Ask an Author/Book Giveaway

Sandie Lee Bumples Family First http://bumplesfamilyfirst.blogspot.com Come join us March 7th-10th for our FREE book draw and ask an Author.  I have the creators of 'The Adventures of Footenbarn - Hot Seat' taking your questions.  Don't have a question?  No problem.  Leave a comment and you'll still be eligible for the FREE book draw on Wednesday March 10th :)...more

LAST DAY of my Write-a-thon

Today is the day.  By midnight tonight (Colorado time), I will have completed my write-a-thon.  Typical me, I’m pushing it right down to the wire with a full ten hours left to write.  Yes, one-third of the total of goal of thirty hours remains.  Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while know how I feel about deadlines.  Scary, exhilarating, thrilling, motivating.  Tonight, for example, I completed...more

Your Worst Fears Come True/"Everything is Going To Be Alright"

In the fabulous and dead-on truthful Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott describes her students' fears about being writers: “[They] want to know why they feel so crazy when they sit down to work, why they have these wonderful ideas and then they sit down and write one sentence and see with horror that it is a bad one, and then every major form of mental illness from which they suffer surfaces, leaping out of the water like trout—the delusions, hypochondria, the grandiosity, the self-loathing...more

My life is funnier when I'm depressed

So I'm new, obviously...I have my personal blog and I'm waiting for it to be listed with BlogHer, but in the meantime, here I am. My blog, depressionsandconfessions.com, started as a way for me to reach out to other women with depression, but has evolved into a sort of journal of my personal story about living with the disorder....more

What I Learned About Writing from Bestselling Mystery Writer Dick Francis

When I was in college trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I dabbled in writing.  I wanted to be a writer, but I was afraid to be a writer.  Afraid to make mistakes, afraid to show my work, afraid to put anything down on paper that might expose too much of who I was. Then I read the mystery novel Reflex, by Dick Francis. ...more

I think you just sold a book for Francis. I'll add him to my bookshelf.

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The Creative Process

After Dinner Nap - Painting by Bernadette Kazmarski ...more

A Passion for Posting

I'm still trying to decide what my little blog is going to be when it grows up and must admit that the journey is somewhat addicting. I can honestly say that I have been bitten by the blog bug. I come home from work in the evening and can't wait to check my blog for comments, new followers and plan a post. Blogging is keeping me up at night, but in a good way. ...more

Ink on the Rejection Slips

A passage that ought to give all struggling writers hope, from Booker-prize winner Graham Swift's Making an Elephant....more