August 2011 Blog Posts (549)

Day 4



Tina stared hard at the magazine picture. Why oh why was Tyra Banks so beautiful? She looked up and saw herself, sitting crosslegged in front of the mirror, and then back at Tyra. So different. She stood up and posed her limbs as Tyra's were on the cover, hands on hips, shoulders hunched over. She tried to capture the fierce expression in…

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Added by Nicki Johnson on August 31, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

A Funny Thing Happened in the Supermarket..

*Disclaimer:  I really try to stay away from the ever ugly politics and religion.  I really do.  Today I just feel compelled to have a conversation.

My intention is NOT to upset or hurt anyone; honestly…I’m all about love, tolerance and peace.  I wish we could just learn to use the correct words.

 

So a strange ‘thing’ happened at the grocery store the other day.  In front of me, walking in the door was a woman in full burka…

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Added by Doreen McGettigan on August 31, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Hooking Your Reader in One Breath

"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink."

(Dodie Smith in I Capture the Castle)

 

You know it when you read one.

 

"It was a pleasure to burn."

(Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451)

Your eyelids…

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Added by Kimberly Zook on August 31, 2011 at 9:13pm — 2 Comments

My Hat (aka. My Brother’s Hat)

Avon has just started selling what they are calling “Foxy fedora” (Product number 532-025 price $24) it’s adorable don’t get me wrong, but I started wearing my brothers fedora before I started seeing models wearing them.

The Story Behind the Hat

First it was my brother’s hat, then he out-grew it about the same time I started abducting it from his room to wear it around the house until he would take it back. Then to my immense joy, he tried to put it on right after he took it from me… Continue

Added by Samantha Blackwell on August 31, 2011 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Interview with Creativity Coach Janet Whitehead + Giveaway

Janet Whitehead of Musings and Mud Studios is a writer, as well as a personal and creativity coach.  She has inspired and helped me immensely, as well as hundreds of others.  If you are interested in winning a complete set of her work (play) books, or $15 CDN towards books at the Book Depository, go to my blog at: Books & Other Creative Adventures.

 

My interview…

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Added by Coreena McBurnie on August 31, 2011 at 6:40pm — No Comments

When Writers Run Aground

31 August 2011

It’s been a tough few weeks for my fellow writers, friends and family. Short version: a sister who has separated from the love of her life; a close creative friend having a daughter post a blog about all of mom’s perceived failures as a mother; a dear friend and author of three fine novels who has had her editor reject the latest novel while all along saying she loved it; and our oldest granddaughter, well, for lack of… Continue

Added by Valerie Brooks on August 31, 2011 at 6:36pm — No Comments

We’ve Come a Long Way or Have We? by Judy Bolton- Fasman

A couple of weeks ago all the televisions in our house were in use. My mother was watching her telenovelas – Spanish-language soap operas. Anna was watching whatever happened to be on E! And Ken had on one of those movies that would give me nightmares for weeks. Four televisions, five people. I promised Adam that I’d watch a Harry Potter DVD with him if he first watched a short documentary with me.



My documentary of choice that night was “Gloria in Her Words.” The “Gloria” in question… Continue

Added by Judy Bolton-Fasman on August 31, 2011 at 5:20pm — No Comments

An "Issue" Review

     Though we all don’t speak the same languages one thing me and my sistas around the globe have in common is that we are all forced to endure visits from Cousin Ruby or Aunt Flo during that dreaded “time of the month.” No matter what continent we live on we all ride the hormonal roller coaster for five to seven days during which time we are moody,…

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Added by Linda Hamblin Denton on August 31, 2011 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "Sometimes a Moment" by Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn is a poet and essayist with four collections of poetry, the most recent being Lost Gospels (Brick Books, 2010). She was Poet Laureate for Halifax from 2005-2009, and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her collection of essays on grief and loss will be published this fall by Hagios Press.



Learn more about her work at…

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Added by Niranjana Iyer on August 31, 2011 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

A Real Fictional for Todays Times

A Must Read' Sara Jane

Added by Diane Hendricks on August 31, 2011 at 9:54am — No Comments

I'm Back....(Egypt and my thoughts on The Help)

It's been quite a long time since I've visited She Writes -- time...summer...it all seemed to sweep by in rapid speed.

I spent the month of June in El Gouna, Egypt. It was HOT -- it was fabulous... it was educational...and eye opening. On my return I was lucky enough to spend two nights in Cairo at the famed Mena House Hotel which has been on my bucket list since 1990. To say that I was swaddled in the lap of luxury would be a very, true statement! The staff placed me in one of the…

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Added by Bernice L. McFadden on August 31, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Around She Writes, August 31, 2011



Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.  DON'T MISS THE the winning entries in the We Love New Novelist Contest! 

 

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Added by Mary Keating on August 31, 2011 at 9:27am — No Comments

On being a multicultural writer...

The month of August marked twenty years since I made the move from the United States to Israel. I came here for what was supposed to be ten months, met my husband and stayed. After years spent trying to pretend that writing was "just" a hobby, a friend convinced me to set up a blog with him. At some point along the way, the blog became mine alone, and I turned it into a platform that reflected my views as an increasingly assimilated American living in Israel. I rarely touch on topics that…

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Added by Liza Rosenberg on August 31, 2011 at 9:14am — No Comments

Sentencing a Book: The Tough Task of Writing the Pitch Sentence/Paragraph

The writing of a book and the writing of a haiku are two different things, but the sad truth is that to sell a book, we have to be able to describe it succinctly.



Seriously, every reputable agent out there is hoping to find the next great American writer. You don’t need connections (with rare exceptions). You just need to write a really… Continue

Added by Meg Waite Clayton on August 31, 2011 at 8:30am — 16 Comments

Eid Special Author Interview

 

Come join us in the fun as me n @BarbaraConelli chat about Eid, crazy travel experiences, books and much more! http://komzreviews.blogspot.co m/2011/08/eid-special-author-i nterview-barbara.html

 

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Added by Komal Mansoor on August 31, 2011 at 7:37am — No Comments

Day 3

Rat Hunting Song

 

This is the hunt that doesn't end

Yes it goes on and on my son

Some Tinies started hunting rats not knowing if we'd win

But we'll continue hunting them forever just because...

 

 

Added by Nicki Johnson on August 31, 2011 at 7:33am — No Comments

Is Fear Keeping You From Doing What You Love? The Typewriter Doctor can Help You With That.

Last week I blogged about my plan to write my new novel of a sixty-year Smith Corona. I bought the machine on Etsy and the ad promised that it “works.” Well, it did work, a little bit. It worked enough to type my name, but it wasn’t in true working order. The seller thought I just sort of wanted the typewriter as a conversation piece. She didn’t understand that I was actually going to use the… Continue

Added by Tayari Jones on August 31, 2011 at 6:33am — 1 Comment

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts

This post profiles the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in eastern Oregon. Its mission is to provide opportunities for Native Americans to develop their artistic gifts. It produces an array of wonderful prints.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2011/08/crows-shadow-institute-of-arts.html

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 31, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Pen Is Mightier ThanThe Sword

As I have confessed here a number of times, I haven’t always been able to write.  Well, I’ve always been able to write, I just didn’t have any confidence in my writing abilities.  When I was working in the corporate world, if I was required to write a letter, I would procrastinate for days until I made myself sit down at my computer and write.

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on August 31, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Day 2

Posted at

 

http://mouseneb.livejournal.com/31247.html

 

Discussing teaching Overachievers.

Added by Nicki Johnson on August 30, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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