How Has She Writes Touched YOU?
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Our first anniversary prompts a look back, by Deborah Siegel As Kamy wrote in her She Writes Credo post yesterday and in her her call for local meetups last week, our first anniversary on June 29 has propelled us into reflection mode, even as we plot and plan ahead. As the BEA reports chronicle a publishing industry in disrepair, we join our Techie in remaining optimistic about the emerging alternatives at our fingertips. And we draw strength from the knowledge sharing and the well of serendipity that has come from connecting you here, one by one by one. For your She Writes on Fridays prompt today, I invite you to reflect with us. Won’t you share a “She Writes Moment” with us? She Writes Moment (noun) = a) an interaction facilitated by your involvement on this site that has helped, moved, changed, or otherwise affected you, b) a realization you’ve had as a result of being part of this growing community, or c) a random act of kindness, reciprocity, serendipity, surprise, or generosity you’ve experienced here. There have been MANY on our end—too numerous to count—but here are just a few that stand out for Kamy and me: 1. The first time someone on the site referred to herself as a She Writer. 2. When Publisher's Weekly released its list of the Top Ten Books of 2009, and we asked all of you to protest the total exclusion of women (and almost total exclusion of people of color) by buying a book published by a woman in 2009, and more than 500 of you DID. And are still. 3. Your overwhelming and illuminating response to our call for books published by international women on International Women's Day, generating a reading list of such depth and breadth it took our breath away. 4. When E.Victoria Flynn (founder of the Mother Writer! group—which I found on my iPhone while lying in a hospital bed at 30 weeks with contractions) made a logo, launched a Café Press store, and started selling merchandise to benefit Doctors without Borders and the Haitian earthquake relief efforts. And on…and on. Please join us. Share a She Writes Moment in comments or on your SW blog (with a link to it posted in comments, so we can find it!) and I’ll post a verbal mashup in this space next week. And hey, thanks for just being here. We wouldn't be She Writes without you.

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  • Barbara Field

    It's the voices---fresh, honest, generous, raw. I can't tell you how inspiring it is to be part of such a vibrant community of women. Your credo is right-on!

  • Erika

    Shewrites has connected me to amazing people and appreciative readers.

  • So I had my quiet little blog (my Room on the Internet) for several years before discovering She Writes. Not the same as being connected to a house full of rooms. That’s what my home page on She Writes is for me: one room of thousands of rooms just off the main hub of a rambling mansion full of women writers. I can go down the hall any time of day or night and converse with any number of talented, eclectic women sharing my passion for words.

    Last February while waiting for my husband to finish undergoing heart surgery, I sat and read through the work of a She Writes member who needed some feedback. Instead of catastrophizing about my husband’s condition, I felt steadied and grounded putting my mind to positive, productive use…so thank you She Writes, for the love, support, opportunity to connect, to be of use, to give and receive, and for the tangible tools (one webinar downloaded and watched, one in the que to go).

    Thank you especially to all of the backbone tribe for putting in the hours making it a place we so enjoy.

  • E Victoria Flynn

    Deborah,

    She Writes is constantly surprising and inspiring me. There are women I've met through this forum I hope I am in contact with for a long, long time. And the quality of their writing? I can only say it's something to aspire to. And it only gets better, right?

    Now, there have been many She Writes moments, but there is one that really hit me hard on the eve of Thanksgiving. I was sitting at the computer, the kids were sleeping, and my husband was off for his weekly game night. That's when I read your post Finding Mother Writer.

    Reading about the experience with your twins, your trip to the hospital too soon while staring at the door to motherhood and the discovery of Mother Writer! was a lot for me.

    It's no secret that I don't take myself seriously enough, but once in a while something, someone happens and it wakes me up. The women on She Writes and Mother Writer! have given so much of themselves so freely and honestly--I am terribly grateful.

    Happy birthday SW!

  • Congrats, Deborah on the approach of one year celebration.

    As a poet writer, I am thrilled to be part of She Writes. The badge is posted on my blogsite.

    The site has provided a venue for a women's voice of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, encouragement. That is evident in the list from you and Kamy of four items. Also, the various Groups reflect the myriad voices of women.
    May that welcoming spirit continue!
    Patricia
    http://pmpoetwriter.blogspot.com/