Aint I A Writer? Blog Posts

  • Interview with Jeannine Atkins
    on Dec 2, 2016
    Some excellent holiday gift choices available from this author: http://www.teachingauthors.com/2016/12/poetry-friday-interview-jeannine-atkins.html...
  • A Day at Canterbury Shaker Village    I was thrilled to have my prose, an excerpt from a historical novel in progress about the Shakers, selected to be part of the show Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations. It was the first time I've ever been part of a juried art show. I w...
  • This
    on Jul 21, 2016
    On writing, Hemingway said: "From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thi...
  • A Slave Pen
    on Jul 18, 2016
          I wrote about the slave pens in (and under) Washington, DC in the novel I am sending out to agents now, but I didn't really know what they might have looked like. I wrote the scene from my imagination. Today this photo came across my Faceboo...
  • It's me, Tammi
    on Jul 15, 2016 in Judy Blume The Music Hall
          She is one of my heroes. Seeing her last night was moving and memorable. And there are legions of me. The Music Hall last night was filled with fans, and she has adoring readers all over the world. I wasn't surprised to see that last night,...
  • It's me, Tammi
    on Jul 15, 2016 in Judy Blume The Music Hall
          She is one of my heroes. Seeing her last night was moving and memorable. And there are legions of me. The Music Hall last night was filled with fans, and she has adoring readers all over the world. I wasn't surprised to see that last night,...
  • Jonesing for a little less Matthew McConaughey
    on Jul 6, 2016
         Last night I went to see Free State of Jones (directed by Gary Ross who also wrote the screen play). I had been looking forward to seeing it, and went expecting to like it, because I tend to love period drama, especially when it is about Amer...
  • Jonesing for a little less McConaughey     Last night I went to see Free State of Jones (directed by Gary Ross who also wrote the screen play). I had been looking forward to seeing it, and went expecting to like it, because I tend to love period drama, especially when it is about Amer...
  • Jonesing for a little less McConaughey     Last night I went to see Free State of Jones (directed by Gary Ross who also wrote the screen play). I had been looking forward to seeing it, and went expecting to like it, because I tend to love period drama, especially when it is about Amer...
  • Jonesing for a little less McConaughey     Last night I went to see Free State of Jones (directed by Gary Ross who also wrote the screen play). I had been looking forward to seeing it, and went expecting to like it, because I tend to love period drama, especially when it is about Amer...
  • Jonesing for a little less McConaughey     Last night I went to see Free State of Jones (directed by Gary Ross who also wrote the screen play). I had been looking forward to seeing it, and went expecting to like it, because I tend to love period drama, especially when it is about Amer...
  • Jonesing for a little less McConaughey     Last night I went to see Free State of Jones (directed by Gary Ross who also wrote the screen play). I had been looking forward to seeing it, and went expecting to like it, because I tend to love period drama, especially when it is about Amer...
  • Jonesing for a little less McConaughey
    on Jul 6, 2016
         Last night I went to see Free State of Jones (directed by Gary Ross who also wrote the screen play). I had been looking forward to seeing it, and went expecting to like it, because I tend to love period drama, especially when it is about Amer...
  • Almost, but no cigar
    on Jul 1, 2016
    I've just learned that I am a runner up for a scholarship to attend a conference I am interested in. That likely means I will not be attending, but maybe seems to be a big part of my life as a writer, so ... we shall see. Here is the announcement fr...
  • My Mash Story
    on Jun 17, 2016
           I really enjoy entering the flash fiction competitions at Mash Stories and recently had this story shortlisted. It did well, but I didn't win. I recommend it as an excellent writing exercise. Every entry must have the three random words as...
  • MWPA
    on Jun 11, 2016
     I have been very impressed with this organization since I move to Maine two years ago.                                                                             ...
  • More about the dead guys I love...     The children had the week off and though I still worked half-time I devoted most of the week to my writing  ~  which felt wonderful.      I finished my last round of edits to To Get Quit removing 315 extraneous words and fixing one big e...
  • My shortlisted short.
    on Apr 10, 2016
         I participated in the Mash writing competition a few times just for fun. I love the challenge they present; three unrelated words that must be used unchanged in a story of no more than 500 words. I use it as an exercise to build my writing mu...
  • My new job
    on Mar 20, 2016
           I haven't had the energy or material to blog since I started my new job as a lead teacher in a Head Start classroom. The work is intense! With what little writing energy I have at the end of the day, I have been keeping a private diary abo...
  • Talking to Tomie      I recently had the privilege of interviewing and writing about one of my literary heroes. I had been to a lecture he gave once, but never had the chance to talk to him. Talking to Tomie dePaola was as thrilling for me as I imagined. Hearing...
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