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The Writing Week in Review

Happy Friday everyone! Here's a collection of the fabulous writing resources I found on the interwebs this past week. Peep through them, and hopefully you will find something that helps your writing this weekend.


Added by Lyla Campbell on February 11, 2011 at 9:47am — No Comments

Illegal toast


214th Good Thing about Unemployment

You don’t have to worry about the Inspector General finding your illegal toaster in your cubicle.



Added by Sheba Marx on February 11, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

A Verbal Aesthetic: Notes on Spoken Word

I’ve written and performed dozens of spoken word poems, yet I can’t tell you in easy steps how to write any kind of poem, much less how to write a spoken word poem. Poetry, generally speaking, defies those kinds of recipes and instructions.

Plus, there are no hard-and-fast rules for spoken word poetry. Like poetry in general, spoken word poetry can’t be boxed-in.

Still, how to write spoken word is a concern for many would-be performers.…


Added by Ami Mattison on February 11, 2011 at 5:45am — 6 Comments

All Art Friday

A new edition of All Art Friday is live. In addition to exhibition round-up, there is a feature on Ann Hamilton's "stylus" project, which recently closed. Plus a link to a collection of artists' manifestos.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on February 11, 2011 at 5:36am — No Comments

Sex, Loss, Pleasure, and My Categorical Resistance to Categories

This week, my mind has been focused on my sexuality. What it is, how it has shifted, and why. It’s interesting that we call it our sexuality, claiming ownership over something that usually involves another person. Sexuality, in my experience, often leads to sex (crazy, isn’t it!?), therefore taking it out of…


Added by Meadow Braun on February 10, 2011 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Platform: The Secret Agent Monkey

I’ve been trying to decide for a while now how I will celebrate the day my (currently non-existent) agent calls me with the incredibly fantastical awesome news that I have a book deal. It’s much like the fantasy normal people have about how they will spend their fortunes the day they hit it big with the lottery, except the ticket is a publishing house contract with my name on it.

I could buy an(other) expensive purse. As in, not in the clearance section at Target. (Not gonna…


Added by Pauline M. Campos on February 10, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Fairy’s Money Spell

Fairy is obliged to cast a money spell and she will do it the way it should be done, in the grace of a new moon. Flying low to the ground in the dense cloud of a dewy dawn down to the bottom of Grandview, she has the good fortune to find a rusty horseshoe on the trail to the waterfall. When she gets home she uses a wire brush to clean the rust out of the nail holes.

In the…

Added by Cassandra Wiseman on February 10, 2011 at 7:37pm — 1 Comment

Pink and Blue Diaries’ Social Media Challenge: 7 Lessons Learned, Mid-Cleanse

Deborah Siegel invites She Writers to report on what's working well, and what's not, during a 7-day collective attempt to re-calibrate…


Added by The Pink and Blue Diaries on February 10, 2011 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Fear Rejections? GET OVER IT

A letter to those of you who fear rejections, with love, from the Submit-it Nag.

Added by Pam Parker on February 10, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Bad Review No No's


Hello everyone!


Recently there was a blogger/author who posted about bad reviews. I am not going to name names but the post was done to trash certain bloggers who reviewed this author’s book and didn’t like it. Well, I can’t say that is the ONLY reason for the post. I think she meant to write the post with the intention to warn authors about being careful about whom they go to for reviews. However, it was executed poorly and resulted in a lot of negative comments…


Added by Elizabeth Kolodziej on February 10, 2011 at 12:27pm — No Comments

An Author Double Header

Two Posts this Week: Katherine Ellison, author of Buzz, and Christina Meldrum, who was the first author ever to guest post on 1st Books, and has a new novel, Amaryllis in Blueberry just out. Do enjoy them both!


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Katherine Ellison: Writing about my… Continue

Added by 1st Books on February 10, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments


Hi Meg!


I'll be there on March 22 and will be happy to toast your success!


Marilyn Yalom

Added by Marilyn Yalom on February 10, 2011 at 10:25am — No Comments

Blackberries are red when they're green, in progress


     This evening I walked out to my pasture and kneeled down in a very small oasis of deep green, uncut grass to watch the sunset. I watched the clouds go from white to gold to pink to gray and wept with joy at the beauty of what has been and with sorrow for what has been wasted and lost. I saw the perfect sky blue and the perfect gold/pink clouds and stood and walked into the…


Added by Susan Downs Burleson on February 10, 2011 at 10:23am — 1 Comment

What Gladdens Your Heart?

I attended an event hosted by Gladdening Light billed as a weekend of music, art, and Marcus Borg.  Marcus Borg is a renowned theologian and author.  The rational and spiritual parts of myself found harmony as I heeded his wise words.  I’ve found…


Added by Liz Kitchens on February 10, 2011 at 9:29am — 1 Comment

Method Writing

Do you write what you know? Do you write what you do? How do you fully flesh out something on the page when you don't have any experience in the topic? We're writers so we do our, reading topical articles, talking to people in the know...but it can sometimes come out flatter than the page it's written on.

Nothing comes close to first hand experience. After all how would you describe chocolate if you've never smelled it's aroma, tasted it on your tongue, or felt…

Added by Lyla Campbell on February 10, 2011 at 7:37am — No Comments

Risking Failure is Sometimes the Only Option

Valentine's Day will be upon us shortly, so I thought I'd give voice to something that has been my mind recently.  This past week I've been reflecting upon the challenges of communication between people.  I attended a party last weekend, whereby I silently observed the behavior of those who showed up.  What I found particularly interesting were the ways in which flirtation and sexual interest manifested themselves.  The gathering was comprised of young, educated, socially conscious,…


Added by Kevin Camp on February 10, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Contemplative Photography as an Act of Faith

I'm featuring photographer Diane Walker's recent presentation at Seattle University's Pacific Northwest Spirituality Book Festival. It's a wonderful introduction to Diane's approach to her art and its influence in her life.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on February 10, 2011 at 6:48am — No Comments

Bless Her Heart

A women’s intuition is a powerful thing, I’m convinced that it’s a gift we’re born with. Some of us are more in tune with it than others but nevertheless all women have this innate ability of knowing when something just doesn’t quite add up.


“Who would like to give the closing prayer?” Sister Abbie would ask us. She was my first Sunday school…


Added by CeCe Harbor on February 10, 2011 at 4:28am — No Comments

The classics are the classics. Obviously. Regardless of gender, age, culture, and time, these books are celebrated because of their universal themes. People in Texas and Paris (not Paris, Texas) can …

The classics are the classics. Obviously. Regardless of gender, age, culture, and time, these books are celebrated because of their universal themes. People in Texas and Paris (not Paris, Texas) can identify with them. They inspire us to see the world in a new way. To love. To be. To do. To think.

They inspire music. They inspire artists. They inspire movies. They inspire their own little offshoots.

Novels are written--some are reworkings of the original, others revisit…


Added by Jennifer O. on February 9, 2011 at 8:19pm — No Comments

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