Agent Claus Is Coming to Town

By Ronda Simmons Originally posted December 27, 2019 My December blog post tradition of re-writing a holiday classic from a writer’s perspective was a no-brainer this year. Deepest thanks to Angie Hodapp of Nelson Literary for inspiring this reimagining. And apologies to Mr. Haven Gillespie who wrote the original.  Agent Claus is Coming to Town    Forget cookiesContinue reading “Agent Claus Is Coming to Town”

Working Up The Courage

By Laura Mahal Originally posted December 11 , 2019 For many of us, reading in public can trigger a case of the nerves. Our hands shake, our voice wavers, and we may not be able to make eye contact with the audience. But when we hear that applause or finger snaps of approval, we knowContinue reading “Working Up The Courage”

Everyone Needs A Writing Partner

By Brian Kaufman Originally posted November 21, 2019 Writing is a solitary endeavor. That simple truth comes with attending problems. Writing in a vacuum, glued to your story, it’s hard to maintain professional balance. I recommend writing groups, one of which has been instrumental in any publishing success I’ve had. But the benefits of aContinue reading “Everyone Needs A Writing Partner”

All of The Writing That Isn’t Writing

By David E Sharp Originally posted October 31, 2019 It’s the end of October, and my latest writing endeavors have had nothing to do with novels, short stories, poetry, or any of the other usual suspects. Instead, it is a murder mystery game based loosely on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Fly, Fly My Pretties

By JC Lynne Originally posted October 24, 2019 If you haven’t noticed, we’ve got a theme going. I know, show don’t tell, but lately, that hasn’t worked well for me. Some of you are absolutely thrilled with the change of seasons, not me.  Oh sure, I love Halloween. I mean, who doesn’t love costumes andContinue reading “Fly, Fly My Pretties”

Our Perceptions: In Writing, As Readers, And in Life

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted October 9, 2019 Do you remember a year or more ago when a dress that some said was blue and black others said was white and gold? Or how about those tennis shoes that looked pink to some and grey to others? It’s kind of freaky if you think aboutContinue reading “Our Perceptions: In Writing, As Readers, And in Life”

Holy Sites of Information

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted September 5, 2019 When I was a kid, I jumped at the chance to accompany my younger sister into the library in the small town where our grandparents own a summer cottage. To her, libraries were a place where the next adventure waited, another era came to life, or moreContinue reading “Holy Sites of Information”

Summer Reading Lists: We’re Supposed to Be Reading

By JC Lynne originally posted July 26, 2019 It’s that time of year. Temperatures are up, so perhaps are tempers. Motivation is low, so is our energy. Some of us are traveling or just getting out of doors but it’s a truism of being a writer, we must read books.  A lot of them. YouContinue reading “Summer Reading Lists: We’re Supposed to Be Reading”

Writers Are Passionate People

By David E. Sharp Originally posted July 2019 While I try to avoid generalized statements, I believe there is a strong case for this one. Who else would put themselves through the agony of word counts, shitty first drafts, killing your darlings, receiving criticism with a smile and a thank you and stacks upon stacksContinue reading “Writers Are Passionate People”