BlogHer Conference Update - - November 4, 2011

Hello and happy Friday!  Don't forget this weekend, here in the US (well most of us that is), is when we fall back an hour - set that clock so you don't show up an hour early to work on Monday!...more
@BlogHer MI Senate bill to legalize school bullying for "religious reasons" ...more

My Blog and Writing Prompts

Jackie Paulson (editor/book reviewer)Day 1: Writing Prompt-What is my favorite part about writing?Day 2 ~ Writing Prompt~ If you knew that whatever you ate next would be your last meal, what would you want it to be?Day 3 ~ Writing Prompt ~ “Music”...more

Passion for the written word

I find myself in a bit of a quandary. I opened my big mouth recently, (on Facebook no less) and challenged a bunch of my friends to join me and write a novel in November.Well it is the 1st of November, the first day of the National Novel Writing Month and I am 50,000 words away from a 50,000 word novel.I have no idea what I am going to write on, yet I dig my hole further by sending messages to my friends asking where they are up to. Well. obviously I have no choice but to start, sometime today, 11pm would still count, as I am sure I can fit in 1,667 in an hour. Right?...more
@Bukky Olaleye Hahaha! My real name is Darcie! I just go with victorias_view because I started ...more

This holiday season...

In the late 1990s, I lived in Cincinnati and worked for the American Red Cross in the Social Services Department.  I should preface everything I am about to tell you by letting you know that I have a handicapped brother, seven years my junior.  I know, “handicapped” is not the politically correct word today.  But, that, he is.  He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and depends entirely on the care given by others for his survival and well-being....more

BlogHer Food '12 Blog Bling

Now that we have announced BlogHer Food ’12 and now that you have registered to attend it is time to bling out your blog with our Blog Bling Buttons.Simply copy and paste the code.  Now everyone knows that you are going....more

BlogHer Conference Update - - October 28, 2011

Happy Friday and pre-Halloween weekend! There is so much to tell you so I'm jumping right in......more

After the Ball

  I came without companion or acquaintance, the familiar path of finding one kindred soul and clinging to them never showed itself. Once I realized I could either melt into the shadowy corners or step forward and make something out of this time away from home, a new gear opened. I stared down the paneled rooms with their showy chandeliers and rose to stand to all of my five feet ten inches and walked straight into the experience....more
Brava, sister, brava.more

Announcing BlogHer Food '12: June 8-9, 2012 in Seattle, WA!

Today we are thrilled to announce the dates and venue for our fourth-annual BlogHer Food Conference:BlogHer Food '12 will take place on June 8th-9th at the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel in food mecca Seattle, WA!So, to anticipate your immediate questions:...more
@franticfoodie Looking forward to it as well!!!more

A Little Fear is a Good Thing

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away (I say that to protect the identities of the innocent), I was asked to read an excerpt from a book at a very public event. By way of background, few things strike fear in my heart as much as speaking in public. Imagine if you will, blotchy red spots on my face (but just for a minute, and then let’s pretend that never happened). Now insert slightly awkward labored breathing. And for kicks, let’s throw in a touch of a cracking, wobbly voice. You get the picture....more
@DesiValentine4 Life is more interesting when there is enough crazy to go around ;)more

Lesson Learned: Just. Write.

I spent all day Friday with my true tribe - writer/bloggers - at the wonderful, first ever (hopefully becoming annual) BlogHer Writers conference. There was so much useful information and so many amazing conversations going on all day (and at the cocktail reception the evening before) that my brain feels about to explode. And I am still digesting most of it. But if there is one message I took away from the conference? It was this: JUST. (FUCKING.) WRITE. ...more