June 2011 Blog Posts (620)


The only thing I can say about Xlibris is this: a friend of mine published a series of mysteries with them about ten years ago. She seemed to like them but I didn't like the way they designed the covers or the overall appearance of the book. Now, they probably improved over the years. Just make sure you own all rights when they publish.

Added by Jan Marquart on June 29, 2011 at 7:39am — No Comments

Interview: Fraternal Twin Sisters Donna McDine and Debra Brennan


Do you have twins in your family? Do you believe twins have a special connection? I invite you to read the interview below and would like you to come to your own conclusions as…

Added by Nicole Weaver on June 29, 2011 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

kickstart success!

With a successful 'kickstarter' project, my book is moving right along!  I was able to raise funds for professional editing, book cover design, and website updating through my kickstarter project for Clouse's Houses - Memoir of Architecture, Nature, and Human Spirit!  Through SW's I hooked up with the wild and wonderful Barbara Fischkin as one of my editors, to begin the polishing process.  So, here we go!

Added by Carol Clouse on June 29, 2011 at 7:03am — No Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "Storytelling" by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto is the author of the memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning, which is a National Book Critics Circle Finalist and the winner of the Grub Street National Book Award. Her first novel, Why She Left Us, won an American Book Award in 2000. She is a recipient of the U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, including the L.A. Times, Salon.com, the Crab… Continue

Added by Niranjana Iyer on June 29, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Importance of Speaking Honestly to Children

My daughter, V, like any curious toddler, asks a lot of questions.  Some of which, I’m not quite sure how to answer. But I’d rather admit that I, the great and powerful mother, am not all-knowing, than lie to my child. After reading the book, Nurture Shock, which includes a discussion on lying in young children and teens, I was shocked to learn how frequently both children and adults lie.  It truly…


Added by Pamela Mathison Levitt on June 29, 2011 at 6:14am — No Comments

Wednesday Wonder: 'Strandbeests'

Today's Wednesday Wonder truly is a wonder: the work of Dutch kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen, who is creating "new forms of life" to populate Holland's beaches. I've included two videos about his otherworldly "herds':



Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 29, 2011 at 6:01am — No Comments

Con Air

This past weekend, Elliott and I flew to Boston for the weekend.  For the most part, it was an uneventful trip. 

If you’ve flown lately, you know what a hassle air travel has become.  There are the security lines, the overbooked flights, and the testy airline employees.  With a cancelled flight out of Kansas City, air traffic control issues in Chicago, and weather delays in Boston, it took us 13 hours to get to Boston, but only five hours to get home.




Added by Lanita Moss on June 29, 2011 at 5:53am — No Comments

Do You Love A Happy Ending?

I think if you really enjoy doing something and you really get out of it what you put in, that you should carry on and enjoy yourself in the process. Well that something for me, is blogging. I guess I'm a little addicted to it. Some might say I'm obsessed with it. Especially my husband and my sister, neither of whom understand blogging at all.


PLEASE CONTINUE - I'm running a…


Added by Kathryn Brown on June 29, 2011 at 5:25am — No Comments

Reacquainting Myself with Ana Mendieta

I follow bookslut.com on Twitter and saw the tweet about their first book raffle on Facebook. I’m always up for the opportunity to win a free book, so I followed the link, and was excited to see that all I had to do was enter the name of a female artist overlooked by popular culture to enter the drawing for Who is Ana Mendieta? By…


Added by Jane Hammons on June 29, 2011 at 12:12am — No Comments

The Attack (c) kelly fitzpatrick

 When Evil walks the earth

 in a time of horrifying stillness,

no one is safe

off the narrow spiritual path.


I had left my big dog, Isis, at home, had had only two…


Added by Kelly Fitzpatrick on June 29, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Jo Buckshot Bryant

Joanne “Buckshot” Bryant was a notorious bank and train robber and is possibly best-remembered as the Queen of the Rustlers in the American West of the 1800′s. It could truly be said that this queen came from a family of outlaw aristocracy. Her parents ran the infamous Bryant Gang in Australia and may have even known the outback bandit…


Added by Jo Bryant on June 28, 2011 at 5:43pm — No Comments

It's Game Time... Get ready for the She Writes redesign!

Everybody stretch with me, do some downward dog, cross your fingers, and send your best vibes -- tonight is game time. I'm about to go into the technological back end of She Writes and install the redesign we've been working on! 


I'm incredibly excited about unveiling this new "look and feel,"…


Added by Julia Barry on June 28, 2011 at 5:13pm — 3 Comments

Writing While Ill

Reposted from the Writerly Habit

I’ve been reading The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir by Sarah Manguso. In her memoir, she talks about the gaps in the narrative and not being able to account for all of her time. Now that I have had another back injury, I understand. Mind you, I…


Added by Brandi Ballard on June 28, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A String Theory Valentine

This story  appears on Lost in Fiction, thanks to a referral from Barbara Alfaro-- nice to go global!


Added by Carla Sarett on June 28, 2011 at 3:59pm — No Comments

X- Rated Cursing and a Bedtime Story for the Sleep Deprived Parents. What is Acceptable?

Today I posted about cursing and the (incredibly funny) Go The F**k to Sleep book by Adam Mansbach, read by Samuel Jackson. What is your take on cursing with kids?  What are some of your favorite alternatives?  I'd love to hear from you:


Added by Meryl Jaffe on June 28, 2011 at 3:26pm — No Comments

The Queen's Visit to Ireland

The Queen’s visit to Ireland: Hope for the Future


In May 2011 Queen Elizabeth made the first visit to Ireland by a British monarch in 100 years since King George V in 1911. Gracious and friendly, she acknowledged the bleak record of past relationships between the two countries, particularly in her remarks at Dublin Castle on May 18:  “It is a sad and regrettable reality that through history our islands have experienced more than their share of heartache,…


Added by Jack O'Keefe on June 28, 2011 at 2:37pm — No Comments

When Lightning Strikes. It Misses the Neighbours and You Can Hear Me Weep.


So the storms hit last night …. 2500 lightning strikes in about an hour and winds over 100 miles per hour. May I just say you have to wonder about the neighbours and whether it is really safe for them to be living on their own …. when they insist on tearing down a perfectly healthy beautiful 100 year old tree on another neighbours… Continue

Added by Aria E. Appleford on June 28, 2011 at 2:09pm — No Comments

F. and C., finally … and the right box to tick

I have been thinking about a comment in reference to my mention of maids in Oh Mother. The comment struck a nerve, precisely because I have been tiptoeing around this subject.

It is difficult to write about it without sounding over-righteous, snobbish, or something in-between. Yet I cannot change the fact that I…


Added by Maria Clara Paulino on June 28, 2011 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Balanced Budget: How Do You Do It?

Wrote about balancing the household budget on my blog today.  Looking for helpful tips and tricks; please checkout the post and share your thoughts!  http://therippleeffect2009.wordpress.com



Hi all,

I am writing an unusual blog…for me, today.  First of all, I’m posting on a Tuesday.  Second of all, this will be more of a  query than my usual style.  But I think this topic is relevant for all…


Added by Pamela Mathison Levitt on June 28, 2011 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Is One The Lonliest Number?

When it comes to my home and my personal relationships, I like my life.  A lot.  Granted, sometimes I come on here and talk about various arguments I have with my husband and how we’re working on making our marriage awesome, but when I take a step back and look at the big picture, my life is great.  We have a very nice apartment that we keep stylishly updated and clean.  I sit in the mornings after my workout and drink coffee while I write and read blogs while the dog sleeps beside me.  I…


Added by Ashley Lauren on June 28, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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