Don’t Say You Can’t Publish By: Nina Romano If you’re writing short stories, poems, essays, or stand-alone novel excerpts, you should be submitting these in order to publish in small magazines, or literary journals. Once you have accrued some solid publications, this gives you a bit of clout when writing to agents, editors and publishers on behalf of a larger body of work. You can then query for a novel, a collection of short stories or poems. Always include an Author Bio, where you can mention the publications. When I was writing and submitting poetry, I’d send out poems...Read More
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Writing about Love by Nina Romano What is love? Is it enough to state that your characters, especially the protagonist and the object of his/her affection are in love? From the reader’s perspective, no. How does this translate into what we define as significant in a romantic story? How do we write to bring the love to fruition so that the reader is able to imagine and visualize the characters’ feelings? Literally, what does this mean to a writer? Simply stated, it’s the writer’s job to prove it, to show the characters falling in love. One of the most touching...Read More
Writer’s Block, A Condensed Form of Hidden Potential by S. S. Bazinet “Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown.” ~ Wikipedia In my case, writer’s block lasted for nearly twenty years. That’s a lot of writer’s block. Happily, since that time, I’ve written a dozen books. So how did I manage to get beyond that crushing state of emptiness and frustration? Recently, I had a surprise take on my “blocked” journey. I can summarize my discovery in one word, energy....Read More
Book Signing…Yay or Nay? By Sharon K. Connell This past December (2018), I had a book signing event at a very charming local bookstore here in Houston, Texas. Normally, I don’t do book signings because frankly there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day for everything else I need to accomplish. Still, something prompted me to check into this little bookstore when I met a young lady named Whitney at a conference put on by my writing group. Whitney had come to the conference to represent River Oaks Bookstore, and sell books written by the members of...Read More
Accepting What Is (Even the Flu!) By: Sedona Hutton Last week I came down with the flu. I had hot and cold flashes, a sore throat, a runny nose…the whole gamut. In my miserable state, I attempted to think positive thoughts to will away my sickness, but my body mocked my best efforts. Resigned, I stayed in bed for a couple of days. When I finally summoned a smidgeon of energy, a new awareness emerged. It felt good to rest! For many of us, November and December are busy months. I’ve been visiting kids and grandkids, working, writing, decorating,...Read More
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And I did not speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
And I did not…
If this was to be your last day on this planet, would you be satisfied with the life you have lived? Have you existed in harmony with those around you- and within yourself? What if your answer to these questions is a resounding ‘No’? …