• Finding Alternatives For The “B” Word

    “Smile! You are beautiful!” reads a pale yellow Post-it note stuck on the bathroom mirror. Underneath the words are doodles of flowers, hearts, and smiley faces, daintily drawn with the thin end of a hot pink Sharpie. “Darling, you look so beautiful today,” a mother…

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  • Lies Become Us by Denise Melgarejo

    Enter stage left. A boy. He is small and smiling. “Do I make you happy?” Charlie and I lived across from each other, me at the yellow house, him at the blue. I’ve known him for as long as I can remember myself. My mom would…

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  • A Conversational Review of Penned Con

    Carter: So I’m dying to hear about Penned Con. I haven’t gone, I’ve never been to a signing, but this one is only three hours away from me and I’m just kicking myself for not putting it on the calendar, especially since you two were…

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  • Small Business Spotlight: QDesign

    As our September Writing Prompt Contest comes to a close, I wanted to do a spotlight on our partner, Amy Queau of QDesign who so generously donated a premade cover as prize to the winner of the contest. First, a couple of business questions. What graphic…

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  • Journaling: An Exercise In Gratitude

    On June 21 of this year, I must have read an article or saw a comment on social media, maybe a friend said something about my self-deprecating demeanor that made something click, but on that day, I began a gratitude journal. I dug out an…

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  • Resource of the Week: Making A Literary Life

    In her book, Making a Literary Life, the author, Carolyn See, tells us to do two things above all else to achieve a ‘literary life.’ Write a 1000 words a day, (or 2 hours of editing) 5 days a week for the rest of your…

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  • Interview with Anne Britting Oleson

    I met our next author while earning my master’s degree at the University of Maine at Orono. Anne had the pleasure, or misfortune, of sitting next to me one fateful day. We became fast friends. Her writing style was something I hoped to aspire to.…

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  • To Quit or Not To Quit, That Is The Question

    No. I’m not giving up writing. I have no plans on it, but I know quite a few indie authors who are at least toying with the idea of letting the dream go. I’m not here to tell them to quit or to convince them…

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  • Adventures in Writing in Public

    I always bring my laptop with me pretty much wherever I go. I write everywhere. In the car, waiting on kids to get out of school, in waiting rooms when I take someone in my family to one of their many appointments or the hospital.…

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