My poem, "Barchester's Ghosts, or The Supernatural Demise of Archdeacon Haynes", is my attempt to answer a dare to write a poem about Noel ghosts. (The details about the dare are at the end of the post.) It also is my first try at writing a ghost story, in verse or otherwise. I wrote the poem, which has its origins in an very old short story by M.R. James, in couplets, using no more than three and one words per line.…
As some of you may have noticed, I have been lax in my blogging and communicating with my fellow She Write-ers - and for that I am really sorry. My excuse? I began a new (part time) job that, as is often the case, takes up more time than originally expected (I am working on it).
The job: Teaching an online course for Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. This course requires young gifted students to complete weekly readings from… Continue
Added by Meryl Jaffe on November 30, 2010 at 6:30pm —
Libraries: Librarians recommend our books, buy our books, shelve our books, and provide forums for us to discuss our books. Now we can support the libraries by joining Authors for Libraries, a program of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundation.
Social Media for Readers: The explosion of sites where readers can gather, share… Continue
Slavery is not dead in America. Human trafficking – forcing people to work against their will – is the second-largest criminal industry in the world; illegal sale of drugs is first. The money raised by trafficking girls for sex is used to purchase illegal drugs and guns, two commodities that bring in more money and wield more power for the men who possess them. The girls sold for sex don’t get any of the money they earn.
If I hear that I am extreme one more time I'm going to lose it! - Well, not really, but it gets very tiresome. What is extreme about being passionate? What is extreme about challenging yourself? What is extreme about being inquisitive or adventurous? What is extreme about questioning things & not believing everything you… Continue
Today's new edition of Facts is aimed at keeping your holiday conversations sparkling. I'm offering a few gems on e.e. cummings, the "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind, Thomas Gainsborough, Stieg Larsson, George Gershwin, and Shaffi Mather. Shaffi Mather? He's neither literary nor an artistic type but he's doing things in India that will make a difference.… Continue
She is days away from giving birth, and there is usually not another time in a woman's life when she feels so un-lovely, so distorted, or so unfamiliar with the image of herself that she sees reflected in the mirror. But she is beautiful. I can remember the first time I met her just over 10 years ago. She was a freshman at Auburn and had just begun dating our son who was a junior at the time. The Dad and I had traveled to Auburn for a football weekend. This son had dated a number of girls in… Continue
New Operating System note from AimeeLovesYou: Disk cleaner of chemical persuasion not needed. You can do it through meditation & complete surrender. You don't need to tune-out to tune-in. Just connect & let go.…
As a professional personal shopper, you must deal with all kinds of people. However, I am fairly certain that you have not been up against someone like me. I usually hand my hairdressers, manicurists, and cosmetologists a list of my requirements. I forgot to bring that list with me at our first appointment! Imagine my chagrin! So I thought I would just dash off a little note to you with a few hints to help you select the two outfits I will need for the June… Continue
I couldn't agree agree more. NaNoWriMo is definitely not for everyone. Initially, I thought I was one of those people. I am a painstakingly slow writer. I labor over blog posts (which is why I've blogged sporadically, at best, over the past four years), articles written for myself, and freelance jobs I do… Continue
Added by Roxanne on November 6, 2010 at 6:16am —
The day Tom died, I lost more than a husband. I lost a family. From the moment I turned on CNN, the family I loved, enjoyed and belonged to began to fracture, as if the second the plane crashed it became more than tortured steel and shredded rubber.
Tom was from a large, German, Catholic family, where he was the baby of seven. There was quite an age difference between the oldest and the youngest. I’ve always believed Tom was the favorite, the golden child, because he was most like… Continue
Added by Lanita Moss on November 1, 2010 at 7:42am —
Think for yourself. Return to yourself. Not what you have been told or taught, but what you know. Get into a timeless space. Start looking from the big picture, the biggest picture you can imagine. Imagine every situation as if you're looking at it from the solar system's perspective. Get in touch with the infinite you. The you than was never…Continue
While Googling myself (Hey, 'fess up! You do it, too!) I came up with this article, in LiveWires.com, dated April 3, 2009. In it, I was asked: "How do you see the world changing from a writer’s point of view?"
My answer is below.
Do I still feel it hits the mark? Hell yeah. In a nutshell, my two cents: as online distribution of digitial books grow, the roles of publishers, agents, and book retailers will have to change, in order for these functions to survive. I… Continue
Added by josiebrown on October 29, 2010 at 6:50pm —
Louisville Orchestra was awarded in 1953 a $400,000 Rockefeller Foundation grant to commission a composition a week, for three years. In the unlikeliest of circumstances, the orchestra turned Louisville into the "home of new music", commissioning music from the likes of Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland, Luska Foss, Elliott Carter, Ned Rorem, and other extraordinary composers of the time. A new film, "Music Makes a City", documents the inspirational story. I've included the movie's trailer.… Continue
Sleep always evades me when I need it the most. It’s like when something that belongs to you keeps popping up everywhere in the house and you don’t give it a second thought, then suddenly you need it, start looking for it and it vanishes. People and things have a habit of doing that, especially when you take them for granted. You don’t realize the value of something, or someone, until you lose them. It’s a harsh way of learning a… Continue
Today's posts features the work of Columbia University professor Sheena Iyengar who travels the world to study how people make choices. I've included two videos: one of Iyengar discussing her book, "The Art of Choosing", and the other an 18-minutes talk about Iyengar's research. It's fascinating. http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2010/10/got-choice.html
I got this tweet last week from a friend on Twitter. It was about my thoughts on romantic love & partnership, & whether or not I address them on my new website. The first thing that came to mind was a "…
"Hi and let me be one of the first to welcome you to Shewrites. This is a terrific site, tons of resources and innovative info. As my own bonus, you have access to my teaching site and free teachings on memoir. Just click here…"
"Catherine, Just waving hello. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group.
Hope you enjoy it here, and best of luck with your writing.
Warmly, Meg Waite Clayton…"