December 2012 Blog Posts (347)

A Dear John Letter to Fear

A Dear John Letter to Fear

Don't say my name or
caress the base of my spine.
You've penetrated

me for the last time.
You wrapped my mind in your bands
of false evidence.

Your soft whispers
robbed me of my common sense.
Courage has freed me

from your lullaby.
Gather your things and leave your
key at the front door.

Fireworks blast off
in a roar. The new year's here.
It's over, my dear.

Added by Alexandra Caselle on December 31, 2012 at 9:45pm — 5 Comments

New Year's Resolutions

Another year down, wow... maybe it's time, maybe it's age, maybe it's wisdom, lol. In any event, the end of the year has drawn me closer - inward, and made me realize I need to think about my new year's resolutions differently. Happy New Year all!!!

Added by Yvonne Berenguer on December 31, 2012 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Return of the Writer

I am watching 'Return of the Jedi' on cable. It is six p.m. on New Year's Eve and I am in bed. I have a slight cold and my shih tzu Chewbaca, who looks more Ewok than Wookie, is curled next to me snoring.

I watched 'Return of the Jedi' with my dad at the drive-in thirty years ago. The saga is about a brother and sister and their father.

And my story 'Movie Time', about a childhood trip to the drive-in with my father, was published today in a literary…


Added by Juanita Mantz on December 31, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

WRITING WHILE FORTY--Trapped Inside the Cinderella Effect

"Because time won't give me time..." ("Time" by Culture Club)

Cinderella only had to worry about the stroke of midnight.

The stroke of midnight no longer hems me in its prison. Oh yes, as a teenager and as a twenty-six year old returning home for a year, it did.

Now the stroke of each hour binds me in a chokehold. And the minute hand has just landed on twelve.

It is 8:00a.m.


He swivels around on the bar stool and whistles while he eats.…


Added by Alexandra Caselle on December 31, 2012 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments


It is never too late to become what you might have been.


I’m getting acquainted with the woman who has made an appearance on my computer.  She’s a bit like me, only bitchier, at least at the beginning of the book. Not her fault.  She’s been married to a bully of a husband for forty years and for some reason, she’s hung in there. Not my problem, but I can identify. 


One morning she wakes up next to him and discovers…


Added by Joanne Barney on December 31, 2012 at 3:37pm — No Comments

A Toast

Table for six—

an extended family


The smell of garlic

excites my nose

and taste buds

You raise your glass

to me for how

I dealt with a


of breast cancer

to my cousin’s wife

for finding one

of the best surgeons

in town

To everyone’s health,

you say

When the clams oreganata

come, we sponge every

drop of sauce with warm,

soft bread

We… Continue

Added by Ellen Wilder on December 31, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Who's Ruling the Rules?

I’m thinking that folks writing books in this flowing stream-of-consciousness manner are either would-be, envious, behind-the-times  Joycists  or angry  anti-Strunkists revolting against every red-inked correction they ever received from instructors whose job was to make their writing readable.

But, then, I’m an old lady, taught the conventional punctuation of the early 1900’s by Teacher Kuhnau, who was born in Germany and understood that rules are…


Added by Joanne Barney on December 31, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

My Non-Alcoholic New Years

New Year's Eve.
The time for parties.
And, I know this will surprise you, but it reminded me of my first real party.
With boys.
I'd like to tell you about it . . .
It was my first real party.
With boys.
I was…

Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on December 31, 2012 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Step-by-Step: Contemplating the New Year

I've posted a visual meditation, Step by Step, for contemplating the coming New Year. The video features paintings by Carol Aust and music by Linford Detweiler.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on December 31, 2012 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

Why There Are Words will celebrate 3rd Anniversary Jan 10.

Why There Are Words, named SF Guardian's Best of the Bay for Literary Event 2012, will celebrate its 3rd anniversary Jan. 10, 2013, with the special event “Pairings.” Beginning at 7 pm, at Studio 333 in Sausalito, tasty servings of poets and writers paired together for a delectable treat will read each other’s work. The event is $10 at the door. Bring extra cash for books and booze. Seats will go quickly, so arrive…


Added by Why There Are Words on December 31, 2012 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Goldilocks Envies the Wood thrushes

Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood are walking in the woods talking about big bad wonderfuls and the publishing industry when suddenly they realize that the lonely woods are not actually that lonely. There are so many songs being sung by so many birds. The songs overlap and intertwine and make a beautiful borrowed, bartered, swapped and traded tapestry. How beautiful the woods are with this playful symphony! Goldilocks, though, who is a bit petty and materialistic at times,is jealous of the… Continue

Added by Phoebe Wilcox on December 31, 2012 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Mark Twain Twain

Added by Irene Miscione on December 31, 2012 at 10:29am — No Comments

My 2013 Writing Resolutions

Well, I hope I’m not jumping the gun too much when I say that the world didn’t end in 2012 — which is great, because it means I have more time to write (and even to write about the world ending!). So without further ado, these are my writing resolutions for 2013:

  1. To up the ante on submissions from once a month to once a week.
  2. To bring Rumpled through one more round of revisions, and hopefully have it “submission-ready” at some point this…

Added by Lacey Louwagie on December 31, 2012 at 9:48am — No Comments

Sweet Romance Giveaway by Author Karey White

Book Give-Away Dec 31 – Jan 7: You have a chance to win a Sweet Romance, For What It's Worth. Leave a comment about this interview with your e-mail. For an extra entry, post this contest. Hard copy or e-book: U.S. and Canada. Ebook: International.

This is the story of 24-year-old Abby Benson. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make her dream of owning a wedding cake bakery a reality. She hires (and falls for) Dane, a handsome contractor who helps her renovate the…


Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on December 31, 2012 at 8:45am — No Comments

Monday Muse: Qiu Jin Documentary

Today, Monday Muse looks at the trailer for "Autumn Gem", a documentary about Qiu Jin, China's first women's rights activist and a poet.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on December 31, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

A split-second glance

I saw her in my periphery as I turned left at the light.

Tall and slender. Holding a phone, I think.

The sight of her immediately caused my heart to race and my eyes to tear up.

Read more at "A pedestrian's view of ..." (

Added by Gwendolyn Coley on December 31, 2012 at 8:05am — No Comments

This Much I Know (As a Writer)

It's not easy and won't get easier.

"Don't give up your day job". Sometimes you have to…


Added by Lee Ee Leen on December 30, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Sadhvi Sez: Good-Bye to 2012!

It's that time of the year again, where everyone is looking back, and letting everyone in on the best of, the most popular (viral) videos watched on YouTube, the best movies, the best books, the best of this and the best of that. You know what I'm talking about.

I won't be letting you in on my favorite anything, except, just one; this is my favorite email that came from a friend...take a look:…


Added by Sadhvi Sez on December 30, 2012 at 5:05pm — No Comments

New Year's Expectations and resolations...

With a New year nearly on door step Me and my Best Friend started to think about why she likes it so much and I, well, not so much. 

My friend thinks that December 31 is the one day where you can do whatever, because on January 1 Everything will be erased. I guess if you put it that way it kind a gives you freedom to fulfill craziest ideas of yours. 

For me New years used to be depressing since I always started…


Added by Zane Muizniece on December 30, 2012 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Thought for the Day

A quote by poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer Jim Harrison is today's Thought for the Day.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on December 30, 2012 at 12:20pm — No Comments

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