Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Writer: 2012 Short-Story Contest

This was published in The Writer in January and I thought I would pass on the information.  Links to The Writer and Gotham Writers Workshops are embedded in the page.
May your pen bring you good things.  All the best!
Published: January 20, 2012

Here's your chance to win money and get published!  In collaboration with Gotham Writers' Workshop, we're pleased to bring you The Writer 2012 Short-Story Contest, which offers great prizes to the top three finishers!

Contest prizes:

First prize: $1,000; a free 10-week creative writing workshop offered online by Gotham Writers' Workshop ($420 value); publication in The Writer and on; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.

Second prize: $300; free enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers' Workshop ($150 value); publication on; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.

Third prize: $200; free enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers' Workshop ($150 value); publication on; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.

Contest Overview:
We're looking for your original, unpublished short stories up to 2,000 words. Entries must be in English and submitted by the author, who must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry. No explicit sex, graphic language or graphic violence. Entries will be judged based on creativity, sense of story, characterization, and overall quality of writing, including grammar, punctuation and syntax. Writers may submit more than one story, but each story must be accompanied by a separate entry fee. Complete rules and FAQs are available at

Entry fee:
$10 per story submitted.
Deadline: All entries must be submitted online by midnight (EDT) on April 30, 2012.

Notification: Winners will be notified by e-mail by Aug. 15, 2012. All entrants will be notified of the results by Aug. 31, 2012.

Questions: If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to

Resources: Check out for articles about writing short stories

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Writer Magazine March 2012 Edition

"There's nothing like a 'There is' phrase to suck the energy out of a sentence."
By David Galef

In the March 2012 edition of The Writer Magazine David Galef has written a superb article on phrases that take the wind out of sentences.  Language experts call them expletives, one can call them over used phrases that kill a great piece of writing.  Phases like there is, there are, and it is are used to fill out a sentence, but add little substance.  Pick up a copy of The Writer Magazine today and check out Expletives Deleted by David Galef.  It may help you make the change you need to sell a piece of work.  The link is embedded in the post title.     

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A GREAT Blog About Writing

I was looking for some inspiration about writing the other day and came upon Daily Writing Tips.  I found it to be very inspiring and useful.  Check it out!   You will not be disappointed.  Daily Writing Tips covers a lot of ground from categories to popular articles and daily exercises to help you be a better writer.

About the Blog Daily Writing Tips

Whether you are an attorney, manager or student, writing skills are essential to your success. The rise of the information age – with the proliferation of emails, blogs and social networks – makes the ability to write clear, correct English more important than ever.
Daily Writing Tips is about that. Every day we publish a new article, with topics ranging from grammar to punctuation, from spelling to usage and vocabulary.

Our Team

Maeve Maddox, Editor: Maeve holds a B.A. (Honours) in English from the University of London and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Read more of her views on English language and literature, popular culture, and education reform at her site:
Mark Nichol, Writer: A freelance editor and writer, Mark has worked on editing projects ranging from blog posts and other website content to manuscripts for college textbooks and articles for scholarly journals. A former editing instructor with the Extension program at the University of California, Berkeley, and a onetime schoolteacher, he enjoys reading and writing about language.
Ali Hale, Writer: Ali is a freelance writer currently taking a Creative Writing MA at Goldsmiths, London. She has written for several high profile websites, including ProbloggerDumb Little Man and The Change Blog. You can read more from her on, where she offers an honest take on personal development and getting more from life.
Simon Kewin, Writer: Simon is a writer of fiction and poetry. His work has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies over the years. He has a first class honours degree in English Literature and a huge pile of books waiting to be read. His blog is at
Daniel Scocco, Writer: Daniel is the founder of Daily Writing Tips. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, but he is always trying to improve his grammar and writing skills. He also writes actively on, a place where he shares tips and tricks to build successful blogs.

Monday, February 20, 2012


PFARR 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

In Memory of Whitney Houston

A Gift Lost

I looked around the other day for a gift that was lost.  
It had be missing for days, lost in the shuffle of Entertainment's hustle and bustle.
She had been used and abused which had caused her to tarnish.
A gift once cherished, now lost to us.
Home with her Creator, singing in the choir.
a gift lost.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day 2012!

Heart Full

Silent Spring by Rachael Carson

Image Detail

Rachael Carson is a woman who makes a difference.  Her voice is still speaking to us.  May our ears and hearts be open to heed the message.  Check out
this Rachael Carson link for more information about this wonderful woman.  Also watch the video below as the PSO celebrates and salutes the 50th anniversary of the book Silent Spring by Rachael Carson.

Thursday, February 9, 2012



I love chairs.  I enjoy looking at furniture.  I am HGTV and DIY fan.  My mom and dad have refinished furniture over the years so I guess it is where I get my love of furniture from.  

One time when they came to stay with me for a while in Saint Louis they refinished a chair I had found at a garage sale for 50 cents.  They had so much fun looking for fabric, upholstery nails, and working together.  It turned out fabulous! 

Here is a link to a great book on the history on CHAIRS . Also check out a previous link within my own blog about A Thing For Chairs.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Snapshots of Art from The Carnegie






Inspiring art work!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Carnegie Museum of Art: Check Out These Exhibits

Timeline 1

The first issue of Flash News picture Magazine is published in March. On October 18, Flash publishes photo of Harris posing with Rolleicord medium-format camera. One week later, on October 25, the first credited Harris photo, of an evening at the Ritz Club, Pittsburgh, appears in Flash. Using $350 given to him by Woogie, Harris opens a photographic studio at 2128 Centre Avenue in the Hill District. He initially names it Flash Studio. The Flash circulation office is nearby at 2132 Centre. November of this year produces the earliest dated Harris negatives in 4 x 5–inch format, probably shot with a Speed Graphic camera that Harris would use until the 1970s.

Hall of Architecture 2

Hall of Architecture 1

No matter the season there is no other place like "The Carnegie."  There is always something new happening in the arts and sciences of this fabulous museum.  From the Teenie Harris Photographer: An American Story to Architectural Hall there are many exhibits to explore, activities, and classes for everyone. I know I am looking forward to Maya Lin Exhibit to open Friday, February 10th From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  For more information click the post title to link to The Carnegie Museum of Art.

KUDOS to the Staff on the Teenie Harris exhibit the 'kiosks' are a great way to move in the and through the photography of  Teenie Harris up close. I especially appreciated the set- up of Theme, Date, Thread, and Exhibit Number.