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07-12-2010 12:51 PM
fullofgrace This thread was taking awhle for my browser to load, now that you mention it.

Go here!!! Write at Home Moms ~ July 2010
07-12-2010 12:49 PM
fullofgrace This one HAS gotten pretty long! I'll start a new one and link this up.
07-12-2010 09:48 AM
1jooj zinemama, love the essay!

Mamas, would you consider making the thread a monthly thing? Like a new one each month?

I've been out of touch with the writer mamas...not because I'm not writing, but because I have only been writing for "the man" for the past several months. I went back to work in January, and it was supposed to be just 10 or so hours a week, but things sort of exploded, and I'm up to something between 25 and 30 months. And no childcare, because the plan was to be home with my kids this summer. Plus, it's now the busiest season on the farm. Ugh.

So last week I restarted my personal creative project again. I just have to keep going back. It's not a question of identity as a writer for me; I make a living writing. But I'm so frustrated trying to get this story down. At least I am still trying, right?
07-10-2010 03:43 PM I am not sure, but you might have to use blogger to have the google friends followers. Blogger is free, though, and you can have it "point to" your domain name (meaning, you can use your domain, instead of having in your address). So far, I like using is pretty easy for a non techie person to use.
07-10-2010 05:54 AM
MittensKittens Now a stupid question from an extremely non-techy person. Ms Shell, I noticed you put the "google connect" followers thing up on your blog. How do you do that?
07-10-2010 05:52 AM
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What kind of consulting do you do, mittenskittens? Your new blog is beautiful, was a great choice for your color scheme. Will you be continuing to work on your old blog, too?
Oh, thanks! I know it looks all generic for the time being - hopefully my graphic design friend is going to help me create a great banner today. For the time being, I'll continue with the other blog too. Writing is easy for me, and it's easy money. However, I hate not having the freedom to do what I want, and I am really curious to see where my own blog is going. How's yours?

I do political consulting. That's fairly new, too. I used to be a reporter, but have done various at-home jobs since the kids were born. I've been political for half my life, and am currently working with political parties from developing countries. I absolutely love it, and it gives me the opportunity to contribute to the issues I care about in an indirect way. My direct political involvement is over - I know some people do it, but personally, with small kids, I can't picture being involved in the activities I was once involved in.
07-09-2010 08:05 PM What kind of consulting do you do, mittenskittens? Your new blog is beautiful, was a great choice for your color scheme. Will you be continuing to work on your old blog, too?
07-09-2010 02:28 PM
MittensKittens Hey mamas,

Can I join you? I do home-based consulting, and I just started blogging too.
07-09-2010 10:33 AM
Originally Posted by zinemama View Post
I have an essay in the new issue of Brain, Child magazine.
07-07-2010 12:46 AM
Aufilia Finally got a chance to read your essay, zinemama. Loved it!! Very touching, with a lovely humorous touch.

allgirls -- Exciting! I think it's totally natural to be nervous about your booksigning. I know I would be. Will you be reading an excerpt as well, or just signing?
07-06-2010 08:55 AM
allgirls Gosh it's been a while. I had to cut back on some stuff to concentrate on actual writing. My novel is being released in 25 days and I've had some other work published.

I even put of the next novel to finish up some other smaller but paying writing jobs.

I've learned this goes in cycles. Write for a few weeks, submit and edit for a few weeks and I've learned not to panic over time lines..I always go back to writing.

I have a book signing for my novel in my hometown and I'm very nervous about that for some reason. And excited.

Looks like things have been busy. Hope to be around more now that things have cleared up a little and I have a laptop and I'm not stuck to the basement!
07-04-2010 04:12 PM
zinemama Thanks, MamaJen and ms. shell! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
07-04-2010 10:05 AM zinemama, i really enjoyed your essay...and i'm glad you're okay! a girl monster! so funny. Too bad you didn't get the bring home the tooth, lol.
07-04-2010 12:37 AM
Aufilia I would be willing to participate in a critique group, though my time seems limited lately. But I'd give it a go.

I haven't had time to go back and read all 11 pages... but if any of my fellow novelists have an update I'd love to know how ya'll are doing.

I finally came up with a much better ending to my novel (I think) and have it partially written. A couple months ago I met an editor at a convention and was invited to send him my manuscript as an official "solicited" submission which is awesome, but would be even MORE awesome if I had ANY TIME to sit down and get the ending all fixed up. I never have time during the day and by the time both kids are in bed it's nearly time for me to go to sleep (so I can nurse 3 or 4 times before DS gets up at 6am).
07-03-2010 11:36 AM
Originally Posted by zinemama View Post
I have an essay in the new issue of Brain, Child magazine.
I completely enjoyed that essay. Really well done. The tooth part definitely gave it an extra something special.
I've been saying for years that I need to write something for brain child. I do a parenting column for the newspaper I edit, and that tends to suck up all my best ideas.
07-02-2010 04:38 PM
zinemama I have an essay in the new issue of Brain, Child magazine.
07-02-2010 11:29 AM
JennyClaire Welcome Ms. Shell!

I'm up for a critique group, if anyone else is, though I'd rather critique (and get critiqued) privately with a few people instead of posting excerpts to MDC. I agree that separating by type, as much as possible, is a good idea.
07-01-2010 12:01 PM Hi, ya'll. I would like to join this thread. When I was a little girl, I felt sure I would grow up to be a writer. I grew up but did lots of other things first, and am just now, finally, getting started as a writer. I just launched my blog and started publishing at AC. I was accepted at Suite 101, but haven't followed up with them yet, and will be checking out some other sites as well. Really hoping to get some freelance assignments and print publications and dig in and get started on a (nonfiction) book. But I am a newbie and hope to learn what I can from more experienced writers.

I hope you are all having a very nice day.
06-30-2010 07:49 PM
MommyHawk anyone interested in forming a writing critique group? we can submit works to each other on a biweekly basis and give either general feedback, line edits, both, whatever? We can have genre specific groups, only need two in each group to make it a go. Or the groups can be specific to what we're working on - novel, query letters, synopsis, so on...
06-29-2010 08:43 PM
fullofgrace I just popped a "Hey come find us in the WAHM Well!" note in the Writer's Group forum.
06-29-2010 08:33 PM
Aufilia I FOUND YOU!!!!!! I, also, failed to realize ya'll were over here when the Writing forum closed. I totally blame my baby-brain for my not really looking, though. Oooooo I'm excited! Must go back and read some posts!
06-29-2010 07:29 PM
Originally Posted by MommyHawk View Post
I'll read!
Thanks MommyHawk! I'm a bit off schedule (trying to move the family, but our buyer can't seem to secure final financing). Guessing I'll finish revision 4 by late July, if that works for you. No one's read it yet, so while much of the novel is polished, it probably has structural issues...
06-29-2010 03:25 PM
06-29-2010 02:22 PM
eastkygal Shoot! I didn't realize ya'll had been talking all along since the forum closure. Thank goodness for MDC newsletters or I'd have never found you.
I'm still trying to find a home for my short story collection, and still having no luck placing stories in literary journals. I have two novels in the works too, and I'm maintaining 2 blogs - mountain mama and a birth blog. I'm considering going for my MFA, but I have heard it can be a waste of money if you aren't going to teach in an MFA program afterward. I am looking for "my" next step.
I've got some catching up to do with ya'll.
06-28-2010 09:58 AM
Originally Posted by fullofgrace View Post
For those who did the F2K spring workshop, how did that go??
I found it challenging and rewarding. If you are looking for words of encouragement about your writing, you'll get it. People only give positive feedback unless you ask for otherwise. I asked for real critiques and got some, but not many. I think it was a wonderful exercise in learning the basics of novel writing. And, as always, it was great to get together with other writers who 'know' craft - characters in your head, needing to write 'that book', and so on. No one 'gets' writers like writers
06-25-2010 12:43 PM
fullofgrace For those who did the F2K spring workshop, how did that go??
06-12-2010 01:57 AM
Intuition momofmine, it's just a literary piece. It's just a few paragraphs, really -- the beginning of a novel. I'll PM you, thanks.
06-11-2010 07:55 AM
Originally Posted by AllysonB View Post
Thanks so much Momofmine! That is a lot great information and I will definitely take a look at the renegade writer site. I am still so new to this so I will be lurking much!
Sure! If you are new to the idea, I cannot recommend Linda Formichelli's getting started class enough. It is awesome! You will learn so much. Definitely worth the time and money.
06-11-2010 07:54 AM
momofmine What type or genre is the piece? I may be able to look at it tomorrow if you want to PM me. Headed out of town for the day right now.
06-09-2010 03:16 AM
Intuition I know I've asked this before, and been very kindly taken up on it, but I wonder if anyone is willing to look at something for me. I need to know if this is something that draws you in, if it's something worth pursuing. Thanks.
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