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Bye for now

It was decided back in March that after a few more posts, The Writers’ Block would go on indefinite hiatus. Alas, that time has come. I’m not sure when/if we will be back; it all depends on time and blah blah blah blah. 🙂 The bottom line is we’re all busy with other things right now, so it’s time to take a break. We all still have our individual blogs, so visit there for updates if you like. I will be posting blog carnivals and entries on my own personal blog and on Clary’s group blog, The Book’s Den, as time permits.

Speaking of carnivals, I’d like to announce that the Carl Brandon Society is hosting a blog carnival for Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month (which is this month). The deadline to submit for the carnival is May 15, 2008. Check it out and submit your related blog posts.

Over the next few days or weeks, there will be a couple of posts from some of the authors on The Writers’ Block, those that had some time to make “faretheewellfornow” entries. Make sure to browse around and check out the web pages and personal blogs of the writers.

Cheers!

May 10, 2008

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2008 seems to be the year of saying goodbye.

This Sunday, our church held a farewell party for my family. We had already moved all our stuff to Madison, so all that was left was the celebrating. It was good to hang out with friends, barbecue, sit and talk. But it wasn’t until some friends of ours we haven’t seen for a while showed up, that it really hit home for me–we are saying goodbye.

It’s not like I won’t see these people again. But give it a year or so. Occasionally, we’ll show up out of the blue, talk about old times, marvel at how tall our kids are getting. But our own lives have gone off on a tangent. Soon, we’ll slowly fade out of people lives, relegated to yearly Christmas card updates. Or for the more net-inclined, brief messages on Facebook.

I’ve been saying goodbye for a good portion of 2008. Goodbye to Chicago, goodbye to my old familiar life, goodbye to my stay-at-home mother status, since I’ll be starting a part-time job in Madison. So it’s a bit of a bummer to also say goodbye to The Writer’s Block.

I first stumbled across this blog with the interview of Ellen Datlow. I was quite impressed with the diversity of writers, so I was quite thrilled when I was allowed to join. Even though I have yet to published my first book, I considered it a privilege to write alongside published authors, who still had trials and tribulations like my own. I felt honored to be a part of that. Still do.

But you know what? It’s not like it’s all coming to an end. It simply means that it’s time to do something new.

As I’m typing this out in our new apartment, a chipmunk dances across our patio. I’ve never been this close to such a tiny creature before. There weren’t many chipmunks where I lived in Chicago. We had Canadian geese–lots of lots of honking, squawking, hissing geese. Chipmunks are so much cuter. Just the other day, I found this awesome teahouse that has free wifi. And my son got to visit his very first preschool, something he didn’t have in Chicago. He’s excited. I’m excited. It’s going to be an adventure for the both of us.

Thank you, Nancy, for all that you’ve done in getting the Writer’s Block together. And to all my fellow writers, thank you for inspiring me and all the readers of this blog. May all your ventures work out, and may you gain lots and lots of readers.

If you want to keep up with me and my latest work, you can visit me at the Cafe in the Woods. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s always peaceful at the Cafe.

I think I’m done saying goodbye. I’m ready to say some hellos. But I have to end this post somehow, so I’ll end it the way my father always ends his speeches.

Peace.

Posted for LaShawn by request

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I want to take this opportunity to thank Nancy Greene for dedicating her valuable time to help us with this blog, The Writers’ Block, as a way to connect to our readers. It has been a rewarding experience and I look forward to work with her again.

As a nonfiction author I get to speak and write about inspirational themes that helps me explore my physical, emotional and spiritual nature. Many of my readers identify with my themes, I believe they are universal and I welcome everyone to contribute to my entries. I want to thank all my readers for faithfully reading my Official Blog which will continue to be updated almost daily and I’ll look forward to read your comments.

At this moment I’m revising my next book which I hope to release this year, please visit my site and blog to find out about the date. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate on my regularly host contests and giveaways!!

Wishing Nancy and all the authors here the best of success!

Sincerely,

Clary Lopez, author
Simplicity, Richness of Life
http://clarylopez.com
http://clary.wordpress.com

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And now in print…

I thought I’d give a bang to James Buchanan’s Lord Carabas:

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In a Seventeenth Century that never quite was, Julius Montclair LaRousse lives out a slightly off center fairy tale. A half-fé orphan, raised by Jesuits and turned brigand, he shares his adventures across France and into the New World as he tries to get the girl, the boy, and maybe save the French outpost in La Florida along the way.

James Buchanan
April 13, 2008

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Being a part of The Writers’ Block has been a truly rewarding experience.  Had it not been for Nancy O. Greene, I would’ve never started blogging.  I can’t thank her enough for asking me to join The Writers’ Block and showing me how a writer can reach readers, make friends, and create fans through blogging on a regular basis.  Now, in addition to the time I have spent here on the Block, as well as continued contributions to The Book’s Den, I have a thriving blog of my own where I post my thoughts on books, films, current events and my latest writing projects.

While I put the finishing touches on my next manuscript (a political thriller of sorts), my twisted hit The Thief Maker continues to gain acclaim as it was recently named a Finalist for the 2008 Eric Hoffer Award in Independent Books.

Readers can continue to find me at:  http://davethenovelist.wordpress.com

Originally written April 13, 2008

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Welcome to the May 8, 2008 edition of writers from across the blogosphere. It’s late, but it’s here. 🙂 Also, if you’re into spec fiction (horror, science fiction, fantasy, etc.,) make sure to check out the two editions of a carnival of speculative fiction.

Bob Younce presents A Directory of Internet Article Writing Sites posted at The Writing Journey, saying, “Bob Younce takes a look at the options writers have for publishing their material on the various online article submission web sites. Along the way, he considers their usability, usefulness, and potential for profitability.”

Jean Mosher presents War, Philanthropic and Political Web Sites « Always in Motion posted at Always in Motion.

Jean Mosher presents Kelly’s New Vegetarian Cooking Blog « Always in Motion posted at Always in Motion.

Charlotte Babb presents Hello world…Again! posted at Charlotte’s Babblings.

Alfa King presents Thinking of writing a press release? posted at Alfa King Memories.

Orna Ross presents St Patrick?s Day in Glendalough posted at WRITING ADVICE & PUBLISHING ADVICE from Font.

Ben There presents The Long And Weary Path posted at Beer And Incense.

Jessse Hines presents How to Make Your Blog Stand Out from the Rest: C.S. Lewis on Originality and Truth posted at Vigorous Writing.

Jeffrey Stingerstein presents Emotional Truth Versus Objective Truth (and how they relate to theism and atheism) posted at Disillusioned Words.

Edith presents Obama, Clinton and Web 2.0 posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

articles

Machione presents The Best Coney Dogs In Stark County, Ohio – Coney Sauce, 35 Years In The Making – Catching Fire! posted at The Lives and Times… of Anthony McCune.

Wakish presents Money – The Root Of All Success! posted at Wakish Wonderz.

ben presents Love Is Not Enough: Against Lennon-McCartneyism posted at Head Wide Open.

SJ Yee presents Time Management for Lazy People posted at Personal Development for the Book Smart, saying, “Time is Money. Here’s a detailed summary of the key concepts in the time management lecture by Randy Pausch… You can skim through it to get the points you need…”

Kathy Bringer presents Conscious Flex: Universal Knowledge: by Nicholas Powiull posted at Conscious Flex, saying, “Just sharing for a friend. I hope it helps all writers! Thank you for doing what your doing by sharing :)”

authors

Amy Munnell presents Meet…playwright Eugene O’Neill posted at 3 Questions…and Answers, saying, “Meet the greatest American playwright of all time”

Kilroy_60 presents On The Anniversary Of Hunter S. Thompson’s Suicide – An Interview With Dr. Gonzo posted at Fear And Loathing – The Gonzo Papers.

Aaron Powell presents The Hole: A Serial Novel of Supernatural Apocalypse by Aaron Ross Powell posted at The Hole: A Serial Novel, saying, “The Hole is a serial apocalyptic horror novel, based in Mormon mythology, about a global plague, zombies, and a small group of survivors making their way across a very weird Midwest.”

blogs

Jean Mosher presents Blog for Fun and Profit « Always in Motion posted at Always in Motion.

Wakish presents Is a blog the platform you need? posted at Wakish Wonderz.

Adie Dornom presents 3 Tips to Blog Like a Manaic and Still Have a Life posted at Lee McIntyre’s Honest Marketing Blog.

Todd Goldfarb presents What 6 Months of Change Can Do For You (Subscribers Only)! posted at We The Change, saying, “What 6 months of creating and writing a blog can do for you. A great story, enjoy!”

book reviews

Christina M. Rau presents Belonging posted at Livin’ The Dream (One Loser At A Time).

GrrlScientist presents Finding Your Wings posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “A review of the newly published book by Burton Guttman, is a special workbook designed to help beginning bird watchers develop into intermediate birders!”

Peter Jones presents Poetry That Talks to the Heart: A Book for the Modern Age posted at Great New Books that Are a Must Read.

Elizabeth Harrin presents Book Review: Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers posted at A Girl’s Guide to Managing Projects, saying, “This is a book specifically for project managers but anyone who leads teams would benefit from some of the great tips in here.”

Geek’s Dream Girl presents Book Review: Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress posted at Geek’s Dream Girl, saying, “A girly girl’s book about Dungeons and Dragons.”

books

James DeLelys presents healingthroughwords.com » PARABLES posted at Author James DeLelys, saying, “New book.”

Wayne Buckhanan presents Upping the Downside with Self Knowledge posted at Life, Love, & Learning.

interviews

Amy Munnell presents An Interview…with first-time author Misty Massey posted at 3 Questions…and Answers.

Amy Munnell presents An Interview…with freelance writer Sheila Hudson posted at 3 Questions…and Answers.

Amy Munnell presents Interview…with editor & freelance writer C. Hope Clark posted at 3 Questions…and Answers, saying, “The editor of FundsforWriters.com talks about one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers.”

Amy Munnell presents An Interview…with ghostwriter Cecil Murphey posted at 3 Questions…and Answers, saying, “Ghostwriter Cecil Murphey talks about how to be a successful ghostwriter in today’s celebrity-centric world.”

life

Warren Wong presents How To Deal With Worrying posted at Personal Development for INTJs, saying, “Three steps to help you stop worrying in no time!”

Alex Blackwell presents 45 Tips for a Happier, Simpler and More Productive Life posted at The Next 45 Years.

Jean Mosher presents Postcards from Connecticut « Always in Motion posted at Always in Motion.

Jean Mosher presents Once a Trucker, Now a World-Class Opera Singer « Always in Motion posted at Always in Motion.

Carol Bentley presents Research and write posted at Carol Bentley.

Jeremy Neal presents Learning is Easy; Unlearning is Hard posted at Thoughts on Quotes, saying, “Unfortunately for us, our brain doesn’t come equipped with an administrator to resend passwords, retrieve documents and unlock files.”

Terry Dip presents Why English Is But Should Not Be the International Language (1/3) posted at Complete and Creative, saying, “You read and write in English. Any other languages?”

Shamelle presents Not Tonight Dear, I Have A Modem! posted at Enhance Life.

Lin Burress presents Launching Child Safety and Child Sexual Abuse Series posted at Telling It Like It Is.

Alex Blackwell presents Confessions from a Recovering Father posted at The Next 45 Years.

philosophy

Jeffrey Stingerstein presents Why Sheltering Any Faith From Criticism Is Dangerous posted at Disillusioned Words.

ben presents Head Wide Open: Panic Release posted at Head Wide Open.

Alex Blackwell presents Four Rocks to Grasp in Life posted at The Next 45 Years.

politics/current events

Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr. presents 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION NIGHTMARE posted at 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION NIGHTMARE..

Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr. presents A SURVIVAL PLAN IN CASE THE DOLLAR ACTUALLY COLLAPSES posted at A SURVIVAL PLAN IN CASE THE DOLLAR ACTUALLY COLLAPSES.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Dear Ralph: Go Away! posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Brent Diggs presents What The Promised Recession Means To You As An American posted at The Ominous Comma, saying, “Urgent Economic Humor, read at once.”

Raymond presents Living In A Litigious American Society Obsessed With Filing Lawsuits posted at Money Blue Book.

publishing

Amy Munnell presents Make Your Fantasy Come True… posted at 3 Questions…and Answers, saying, “Fantasy publishers who will consider unagented manuscripts”

GrrlScientist presents The Birdbooker Report #5: Notes on Bird (and Natural History) Books posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Here’s this week’s issue of the Birdbooker Report, which lists bird and natural history books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.”

Catherine Johnson presents Author Budgets and Self-Publishing posted at Shades of Darkness, Shades of Grace, saying, “If you choose to self-publish, tracking your costs is crucial, as the process can quickly get expensive.”

Amy Munnell presents Still a Kid at Heart…Children’s Book Publishers posted at 3 Questions…and Answers.

reading

Wakish presents A True Teacher Is An Emperor Whose? posted at Wakish Wonderz.

Wakish presents posted at Wakish Wonderz.

writing

babs mountjoy presents Research?a novel idea; or, Why is Homeland Security here? posted at Awalkabout’s Weblog, saying, “Because the world isn’t what it was when I started writing 36 years ago…”

Joshua Dodson presents Writing tips: Blogging for the Wary posted at Fragmentist.

Tauri Miller presents Blind Obsession. posted at What you sow, saying, “I hope you like it.”

Cathrene Gehue presents Writ Bits » Blog Archive » Amorphous Aphrodite posted at Writ Bits.

Caroline Barnard-Smith presents Yes, I?ve Had A Bad Day posted at Author or Bust.

Michael Mehas presents The Fugitive Captured posted at Stolen Boy’s Weblog, saying, “A writer faces a Sophie’s Choice moment.”

Brent Diggs presents The Secret to Writing Humor posted at Humor Blogging.

Catherine Johnson presents Truth and Consequences in Writing posted at Shades of Darkness, Shades of Grace, saying, “It’s not just telling a good story; if it’s true, or inspired by truth, the writer has a responsibility to readers to support that claim.”

Wakish presents Wonderful Blogging Ideas – How To Breed Them In Your Garden? => PART 1 posted at Wakish Wonderz.

Wakish presents Method Of Presentation Of Topics posted at Wakish Wonderz.

Wakish presents Writing the GP Essay – Write to convince! posted at Wakish Wonderz.

Kathryn presents 10,000 Ideas and Resources for Writers and Bloggers: 100 ?Top 100? Lists posted at Real Words, saying, “This is a list of one hundred links to articles that each have 100 tips or resource ideas for writers. That means there are 10,000 ideas for writers all in one place.”

Jessse Hines presents David Mamet’s View of Today’s Writers: Not Real Enough posted at Vigorous Writing.

Tip Diva presents Tip Diva | Top Ten Tips – Beating Writer’s Block posted at Tip Diva, saying, “When Tip Diva is not thinking of advice and how-tos for this website, she writes for a trade magazine. Writing for both a magazine and a blog can be pretty taxing on her brain, and she sometimes finds herself continuously staring at a blank Word document. Writer’s block happens to the best of us, but there are some ways you can beat it.”

Edith presents Are You Making Meaning in Your Company? posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

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WRITEFUL PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Eric D. Goodman, Public Relations Director

DATE: May 6, 2008

EMAIL: writeful.press@gmail.com

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