Day D: Dilly-Dallying #AtoZChallenge

Yes, definitely running behind in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. No surprise, of course. If I were all caught up, I would worry. Blogging with a theme would have helped. Instead of choosing topics, I'm wallowing around in a sea of them, waiting for one to come to my rescue. April was a … Continue reading Day D: Dilly-Dallying #AtoZChallenge

Remiss but Not Missing

I have been remiss. I haven't posted here lately, probably because I've been posting more on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I hope you have, or will, check out the blog. It's currently second home to Cherley Grogg, Mike Staton, Neva Bodin, Abbie Johnson Taylor, S. J. Brown,  Cindy Carroll, Cole Smith, Debra Easterling, and Keri De Deo. … Continue reading Remiss but Not Missing

Bloggers: Interested in Writing Guest Posts? Joining a Group Blog?

***** A group blog I write for is seeking bloggers to write one or two guest posts next month. We're also looking for bloggers interested in posting once or twice a month on a regular basis. If you've published books or stories, or if you aspire to publish, blogging with us is a good way … Continue reading Bloggers: Interested in Writing Guest Posts? Joining a Group Blog?

Friday Fictioneers: Used to Be

The Friday Fictioneers Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photograph.   * USED TO BE "The convention center? Well, go about six blocks, to where the old movie house used to be--the one that burned in '87--What'd you say, Fred?" "It's The Oaks now. Condos." "Oh, that's right. Well, just before the condos, turn right, and when you … Continue reading Friday Fictioneers: Used to Be

What Have I Done?: The #ROW80 Wednesday Report

My #ROW80 goals posted on July 10, plus progress: Edit the AMW story for its last (I hope) critique; Not yet, but tomorrow I'll get a critique from another partner. It's better to have everything in before making changes. Write and schedule the WWW post at least two days before the July 19 deadline; It's finished, and SIX days before the deadline. I'm … Continue reading What Have I Done?: The #ROW80 Wednesday Report

Texas #1! If Football Doesn’t Get You, the Turkey Will

By No machine-readable author provided. Johntex~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL,  CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons   Remember when Murphy Brown and her colleagues cooked and served Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter, and Miles brought in a bunch of live turkeys in his BMW (nobody had specified they were to be ready for … Continue reading Texas #1! If Football Doesn’t Get You, the Turkey Will

Other People’s Words

I stayed up late the past two nights and didn't make up for the sleep lost. As a result,  my attention span hasn't kicked in, and since an attention span is almost essential to my writing, today's post focuses on what other people have written. *** Totsymae climbed a ladder the other day but came … Continue reading Other People’s Words

Vote for Kate! Now!

Vote for Kate! Our friend Kate Shrewsday is competing to become a Wayfarer, walking--and writing, of course--across England. You can read her post about the competition here. Her video has already made it into the top twenty. Our votes will help toward getting it into the top ten. She's a great writer, and her blog … Continue reading Vote for Kate! Now!

Versatile Blogger Award: 1st Random Disclosure & 1st Nomination

A long, long time ago, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by two fellow bloggers: Pat Bean of Pat Bean's Blog and Tracey at Snagglewordz. Pat blogs daily about her travels in an RV with her dog, Pepper. For the past few days, she's been writing about the Grand Canyon. A former journalist with … Continue reading Versatile Blogger Award: 1st Random Disclosure & 1st Nomination

ROW80 1.2.12 Goals & Boiling a Frog

A friend says resolutions should be brief. Her resolution for 2012 is Move. Ten years ago, when she was into metaphor, she adopted, Boil the frog slowly. The former refers to being more physically active. The latter might be phrased, Make small, incremental changes. I admire her artistry, but deplore her lack of clarity. They're her resolutions, however. … Continue reading ROW80 1.2.12 Goals & Boiling a Frog

A Liebster Award!

Marcia Mayne, of Inside Journeys, left a note that she's given me a Liebster Award. The Liebster, she says, originated in Germany. It means "beloved." And it's designed to bring attention to blogs with fewer than 200 followers. I appreciate Marcia's generosity, especially considering what I did to her pie. In May, I posted about … Continue reading A Liebster Award!

Regarding Studio Nita Lou

A friend pointed out to me this morning that I made a mistake in a recent post. A mistake? Moi? Oh, yeah. Writing about The Help, I got the author's name wrong. She's Kathryn Stockett (not Karen). Names are important. That's an error I really didn't want hanging around on the web for the rest … Continue reading Regarding Studio Nita Lou

#ROW80 & a Star

A pleasing development: Story Circle Network has awarded a star to To write is to write is to write. Story Circle Network is a nonprofit organization "dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives and to raising public awareness of the importance of women's personal histories." It sponsors publications, workshops, writing contests, reading … Continue reading #ROW80 & a Star

Regarding Kate Shrewsday

Kate Shrewsday blogs at She has recently become part of the UK's Huffington Post blogging team. Her posts are interesting, entertaining, thought-provoking, always witty. She ranges widely in choice of topic: family, pets, art, science, history, philosophy, sports, vacuum cleaners. Kate's special talent is the ability to make connections: What does Greek mythology have … Continue reading Regarding Kate Shrewsday

Clicking hopefully

Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson In April, I received the Silver Lining Award from writer and freelance editor Helen Ginger. Her blog, Straight from Hel, offers advice and information about writing … Continue reading Clicking hopefully