18 8 / 2014

18 8 / 2014

Yesterday a friend passed away at the young age of 36 from a heart attack after a long struggle with diabetes.  The art above was made by him in honor of his wife.  May your memory be for a blessing, Andy G. 

Then there was more bad news. A couple I know, A. and M. just called it quits. They didn’t even make it a year.  The wife announced it on FB, soliciting all the “oh, poor you” replies but I’m not swayed.  It takes two, as the song goes.  I’m thinking of dropping both of them. 

My experiment in going off line while I was in the woods proved completely unsuccessful.  Thank you iPhone.  We did have a good time despite the saggy mattress at the resort.  I only had one disgusting restaurant meal of the trip, which was to be expected.  The bad food was ameliorated by the stunning lake views and the appearance of a bald eagle swooping towards the deck as we dined. 

Thanks very much to my new followers.  I post mostly pictures, but I’ll try to write a little more for all of you. Much love to you and yours and I remain….

~~~~~the decaffeinated writer <3

18 8 / 2014

18 8 / 2014

by Barbara Fisher

by Barbara Fisher

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Fall 2014 Colors

Fall 2014 Colors

17 8 / 2014

amandaonwriting:

Facebook. Perhaps a writer’s worst enemy. The procrastination. The temptation. The incessant feed of information.

But need it all be bad? Make your Facebook visits feed your writing by following these great Facebook pages for writers.

1. Poets & Writers

This magazine is a great resource for writers, including information on contests, calls for submissions, and articles about all stages of the writing process. And their Facebook page keeps you plugged into daily writerly news, information, and writerly inspiration.

2. Banned Books Week

The Facebook page for Banned Books Week provides information on injustices within the literary world, currently banned books, and breaking stories on censorship.

3. TED

Writers need inspiration. We need new information and points of view, and TED Talks are a great way to get that inspiration right on your Facebook timeline.

4. NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) isn’t just limited to the month of November. The Facebook page for NaNoWriMo keeps the party going by posting quotes, writing prompts, and information about programs within NaNoWriMo.

5. Writers Write

For more quotes, fun words (hello, vocabulary building), and writing prompts, check out the page for Writers Write.

6. Letters of Note

When living a life of letters, it’s important to remember that writing includes communication – namely, letters. And the Facebook page for Letters of Note provides links to legendary pieces of correspondence from writers and non-writers alike.

7. Academy of American Poets 

Who hasn’t gone to Poets.org to find the perfect poem for a wedding, Intro to Lit assignment, for wooing someone, or even for breaking up? The Facebook page for the Academy of American Poets delivers poems (as you might expect), but also discussions about poetry, its role in our lives, and writerly advice and quotes.

8. Hedgebrook

Hedgebrook is a residency center for women, and their Facebook page is immensely positive and encouraging, providing prompts, quotes, and links to their alumni’s work.

9. Humans of New York

A photography page for writers? Yes. Hear me out. The photography on Humans of New York is not just about snapping a picture and leaving. Brandon, the man behind the camera, is interested in story, in people’s lives. And that’s kind of a writer’s jam. The photography is often inspiring, allowing a little ekphrasis in your Facebook feed.

10. PEN Center USA

The PEN Center strives to protect the rights of writers around the world, especially in places where setting down the truth in a book (even in fiction) can be dangerous, illegal, and/or deadly. The PEN Center spreads awareness, reports on stories, and includes interviews, quotes, and news.

11. Tin House

There are many, many excellent journals to follow on Facebook, and you should, but Tin House has a lively Facebook presence, sharing music, quotes, opportunities, and links to work by Tin House authors.

12. Electric Literature

Electric Literature publishes original fiction in its literary magazine as well as previously published stories in its weekly email blast, Recommended Reading. And their Facebook page hooks readers up with all that great fiction, writerly news, and craft essays.

13. The Writer’s Almanac

The Facebook page for The Writer’s Almanac reminds you, once a day, that it’s time to let the sweet soothing tones of Garrison Keillor remind you of why you became a writer in the first place – and don’t forget that daily dose of poetry to keep you healthy and creative!

11 8 / 2014

We&#8217;re goin&#8217; &#8220;Up Nord&#8221; for a few days.  Family will be staying here to take care of the garden and the kitty.  I&#8217;ll have my phone but I intend to stay mostly offline. I really need a break from the news!  I&#8217;ll be reading, swimming, antiquing, and writing, but I&#8217;m not sure if I remember how that pen and paper thingy works. Joking. Also, I need to write a book review for a friend.  Oh, if you missed Gordon White&#8217;s IAMA on Reddit you can find it here: http://www.reddit.com/r/occult/comments/2d3wa2/iama_gordon_from_rune_soup/  I don&#8217;t know what IAMA stands for, but it&#8217;s an online question and answer page.   Gordon reveals why he calls his mother a psychonaut :-)  Oh and thanks very much for the follow, Mitch Wagner, I appreciate it.  It&#8217;s always great to find another MOT.

We’re goin’ “Up Nord” for a few days.  Family will be staying here to take care of the garden and the kitty.  I’ll have my phone but I intend to stay mostly offline. I really need a break from the news!  I’ll be reading, swimming, antiquing, and writing, but I’m not sure if I remember how that pen and paper thingy works. Joking. Also, I need to write a book review for a friend.  Oh, if you missed Gordon White’s IAMA on Reddit you can find it here: http://www.reddit.com/r/occult/comments/2d3wa2/iama_gordon_from_rune_soup/  I don’t know what IAMA stands for, but it’s an online question and answer page.   Gordon reveals why he calls his mother a psychonaut :-)  Oh and thanks very much for the follow, Mitch Wagner, I appreciate it.  It’s always great to find another MOT.

11 8 / 2014