Showing posts from July, 2014

July 2014: Writing Slump: Social Interuptions or Opportunities?

My all important writing schedule dissipated into scratches and mad attempts at midnight. I vigilantly maintained a four-hour a day prose vigil, since January. Boom! It is July, an overbooked social calendar exploded my best intentions. The seventh month of the year proves to be too much for me.The national celebration of the country's independence is marked in our household with gusto. My husband and I grew up among relatives who came from foreign soil to become Americans.  Celebrating America and acting as an American is a natural imperative. So, Fourth of July is a big deal. Of course, living in Utah, our neighbors remember the courageous Mormon pioneers who trekked across the United States in search of religious freedom. Fearless people who sought a place to practice their new founded religion. Today, they celebrate because of the categorical imperative of their ancestors. Multiple week long festivities and gatherings commemorate their ancestors' bravery. T

2014: Linkedin Networking Helps

Every writers' workshop or conference reinforces the concept of networking.  One of my earlier blogs   addressed my decision to expand my social media connections. Neal James British Novelist I communicated with Neal James, author, and editor, in the "Aspiring Writers" group on  Neal asked members of this group to consider writing stories for his website. I responded by inquiring about requirements and deadlines. Neal was professional and supportive. He had suggestions for the Flash Fiction piece. It was wonderful to have an established novelist interested in my work.  At the end of June, this link:   appeared in my email box. My heart leaped! Joy! Joy! Neal James is featuring me as his July 2014 "Guest Writer." I am thrilled and delighted. Being published on The Neal James Website  has expanded my audience. This generous and supportive act gives new writers an opportunity to expand beyond borders.