

My interview on SheWrites Blog Talk Radio on women and humor

Happy Anniversary to Shewrites http://bit.ly/8WYKG0 This interview celebrates women and humor and features yours truly.

Thank you, Kamy!

Added by regina barreca on June 30, 2010 at 12:47pm — No Comments

phati’tude Literary Magazine Celebrates Relaunch at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC

The Bowery Poetry Club

Friday, July 9, 2010 @ 7:30PM


Tara Betts, Timothy Liu, Eileen Myles, Angelo Nikolopoulos…


Added by Gabrielle David on June 30, 2010 at 11:35am — No Comments


If you see someone sitting in a park on a blanket, surrounded by all his belongings, you know the story isn't going to be a happy one. And yet that doesn't diminish its light.

Ron is sitting on a blanket, his thin legs covered by another one, near the shore of Ellis Lake in downtown Marysville, California. His two dogs, Poodle and Hank, are close by, chunky chow-and-boxer mixes ("They're also part wild, part timberwolf," he tells me).… Continue

Added by Mylene Dressler on June 30, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

My Mother Myself, My Father and I at SheWrites

Mother of the author in original SheWrites Birthday Design Tee-shirt ©2010 SheWritesdotcom celebrating the writers' platform and meeting place one-year… Continue

Added by Judith van Praag on June 30, 2010 at 11:23am — No Comments

A Legal Scam

I am looking for a writer to read and correct my manuscript. I am not a writer, but attempted to tell this story that should be told. Thank you,

Added by Judy Palm on June 30, 2010 at 10:19am — No Comments

Editors' Picks--Week of June 28

This week's highlights from the Community Blog.

Restrepro--A New Kind of War Movie by Tanya Paperny

But a different approach to war reporting may be necessary in the Korengal Valley, a place where men were in the line of fire four to five… Continue

Added by Editors Picks on June 30, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Denver Meet Up

7 women got together to toast to the anniversary of SheWrites.

Lucky Susan won a SheWrites tee!

We made some new friends.

And a couple of us with sweet teeth partook of chocolate (but it was healthy cuz it's vegan)

Added by Carleen on June 30, 2010 at 8:50am — 2 Comments

Dystopia: The new Utopia

(Picture from: http://forums.wincustomize.com/300161)

There has been a lot of discussion about trends in the writing market recently. It seems that one can't really jump right into the current trend, because when one finally finishes the manuscript, agents/publishers are no longer accepting trend novels because the market is "filling up".

The YA trend has been vampires… Continue

Added by Tessa Quin on June 30, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Austin SheWrites Birthday Meetup

This is a slightly edited version of my post on my writing blog http://dlwebb.wordpress.com

Yesterday, only three of us showed up at a place appropriately called Kick Butt Coffee for the SheWrites birthday meetup in Austin in the middle of a thunderstorm, but it was well worth the effort. Despite the differences in our ages, our occupations and our writing aspirations, we had an amazing… Continue

Added by Densie Webb on June 30, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

She Writes DC Meet Up's 1st anniversary celebration at Teaism

L-R: Mary L. Tabor, Ananda Leeke, Shawna J. Kenney, and Glen Finland

Happy First Year Anniversary SheWrites.com!

Last night I (http://twitter.com/anandaleeke) sat waiting in Teaism, a woman-owned tea house/cafe, for women writers to join the DC celebration of She… Continue

Added by Ananda Leeke on June 30, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Countdown to Publication: Building the Buzz

Hi SheWriters,

So most of you know that the real reason we spend so much time blogging and tweeting and writing about our books before they even come out is to build the buzz. We’re trying to create this frenzy of desire for our particular book, such that people will feel incomplete unless and until they have a copy of the book in their hot little hands. I kind of liken it to (I’m dating myself) the Cabbage Patch Kid craze of the mid-1980s. That’s the kind of excitement I’d like to… Continue

Added by Lori L. Tharps on June 30, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Writing White---Redux 2010

We first wrote this piece as an article back in 2005 but it never found a home. So we posted it on our blog in September 2007 and again in November 2008 and 2009. Last fall, Virginia’s Open Letter to Oprah made the cyber-rounds, author-friend Bernice McFadden took a stance on… Continue

Added by Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant on June 30, 2010 at 7:08am — No Comments

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