Read, Write, GiveRead, Write, Give: Interview with Donna (Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dave)

“I love writing but I’m extremely flightly. I don’t want to write 100,000 words on one thing (though I have immense respect for those who can and do!) – but I do love words and language and blogging allows me to write constantly on a range of things. My least favourite aspect by far is the amount of email involved. As well as emails about my own blog, I subscribe to around 100 other blogs, plus newsletters about social media, blogging, software, online services. It makes me feel a little tied to my inbox but since I got an iPhone I’ve done a lot more ‘on the go’.”

In Leah's Wake - Terri Giuliano LongHow Motherhood Shaped Me As A Writer

“My husband and I have four daughters. We were very young when our eldest was born; in that sense, I’ve lived my life backward. We had children, and then I attended college and graduate school. While our children were growing up, I worked part-time. Although all my jobs involved writing, I didn’t have the luxury then of an apprenticeship in creative writing. Please don’t get me wrong: I’m not complaining. I loved my life – and my jobs. I wrote news and feature articles for the town paper, a column for a regional paper. I edited a newsletter, and wrote copy for marketing, advertising and public relations. This was all great practice.”

Discover Fantasy TourDiscover Fantasy: The Best Thing About Going Indie

“Indie authors can be that extra breath needed to get you over the finishing line. Many are not only happy to discuss and read your work but offer guidance as well. From the forums I read, indie authors are now exploring new ways to prepare and promote their work but they are sharing their experiences with others. Many indie authors take as much satisfaction in the success of their peers as they do in their own work. Having those extra writers on board, pushing you to finish your WIP and feeding back to you is always overwhelming.”

WritingWriting Prompt: Effective Openings

The Job of the Opening Paragraph

  • Hooks or engages readers
  • Makes promises
    • Voice – author’s point of view toward subject
    • Point of view – first, second, or third
    • Form – blog, story, argument
  • Gives the piece direction
    • Establishes subject and limits it
  • Raises narrative question
    • What problem is to be solved?
  • Establishes tone

Terri's Kitchen

Terri’s Kitchen: Oven-roasted Lemon-Pepper Chicken with Fennel and Blue-Cheese Mashed Sunrise Potatoes

“About 10 years ago, restaurant chefs began to use fennel with abandon, some chefs using it, or so it seemed, in nearly every dish. When it comes to food, I’m fairly gutsy – in Beijing I ate frog! But, since I was a child, I’ve detested fennel. If you’re never tried it, raw fennel tastes like a combination of celery, cabbage and licorice. I like celery and cabbage – but licorice in a main course? No thank you! Once, in a chi-chi Italian restaurant, I accidentally bit into a chunk and nearly gagged. I swallowed – the only polite thing to do – but, fairly or not, we’ve never returned to that restaurant. The taste memory is that strong.”

Friday 13th

Is Friggatriskaidekaphobia Keeping You Indoors This Friday 13th?

“How many Americans at the beginning of the 21st century suffer from this condition? According to Dr. Donald Dossey, a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of phobias (and coiner of the term paraskevidekatriaphobia, also spelled paraskavedekatriaphobia), the figure may be as high as 21 million. If he’s right, no fewer than eight percent of Americans remain in the grips of a very old superstition. [Source: Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky]”


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