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When the going gets tough....

Prompt #2 says: What inspires you to...keep writing when the writing gets tough?

I think the thing that keeps me going is knowing that I love sharing stories. I love engaging with people and exchanging ideas.

Added by Stacy Jill Calvert on December 15, 2010 at 5:39pm — 1 Comment

Good Grief - 20-Minute lunches..and No Recess?

I was away on vacation for a week, and at lunch was talking to some lovely moms I met. They were telling me how their kids (from different states) have only 20 minutes for lunch and no recess at their schools. I have consulted with…


Added by Meryl Jaffe on December 15, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Writing Prompt Authors ANNOUNCED!

The mind-blowingly inspired guest authors participating in our GIFT OF INSPIRATION campaign are all lined up! Keep your eyes out for prompts from the following in the coming days (drum roll please):



Added by Deborah Siegel on December 15, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Confucius (Might Have) Said

Tiferet Journal Community Post by Jas'n R. Rainbow

Confucius(Might Have) Said

Were it not for light (to be)

Purposely driven thru darkness

There would be no sweet life

No blossoms to flavor the namesake

Or flowers to sing us out of this dream

Without a dawn (alone) in green meadow

The world would have less richness (to be) fulfilled

There would be no mountain for us to…


Added by Donna Baier-Stein on December 15, 2010 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

Who Inspired (and inspires!) You to Write? (Or: The History of My Literary Love Affairs) Prompt 3 #swinspires

When I first began to read, it was LAURA INGALLS WILDER, E.B. WHITE, CAROLYN KEENE (who I thought was a person, not a syndicate) and FRANCES HODGSON…


Added by The Salonniere on December 15, 2010 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Twelve Days of Christmas for Hopeful Writers

On the first day of Christmas my true friends gave to me a laptop under my tree.

On the second day of Christmas my true friends gave to me two reference books and a laptop under my tree.

On the third day…


Added by Margaret on December 15, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

What Inspires you to step over your fear?

It is our tendency to stay on the safe side of fear. By doing that we do indeed remain "safe", but we also remain un-inspired, un-fulfilled and often un-motivated. When I think about how fear has stopped me in my tracks, I find the courage to face it when it comes up again. I realize that by doing so, by mustering enough courage to take one step, I am teaching others to do the same...none more important than my own cherished adult daughters.

What am I afraid of...and why do I allow it…


Added by Kristine Van Raden on December 15, 2010 at 11:59am — No Comments

Is this a phase?

As I am getting older I want to hang out with people who are still evolving and think like I do (tired of fighting with those whose politics make me crazy). I am so tired of carrying the relationship/friendship. If I am doing 90% of the work I am stopping. I am leaving friends behind who are not interesting/or responsive to me anymore even if it is a long term friendship. The more I write the more I get centered and lately I am losing patience for working too…


Added by Madge Woods on December 15, 2010 at 11:54am — No Comments

If You Celebrate It....Say It!!!!

The holidays are such an amazing time of year. They bring out the best in all of us. As I decorate, shop, and take in all the sights, sounds and smells of the season, I wonder, why can't it be like this all the time? What is it about the holidays that makes everyone just…


Added by Amy Wise on December 15, 2010 at 11:45am — No Comments

Book Review - A Fool for You

Melanie Schuster’s novel A Fool for You lingers on my mind because of its take on heavy social issues such as homelessness and the decision not to have children.

In most novels, children follow on the last but one page i.e. beautiful garden wedding or a marriage proposal on ice at the Rockefeller Centre and the naming of children before they are conceived.

That is not the case with John and Nina in A Fool for You. John a brilliant psycho analyst has his reasons…


Added by Nonqaba waka Msimang on December 15, 2010 at 11:34am — No Comments

New Years Resolution #6 -Try Taking Mini Adventures.

This is post #6 of Be Brave. Lose the Beige’s 12 days of New Year’s resolutions.

Adventures dont always have to be big and bold. Who said the definition of adventure is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or back packing through Europe? Adventures come in many sizes and forms and help us feel young all over again. As we age into our 50s, 60s and 70s, lets take a sip or two from the Fountain…


Added by Liz Kitchens on December 15, 2010 at 11:18am — No Comments

Wassailing & Remodeling Blog Homes

Have you ever had to rethink the look of your blog or web page? Well, last night was my night. I decided to try some new things and it took me a while to reformat and change the page and I'm excited to share.…


Added by Ey Wade on December 15, 2010 at 10:51am — No Comments

The Price of Trust - Preview & giveaway with Kelly Hagen!

**Don't forget to leave a comment HERE for your chance to win a signed, first edition of Kelly Hagen's book, Jake & Jesus**

The Price of Trust

Chapter 1

One more mile. Please, Lord, take me just one more mile, Carly prayed, trying to coax the wheezing…


Added by Amanda Stephan on December 15, 2010 at 9:52am — No Comments

I have added new works on my blog Musings. As always your visits and comments are welcome.

I have added new works on my blog Musings. As always your visits and comments are welcome.


Added by Yanka Erimtan on December 15, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Reliable as Rain Falling Down, Not Up (Prompt 2 #swinspires)

Does anyone punch holes in the top of large juice cans anymore? You know, with the "other side" of that old bottle cap opener, the pointy triangle end. As a child, it amazed me that to get the juice to pour out of the can nicely, rather than just a blub...blub...blub, a second hole had to be punched in the top of the can across from the first. There was a right way to do it and it worked wonders!

Today you buy coffee or a latte to go and the lid has a tiny hole…


Added by M Kathy Brown on December 15, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Winning Promotion

Reena Jacobs as give me such a fabulous idea for promoting my book that I had to share it with everyone! I plan on going through my 2010 blog tour list and picking a couple of hosts to have a book giveaway on their site! But that isn't the BEST part. Along with giving away a free copy of Vampyre Kisses, I plan on everyone who didn't win getting a 50% off coupon for the eBook of Vampyre Kisses. So EVERYONE wins! How great of an idea! Thank you so much Reena!

Along with this, I…


Added by Elizabeth Kolodziej on December 15, 2010 at 8:55am — No Comments

The Grinch is Still Alive and Well

Tis’ the season to be jolly, right? Not so for many. The holidays add so much extra stress. While rural America is struggling to keep their head above water the dreaded expense of Christmas sneaks it’s way into our homes, robbing our purses and using our plastic so fast it goes back into our wallets a smokin’. All most parents want to do is bring a smile to their child’s face on Christmas morning. To be able to purchase some of what’s on that wish list. But today’s “wants” far exceed the…


Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on December 15, 2010 at 8:38am — 1 Comment

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Added by Mary Larkin on December 15, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Parental Contempt

As a parent, I have been judged so many times I have lost count. It starts in the grocery story line or in an airplane. As the kids kick the back of your seat or scream through the entire flight, your anger and frustration is not necessarily focused on the child, but at the parents.

As a parent of a child with reactive attachment disorder (RAD), the parental judgment reaches higher levels. Now the judgment doesn’t come from strangers, but from friends and family. “Why can’t…


Added by Lanita Moss on December 15, 2010 at 5:58am — No Comments

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