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Goals in The Writer's Life: The Big Picture with Lit Agent Claire Gerus

This week on The Lit Coach's Guide to The Writer's Life, lit agent Claire Gerus shares what goes into her decision making when considering potential clients and the most important factor writers should consider in crafting their goal strategy, in this easily digestable starter course for Goals in The Writer's Life - our focus for the entire month.

Added by Erin Reel on October 5, 2010 at 5:53am — No Comments

Our Box Of Quotes—It's Pure Treasure

I walked into Noelle’s house through the open front door one afternoon this past September. “Hi!” I said quietly in case she was on a work phone call.

“Hey, I’ll be right there,” she said cheerfully.

Not a minute later, she bound down the stairs holding a bright red shopping bag, a Picasso-style portrait of a woman on one side.

“Merry Christmas, Ange!” she said with a happy smile as she handed it to me.

“Oh my gosh!” I said with surprise, taking the… Continue

Added by Angela Martin on October 5, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Seasons of Extravagant Tears (Poem)

I wrote the poem "Seasons of Extravagant Tears" for today's Blog Carnival. The one-word prompt for the carnival is "healing".

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on October 5, 2010 at 3:33am — No Comments

This Gal is Living Proof That You're Never TOO Old!

When they say: You’re never too old, here’s proof they really mean it! Sally Gordon was recently honored as the female exemplar of Outstanding Oldest Worker 2010. Sally is 101! The daughter of Russian immigrants, Sally is one of Nebraska’s treasures. She became the first female assistant sergeant-at-arms for the State of Nebraska, and has served members of the legislature since 1984. Read her story on my… Continue

Added by Pamela Ferris-Olson on October 4, 2010 at 7:03pm — 5 Comments

Musings Around Giverny and Vernon (Poem)

This is a new poem I wrote to incorporate a Carry on Tuesday prompt consisting of the first four lines of Shakespeare's Sonnet C ("Where art thou Muse...?").

I've visited Giverny, Monet's home in Vernon, France, several times. My memory of it and the surrounding villages remains strong.…


Added by Maureen E. Doallas on October 4, 2010 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Why does everyone hate literature?

Please see this post on YA Highway or you won't get the full effect of my diatribe :)

This post sums up so much of what is wrong with America and books, and the perception of intelligence in the United States that I want to fucking hit someone.

There is an assumption that EVERYTHING smacking of… Continue

Added by Che Gilson on October 4, 2010 at 5:04pm — No Comments



Tuesday, October 12 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm


726 Broadway (between Astor Place & Washington Place) NYC

Contact: Susan Shapiro at

Join OVEREXPOSED author Susan Shapiro & her 5 former students with new books out & their editors & agents. Come meet:

*Hilary Davidson, author of Forge mystery THE DAMAGE DONE

*Paul Stevens, Hilary's Tor/Forge fiction editor

*Renee… Continue

Added by Susan Shapiro on October 4, 2010 at 12:03pm — No Comments

The Undersung Love of Friendship: LET'S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME

When we were younger (in our twenties) my best friend and I talked about the unimaginable horror of being without each other. Now that we’re older, and the idea of folks our age dying is no longer as unthinkably shocking as it was back then, we barely talk about it—it’s too frightening, too awful, and too possible a thought.

Nevertheless, when we did talk about it, we’d wonder why there wasn’t a name for having your closest friend die. Who was the one left behind?

There is… Continue

Added by Randy Susan Meyers on October 4, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments


"Contempt allows the bully to justify his or her hateful behaviors because of the erroneous belief that they, the bullies, are superior to their victims. Contempt gives the bully a twisted permission slip to dehumanize."

Letters to a Bullied Girl by Olivia Gardner with Emily and Sarah Buder. Copyright 2008. Letters of encouragement written to a young woman bullied at school by her peers. Softcover, 202 pgs.… Continue

Added by Judaye Streett on October 4, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Down to the Clouds

It was – and still is – very hard to believe how lucky we were up there. To me, I took up this journey to discover my limits, if any. I needed to know my potential. I wanted it to be the beginning of something new and exciting in my life. I had lost my mother less than two months before and felt the ground shake under my feet. Everything I ever took for granted in my life was suddenly gone one Friday morning. Making it up Kilimanjaro became more important to me than ever before. I felt so… Continue

Added by Arwa Salah Mahmoud on October 4, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Opening Up

I've never cheated on The Husband (nor do I intend to), but if today is any indication, I don't think I could handle the guilt. I'm absolutely wracked with it.

I am in full procrastination mode. Delaying the inevitable which has been scheduled, cancelled, rescheduled and nearly cancelled again.

I don't want to do this, but I have little choice. Circumstances and convenience have driven me to this. Love isn't entering into… Continue

Added by Melissa F. on October 4, 2010 at 10:25am — No Comments

A very serious subject: Bullying In Schools

I've just posted an update to my personal blog that I hope everyone here will read/watch and pass along to everyone they know. It's on a very serious topic- bullying in schools.

I'd also like to invite everyone to comment and share their thoughts, possible solutions, advice, etc.

You can read the post here:

Added by Tamara on October 4, 2010 at 9:49am — No Comments

The fur is flying around the Coach on the Edge. Milan 2011 features human skin coats. Vogue’s Anna Wintour orders three.

A very disturbing trend is creeping back into the fashion world. Not hot pants or polyester suits. A lot of designers, who abandoned the use of fur in their collections a few years back, are bringing it back – to the tune of over 200 designers. Fur is being featured all over the catwalks. Death comes to Milan, Paris and New York.

“People are not looking for the big iconic fur coat our mothers wore,” says designer Izzy Camilleri. “They’re looking more for accessories.” Oh, excuse me,… Continue

Added by elizabeth on October 4, 2010 at 8:41am — 1 Comment

A Right to Privacy

Recent local tragic events have become news nationally.

In the third week in September, a Rutgers freshman set up a webcam to secretly broadcast his roommate as he engaged in an intimate encounter. The individual who perpetrated this invasion of privacy has subsequently been quoted through his Twitter account, several times making much of the fact that his roommate was apparently gay. The screen shots of his Twitter page reproduced in the media reveal a vulgar, self absorbed young… Continue

Added by Marie Cooper on October 4, 2010 at 7:23am — No Comments

The Guatemalan Syphilis Experiments Reflect on Everyone

When news broke last week about how the United States government funded and carried out syphilis experiments in Guatemala that had absolutely no scientific value whatsoever, the response was swift. A tone of harsh, unforgiving condemnation characterized nearly every media story, along with a punitive desire to punish those actively involved in the process. As is often true, we wished to wax indignantly about it and vent our frustration. What we… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on October 4, 2010 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Five Questions for...Hilary Davidson

Susan Shapiro--Manhattan writing professor and author of the comic novels Overexposed and Speedshrinking--asks her protégé Hilary Davidson--a long-time travel writer whose debut… Continue

Added by Five Questions on October 4, 2010 at 5:03am — 2 Comments

Homework; Who Needs It - Your views on homework

Homework has never been an easy task for Amy. When she started middle school it was decided she wouldn't do any, apart from reading her library book from time to time. I thought this was a fair decision and so I went along with it. Recently however, she has been bringing home a few pieces of work, nothing too brain-taxing but just enough to keep her mind occupied for half an hour or so.…


Added by Kathryn Brown on October 4, 2010 at 4:22am — No Comments

Monday Mental Muscles

I have decided to create a new weekly category called Monday Mental Muscles.

Mondays are a Chore for most people being a day that people want to get over as soon as possible. For traditional workers Monday is the signal that the weekend has ended and the work / school week begins. So I have decided that Monday should be the day set aside for my writing challenges. Fortunately for me, Monday is a day away from the dj (day job, not club cd mixer). On Monday I like to stretch my… Continue

Added by Kim Koning on October 4, 2010 at 4:21am — No Comments

It's almost NaNoWriMo time!

It is October. In exactly 4 weeks time NaNoWriMo 2010 officially begins. If you have not yet heard of NaNoWriMo, then let me tell you all about it. It is a challenge set up for writers to become novelists. The goal is to write a minimum of 50 000 words in a month. Writers, both published novelists and wanna-be novelists, from all around the world count down the weeks and months until NaNoWriMo. The event has become so popular that there are all sorts of spin-offs from it. Now not only do… Continue

Added by Kim Koning on October 4, 2010 at 4:17am — 3 Comments

Monday Muse: Seeing New Englandly

In place of my ongoing profiles of state poets, I'm offering today a Monday Muse feature about a new Emily Dickinson documentary, "Seeing New Englandly". I've included a video clip from the film's opening and a selection of resources on Dickinson.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on October 4, 2010 at 3:37am — No Comments

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