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Experience Reminds Me.... Who is Protecting Our Children?

She is a little girl- only four.

She has long dirty blond hair.

She still has her baby fat and her “blankie” when she comes to me.

When she comes to me, she is not potty trained.

She does not know about bed time, dinner time or story time.

When she is hungry, she drags a chair across the floor and gets herself cereal to eat.

This is because her mother is an addict and chooses drugs over her. This little girl was born in prison and although there are no… Continue

Added by Jodi O'Donnell-Ames on November 5, 2010 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Do We Overshare When We Write about Our Kids?

Ever since their conception in a petrie dish, Deborah Siegel has felt the urge to write publicly about her children. She’s a writer. They’re her material. She can’t help herself. But is it fair?

The first few times, I did it without thinking. Like most parental musings conducted during that groggy first year, my early blog… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on November 5, 2010 at 6:00am — 49 Comments

Dog Gone It

I took Huey to the vet this morning. Just another one of the jobs I could never see myself having a year ago. We’ve had Huey P. Long almost a year now. He is the most lovable mutt possible. He loves unconditionally and would protect me with his life. He is the first dog I’ve ever had.

Huey and I take an occasional walk together. You can read more about our walks at Cows and Chows. Our walks are less about me walking Huey and more about Huey walking me. It was no different today. Huey… Continue

Added by Lanita Moss on November 5, 2010 at 5:38am — No Comments

Milestone Wings

For the past few weeks Amy has been questioning her beliefs in the Tooth Fairy. I've been trying so hard to keep her imagination running wild, watching, as each time she lost a tooth she would place it carefully under the pillow then stand at the window in the hope of seeing a flash of fairy wings appear from the trees. The last few teeth that came out all got the pillow treatment even though, upon arriving home from school one afternoon not so long ago, she told me about a boy in her class who… Continue

Added by Kathryn Brown on November 5, 2010 at 3:26am — No Comments

Green Books Campaign

I'm delighted to be taking part in Eco-Libris' Green Books Campaign! I'll be reviewing a green book on my Crafty Green Poet blog.

On 10 November, 200 bloggers will simultaneously review 200 books printed on environmentally-friendly paper. By focussing on books printed using greener methods, Eco-Libris aims to raise awareness of the environmental aspects of buying books. This year’s participation of both bloggers and… Continue

Added by Juliet Wilson on November 5, 2010 at 1:24am — No Comments

Pink +Pink + Pink = Too much Estrogen

"I don't want to sleep on pink sheets!" Rene and I were putting clean sheets on our bed.

"I don't like pink sheets." We inherited the sheets from my parents who had change to a King bed. Since I was the only family member left with a Queen, the sheets came to me.

"It's just a fitted sheet on the bottom, "I whined and questioned my husbands need for a different coloured sheet, "The duvet is wont even see the pink."

"I don't want to sleep ON PINK!"

to read on… Continue

Added by Anuschka de la Court on November 4, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

My 16-Year Hiatus Is Over

I am officially taking a class. I haven't taken one since I graduated from college so it should be interesting while juggling kids, house, and WIP. I found the instructor through Twitter and after following her now for a while and reading her blog, I knew I had to take this class. It is all about writing while raising kids and making money while doing it. How could I not take this class?

Christina has an impressive background and I am sure I will walk away… Continue

Added by Hallie Sawyer on November 4, 2010 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Surviving - and enjoying - my first author interview

Last week I got a message that a major publishing industry magazine wanted to interview me about my debut novel, HOUSE ARREST. A wonderful opportunity, I thought, and very exciting. But why couldn’t my first author interview be for a small online site that sixteen people read? You know, for practice.

My first reaction was to contact my publicist, the wonderful Mary Bisbee-Beek. “I’m pretty nervous about this,” I said, controlling my panic with understatement. “No? Really?” she wrote… Continue

Added by Ellen Meeropol on November 4, 2010 at 6:17pm — 1 Comment

Hope in the Waiting

On the heels of some not quite what I’d hoped for medical results, a friend emailed, “Oh! It must be so hard to wait.” My answer surprised me. But it’s not, I thought. I prefer the waiting to the knowing. Why? I wondered. Why don’t I want any of the details? Why did I purposely avoid the earliest possible –- and strongly recommended –- appointment for further testing? Why don’t I care what they found or what that means or what the possible treatment options are? Last time I’d… Continue

Added by Cindee Snider Re on November 4, 2010 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Vow of the Pantser

Vow of the Pantser

I vow to never outline my plots. I promise to have almost no idea of where the story is going beyond perhaps a vague idea of the ending. I will start a novel with little more than a handful of characters who have at least a first name. I will name secondary characters as I get to them. I will name places/streets/towns/whatever as they come up. I swear not to write any back story in advance so that my characters can surprise me during the writing process. I… Continue

Added by Che Gilson on November 4, 2010 at 3:02pm — No Comments

My Other Blog

I think I didn't realize that I have a SheWrites blog by virtue of my membership. I'd like to share my blogspot blog. Most of the posts are essays relating to my recent trip to Japan as a "trailing" spouse. To access the blog:


Suzanne Fluhr

Added by Suzanne Fluhr on November 4, 2010 at 2:59pm — 1 Comment

The World Still Doesn't Recognize Women Writers

I just wrote a post over at about the recent Washington Post pundit contest...and the ongoing sexism of the literary and journalistic worlds!

Check it out.


Added by Tanya Paperny on November 4, 2010 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Writing or Hand-Writing: What Do We Lose When We Type?

The singular pleasures, and irreplaceable results, of writing by hand.

A few weeks ago, my mother sent me an email to thank me for a book I'd sent to her. And in her email she wrote: "I need to write you a real letter. Hard copy, by hand."

I knew just what she meant. An email is not a letter, and a letter means much more. Which got me to thinking. What is it that is so precious about hand-writing? Why does a letter from my mother, pulled like a jewel from… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on November 4, 2010 at 1:00pm — 47 Comments

The NaNo Debate -- A bit of a rant.

This post was also posted at Beginning a Life at 50

About the beginning of October, I began to hear the buzz, as writers prepared for NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. (In case you don’t know what it is, it is writing a novel in 30 days, well at least 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days.) I’ve never done it before. A few years ago, just the thought scared me; I didn’t know what 50,000 words even looked like.… Continue

Added by Julie Jeffs on November 4, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

It's NaNoWriMo Time

And no, I'm not using the month of November to write a 50,000 word novel. I did it once, but this year, no way. But a really good thing about NaNoWriMo, that I miss, is the way it brings together communities of writers. Here in Gainesville our NaNoWriMo "municipal liasons" have once again organized a series of events to inspire and nag and sustain. And I get to speak at one of them -… Continue

Added by Sandra Gail Lambert on November 4, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Next on The Lit Coach's Guide to The Writer's Life

November is all about Discipline on The Lit Coach's Guide to The Writer's Life. Those of you participating in NaNoWriMo know what I'm talking about, right? But Discipline means more than sitting down to write; rather, it's a collection of positive, productive habits practiced on a daily basis that ultimately lead to your own success. We'll explore what all this means in detail this month.

I'm rounding up your questions… Continue

Added by Erin Reel on November 4, 2010 at 11:58am — No Comments

Day 4 NanoWrimo 10:09 a.m.

Last night my word count reached 6643 words. That number was beyond my goal of 6000 words, but as I sit here this morning, I realize I could have done more with a little better time management. But I won’t beat myself up about it, instead I will cheer and move on.

I had very little time to write yesterday, so at 7:30, I along with two other writing buddies did a word war. We were in the comfort of our own homes, that also comes along with the distractions, like dogs, kids, husbands… Continue

Added by Christina Weigand on November 4, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments

Free Sample Writing Lessons

As the latest addition to the Fine Line shop, we now have samples of all the lessons so you can listen before you buy. Enjoy your aural perusal!

Added by Kate Gould on November 4, 2010 at 10:12am — No Comments

Nancy Pelosi never worked gender to her advantage according to NBC News analyst, Andrea Mitchell

As a group, will women ever unite by putting aside petty differences to share one common vision? Is it too much to ask women to support other women and stop the character assassination?

Nancy Pelosi made history when she became the first female Speaker of the House. Surely women understood this huge accomplishment… Yet she has been vilified by men and harshly criticized by women. Shouldn’t Pelosi be celebrated for her accomplishments? She is competent and educated… She's been called… Continue

Added by Dawn Nicole Martin on November 4, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

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