Happy New Year! It's a great time to try something new.
I'm psyched to launch social media and tech goodies on She Writes--with you!
As creatives and business professionals, most of us work, share, learn, and converse online, but we struggle to find time to do it all. I developed these goodies to help streamline, inspire, and heighten your online presence and real-life career. I will also be writing a weekly tech…Continue
My life and my writing changed irrevocably in 2011 when my marriage ended. In the year between my husband moving out and the divorce going through, life as I knew it went up in smoke. I quickly came to understand how my fanatical optimism had sold me on the potential of a relationship that would never come to fruition.…Continue
Next year sees the publication of my third collection of poetry with Bloodaxe Books, The Day Hospital. The poems are all monologues, in the voices of elderly psychiatric patients, most of them immigrants, four of them the grown-old children of parents killed in Nazi-occupied Europe. I used to be a…Continue
A writer is a person whose writing is worth reading.
A writer is a person in service to the ineffable creative spirit in us all that can - sometimes - be contained and expressed and passed on by the right words in the right order.
So which are you?
This word represents something I'd like more of, something I aspire to, or a philosophy I'd like to become more intimate with.
For 2011, my word was '…Continue
For anyone who posted a title and first line on this thread, I've put the list together for my agent. Please make sure I didn't miss anyone by looking HERE and confirming what I need confirmed there. (I'm trying to make this easy for my agent, which I hope will inure to everyone's…Continue
This is how we experience the world when we pause for long enough to engage with it.
Sliminess, too. Unease. The familiar sad pang of acknowledging impermanence. All this is part of life.
If we're not careful, we skip past so much. We…Continue
Does anyone else use photography to add to your observational skills in writing? I take my pocket-size Canon S95 with me wherever I go. Caught this mundane scene of a traffic cop directing people out of a garage on a gray day in Seattle. The light gathering of this camera is awesome, but even better, it made me "see" the scene with new eyes. Love to see your work if you're doing this.…Continue
As I mentioned in my previous post, I tend to be overambitious, and set more goals than I can possibly achieve. But I’d rather try to do all I can and set my sights too low. So without further ado, here are my writing plans for 2012, with my focus still on poetry (I don’t plan on this changing in 2012, but if it does, these goals can and will be revised).
Read the rest here: …Continue
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I couldn’t have written Epistolophilia without writers’ grants and research fellowships. A number of different arts agencies and…Continue
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Quirky Genius Turns Literary Kingdom to Mud
“They ask me to tell why an author like myself can become popular. It is very easy everybody keeps saying and writing what anybody feels that they are understanding and so they get tired of that….they do not know it but they get tired of feeling they are understanding and so they take pleasure in having something that they…
Added by Renate Stendhal on December 28, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments
For the past twenty years, I have shared one of my favorite guides, Life’s Little Instruction Book, as part of my New Year’s Eve celebration. The book is made up of tips and advice that help one lead a fuller, happier life. Some of my favorites include, “resist the temptation to buy a boat” and “compliment three people a day.” Traditionally, each person I am celebrating with adds a tip to the end of the book. One year, my brother-in-law added, “conserve water, shower with a…Continue
This is about the time when we all make New Year’s resolutions — whether we keep them to ourselves or declare them to the world. As I reflect on 2011, I am extremely grateful for my many blessings. Though my sales didn’t reach the level…
Added by Rabihah A. Mateen on December 27, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments
If you're reading this blog, there's a strong chance it's because publishing a book is very important to you, whether you do it independently or with the help of a traditional publisher. In fact, it might be the most important thing you've ever done or will ever do. It's definitely the most important thing I've ever done, and I'm extremely proud of being an author.
While you may be extremely passionate about your title of "author," however, not everyone is going to…Continue
Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week
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Added by Mary Keating on December 27, 2011 at 10:26pm — No Comments
I have heard them all. I have heard all the reasons why parents don’t discuss child sexual abuse prevention with their children. I have heard them so often that I can recite them by heart. As the new year approaches, I decided it would be a good idea to memorialize the top 10 reasons for not discussing the subject. I invite you to add any that may have been omitted.
Christmas Day has come and gone. Gifts have been opened and now wait to be exchanged for the correct size or color. All the decorations are down, except for the Christmas cards. I like to keep them up until I have time to take each one in my hand, and again read what has been scribed inside. Then I’ll store them away until next year when my granddaughter and I will make bookmarks out of them.
As the end of the year draws to a close my mind wanders back through the year 2011.…Continue
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“Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive.” --Bugs Bunny
So it’s pretty clear that all the people “in the know” seem to think that New Year resolutions don’t work. Deepak Chopra, a popular alternative self-help author, when asked if he thought there was a way for people to make their resolutions stick, said, “yes, if they go beyond motivation and find true inspiration,” and then he says that it is about going to a deeper…Continue
Added by Donna Jean Freberg on December 23, 2011 at 2:08pm — No Comments
Recently, a fellow writer (who publishes short essays and pieces of travel writing) told me about a book she’d just finished reading. It was an excellent book she said, but added with wide eyes: “It took him seven years to write! That’s crazy. I could never do…Continue