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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Nano Prep – Planning for NaNoWriMo

Nano prep helps create a successful NaNoWriMo event.
This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNano Prep readies you for NaNoWriMo Nano prep definitely helps prepare writers for the approaching annual writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo. With hundreds of thousands of writers signed up for this year’s event, you can bet many are busy developing strategies and battle plans to…


Picture book ideas populate November

Picture book writing includes Picture book month and picture book idea month.
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthPicture book ideas – Competing with NaNoWriMo? Picture book ideas gain prominence in November at a time when many writers have their sights set on the big writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo. While the Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is a growing…


NaNoWriMo 2013 – Innoculate yourself against writer’s block

NaNoWriMo defeats the fear of writing.
This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWriMo 2013 – The best prescription for fear of writing NaNoWrimo 2013 is the single most effective cure for writer’s block. Hands down. Everything else is swept away except you and the keyboard. It’s all about the words, words that appear on computer screens and…


Is the expression of “Thank-you” out of style?

Thanksgiving Day is a day dedicated to gratitude and thankfulness but are we truly thankful? Do we still know how to say the words “thank you?” I wonder. The days of snail mail to reach out to friends and family are long gone. When’s the last time you received a handwritten letter or even a…


Name Your Dream Contest – Vote for my dream, please!

Name Your Dream is an interesting contest. I went ahead and entered my dream. Click through to read about my dream assignment. I hope you like it and will register to vote for me. The contest began a couple of weeks ago and ends early April. The person leading the pack has nearly 700 votes…


Edgar Allan Poe, a father to many of today’s writers

Edgar Allan Poe would have turned 200 years old in January had he been blessed with exceeding longevity. The event has proved a boon for anything Poe. Publishing houses have lit the candles in hopes of a Poe revival. Well, they didn’t need to strike a match for me to come to the table. I…


Writer’s Tools: OMG, I’m Facebooked!

The solitary writer is no longer alone. I have finally succumbed to the social networking phenomena and opened a Facebook account. I did it in the name of research, of course. I wanted to experience what my characters did on a daily basis. Now I’m not sure why it took me so long. Too much focus on…


Hurricane Ike: When life and research collide

Write what you know. That’s the well-worn dictum writers hear over and over and over. The meaning may vary as you make your way through the craft and business. For many new to writing that results in semi-autobiographical novels and coming of age books. Others take the knowledge they’ve obtained through work and life experience…


Internet Tools for Writers: JacketFlap networks people in the children’s book industry

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSocial networking is here to stay. So if you’re among the thousands of writers who have not made an attempt to tickle any social networks such as MySpace, Facebook or Twitter, it’s time. Anyone remotely connected with the children’s book industry should…


Tonight Blog Radio’s Wayne Hurlbert interviews Blogcritics publisher Eric Colsen

Two of my favorite online friends get together for a chat on Blog Radio TV tonight. Entrepreneur and internet publisher Eric Olsen, CEO of Blogcritics, describes how to manage large staff organization, including huge numbers of volunteers, to boost your business or non-profit organization success. Eric Olsen is my internet radio show guest on Blog…


David Halberstam’s death due to student’s driving

Apparently the death of nonfiction Pulitzer prize-winning author David Halberstam is being attributed to the graduate student driver. He made an illegal turn that left Halberstam vulnerable to oncoming traffic. The oncoming car hit the passenger side and crushed Halberstam. The 26-year old student is being charged with vehicular manslaughter. As writers we probably seldom…


LOLCats, dangerous boys, punctuation, and Potter: Trends that capture and plague us

Like a vast ocean that constantly churns, today’s culture–thanks to the Internet–moves at a rapid pace and surprising bits of flotsam become visible. Houston’s Chronicle ran a rather large photo of a cat standing on his hind legs and pawing at the air next to a headline with poorly-spelled words. It took up a lot…


City Blogging: A new media trend in travel writing

I’ve resumed posting over at blogHOUSTON, a weblog dedicated to “Houston politics and current events, local media, and thoughts on the city’s cultural and entertainment options.” My niche is primarily arts and entertainment with a strong literary slant, of course. Not being up to date with the local music scene and being that rare individual…


Publishing News: Narrative Magazine expands in growth and content

Narrative Magazine, an online favorite of mine, is having one heck of a year. The readership has doubled, the magazine remains free, the contributors continue to be paid, the annual contest grows, and big things are afoot. The magazine now includes poetry, and Michael Wiegers, the executive editor of Cooper Canyon Press, has agreed to…


Publishing News: Agents step into the Simon & Schuster fray

The Author’s Guild and its members are not the only ones citing the dangerous path Simon & Schuster (S&S) has chosen in changing their contract language concerning book rights and electronic warehousing. Jim Milliot at Publisher’s Weekly continues his chronicle adding the concern of a number of agents. Writer’s House Simon Lipskar calls it a…