October 2009 Blog Posts (150)

Happy Halloween from Ananda with news about the launch of her 11/1 online book party launch

Happy Halloween!

If you are seeking a treat, join me on November 1 for the launch of my online book party that celebrates my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery. See the book cover below. Please leave a comment about the book cover in the comment section.

The first online book party event is an author chat that will be held on… Continue

Added by Ananda Leeke on October 31, 2009 at 7:26pm — No Comments

I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Chris Rock's 'Good Hair'

I have read reviews of "Good Hair" written by people who have never seen the movie. I saw it and liked it. Rock approached the subject of black women and their unexposed struggles with natural hair texture using intelligence and a tongue in cheek humor. For me, the movie was also… Continue

Added by Judaye Streett on October 31, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Pink Virus Project


Scientists have proven that the human papilloma virus (“HPV”) causes cervical cancer. In fact, Dr. Van Hausen, the scientist who first made this discovery, won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2008 for his groundbreaking research.

But HPV is not the only virus known to cause cancer. At least six other viruses are proven cancer agents and scientists now believe that as much as 15-20% of all human cancers are of viral… Continue

Added by Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy on October 30, 2009 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 11

Post # 12. This is a sketch by Djuna Barnes:

Gertrude Stein was a "clinical case of megalomania" (Tristan Tzara). A "dictator of art" (Man Ray). Her writing was a "cold suet-roll of reptilian length...all fat without nerve" (French critic Marcel Brion); a "sausage, by-the-yard-variety" (Wyndham Lewis). Stein was controversial from day one.

As we are dealing right now with the "Rose" controversy (see previous post), I will digress a bit… Continue

Added by Renate Stendhal on October 30, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Little Miracles

A while ago I wrote a couple of pages of New Novel, and even before I printed them out to get a second opinion from my first editor (who is married to me, but who doesn't let that fact interfere with the sometimes brutal honesty I knew that they were not good enough. It was dense -- four scenes of story stuffed into six paragraphs, a synopsis of what I needed to write.

My instinct was spot-on. My first editor told me the exact thing I had been thinking, without my having said… Continue

Added by Alma Alexander on October 30, 2009 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Great writing advice for aspiring authors!

Hi all, I'm a writer, am starting a new blog and also doing p.r. for my beloved brother/author. Check out his great, inspirational post here:
Get writing!

Added by BookPRGirl on October 30, 2009 at 6:53am — No Comments

To Be Encouraged or Where the Heck My Witches At?

Image by Getty Images via Daylife

I have been talking to some of my obviously talented intelligent friends and acquaintances, and most of them do not see themselves the way I see them. They do not see their brillance, creativity, resourcefulness, and beauty. Most of the time I do not see my slew of positive attributes either. Has someone bedeviled us with some kind of dark and… Continue

Added by Judaye Streett on October 30, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

Writing and Telling Stories (the writing process with a Halloween twist)

Writers of fiction live multiple lives when they are working on a story – the reality of their own daily lives and the fictional lives of their characters. That dance in and out of fictional and real worlds can be a difficult balancing act, particularly if the writer is working on a novel. I seem to require large blocks of time to immerse myself into the world of the characters in the novel I’m writing, but it’s been difficult for me to find… Continue

Added by Dory Adams on October 30, 2009 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

ASK AN EDITOR: Hello Neighbours!

Dear SheWriters,

Now that I’m working for myself, it’s wonderful not to have to drag myself to a corporate office every morning. But without a set routine, sometimes I lose track of what day it is—I almost forgot to post this column (and, um, write it)! I’ve been in and out of New York for the past few weeks, and most recently I was in Denver, the Mile High City. I got to… Continue

Added by Lea Beresford on October 29, 2009 at 6:27pm — 2 Comments

Why Quote Something If It Can Be Done: Misquoting Gertrude Stein?

Post # 11.

I stand accused of having done her wrong. A commentator with an interesting name commented on my blog post # 4, where I quoted "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."

Comment by Alice Toklas 1 day ago:

"You have joined the legions of those who misquote this FAMOUS quote. The actual line is "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." I am glad it has given you inspiration (I guess that's what you're saying...??) but your… Continue

Added by Renate Stendhal on October 29, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments


I think my calling is to do some kind of memoir or story/novel centered around a mother... because my mother affects my life so much. And we are so alike, and interconnected, yet no one can hurt my feelings or say something to get my goat like my mom. And yet, it's really taboo to write about your mother, and of course they would disagree with your potrayl of them, at least, I'd definitely think so.

Write about your mother, or don't, I think I'd like to but then how do you disconnect… Continue

Added by Sarah on October 29, 2009 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Writing and Insanity

My professional life goal is to write, research and counsel. As a writer and grad student, I have the first two covered. As a marriage and family therapist intern, I am working on the third. A client, 52 and homeless, is an incredible writer. Her work is haunting, spiritual and edgy. As I prepare to present her case at case conference, I ask:

"Where is the line between creativity and insanity?"

Added by Nina Sutton on October 28, 2009 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Staking Out a Place in Foursquare

Staking Out a Place in Foursquare

By Judy Bolton- Fasman

Move over Twitter and Facebook, four square is no longer just for kids on the playground. It has been upgraded to Foursquare and dubbed the latest buzz-worthy mobile app (that's new media speak for application) in cyberspace.

While Facebook and Twitter revel in the minutia of teenagers' and babyboomers' lives - homework, yuck, here's pictures from a party you weren't invited to, doing mounds of laundry, broiling… Continue

Added by Judy Bolton-Fasman on October 28, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Good Men Launch Behind Bars and Head for Hollywood Hills

I may very well be insane. In 12 months I have assembled my own team to build a four part platform: book, film, online, events. Why? Because I think its about time for us guys to break the silence and SPEAK.

The book is 31 first person essays about being a father, son, husband and worker written by men of all walks of life: rich, poor, black, white, gay, straight, famous, ordinary. From guys in Iraq to guys doing life sentences and… Continue

Added by Thomas Matlack on October 28, 2009 at 5:25pm — No Comments

When writers review

If you are a writer who does a less-than-complimentary review of another writer's book, you run the risk of one of two things.

1) If the writer whom you are reviewing is more famous than you, your bad review might come off as sour grapes.

2) If the writer is a rung or two lower on the publishing ladder, you run the risk of of being seen as snotty and snobby

I started writing book reviews when I was in my early twenties, back in Cape Town, South Africa. I wrote… Continue

Added by Alma Alexander on October 28, 2009 at 5:14pm — 5 Comments

From this broken hill...

I recently heard of an internationally acclaimed author whose work I admire IMMENSELY, having his newly finished novel turned down. (And no, I'm not going to name names.) I don't know why the book was turned down, although I can't imagine it was because it wasn't well written. This man is simply incapable of writing a bad sentence. I've been thinking of him a lot. You can imagine the pain of working so hard for so many years to develop a… Continue

Added by Lauren B. Davis on October 28, 2009 at 1:17pm — No Comments

On The Road Again

"I had to gun it."

There it was, the phrase that always makes me put down the paper and focus on what she is actually saying.

Every so often my mother chooses to spend our phone conversation time dissecting the very treacherous traffic situation in Johnson County, Kansas. The most dangerous intersection in all the world is just blocks from her suburban home. Cleverly she avoids it, when possible. And she knows, because she spends an inordinate amount of time considering… Continue

Added by allyson lang on October 28, 2009 at 10:25am — No Comments



Writer Molly O’Neill may be best known for her food writing in the New York Times, where she worked for many years. She has also written a memoir (Mostly True: A Memoir of Family, Food, and Baseball) and stories for The New Yorker and Saveur, and edited the… Continue

Added by Five Questions on October 28, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Selling Your Books On Scribd

I've just posted a link to an interesting article about selling your books on Scribd. I've been selling a poetry book there. It's easy to do and gives the author 80%. I think people would find Scribd worth checking out. You can read the article and find a link to my book on Scribd at my blog: http://www.treeriesener.blogspot.com.

Added by Tree Riesener on October 28, 2009 at 4:54am — No Comments

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein #10

Post # 10. "Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded." This family photo shows Gertrude, freshly settled in Paris with brother Leo (left), in 1907, a few years before their friendship faded.

I was going to tell you how moving to Paris, my new "hometown," helped me to finally befriend Gertrude Stein, the unreadable writer. Well, twice before I had felt a flash-like connection with my difficult muse. When I heard the quote about… Continue

Added by Renate Stendhal on October 27, 2009 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

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