October 2011 Blog Posts (554)

WNFIN Challenge Helps Your Ideas Become Published Products

I can hear it. Although the writing world has gotten a bit quieter as we said goodbye to October dressed in a variety of garish and humorous Halloween costumes I hear the sound of distant typing. And I hear it getting louder…and louder…and louder! That’s the sound of the start of another Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN) challenge—bigger and better than last year.

How do I know this? I know this because I have lots of great blog posts lined up with superb infomation. This is the… Continue

Added by Nina Amir on October 31, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments


Well, I have done it. I have procrastinated until I can procrastinate no more. November first is less than two hours away and still haven’t done my outline. I told myself, self this year you are going to write an outline, you are going to be super prepared and utterly successful. Yeah, didn’t happen.



Added by NaKesha Brown on October 31, 2011 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Children's Birthday Parties: Then and Now


Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday dear………”

Do you remember the birthday parties you had when…


Added by Vivian Kirkfield on October 31, 2011 at 8:22pm — No Comments

NaNoWriMo: Daily writing tips from pubbed authors

Hi everyone! I'm teaming up with friends (friends with books) to provide daily writing tips during November for NaNoWriMo. The idea is to pass along advice based on our experiences during the lard slog to publication. We hope you'll find these tips helpful, inspiring, cheerful, or just something to keep you company while you sock in the hours at the keyboard. You can follow them at my blog here, or follow me on Twitter (@almakatsu) for… Continue

Added by Alma Katsu on October 31, 2011 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Daily writing tips from pubbed authors

Hey SheWriters! I'm teaming up with friends (friends with books) during November to bring a little cheer, inspiration or plain ole company to NaNoWriMo-ers! We share advice based on our experiences during the hard slog to publication. You can follow the daily tips at my blog, or by following me on Twitter (@almakatsu), where I'll link to the posts. First up, it's me and Sarah Pekkanen, author of SKIPPING A BEAT and THE OPPOSITE OF ME.

Added by Alma Katsu on October 31, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

I entered a writing contest today

Today I submitted a story into a writing contest.  *gulp*

The requirements are that it - rhyme, be no more than 300 words, and - along with some other writing specifications - would appeal to a child.  So I dug out my rhyming story that I had asked my critique group to give their opinions on a few months ago, and seriously tackled the comments and advice. Then I posted it for critique again, tweaked a few little things, and prepared it for submission. Oh my...

I chose to submit…


Added by Lynn A. Davidson on October 31, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

NaNoWriMo, Here I Come!

Well, this is it — my last night to be free of the madness of NaNoWriMo. But I’m not really free of it because it’s looming over me, less than four hours away. Of course, I won’t roll up my sleeves and face it until tomorrow morning.

Luckily, I’m well prepared with a fantastic “NaNoWriMo Survival Kit” from my good friend Jenna, which includes such writing essentials as a reusable coffee mug, a pen and notepad, a stuffed “plot bunny” (so cute!),…


Added by Lacey Louwagie on October 31, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Winter's Bone, by Daniel Woodrell

Everyone was talking about the film a few months ago, but I wanted to read the book first. It starts with a chilling scene: Ree Dolly, in thin cotton dress and combat boots standing on the front steps buffetted by the wind of an approaching snowstorm, staring at deer carcasses hanging from trees across the creek. The meat belongs to relatives who may or may not share it with sixteen-year-old Ree and her two younger brothers. In any case, the children won’t ask for it, but will instead make…


Added by Barbara Morrison on October 31, 2011 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Blurb is a Verb: An Entrepreneur Tackles Book Publicity

In May, Kaira Rouda published her debut novel Here, Home, Hope (Greanleaf Book Group 2011).  She has a background in business and is the author of a book about female entrepreneurship.  So I had to ask Kaira: how had her experiences in entrepreneurship prepared her for the hustle that is book publicity?  Is it easier to be “out there” with your fiction if you’ve learned to put yourself “out there” already?

Added by Sarah Pinneo on October 31, 2011 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 80

Yes, I am not alone in taking on the war-mongers against Gertrude Stein and her survival in Nazi-occupied France, with their many ignorances, lies and innuendos... For a while, I felt… Continue

Added by Renate Stendhal on October 31, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Mother Fights System, Saves At Risk Children

In my March 17, 2011 article, Synchronicity: Life’s Amazing Signs and Meanings I discuss the common expression, “There are no coincidences.” “Coincidental” experiences happen to us more frequently than we…


Added by Randi Fine on October 31, 2011 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Outhouse Tipping. Sport of Kings

Seated: Grandma and Grandpa Berg and "She Who Holds the Reins'.

Surrounding: The Instigators



Ghosts and goblins.

Witches, black cats and scary pumpkins.

Pirates, vampires and mummies.

An evening of treats, tricks and mischief.

And it has…


Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on October 31, 2011 at 1:54pm — No Comments

There was a little kid who swallowed a spider!

Check out my blog: There was a little kid who swallowed a spider

Added by Abby Billings on October 31, 2011 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Does Your Child Read Your Blogs?

My boyfriend and I just completed building a house and we're now decorating it. The following is a popular and frequent exchange, occurring several times a day. 

HIM: "How can you not like that?"

ME: "Because it's ugly."

And blackout.

Through this intense process of…


Added by Dani Alpert on October 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A Glimpse From the Past

(I hope you enjoy Olivia’s tale. I had an overwhelming urge to create, even though as in all fiction there is a lot of truth here. Forgive the grammar; it’s old mountain dialect and the way Olivia talks.)


Well this is it, the day I dread all year. It’s hog killin’ day. My name is Olivia Oliver. The year is 1928. I was born here in this place called Cades Cove almost thirteen years ago. Some white folk changed its name way back when. The real name is Kate’s Cove. Named for…


Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on October 31, 2011 at 10:57am — No Comments

Why October 31st Has Importance for Nonfiction Writers

Today is October 31st. Yes, it’s Halloween, but that’s not all. To me, and to thousands of nonfiction writers, the last day of October has importance because it means we have just one day left to prepare for the start of the fifth annual Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN) challenge.

Now “preparing for WNFIN” means something different to me than for the average WNFIN participant. As the founder of WNFIN, I have to get 30 days worth of expert blog posts ready for publication in the… Continue

Added by Nina Amir on October 31, 2011 at 10:13am — No Comments

The Challenge of Writing A Mystery

Each genre has different rules and challenges. We have mystery, suspense, adventure, and romance. Each plot has to be carefully thought out before writing a story. The writing process between romance and mystery was quite a change for me, with a completely different mind set. With romance, you plan out the plot around the meeting of a couple. As you write, you develop some sort of charisma between the characters, making the reader feel excited that one day they’re going to hit it off and fall… Continue

Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on October 31, 2011 at 9:46am — No Comments

Announcing Sheila Roberts' The Nine Lives of Christmas Virtual Book Publicity Tour 2011!

Join Sheila Roberts, author of the women’s fiction novel, The Nine Lives of Christmas (St. Martin’s Press), as she virtually tours the blogosphere November 1 – 23 2011 on her fifth virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!Bestselling author Sheila…

Added by Dorothy Thompson on October 31, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments

Tragedy - No More DIY Costumes at our House

Today is Halloween, I will be heading off to teach high school English dressed like I normally do which, according to my teen age daughter, is boring.  All of the high school students will also be dressed in their normal clothes: jeans (pulled up or down to varying degrees and with varying degrees of “fashionable” holes), sweatshirts, and t-shirts.  Anyone who dresses up in costume will be sent home to change.

Why? You might ask. Does the administration not have any sense of fun? They…


Added by Amy Isaman on October 31, 2011 at 6:43am — No Comments


“ I don’t normally like to do this over the phone…but, your biopsy came back.  I’m sorry, you have breast cancer.

And with one phone call, a new life began.




Added by Lanita Moss on October 31, 2011 at 6:39am — No Comments

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