Everyone knows that you don’t pass up a kid’s lemonade stand. When you come upon a handmade sign, a wobbly card table and an icy pitcher of lemonade, you buy a cup. If the beverage looks a little sketchy, you don’t say, “no thanks, I’m not thirsty,” you say, “Yum. I think I’ll save this for later,” and you walk…Continue
I've posted Part 1 of a two-part interview with artist Amy Pleasant. Today, Amy discusses her background, how she became a painter, her styles, her sources of reference and inspiration, her techniques and materials, and her artistic goals.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 1, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
I wrote a short email to my friend, another writer, after learning that she and her husband had recently found out he has brain cancer. Her equally brief response held all the confusion and helplessness such a discovery brings. She said: “If you could quickly write a book that explains how a wife is supposed to accept this that would be great.” A grimacing smiley face followed.
I wished I could. This particular situation has not…Continue
Posted a new poem, 'There All Along', in remembrance of my late brother.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on May 3, 2016 at 8:14am — No Comments
Today’s visually stunning prompts are from photographer Donn Delson. An avid traveler, Donn’s collection features images from trips to the Galapagos islands, Europe, Canada, and around his California home. I had the good fortune of meeting Donn, also a dedicated writer, at the Writers’ Studio at UCLA. He’s currently working on a semi-autobiographical YA novel. I’ve selected some images from his incredible collection, and offered prompt ideas to nudge your writing…Continue
Added by Rebecca Laclair on May 2, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
The importance of having fun is sometimes shoved to the side as we all aim to get things done, be more productive, work harder, work faster. But in order to relish in the creativity, we need to free the mind…Continue
Lull - noun; plural noun: lulls
1. a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity.
That’s me: In a lull. A writer’s lull. My first book’s “book-iversary” was April 8th. I intended to create a little birthday graphic, post it on Facebook and celebrate, but I forgot. I forgot! On the 10th I remembered and thought I’d post something then, but of course it…Continue
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I attended my first AWP conference and book fair this year, where I feasted on literary and writing business delicacies, along with over 12,000 other attendees. After reviewing over 550 offerings, I selected fourteen panels, which I attended over three days. It was a treat to see SWP Publisher Brooke…Continue
I’ve never been a fan of the term “writers’ block.” While I do believe there are times in a writer’s life that the words don’t come so easily, or perhaps not at all, I don’t know if I consider the phase a complete block. Instead, I think our mind does a great deal of work when we’re not writing, work that leads…Continue
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Posted Wednesday Wonder. Listen to the Wintergatan Marble Marchine.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 9, 2016 at 7:34am — No Comments
Posted five three-line poems:
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Posted Simple Poetry, a series of short poems inspired by the "top 10" Anne of Avonlea quotes.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 1, 2016 at 8:59am — No Comments
Posted Saturday Short, the trailer for 'Innocence of Memories', inspired by Orhan Pamuk's novel 'Museum of Innocence':
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on February 13, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments
What's your personal solution to Writer's Block and lack of inspiration? Is it keep pushing through and write anyway or do you choose to change your scenery? Do you prefer a certain place when you create and write your fiction?
Added by Liberty J. Freedom on January 31, 2016 at 12:37am — No Comments
Commuting is not something most people look forward to doing. It's time from our day that seems to be completely wasted just trying to get from point A to point B. And who's got time for that? But maybe we can find ways to take advantage of this 'wasted' time. Here are 3 ways we can improve our daily…Continue
Added by Calliope Lappas on January 29, 2016 at 12:46pm — No Comments
I am not ashamed to admit that I'm fascinated with the European monarchies. That does not mean I am a supporter of monarchies over republics. I support democracy, equality and feminism.
Added by Liberty J. Freedom on January 29, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments
Even though I'm a European, I must say that I'm extremely interested in both British and American history. If you would ask me to choose one oor the other, I wouldn't be able to.
I'm very inspired by both, especially the wars(being born and raised into a European country who hasn't been invloved in direct for over 200 years or so.) I can't help it if I'm fascinated by wars in particular.
Maybe I'm weird I don't know.
Added by Liberty J. Freedom on January 23, 2016 at 2:16am — No Comments
Thinking about joining the Ultimate Challenge 2016.
Because I love reading and writing. To me those two go hand in hand.
I say right now that it won't be possible for me to complete each goal (thinking of number five and the rad a book set in your home state). Why? Simply speaking because I'm not American and second my hometown is not a town is a suburb of a smaller…Continue
Added by Liberty J. Freedom on January 20, 2016 at 12:00am — No Comments
Years ago, after reading Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, I decided to incorporate her suggestion to schedule a weekly Artist Date into my writing practice. The date is to explore something that interests you. It can be as simple as browsing in a second hand shop, taking a walk in an old…Continue
Hand on heart- be honest!
Do you enjoy reading fiction in the same genre that you write in ?
I have to admit I personally love writing historical fiction but I don't read as much historical fiction that I could or probably should...
Although some historical figures really interests me -more than others I might add.
Should I feel guilty or not for this...
Added by Liberty J. Freedom on January 13, 2016 at 12:45am — No Comments