Events & Dates & Things

–From Cathy Hi all! Just a quick post to wish you well and look in on you after this wild ride of an election. Everyone okay out there? Taking care of yourselves and each other? Good, just checking. So I had a great time reading at George Mason University’s Fall for the Book festival on SeptemberContinue reading “Events & Dates & Things”

Writing Conference Takeaways

From Cathy I recently attended a great writing conference in Washington, DC and swore I’d go straight home and compile all the information for Write Despite and post it ASAP. That was in April. But hey, I’ve finally done it. At the Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing conference, I took pages of notes,Continue reading “Writing Conference Takeaways”

Author, Author!

From Cathy Last week I had the pleasure of attending two literary events celebrating new books by people I’m proud to call friends. They are both exceptional writers, and I was honored to have been asked to review at least parts of both of their books while they were being written. I’m even mentioned in their acknowledgements,Continue reading “Author, Author!”

Guest Blog: Writing Tips from Author Kirsten Lopresti

Kirsten Lopresti, having just released her fab-tastic debut novel, Bright Coin Moon, offers up some tips for fitting writing into your holiday craziness. Please check out her website, and order a copy of Bright Coin Moon for yourself or any YA readers on your gift list. It’s a smart, funny, moving tale of a teenager caught up in her mother’s fake fortunetelling business,Continue reading “Guest Blog: Writing Tips from Author Kirsten Lopresti”

Okay, this was fun

Karen’s official book launch was this Saturday–a quiet signing at Breakwater Books in Guilford, Connecticut. And damn it, I just had to be there. I decided not to tell her I was coming, for two reasons: 1) I thought it would be fun to surprise her, and 2) If I had to back out at the lastContinue reading “Okay, this was fun”

A Novel November

October has a mere three days left, and you fiction writers all know what that means… Yes, it’s NaNoWriMo time! NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—invites you … no, encourages … actually  it sort of demands that you write a whole novel in one month. It’s how I wrote a book, many years ago, and it’s one ofContinue reading “A Novel November”

A Goodreads page and everything? Oh my!

Well, my novel is up on Goodreads. You can order it, review it, “add” it, so this must really being happening, after all. And as if that weren’t enough, I also have a couple of readings and book signings scheduled at Connecticut bookshops in mid-November: Breakwater Books — November 15 81 Whitfield Street Guilford, CTContinue reading “A Goodreads page and everything? Oh my!”

Amazing (and FREE) Writing Opportunity!

Have you heard of MOOCs? The term stands for massive open online course, and the writing program at the University of Iowa is currently hosting one. Iowa’s Writing University Open Courses website is offering a six-week FREE course, for beginners to experienced-level writers, called How Writers Write Fiction. Once you register for the class, you simply watchContinue reading “Amazing (and FREE) Writing Opportunity!”

20 Minutes of Inspiration

New writer Karen Baker recently stumbled upon the Write Despite challenge. Wrestling with a short story she needed to get down on paper, Karen says 20 minutes a day have made all the difference. Please welcome Karen Baker to Write Despite.   I found Write Despite through a very dear friend of mine, who gaveContinue reading “20 Minutes of Inspiration”

Stubborn Streak

There is something to be said for that stubborn streak your parents always complained about. “Muleheaded” was, as I recall, my parents’ fave term. That trait has gotten me into more than a few fights and through plenty of standoffs with my kids, and into a fair amount of trouble. It’s also gotten me publishedContinue reading “Stubborn Streak”