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April 25, 2011

A Chance Encounter With a Chicago Writer

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A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH A CHICAGO WRITER

     On our last day in the Chicago area my husband Monte took me to explore the downtown area. My daughter, Sandy, had visited Chicago the previous July and had recommended we see landmarks that impressed her—the ferris wheel at the Navy Pier; the Cloud Gate Sculpture (a. k. a. the Bean), the Sears Tower—and, what she thought would especially appeal to me, the Chicago Tribune building. I visited the ferris wheel with Darlene, and we didn’t get to the Sears Tower.

     We did cross the bridge over the Chicago River enroute to the Chicago Tribune building—a massive, tall, landmark with both ancient and modern artifacts embedded in the stones of its building.

     We entered the lobby and watched as guards checked identification of persons allowed to enter the newspaper tower. I watched, wishing one of them would take me for a tour of the offices.

     The day was cold and windy, and my husband Monte and I looked for a restaurant before we were to board the public transportation that would return us to our car. We finally spotted a small sandwich shop in a building that included a library. There were four tables that would seat up to eight persons comfortably.

     While my husband Monte was paying for our snack—a quiche with salad on the side—I scanned the tables looking for a seat. I noticed a woman sitting alone. She seemed pleased (more…)

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March 10, 2011

I am Frustrated with Writing!!

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I AM FRUSTRATED WITH WRITING!!

Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius

     I’m convinced that writing is a way of working things out, achieving growth and communication in ways that cannot be accomplished otherwise. I believe that ultimately, more knowledge is humbling, in that the more we know the more we recognize how little we know. Carolyn 

     The following writing was created by my late mother. She graduated from the University of Maine/Presque Isle in 1992, at the age of 70, with a B. A. degree in behavioral science/psychology degree. She spent one semester at Bangor Theological Seminary trying to earn her Master’s, but decided she was getting too old to spend all her time in school and left the Seminary to do volunteer work.

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     Why can’t I write anything that comes out of ME?

      I feel as though I don’t have any knowledge about ANYTHING. At least not enough to write more than a page or two. And even that seems (more…)

June 25, 2010

Myths Writers Believe

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MYTHS WRITERS BELIEVE

     Writers apply many “myths” to their field of work. Below are my personal responses to a few of them.

  • THE RULES DON’T APPLY TO ME*

      I’ve have writers who emphatically state that they don’t have to follow the rules: their writing is “so good” that the editors will bypass these rules and publish the piece. They don’t write in the publication’s style. They don’t submit their work according to guidelines. And they don’t understand that these behaviors lead their submission right into a circular file.

  • I SHOULD SPEND A LOT OF TIME FANTASIZING OVER WHERE I WILL BE PUBLISHED NOW THAT I’VE WRITTEN TWO CHAPTERS OF MY NOVEL*

     People frequently ask me where and how I’m going to publish my novel.

     I don’t know. I don’t even know when the novel will be finished—it’s not being written as quickly as I hoped it would be.

     I could spend my time perusing publishers, agents, and self-publishing sites. However, to me this is a (more…)

May 17, 2010

SYNOPSIS PREPARATION

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SYNOPSIS PREPARATION

     Three questions remained on the Children’s Trust Fund grant application I was preparing. First, summarize the grant in one page. Second, summarize the grant in one paragraph. Third, summarize the grant in one sentence. After much work, and a lot of thinking, I answered the questions and truly understood what the grant was about.

     That was in 1991. It’s now 2010. I’m writing in a different genre: a historical romance novel, for which I must write a synopsis. My questions are:

  • What is a synopsis
  • Why is it important
  • How much of the work should I reveal
  • When should I write it
  • How should I write it.

     I approached the second question first. A synopsis is important for the same reason I discovered the final three questions on the grant application were important: to (more…)

May 13, 2010

Writing Quality Blogs

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WRITING QUALITY BLOGS

     

INTERTWINED LOVE Blog Page

Very glad to see a blog with complete thoughts and real grammar.

     Bruce’s comments on my newest wordpress blog, www.intertwinedlove.wordpress.com*, came in E-mail communication begun after he commented on a post.

     I appreciate this comment. It tells me that my posts, in general, have thoughts that are both well thought out and well written. I tell others that blogs doing these two things will have holding power in the writing world, including the blog world.

     Bruce continued, referring to instructions he was given while setting up his blog*:

     The guy who helped me get set up was really twisting my arm to “dumb it down” and (more…)

April 6, 2010

A Non-Poet Celebrates National Poetry Month

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A NON-POET CELEBRATES NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

If you have a hoe

You can scrape the snow

     In winter.

If you have a hoe

You can make a hole

     In summer.

     I’m sure when the Academy of American Poets initiated National Poetry Month in 1996, they didn’t picture a non-poet, such as I am, sitting and encouraging a (more…)

February 9, 2010

Writing Poetry with My Grandson, Vince

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WRITING POETRY WITH MY GRANDSON, VINCE

     While visiting my son, Nolan, and his wife Tammy, in Cleveland, five-year old Vince saw newspaper photographs of Rashard Mendenhall, Etan Thomas, and Fernando Perez, all sports figures*. Vince is an ace in sports.

     I took the opportunity to tell Vince that each of these sports figures wrote poems. Perhaps, I said, Vince and I should write a poem.

     I asked him to give me two words that rhymed. He picked “climb” and “prime.” He didn’t know what they meant, so I suggested he pick easier words. He then came up with “snow” and “hoe.”

     Between us, we managed to come up with the following poem: (more…)

February 5, 2010

My 2010 Writing Goals

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MY 2010 WRITING GOALS

     On January 2, 2010, I sat at my laptop in my kitchen-porch, a room surrounded by windows, writing this post and seeing the light snowfall, enhanced by whipping snow, flying off the tree branches.   May it snow all January, encouraging me to stay home and warm, in front of the computer screen, working on the my two main writings—my novel and my paranormal short story. Then, in February, may I remain snowbound for another month, at which time my novel should be half to two-thirds completed.

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     The end of February’s first week has come. In December I agreed to participate in writing a (more…)

January 24, 2010

Blogging: Does it Have Value? Part 3

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BLOGGING: DOES IT HAVE VALUE? Part 3

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     Having evaluated the worth of blogging in the first two posts on BLOGGING: DOES IT HAVE VALUE? (links https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/blogging-does-it-have-value-part-1/ and

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/blogging-does-it-have-value-part-2/  I will review Carolyn’s Compositions.

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     On January 9, 2010, I published the 300th post on Carolyn’s Compositions, 142 of which were made in 2009.  Since its inception, the site has accrued 253 approved comments. A few comments were not approved—they were spam, jibberish, or advertisements—meaningless.

     The visitation to Carolyn’s Compositions has grown slowly since its inception in February 2008. A few readers are obviously from nationalities other than English, as confirmed by the fact that the site is translated into sometimes unidentifiable (by me) languages. Some of these may be from readers from other countries, definable by their confidential e-mail addresses. I do know that readers come from Sweden, Italy, Singapore, and possibly Jordan, France and India.

     WordPress continues to improve their host site. I appreciate one of their latest improvements, the addition of (more…)

January 10, 2010

My 2009 Writing Life

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MY 2009 WRITING LIFE

     I warn members of my writing group not to submit their articles to magazines “over their head,” reminding them that they should start by submitting to small publications.

     Do I take my own advice?

     No, or course not!

     I submitted an article to (more…)

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