Posted new poem, "Syntax of Distancing":
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 22, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Monday Muse provides an update on the outcome of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory's announcement of a new Poet Laureate:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 21, 2014 at 8:47am — No Comments
It's one of those summer Friday afternoons when I feel like I should keep writing but instead am just thinking of writing... so here's my top 10 basic TGIF writing tips...
1) Write on a regular schedule.(Doesn't have to include Friday afternoons!)
2) Finish a first draft of what you write.
4) Share it with someone who reads a lot.
5) Re-write and look at plot…Continue
Added by Caroline Bock on July 18, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments
The online world offers educational games, videos, worksheets, lesson plans, project ideas, graphic organizers, academic writing assistance, and anything else you could think of. However, not everything is relevant in that sea of information. It can be difficult to navigate throughout the crowded online environment, which is why we decided to make a list of the most outstanding educational websites that everyone should start exploring. …Continue
Added by Jina R. Hoffman on July 15, 2014 at 7:51am — No Comments
Posted a new, three-line poem: 'Magnolia':
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I’ve said it before and I don’t mine repeating it: The # 1 thing you need if you want to make it as a writer—and I’ll leave it to you to define “making it” for yourself—is not talent, training, connections, or luck. It’s perseverance—the ability to keep your fingers to the keyboard or your pen to the page whether your writing is soaring or slumping.
Perseverance isn’t magical. It isn’t bestowed on us by the gods. We’re not born with it. It’s something we can choose. It isn’t always…Continue
Added by Jill Jepson on July 14, 2014 at 3:29pm — No Comments
(Sixth in a series.)
Four months to go! In the month of June (which was four months pre-pub for me), the days get longer, the children’s bedtimes starts shifting as we linger at the dinner table outdoors amid the smells of neighborhood…Continue
All right, I admit it: my breakup rate is pretty high. I’ve got a lot of exes. Make that, frexes. Frexes, of course, meaning friends who are no longer the keepers of your secrets, your amigos, your dawgs.
Time and distance was a factor for some, while other breakups were the result of, well, life. Just like a romantic relationship, if the two people involved are not growing together, they are inevitably growing apart. But unlike a romantic partnership in which we routinely throw the…Continue
Added by Brianne Hogan on July 14, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Posted Thought for the Day: Robert Pinsky on arts education.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 13, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments
Today's post offers a trio of interesting calls for literary submissions:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 10, 2014 at 7:34am — No Comments
A new poem, 'Cirrostratus', is up:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 8, 2014 at 7:07am — No Comments
When I was a teenager, I couldn’t see myself past the age of 30. In my diary, I routinely recorded that I would win my first Oscar by 23 years old, be married by 27 (either to Ben Affleck or David Duchovny) and push out my first baby by 29. Beyond that was just darkness; a horribly scary void that meant the end of supple skin, a high metabolism and acceptable irresponsibility masked as “just bein’ young, son.”
Well, I’m 31 now (actually, I’m writing this to you on my…Continue
Added by Brianne Hogan on July 7, 2014 at 7:08am — No Comments
Today, Monday Muse brings together a selection of literary-related events, organizations, books, workshops, and other resources discovered on the Web.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 7, 2014 at 6:52am — No Comments
Until a few days ago I was in a funk, missing B across the hall and also going through a rough patch with the chapter in my novel. Now B's family have cleared out her apartment, her memorial service has been held, and I am picking up my own life again. And I'm moving ahead with the chapter that was giving me trouble.
It's still the chapter about Mississippi Freedom Summer (1964) and most importantly how the pov character Sophie and her co-workers in the Adult Education Center…Continue
Not long ago, I was promoted to Associate Editor at the local Toronto magazine where I had been working as an Assistant Online Editor. Shortly after receiving the news, I cried at my desk. They were not tears of joy. No. These were snot-is-coming-out-of-my-nose-running-into-my-mouth tears. These were I-am-an-uglier-crier-than-James-Van-der-Beek…Continue
The Thought for the Day is from William Faulkner:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 6, 2014 at 10:08am — No Comments
Today's short features writer Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Peter Coyote. The two discuss how, in the face of disaster, people become altruistic, resilient, resourceful, and brave.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 5, 2014 at 7:29am — No Comments
The other week, I was watching a tribute to the great career of Barbara Walters. You know, “Baba Wawa,” the first female co-host of any of newscast or lifestyle show, the first female co-anchor of any network evening newscast, the woman who’s interviewed everyone from the Shah of Iran to Monica Lewinsky.
As I was watching her amazing career unfold (along with admiring her killer 80something legs), I immediately felt very small. Insignificant. That what I was doing with my…Continue
Added by Brianne Hogan on July 4, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
'Some sling stones', a poem I had to write:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 3, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments
Cuban Blog Day 9- Use the Touts, They’re Using You
Today was a travel day, my last day in Baracoa. I had one last breakfast on what I didn’t know would be the best terrace of the whole trip. Then, I walked to find a…Continue
Added by Kari Redmond on July 2, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments