October 2012 Blog Posts (424)

Summer Shoes


Summer Shoes


She heard her cell phone ding as she grazed the aisles for groceries to fill her summer cupboards.  It was her first day back to her New Hampshire hideaway, and already she was being bugged. She glanced at her phone. “Call realtor about electrician. 603-526-7654.”   It was from her secretary, Karen, 3,000 miles away in California. What electrician? She wondered.  And how did her secretary get involved?

She rolled her cart onward. Maybe she was…


Added by Penny Righthand on October 31, 2012 at 9:26pm — No Comments

When Bad Things Happen to Good Kids

A day on which a life changes forever always begins as ordinary – so ordinary that thereafter, daily life is a deliberate celebration.

Carolyn Roy-Bornstein writes about an ordinary day gone awry in her new memoir “Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude.” In her engrossing narrative, Bornstein divides her life “into two unequal parts. A line, like a crack in the glass, which carves time and events into two: those that occurred before the crash and those that…


Added by Judy Bolton-Fasman on October 31, 2012 at 7:52pm — No Comments

We Probably Won't have Power for a Week

Things are very rugged over here. This writing is by candlelight and the battery on computer is about to die. That's all folks. Signing off from stinky-ville,


Added by Phoebe Wilcox on October 31, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Moving On Post Divorce - Just Do It!

               I am not one to order magazines.  I don’t know why, but the only times I really read them is in the waiting room at the doctor’s office.  So, imagine my surprise when magazines start showing up at my house.  Perhaps a bit naively, I thought since we recently moved, we were getting a free magazine in the hopes of liking it enough to subscribe.  Yeah, I have no idea where that came from, especially since it has never happened in the many, many times I have moved.  Did I…

Added by Anne Parks on October 31, 2012 at 3:03pm — 1 Comment

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Added by Anne Parks on October 31, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Where is Heaven?


Growing up, my family attended the First Presbyterian Church in New Bern, N.C.  On Sunday I would be dressed in a hand-me-down from one of my sisters who may have received it from one of our cousins, which meant by the time it made to me it would be faded and…


Added by Sadhvi Sez on October 31, 2012 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Happy Skank-Free Halloween, y'all!

Well, kittens, it's Halloween. It's the one day out of the year that I am grateful to live in an apartment building that is inhabited entirely by graduate students of the ..."studious" variety. This means a couple of things: 
1. No Halloween parties with girls dressed like slutty Barbie and slutty Little Bo Peep and slutty Cinderella and slutty Rainbow Bright (Although, who are we kidding. That girl got…

Added by Katie Pilkington on October 31, 2012 at 1:38pm — No Comments

How to Get Traffic to Your Author Website

The author website (or blog) is an essential book marketing tool, and authors often ask how they can get more traffic to their website. To answer that question, let's first think about the ways that people land on websites.

As an example, I'll discuss sources of traffic (according to Google Analytics) to my Savvy Book Marketer website during a recent month:

Search Traffic:  About 47% of visitors found my site…


Added by Dana Lynn Smith on October 31, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Day 23 Blog-off: Jinny Barrish, A Generous Soul

Today’s Generous Soul goes out to Jinny Barrish. (Remember? The Indiegogo Campaign? So we can publish our book? You can be a generous soul, too! CLICK HERE.)

Laura Tompkins was born Geraldine “Jinny” Barrish in 1915 in El Paso, Texas. Her father was a…


Added by Janine Kovac on October 31, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why Remain?

So far all I've gotten out of "She Writes" is a persistent Nigerian who is "also a writer, looking for pen pals." I thought it was legit for a nanosecond and wrote "her" that I wished her well but was not interested. "She" then sent me revealing photos and proceeded to tell me about her inheritance that only I could help her obtain... Yeah, right. Like I was born yesterday. I was deluged with "her" emails. When I reported this to the head of She Writes, I got no response. What's up with that?… Continue

Added by Alexis Rhone Fancher on October 31, 2012 at 9:06am — No Comments

Witches' Wine (Halloween Poem)

I've posted a poem for Halloween, "Witches' Wine":


Added by Maureen E. Doallas on October 31, 2012 at 8:40am — No Comments

Thank You Sandy, For Making Me Thankful

So most of you readers and fellow bloggers may have been following the news and the progress of Hurricane Sandy, which has blown through the east coast in quite the fury. I was a victim of her progress, but luckily, I was fortunate. We only lost power here for about a day or so. While at first it was exciting, I quickly realized how much we rely on electricity for everything- lights, heat, entertainment. It begs the question, what did we ever…

Added by Erin Smith on October 31, 2012 at 7:33am — No Comments

Halloween Interview and Giveaway!

Here's a Halloween treat for those who write for children and teens: My co-blogger, Esther Hershenhorn, has posted an interview with literary agent Mary Kole today on our TeachingAuthors blog. Mary blogs at the wonderful Kidlit.com site, and she has just released her book Writing Irresistible Kidlit (Writer’s Digest). I hope everyone will stop by to learn what Mary considers the…


Added by Carmela Martino on October 31, 2012 at 7:33am — No Comments

Before and After Frankenstorm Somewhere in New York

So, the kids and I survived our first storm completely on our own.  I never thought I'd utter these words, "Thank god for teenagers."  My two oldest and able-bodied worked by my side getting our house ready for Sandy without complaint.  I had to venture onto our roof to clean out some leaf clogged gutters that plague us with water damage every storm. My daughter Riley climbed a ladder next to me and forgot about all her girly queasiness and fears of spiders. She reached in and pulled out…


Added by Christine Moffatt on October 31, 2012 at 6:55am — No Comments

Just Put a Little Love on That

Mmmm . . . love.

We were invited out to dinner last night.
Our hostess served us Turkey a la King.
And fresh, warm muffins.
With a crisp spinach salad.
Everything was…

Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on October 31, 2012 at 6:53am — No Comments

5 Resources To Generate the Perfect Article Idea

Last week I shared a little bit about the value of collecting "clips"-- copies of articles-- to add to your writing resume. Hopefully you felt inspired and decided, sure you'd like to write an article or two. After all, you have good writing skills, you can whip out 1000 words fairly easily. Let's do this! But maybe you pulled up Word, stared at the blank screen and searched your brain for ideas and...nothing. Panic set in.…


Added by Julie Luek on October 31, 2012 at 5:22am — No Comments

This video is like Mental Disintegration

Of Monsters and Men

(Walking bravely through the snow and comet-fall.)

In other news, I am going to take November and December and try to finish at least one of the two novels I'm working on. It makes it harder, the fact that I keep bouncing back and forth between the two. (And being a perfection-ection-ectionist.)


Added by Phoebe Wilcox on October 31, 2012 at 3:36am — No Comments

:: rochdale ::

seemed pleasant, aye, lunch at the bird in hand,

all sunday lunch on monday,

i had the soup surrounded with bibelots,

winston churchill. kind ladies worried

about our welfare and nourishment.

i met pompidou, bridle paths, dark houses

in the north, arrived to slide the cobbles.

how many coats in your cloakroom sir, one hundred?

how many live here? five horses, and look at your menage a troi...

armed with directions, satellite, the…


Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on October 30, 2012 at 11:08pm — No Comments

the two-year rebuttal by meg mason

two years and one month.  living abroad.  things i miss.  contested.  


Added by T Zehnal on October 30, 2012 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Wow, Shakira, You Cheer me Right Up!

I'll let this video speak for itself. It seems like it might be called "Torture" or "Revenge" or something. I don't speak Spanish, so I don't know. But WOW, what she's got all over her? Blackstrap molasses? Cool job, I must say. . . .

Job Description:

a.) Yeah, my job is to just dance in blackstrap molasses all day, there's nothing to it.

b.) Yeah, I go to the gym 30 hours a week, what's it to…


Added by Phoebe Wilcox on October 30, 2012 at 3:31pm — No Comments

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