Sign Up for December's NaBloPoMo

The theme for December is JOY. ...more

Spreading the Joy With December's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

Add All of Your Blog Posts to November's Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! In fact, we're going to be culling out some great posts from the list below and paying you to feature them ...more

Sign Up for November's NaBloPoMo

If you're posting for NaBloPoMo every day in November, add your name to our 2014 blogroll to share your work and enter to win prizes! Just fill out the NaBloPoMo Blogroll Form. Make sure you've selected NOVEMBER, and only submit your blog once, ...more

Join the Big Online Blogging Celebration That is November's NaBloPoMo

Join NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) on BlogHer.com this November, and commit to post every single day this month! Every November, thousands of bloggers commit to posting daily. But it's about much more than getting that post up—it's ...more

The Most Effective Writing Question: What's Your Angle?

They say that there are no new stories. In fact, author Christopher Booker suggests that every story ever told is a variation on seven basic plots. So, how do you differentiate your story from every other comedy, tragedy, memoir, quest, or rebirth? The answer is in the specific angle you use to tell your tale. Consider Eric and Charlotte Kaufman's story. ...more
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NaBloPoMo December 2014 Prompts

The theme for December's NaBloPoMo is JOY. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in December -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more
As cheesy as it sounds, when I'm feeling down I make myself a pot of tea using a special set ...more

Make December a Little More Joyous With NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

#NaBloPoMo 2014: Day 28: Autobiographical

“It is not my deeds that I write down, it is myself, my essence.” ~Montaigne...more

Day 27 - Giving Thanks

Uppity green bean casserole

Last year's casserole, bottom left.Sauteed thinly sliced mushrooms bathed in a creamy, garlicky bechamel. Fresh crunchy green beans, blanched. Crispy sliced onions....more

A Prayer of Thanks

What is your family’s Thanksgiving tradition for giving thanks at the table?  Do the assembled family and friends bow their heads while one person says a prayer?  Do you have everyone hold hands in an unbroken chain while grace is said?  Do you go around the table and have everyone describe what he or she is thankful for this year?  Or do you dispense with the formalities and just dig in as soon as the turkey is carved?...more

Day 27 NaBloPoMo; I don't shop on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an American Holiday.  It is about the only holiday that includes everyone.  EVERYONE.   Thanksgiving calls for unity in taking one day to be thankful.  There is no exception.  There is no, "It's not fair."  Thanksgiving isn't, "just for those people and not me."  ...more

Sausage and Herb Stuffing: Thanksgiving Recap.

http://authormcaldwell.wordpress.com/Anyone in a food coma? I was pretty good today only eating a single serving of each dish --- well, dessert doesn't count....more

Episode 59: On the Home Straight....

The end is getting so near nowI’m starting to see through the fogOnly 3 more days of this pressureIn daily posting my blog!So many subjects I’ve coveredMy brain has been stretched to the maxThoughts and ideas that are spinningOh how I need to relax!...more

Episode 59: On the Home Straight....

The end is getting so near nowI’m starting to see through the fogOnly 3 more days of this pressureIn daily posting my blog!So many subjects I’ve coveredMy brain has been stretched to the maxThoughts and ideas that are spinningOh how I need to relax!...more

NaBloPoMo (11/2014) - Day 27: Storms and Calm

To those who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving. This has been a very long day. I was up at 2:30am to prepare the turkey and put it into the oven. My intention was to go back to bed, but that didn't happen. By that time, I was wide awake. So, I just ended up staying awake. ...more