Every once in a while I feel a rage day coming on. Thankfully, a parking spot and a musically infused subway ride saved me the other day. Who knew? The subway could have such an uplifting effect.
Added by Christine Moffatt on April 26, 2013 at 10:29am — No Comments
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Once in a while you run into a person that lights up your world. I met such a lady this past weekend while strolling up a path beside New River. Her name was Mary, but she said her special friends call her Bunny. Not Bonnie, but Bunny. That’s what her Daddy nicknamed her when she was a little tike.
Mary was looking for somewhere to pull her teardrop…Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on April 15, 2013 at 9:03am — No Comments
Added by Lynelle Clark on April 13, 2013 at 12:22am — No Comments
I've posted a new poem, "When You Talk About Food, It's Complicated", that is inspired by a recent New York Times City Room article.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 5, 2013 at 5:36am — No Comments
After safely dropping off my third novel, “The River Keeper” to my editor a couple of weeks ago I’m experiencing an entirely different lifestyle than I’ve been used to as of late. Since last October I have been revising and critiquing my new work. The first draft grew from 87,000 words to 101,000. The characters have become more colorful and complete. I can now actually see the lines in their faces and smell their surroundings. So while I wait for “The River Keeper” to return what…Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on March 4, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments
I lived in Manhattan when Ed Koch was running it. I met the mayor perhaps a dozen times when I lived on Lafayette Street in the East Village. These were not official meetings, you understand: they did not take place at fundraisers, book parties, or political conventions. I was a graduate student living in a one-room basement apartment, putting myself through school and working two part-time jobs in 1980s; I was not a valuable constituent.
Yet I spoke to Mayor Koch as often as I did…Continue
Added by regina barreca on February 19, 2013 at 1:55pm — No Comments
When I was a graduate student, I worked as Susan Sontag’s personal assistant for one year. I went to her apartment on East 17th Street on Friday mornings to run errands, take dictation, type letters, and retype essays. (My typing skills were not what she expected so I quickly signed up for a class at a secretarial school near Penn Station that enabled me to pick up speed and keep the job.) I was thrilled to be in proximity to so prominent a writer, and she gave me…Continue
Added by Nancy Kricorian on January 7, 2013 at 7:05pm — No Comments
Looking back on 2012 I have so many things to be thankful for. Good health, a family that loves me even when I’m not lovable, a God who erased my every sin with the cleansing power of His shed blood, and my writing. My new novel, The Color of My Heart was released in late October and is doing very…Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on January 7, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments
Enough already! On both my morning commute and my afternoon drive home, the radio DJ's were blasting out a litany of stats on failed resolutions! Already!?! Seriously!?! Isn't this still the first week in January? Yes, I turned them right off...but it got me thinking. Who says you need to start that page-a-day writing regime on January 1st or it will never happen? Who says you need to start…Continue
Added by Moira Donovan on January 6, 2013 at 12:08pm — No Comments
Should some writing come with a "made-in-China" label?
In our digitized 21st century, how much of our writing is too cheap, too quick and too disposable? Has the sheer volume of digitized, podcast, broadcast and hard-copy content spawned a 24/7 static, a persistent distraction?
I have been a lifelong lover of the jigsaw process of writing, of yoking apparently disparate ideas together…Continue
Added by Aine Greaney on January 3, 2013 at 2:09pm — No Comments
Want to finish and publish your memoir this year? Here are four resolutions to knock your writing up a level to create a memoir of enduring value that readers want to read and publishers will want to buy.
1. This year I will make myself vulnerable on the page.
What’s the one quality that keeps me reading a memoir? The narrator’s willingness to make himself vulnerable. Most often in memoir the narrator’s vulnerability originates from sharing stuff most of…Continue
Hallelujah I made it through another year. No looking back on 2012. Just moving ahead into the unknown. Who knows what treasures I’ll uncover in the weeks to come?
Every day is a gift. Each new twenty-four hours is bound up tightly in colorful paper and tied with a flamboyant bow. Hour by hour we un-wrap a piece of our day and behold the magic. Don’t we wish every day would be all bright, bubbly and full of fun?
I know that 2013 will hold many treasured…Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on January 1, 2013 at 2:05pm — No Comments
...a new year arrises,
and I wonder what this means.
...a chance to begin again?
but every new dawning contains this seed.
maybe, just maybe
...a first and new glimpse,
a quivery legged rising.
Up this morning in Kings River Life--a New Year's Eve mystery short story by Gail Farrelly http://kingsriverlife.com/12/29/the-times-square-terrorist-an-original-short-story/
Also up in KRL this morning--a review of Earlene Fowler's new book "The Road To Cardinal Valley", an interview with Earlene, a chance to win a copy of the book & information on her book events at both…Continue
Added by Lorie Ham on December 29, 2012 at 3:44pm — No Comments
Memoir: The Story of the Transformation of the Self
By Theo Pauline Nestor
This spring I’ll be hosting the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat in Washington state’s Cascades Mountains (keynote speaker: Cheryl Strayed, author of WILD; see below for She Writes member discount code). In some ways, this retreat feels like a culmination of the work I’ve been doing…Continue
Moving is a stressful time for anyone, and apart from the strain and exhaustion of packing and unpacking, there is the new neighborhood to contend with. Now you have to find a local coffee shop, a new MD, another hairdresser, a local dentist, a local watering hole, somewhere to do your groceries, and most nerve wracking of all, make some new friends. Starting with your neighbors might be a good idea. Even if you don't become friends, having a good relationship with your neighbors is…Continue
Added by leonardo dawson on December 18, 2012 at 1:35am — No Comments
So, the kids and I survived our first storm completely on our own. I never thought I'd utter these words, "Thank god for teenagers." My two oldest and able-bodied worked by my side getting our house ready for Sandy without complaint. I had to venture onto our roof to clean out some leaf clogged gutters that plague us with water damage every storm. My daughter Riley climbed a ladder next to me and forgot about all her girly queasiness and fears of spiders. She reached in and pulled out…Continue
Added by Christine Moffatt on October 31, 2012 at 6:55am — No Comments
Fred Arroyo is the author of Western Avenue and Other Fictions, as well as The Region of Lost…Continue
Added by Why There Are Words on October 25, 2012 at 2:19pm — No Comments
It's a book launch party for Eldon Taylor and his amazing book Self-Hypnosis and Subliminal Technology. Stop by and check out the book and the link I'll have up for all the fabulous drawings that you can enter for a chance to win.
At the party site, there's over 100 bonus gifts plus the…Continue
Added by Ryshia Kennie on October 22, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments
I was invited to take part in "She Writes" "The Next Big Thing" - and jumped at the chance to answer questions about my current work in progress. (Working title: "Griffin Calling").
If any of my fellow "She Writers" have a few moments to spare, please take the time to drop…Continue
Added by Julia Hughes on October 11, 2012 at 12:10am — No Comments