Featured Blog Posts – December 2010 Archive (50)

The Best of She Writes 2010 List - Add the Favorite Post YOU Wrote in Comments!

There are many posts from the She Writes Blog that seriously qualify for this list, and I'm as sick of year end "Top 10" lists as the next gal right about now.  But, well, I just couldn't resist.  (Yes, Tayari, I am VERY BAD at staycation!) Here's a list of some of our faves.…


Added by Deborah Siegel on December 31, 2010 at 12:08pm — 15 Comments

You CAN Take It With You!

As 2010 winds down, I know a lot of us are busy with our resolutions. I’m all for making plans for the new year, don’t get me wrong. But I want to think a little bit about the year that is passing us by. More specifically, I want to think about what things from 2010 do I want to carry with me into 2011.

My dear Spelman sister, Brigette (oh how I love her!) has a lovely New Year’s… Continue

Added by Tayari Jones on December 31, 2010 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

10 Ways to STAY INSPIRED While the She Writes Blog Takes a Staycation!

The She Writes Blog willl be on staycation until Jan. 3 while the women behind the curtain perform various tasks behind the scenes, but She Writes' doors shall…


Added by Deborah Siegel on December 25, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Gingerbread castle, ur um, hovel (Prompt 10 #swinspires)

When my children were little and took long naps I created Gingerbread castles every christmas. This included spires, turrets, stained glass windows, draw bridges and all mounded upon thick moist gingerbread. After watching my minions and their cousins demolish such an artwork in less than three minutes I was reminded of the monks who draw in colored dust and watch the wind and rain take away their creativity to the heavens...or some such marlaeky. At least I had my…


Added by Sally Diane Franz on December 24, 2010 at 2:14pm — 2 Comments

Labor But Far From Love, More That Terminal Good Girl Disease (Prompt 10 #swinspires)

My neighbor, Libby, has just brought me seven pretty cookies she tells me she started making according to the recipe, then couldn't follow, 'like always; I just have to change things because I hate all those precise measurings, those ingredients there's always one of (star anise; crystallized pomegranate) you've never owned, seen, or will ever likely find in your whole life." She also hands me a card in a red and green envelope and we say goodbye.

They are lovely semi-round cookies…


Added by Carmen H.Mason on December 24, 2010 at 1:52pm — 2 Comments

What inspires you to make, and stay true to, change?

Staying true to change is a mindset, a mindset that is not hardwired in many of us and therefore hard to maintain. I actually like change, in fact, I thrive on it. I can't take the same route to work everyday or go to the same Starbucks. It bores me. Routine cages me in, stunts my growth.  

When I was in graduate school, I frequented many a coffee shop. Most fellow students had "their" coffee shop, I on the other hand, was a coffee shop whore. I couldn't go to just one. I've never…


Added by Carol Johnston on December 23, 2010 at 1:47pm — 2 Comments

INSPIRATION HQ: True Blood's Tanya Wright Asks, "What inspires you to...change? As in REALLY change?" (Prompt 9 #swinspires)

Author: Tanya WrightButterfly Rising

Prompt: What inspires you to...change

Photo: Tanya with her dog, Macarena, who plays "Baby Girl" in her…


Added by Inspiration HQ on December 23, 2010 at 12:53pm — 6 Comments

In response to the Prompt: What inspires you (or your writing) to get “political”, and what does the word “politics” mean to you?

Everything I write is inherently political though I do not write about politics. Nothing inspires me to get political: I am political because I am human and, because I am human, everything I think, feel, and do is personal. Politics is inextricable from living and living is a personal affair. 

I was eight when my father asked me not to sing the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) radio…

Added by Maria Clara Paulino on December 23, 2010 at 9:28am — 11 Comments

She Writerly News: Holiday Gifts, Jane Austen's Birthday, and the Impending eBook Revolution

Cleopatra biographer Stacy Schiff shares advice for aspiring biographers.  (Anyone who knows her, encourage her to join She Writes!)


For those not yet burned out on end-of-year lists: Galleycat lists their Top 10 Publishing Stories and …


Added by Deborah Siegel on December 22, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Watch This Video Created by Poet Cheryl Snell! (Prompt 7 #swinspires)

She Writer Cheryl Snell and her sister, Janet, made this video together, titled "Idea." Cheryl wrote the poem and Janet supplied the artwork. It's about the HOW of inspiration. It speaks to me. Watch it, and see if it speaks to you too.

For Cheryl's response to Prompt 7 ("What inspires you to make a book?") see…


Added by Deborah Siegel on December 21, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

I Write....I Breathe (#swinspires WATCH THE VIDEO!)


"I am a writer....a master of words. Like a knife, words should be handled carefully. They can cut deeply, the wound may never heal, and the scar can remain for an eternity." ~Ey Wade


As a child I was inspired to write to comfort the lonely child inside of me. In the fifties being Black was an issue for some (to say the least) and it was worse when you were chunky, wore cat glasses and had alopecia. As the years passed and I…


Added by Ey Wade on December 21, 2010 at 4:18pm — 5 Comments

To be a World Splitter (Prompt 6 #swinspires)

I take on political topics in my writing--labor activism in Opa Nobody, the need for universal healthcare in Cover Me--but like many writers on She Writes, I start with my own life because that's the subject I know best. A long time ago, when I was working as a cashier and receptionist at a photo processing…


Added by Sonya Huber on December 21, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

INSPIRATION HQ: Elissa Bassist on What Inspires Her to Make--and Remake!--the Book (Prompt 7 #swinspires)

This is the seventh prompt for #swinspires, the Gift of Inspiration campaign hosted by She Writes. Between December 13 and 24, ten She Writers who inspire *us* will share a…


Added by Inspiration HQ on December 21, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Mothers, Political Agendas, and Inspiring Feminism (Prompt 6 #swinspires)

by Marina DelVecchio

I have been a feminist long before I was aware of the word. It also is personal, but I will share it here, since of late, my blog has transformed into a political machine towards empowering women. It is the same when I teach literature to my college students -- I want to make change, but I have a small voice and I belong to a small world -- for now. One day I hope to make my voice heard worldwide, woman-wide,…


Added by Marina DelVecchio on December 20, 2010 at 9:01pm — 4 Comments

Julian Assange Ticks Me Off (Prompt 6 #swinspires)

Julian Assange ticks me off.

So smooth, so cool, so self-righteous.

Hero of the people

Some people

Male people

Goes through women like

Hot butter through a sieve.

Added by Loraine Despres on December 20, 2010 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Let's Get Political (Prompt 6 #swinspires)

What inspires you (or your writing) to get “political”, and what does the word “politics” mean to you?


What inspires my writing to get "political" is anger. When the world disappoints me, I get political by offering my thoughts on what I am angry about, but my political writing does not end there. Recently, I have become enamored by the visionary sides of movements and by the writing visionaries produce. It is a…


Added by Shira Engel on December 20, 2010 at 2:49pm — No Comments

INSPIRATION HQ: Rebecca Traister on Political Inspiration, Feminism, and Tears (Prompt 6 #swinspires)

This is the sixth prompt for #swinspires, the Gift of Inspiration campaign hosted by She Writes. Between December 13 and 24, ten She Writers who inspire *us* will share a writing prompt. (For past prompts, click here.)…


Added by Inspiration HQ on December 20, 2010 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

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