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 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

Add Your Posts to the October 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! ...more

Sign Up for October's NaBloPoMo

The theme for October is CRUNCH. ...more

Writers Need Feedback: The Difference Between Blog Posts and Books

I once had lunch with a writer, someone I knew well from high school, who had brought her play for me to read while I was sitting in front of her. The play was cleverly written; it was a roman à clef – or, perhaps more properly, une pièce de theatre à clef. It was about office politics that she had experienced, and there was a vampire replete with cape and the other accoutrements of vampiredom. ...more
I agree with you about the need for feedback and I hear what others are saying about the pros ...more

How to Find Your Authentic Voice

When I was in elementary school, I declared that I'd be a writer. By high school, though, I was sure I'd go to law school. That too, changed over the years. In college, I had a professor ask me to consider switching my major to English because she enjoyed my writing so much; it would be a "waste of time" to pursue anything else. I wondered if she was high. (To be clear, I hadn't yet declared a major, so, perhaps I was high. No, really. Maybe I was. It was the late '90s and I don't need your judgment. Great, now I'm off track.) ...more
Love your post! I can so relate. Thank you for sharing. I couldn't agree more. Especially, the ...more

Burst Your Writing World Open with NaBloPoMo

My winning submission for the BlogHer Voice of The Year 2013 was born of a writing prompt. It was a topic that I usually wouldn't have chosen to write about. I didn't consider it my strength, so I avoided it. It was a character sketch, and character is something I typically gloss over, because it's hard for me and I don't know how to do it. Translation: painful. But what beauty is born of overcoming doubt and pain. Especially the beauty of discovering what you have in you. There is so much that we can learn, but if we don't attempt things because of time, planning, no direction, insecurity, lack of support and community. We plod along, staying safe in our safety zone. Moral of the story here, I no longer avoid or fear writing about character, because I learned I can do it. That's where National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) can come and burst your writing world open. All you need to do to participate is commit to posting every day in November. ...more
Jenny Kanevsky  The pleasure in meeting you is all mine, Jenny. Thank you.more

Words from a Boy

As the Boy was helping me dry dishes tonight we were chatting. And he said "look, people just need to be happy. If you're happy, you could make one other person happy, and they could make one more person happy and perhaps the whole world could be happy!"Wise kid, that Boy of mine. ...more

"Drinking Alone" story debuts in Intellectual Refuge

Just in time for Friday Happy Hour...My story "Drinking Alone" debuts in Intellectual Refuge literary journal. This journal is unique in its commitment to debuting a new story each Friday. This Friday's story is mine, or Tianne's, as a working mom who wonders how to cope with urban pressures on her family and her life....more

Barbie Makes Women Appear Weak

  I loved her as a child. I wanted every doll and playset that Mattel produced, and I thought all of her different personas were beautiful and perfect. Barbie appeared to have her hands in all the metaphorical pots, being portrayed in a multitude of careers and roles. I doubt any woman could rival her list of achievements in a lifetime....more
That story is really annoying.more

Do You Remember Writing Your First Post?

It's the 18th day of National Blog Posting Month. Some people have already called it quits. Some people are already calling their posts desperate. I'm in it, I'm doing it, and as for posts being desperate? Nope. What we see happening right about now is the creativity that comes from having to find words. It's one of the best exercises for a writer. To take the ordinary and make it into presentable, workable words....more

Winter Thesaurus

I don't know about you, but some days, I feel plain old sorry for my children. The things that they have to listen to that stumble out of my mouth. It makes me want to dig up and carry around my college transcripts to show them that once, yes, mama had a working brain. Today, by far, one of the most ridiculous sentences imaginable tripped out of my mouth. As I heard myself saying the last word, I could almost read my childrens' minds, Whatever happened to poor mama that makes her talk like that......more

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Harsh History: A Gem of Our Libraries

The Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection, housed in Chicago’s Carter G. Woodson Library, is an invaluable display of the flowering of Black history and culture within a Northern, urban environment galvanized by the energy of hundreds of thousands of post-war Black migrants from the South. This era of the 1940’s and 1950’s followed the period of American history bracketed as the “Harlem Renaissance,”—a dozen years or so in which productivity of Black art and literature soared to unprecedented heights....more

Episode 52: Optimistically Pessimistic!

I’m afraid I am one of life’s worriers. If I have something to worry about then so much the better, if not I will just worry because things are going well, and that always means that something bad is about to happen! I have tried to change my ways, even on occasion, being positive, but to no avail. It just doesn’t suit me being a ‘glass half-full’ type of person!...more

#TBT Egypt 2011

The heart there are no other arteries

The heart there are no other arteries that supply that particular bit have muscle to that particular bit hot muscle then die as I can show you in the next picture you have some normal heart muscle we can see the muscle fibers in these little blue dots the nuclei of the cells and on this side the Novus Anti Aging Facial Serum heart muscle has died as a result the blood flow being stopped and indeed information which these little blue dot is beginning to come in and dissolve ...more