Thanks to top droppers!

Thanks to my top Entrecard Droppers for January 2009.Take some time to read these wonderful blogs. Flitting on Fiction Caught In The Stream Sharp Words The Virtual Dime Museum West of Mars – the Meet and Greet Daisy Bookworm Chicago History HereandNow ~*4Angel*~ The Half-Life of Linoleum Gewgaw Writings

Go For It!

This altered ad is from Artella, my favorite creativity website. If you’d like to become an Artella affliate click here and then scroll down to the end of the page for the affliate link or just check out this FREE Ebook for poetry! And enter the quarterly poetry contest. The deadline is February 28th. It… Continue reading Go For It!

The Closet Shelf

The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.John W. Campbell I’ve used this quote before and I love it because I think a lot of writers keep their work tucked away and then wonder why… Continue reading The Closet Shelf

In honor of John Updike

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.John Updike I just found out that poet and Pulitzer prize winning writer John Updike died at age 76. His body of work, classics of American literature includes more than 25 novels and books of poetry. One of my favorite shorts is… Continue reading In honor of John Updike

Evaluating Your Creative Writing Life

“They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing”Hindu Proverb Yesterday I didn’t post because I was finishing my self evaluation for last semester. This is harder than it sounds. What did you learn, how did you learn it, and how do you live what you’ve learned in your community and the world.… Continue reading Evaluating Your Creative Writing Life

The Year of the Ox

Tomorrow marks the official Chinese New Year, the year of the Earth Ox. So clean your desk today and get ready for a new year. According to some it’s bad luck to clean on Chinese New Year but if you clean before you are getting ready for the benefits of the new year. Year of… Continue reading The Year of the Ox

First Lines

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. First line from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women [1868] First lines. If you’re like me you grab a book off the library or bookstore shelf and read the first line. Does it draw you into the story. In the example of Little… Continue reading First Lines

Text of Inaugural Poem

I read this morning that Elizabeth Alexander’s poem will be published in a book in February. But many sites this morning including the New York Times have printed the complete text of the inaugural poem. It was nice to reread it. Now after all the festivities yesterday it’s back to work, I’m looking forward to… Continue reading Text of Inaugural Poem