Monthly Archives: June 2016

Contest Alert

“Through the North Street Book Prize, we hope to boost the visibility of excellent writers whose books simply didn’t fit into the big conglomerates’ marketing plans.” Jendi Reiter Whenever I see a promising, reputably run contest, I’m happy to pass … Continue reading

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Producing Inspiration

“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. ‘I write only when inspiration strikes,’ he replied. ‘Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.’        “That’s a pro. … Continue reading

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Fresh Start

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ isn’t the falling down but the staying down.” Mary Pickford What an uplifting, sunlit field of possibilities these words of wisdom offer us! If … Continue reading

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First Folio

Over the years, I’ve seen a manuscript of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, hand-corrected copies of Oscar Wilde’s wildly popular plays, and an illuminated Magna Carta. But nothing quite prepared me for seeing Shakespeare’s First Folio. Published in 1623, … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

This lovely poem was written by Hilda Conkling when she was 8-years-old: Little Papoose Little papoose Swung high in the branches Hears a song of birds, stars, clouds, Small nests of birds, Small buds of flowers. But he is thinking … Continue reading

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e-Book Awards

It’s heartening to know that e-books continue to be a dynamic publishing option garnering growing exposure for authors. One of the best-known avenue for recognition is the Writer’s Digest Self-published e-Book Awards. Deadline: August 1, 2016. Just in case any … Continue reading

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Playful Pummeling

A quick inspirational glance at my shelves led me to pull out Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History’s Ten Most Revolutionary Minds by Michael Gelb. Now we might have a bit of a quibble about some of his … Continue reading

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