SparkPeople WRITERS' SUPPORT GROUP Team Messageboard The WRITERS' SUPPORT GROUP is here to lend support, accountability & encouragement for your writing projects and for your health! SparkPeople WRITERS' SUPPORT GROUP Team Messageboard Hello, Tophatbanjo291 Here Hello, everybody; Tophatbanjo291 here. I'm retired military, a retired high school English teacher, and now semi-semi-semi-professional banjo player. Strangely, I have a dog named Banjo the Dog. I'm posting my entries to the Daily Flash Fiction Contest (on in my blog here on SP, flip on over to my SP page and you'll see the blog there. Yep. Mon, 20 Jul 2020 14:03:12 EST Tears and Cheers Hi all - <BR> <BR> I'm here because I'd really like to know how you balance your writing life with your gym life. (And, goodness gracious, how do you avoid snacking while working?) <BR> <BR> I'm in the first round of revisions on my first historical fiction novel and am trying to get to a point where I'm pitching it to agents by the end of the year. I'm a working mom, so trying to find time for a gym routine, editing my novel and doing the whole working mom parts of the working mom thing ... Tue, 6 Aug 2019 12:30:14 EST A Writer A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. <BR> <BR> Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. <BR> Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. <BR> <BR> The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others. <BR> <BR> (Leo Rosten) Fri, 5 Jul 2019 19:39:29 EST Side Hustles To Get You Through Dry Spells myLot is a discussion forum where you get paid just for discussing, obviously, any topics! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 19:41:20 EST Creative Me “There is no greater agony <BR> than bearing an untold story inside you.“ <BR> Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> The morning starts with the obligatory cup of coffee, dark chocolate and the perfect melody of Rhapsody in Blue… Ah, those wonderful moments, when you are surrounded by treats, looking intently at the blank page. Writing is much like giving birth…Coffee helps. Collaboration helps, that’s why I am actively seeking for adherents, because teamwork somehow boosts my sense of humor, and it is leg... Fri, 29 Mar 2019 03:34:41 EST Brag All About It! Current Writing Projects A member asked me to create this thread. Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:36:00 EST Hello new member Sept 2018 Hi I am sarah, self-published author thru Createspace, 66 yrs old, re-newing my fitness program thru Spark, doing OK, blogging at my sparkpage, like to read spark blogs, so I thought I would look for a writers team, glad to find it. I have 93 lb to lose and it is a great challenge but I am really determined at this time. Love to talk to some other writers! Love to read original material and give support! I joined the one hour a day challenge because I have put myself on a daily work schedule ... Sat, 8 Sep 2018 22:01:26 EST Anyone Planning on doing NaNoWriMo 2018? I'm mulling over writing an original fic that's been tickling the back of my neck. If I commit now, I can do some adequate prep. Is anyone else thinking about writing something in November? Tue, 4 Sep 2018 13:54:04 EST Introduction... Hi, My name is Rebecca and I am from Ontario Canada (the Toronto area) <BR> Today is my 1st day on Sparkpeople and I thought if I connected to a group, it would keep me more connected and maybe even motivated! <BR> Its sunny here today and I hope you all have a great day. <BR> P.S. I have written stories, but have never published anything - I do it for enjoyment. <BR> :o) Mon, 8 May 2017 11:45:15 EST Science Fiction Does anyone on here write science fiction? I have an excellent story line that came to me in a dream (literally). I am in the process of writing it down. I have the first couple of pages done. I have never written a novel before. Do you have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I do have a published book for homeschool families. But, that is the extent of my writing career. Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:02:47 EST Suggest A Good Cookbook "Party Fare" by JoAnna M. Lund... <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> The Fix-It and Forget-It series of crockpot cookbooks. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 14:55:06 EST Tips On How To Get Motivated Take time out for yourself! Exercise, try a new recipe, go to the library, read a good magazine or book, listen to some music, take a on Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Sep 2016 13:39:31 EST Suggest A Writing Contest Again, not a real big moneymaker, but if you have the talent, why not? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 5 Sep 2016 13:35:04 EST Synopsis how to? I discovered that I have trouble with creating a synopsis. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have any suggestions, ideas, info on this? <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 4 Aug 2016 17:45:41 EST Please delete Posted wrong area. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:51:16 EST Allow me to introduce myself... Michelle here, new to Sparkpeople and new to this group, and I am very excited about both endeavours! I am off work right now so I have lots of time to take care of me through eating right and exercise and have lots of time to write. But I put writing last on my list because I seem to have filled up my free moments of the day... <BR> <BR> I have self published a couple of books already and maintain a blog but I really want to work more on my new book which I started a month ago about findi... Sun, 22 May 2016 15:20:52 EST Attention Romance Authors Did you publish a book in 2015? <BR> <BR> Then you can enter the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award contest, sponsored by the First Coast Romance Writers. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-enter-nerfa/ </link> Wed, 4 May 2016 10:12:36 EST Interviewing for introverts... Hey howdy <BR> <BR> Okay, another question down the pipe here, but this one'll probably be easier. I know if i pursue new ideas or nonfiction ideas that I'll have to do interviews at some point--it's inevitable. However, in many respects, i am a writing perfectionist (read: unintentional procrastinator) and wouldn't want to start an interview unless i'd done a ton of pre-research and had a master list of questions so i didn't miss anything. <BR> <BR> I'm also an introvert in the sense that ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 22:12:37 EST dedicati on...and where to! Hey howdy. <BR> <BR> I'm determined not to be a "hobby writer" and instead make this my main job, with day jobs to support. I've been doing research papers so long (thank you Grad School) that i'm having a hard time breaking out of that mindset. But i have oodles of ideas that i'd love to write stories on and share with the world. The trouble is, i don't know where to start, and wonder if there's something i oughta be doing first. <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to write, but all the other stuff... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 22:01:00 EST Journal Writing I found a great site called Penzu which is a free online journal. I used it today to write down my feelings which is a real stress reliever. Check it out. <BR> Sat, 9 Apr 2016 15:40:32 EST Fun with Pinterest Look what I did! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>489339326904/ </link> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:04:22 EST newsletter confirmation emails I use mailchimp for my newsletter and wordpress for my web page. <BR> <BR> Someone recently told me she tried to sign up for my newsletter but never got the confirmation email. I tried it as well (and checked my spam folder) and got nothing. <BR> <BR> Any ideas, anyone? Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:00:36 EST Hi I'm Amanda. I'm 32, married with 3 children. I've been on SP on and off since 2007 and now I'm back again to loose the last 30 or so pounds. <BR> <BR> I've been writing off and on since 6th grade and have recently rediscovered my love of writing. I write a bit of poetry and have found I enjoy writing romance. <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for an accountability buddy. So if you're looking for one too, message me and let's help each other with our goals (weight loss, writing, whatever). Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:10:17 EST difference between creative nonfiction & essays... Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I'm trying my hand at writing for contests and whatnot, and getting feedback from friends when I can. some of them are flash fics (haven't tried 'em yet, but it'd be good practice for losing my long-windedness...see, I need the help--hee hee), some short stories, poetry, whatnot. <BR> <BR> But the ones I'm not sure about are the creative nonfiction and the essays. What's the difference between the two that you can see? if you've written some, have you had to treat the ma... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:09:59 EST How cool is this? A Sparkpeople team for writers? <BR> <BR> I have published a few short stories, am working on one novel and have another on the shelf, and I am a member of a branch of the California Writers Club. I have been in a critique group on and off for years, helped start two, and I believe that I have located a critique partner in my area. <BR> <BR> Good stuff! Sun, 10 Jan 2016 15:01:12 EST stupid scene... I feel like I've been working on the same scene for two weeks! and I feel like a sculptor. I had all this stuff in there and had to uncover what I really wanted, so I chipped away at the unnecessary words. Now I basically have what I want, but have to finesse it. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:56:33 EST Any of you guys tried LinkedIn? what ya think? Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I'm new to LinkedIn and just got my stuff going on it. I really want to do it as best as possible and waited a while to start because i saw a lot of people just treating it like facebook and adding people they happened to know. Seriously--some of the people who contacted me I hadn't spoken to face-to-face in several years and i barely remembered them, but we were still on facebook together so why not? Heck, i don't recall reading many of their posts either. <BR> <BR> B... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:34:27 EST Here's my book It hasn't won any awards, if ever. <BR> It isn't in the top 200, yet. <BR> <BR> But it is from my heart to yours. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 3 Dec 2015 20:33:05 EST Canadian writer How do I delete my post? <BR> Wed, 2 Dec 2015 16:13:02 EST Proofing? Do you read your manuscript aloud to yourself? <BR> Do you record it and listen? <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:55:55 EST hi hello and HELP I started a scifi thats a twisting of 2 stories together that actually come together in the end theres aliens assassins and highschool drama clubs parties muder and unintentional drug use... just to give you the tip of the iceburg .... but ive had medical issues and its taking longer than expected and get harder to keep it all making sense and i just want to be abke to say that i finished this book before i die (not that i expect that to be soon but its a bucket list thing ive put a decade in... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:29:51 EST GoodReads profile? Any tips, advice about creating a author profile? <BR> <BR> Is it worth the effort? <BR> <BR> Where should the author start? i.e. writing book reviews, joining clubs, etc. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 18:14:45 EST Add recipes? Does it help to add recipes in one's book? I've seen it done with Christmas stories and mysteries. <BR> Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:13:39 EST NaNoWriMo Any takers this year? I'll be doing a modified version, so 25K words in the first three weeks. We'll see how it goes. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:33:12 EST Hello! I joined this team today after returning from my week-long women writers retreat. I've been working on a memoir for five years and am at the polishing/editing stage with my writing coach. I have an interested publisher (small press) commitment yet but they've seen portions and requested the whole manuscript. <BR> <BR> This is where I did my retreat-no internet, television, or interruptions from pets & people. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 6 Oct 2015 12:03:40 EST How to get reviews? Are book reviews REALLY important? <BR> Do you check the reviews before reading the book? <BR> How does one get their books reviewed? <BR> Can reviews be biased? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:12:30 EST Business cards? Do any of you make/use business cards to help advertise your books? Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:18:59 EST Would anyone like to see.... Would anyone like to see the cover of my e-book? I think I can download the picture, here. <BR> <BR> If not, that's okay. <BR> <BR> I think covers should be a 'work of art' that says something. I wouldn't mind some feedback. :-) Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:12:45 EST 5k words... deleted I knew as I was writing a second ending to my book that one of them would have to go. And go it did last night. It's for the best, but it still hurts. Ugh. <BR> <BR> anyone else want to share painful deletions? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:44:56 EST So, this happened... (The Crown Jewel of Books) <link> </link> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:30:01 EST What's Next? Breast Cancer Blog into a book I'm fine now. :) <BR> <BR> A handful of years ago I had to deal with breast cancer and I decided to keep a blog to disseminate information (way easier on my phone bills). Well, I got an itch to turn it into a book, and so I did. It released early last week. <BR> <BR> Right now it's #14 on an Amazon list for Breast Cancer. Go me! <BR> <BR> It's called What's Next?, but you can probably find it easier if you search for me, Abigail Sharpe. Which I recommend you do, if only to check out t... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 13:27:16 EST Hello writers! Hello all my writers out there! <BR> <BR> My name is Amanda, and I am new to this team. I love writing, traveling, coffee, and living healthy. I just wanted to introduce myself and get connected with other writers/weight loss enthusiasts. <BR> <BR> Amanda <em>26</em> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:29:22 EST to the team! Hi all, I'm restarting Spark People and hoping to find a way to lose more weight and also spur on my writing. I'm a poet and short story writer and sometimes an essayist. I teach all of these genres, and during the school year, I have trouble finding time to write. I'm hoping to get some writing done this summer and get healthy! I'm excited to find this group! <em>213</em> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:00:28 EST What Did You Write Today? 6-11-2015 Starting the day with good intentions to write 3 pages to prime my writing pump! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 06:03:44 EST What Did You Write today? June 10, '15 I've been away for a bit but glad to be back. I hope anyone who reads this thread will feel free to start it if I don't happen to show up. <BR> <BR> Heading to my writing group today and reading others work. I'm usually a faithful submission person, but passed this time. Life has been full and good, but not very writing friendly (unless you count grocerylists which I do not!). That said, June and July look much better and I'm looking forward to a writing routine. <BR> <BR> Let's get it... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:31:49 EST Introduction Hello, my name is Cindy. I'm rejoining I have been a member but working full time has taken me away from the sparks community Sun, 7 Jun 2015 07:07:17 EST What Did You Write Today? June 4, 2015 I've had time to write more in my journal. Am exploring to find for a new essay topic and haven't found it quite yet. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 06:26:13 EST Thought exercise--i'm trying to unstick an idea... Hey howdy. <BR> <BR> Well, i started doing some basic Q&A with myself on my short story idea and came across a question where i stumped myself. I mean, i have an idea of what i could use, but its not enough--i'm sure there're oodles of examples that haven't come to me. <BR> <BR> So, my thought exercise/question (2-parter) that i pose to you is: <BR> 1. What do you think would happen to American society if all paper books had been confiscated and converted to e-books, and the e-books were ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:24:18 EST What Did You Write Today? 6-1-2015 Traveling has given me some great writing time. I'm loving the pause. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:08:28 EST 5-28-2015 What Did You Write Today? Now that my iPad is shut off I am spending more time putting pen to paper. Paper is my starting place, then the computer. Thu, 28 May 2015 06:23:21 EST What Did You Write Today? 5-27-2015 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Travel can really inspire my writing,, and Writeman your research sounds like fun. Are you doing setting observations or listening to conversations? Or something else. <BR> <BR> I met my goal of 3 pages and it felt great. Traveling for next 10 days and decided to limit my social media presence during that time, except on Spark. I'm hoping that will put my head more into my writing. Wed, 27 May 2015 05:45:59 EST What Did You Write Today? 5-26-2015 Good morning! <BR> <BR> ONESAUCYTRINI, I'm glad you like the thread. I'd like to suggest that whoever gets here first every day just starts it. I'm happy to do that most mornings but I'm about to go traveling and may get distracted, busy. Still I'll be trying to check in. <BR> <BR> Very action packed day and not much writing for me. Prepping for a more productive day today. <BR> <BR> Write on! Tue, 26 May 2015 06:01:59 EST What Did You Write Today? 5-25-2015 Good morning. <BR> <BR> DEMINKSPOT2 I try to write 3 pages a day. It's a 'hangover' from The Artists' Way, a book I used many years ago to keep myself writing. Spark actually interferes some with my writing practice because I try to check in every day and I used to write first. Well, I need to be fit and healthy so now the writing slips 'til later--a tradeofff. But I do think that anything we can do to get started--the 10 minute idea is good--is worth using. And somedays a paragraph is ... Mon, 25 May 2015 06:28:14 EST What Did You Write Today? 5-24-2015 Feeling my writing muscles getting stronger. Captured some thoughts about milestone moments yesterday. Going to keep going. Sun, 24 May 2015 07:54:56 EST What Did You Write Today? 5-23-2015 Here comes the weekend when sometimes my writing goes out the window. But today some journaling and I will see what happens. <BR> <BR> Exciting to interview and do research, Steven. I hope it helps that project grow. <BR> <BR> Ellie, I know the 'drop by' thing. Life just interrupts writing sometimes. I never quite know if it improves or distracts from my efforts. <BR> <BR> 12,000 words ONESAUCYTRINI! Wow. <BR> <BR> Great to hear from all of you. It's motivating for me. Sat, 23 May 2015 07:23:42 EST What Did You Write Today? 5-22-2015 I am excited to be in a quiet place for the weekend without too much distraction. I plan to use it to write and read. Sometimes commenting in my journal about something I am reading really gets me going. <BR> <BR> I hope we all can find time for some writing this weekend. Fri, 22 May 2015 06:39:32 EST What did you write today? 5-21-2015 Aside from a grocery list (sigh) I've been organizing photos and trying to jot down ideas for pieces on memoir. Also sticking to my 3 pages... <BR> <BR> Excited for you Lunatic. I know exactly what 'back on the horse' means. I so believe we need to keep at it to develop our ideas and our writing muscles. And Deminkspot, I think your 1/2 page idea is terrific too. We need to wade in, right? <BR> <BR> And Gywynnlee, good to hear about your writer's group. I have one that meets monthly. ... Thu, 21 May 2015 06:49:03 EST What Did You Write Today? 5-20-15 Plan to journal 3 pages and see where that takes me. Wed, 20 May 2015 06:23:50 EST Pomodoro Technique Have you tried the Pomodoro&#8236; &#8234;Technique&#8236; for writing? Setting a timer can be such a simple solution for staying &#8234;focused&#8236;. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 18 May 2015 17:38:02 EST What Did You Write Today? 5-15-15 I thought I'd start a topic for us to check in about what writing we've done, no matter what, each day and see where it goes. I know that keeping up the practice, no matter how I am writing, helps me be productive. So here goes. (And hey, somedays it may just be a grocery list! Whatever it takes). <BR> <BR> Today I'm traveling and journaling while off on a trip to celebrate my youngest son's graduation. Fri, 15 May 2015 05:57:06 EST Hello I'm Tkrystina/Lisa I need to get back to my writing & getting healthier. I recently found out that I have discs in my spine that are wearing out, my feet & hands are numb all of the time. On Saturday May 9th I fractured my left ankle. Thu, 14 May 2015 08:28:58 EST Murder your darlings <link><BR>er-your-darlings/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's a piece of writing advice we've probably all heard. Here's the original source of the quote: <BR> <BR> -------------------- <BR> 'To begin with, let me plead that you have been told of one or two things which Style is not; which have little or nothing to do with Style, though sometimes vulgarly mistaken for it. Style, for example, is not—can never be—extraneous Ornament. You remember, may be, the Persi... Wed, 13 May 2015 10:04:43 EST It's out! And it hit a best seller spot! After 2 years Amendments is finally out and on day two it hit the number one spot in Metaphyscial fiction! (Momentarily over taking the Alchemist and Mitch Albom!) I am so, so stoked! <BR> <BR><BR>X95S2/ref=s9_simh_bw_p351_d1_i1?pf_rd_<BR>m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=merchandised-<BR>search-3&pf_rd_r=07FRE0RV2WK88PZC6934&<BR>pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=586953587&pf_rd_i=341689031 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:56:42 EST Trying Again My name is Dianne De Mink and I used to write and publish non-fiction articles on Type I Diabetes. I haven't done that in years and would like to get back into writing again. This time I'd like to write a blog. Does anyone else here do that? Suggestions? What types of writing do you do? Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:11:07 EST How/where do you find writing groups in your area? Hey howdy <BR> <BR> The more I read about writing, the more I want to get back into it and get feedback from other writers. I would like to eventually find and work with a writing group in my area (or at least within 40 miles--no writers out here that I'm aware of). <BR> <BR> That's the one thing I'd love to find out--I mean, lots of advice suggests joining a writing group, but not where to find them or how. Any ideas on resources to find a physical writing group looking for members? I don'... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:00:34 EST people watching (without being creepy) Okay, this one's a question. I want to get into trying to make realistic characters and be able to describe nuances in behavior. An idea I've heard of is just doing some people watching as a warm-up or to build a bunch of possible characters. <BR> <BR> I wonder if any of you guys "people watch" for your writing, how you do it (without being creepy) and how you used what you found out. I'm hoping it helps me get better at describing what I see and hear in my head regarding people (would suck ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:51:00 EST Pen Names - Yes or No? Are pen names something to consider? What's the Pros and Cons? I'm just wondering if I really need to have one. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:54:21 EST has anybody here started a blog (other than spark) Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I've been reading up on ways to get an audience and get writing out there and a dozen sites and blogpages I saw said "start a blog". Well, that's all well and good, but HOW? <BR> <BR> I mean, I'm trying to live my life offline as it is, but that's mostly avoiding the texting and tweeting and facebooking crap most everybody I know is so obsessed with. if I had anything worth saying that was more than 140 characters and might be of interest, I might like to flex my muscles... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 10:36:16 EST how to get into article/ academic! Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I'm going to talk to a career counselor tomorrow night at my campus. I've graduated with a master's degree in history in December and have a job as a custodian for the Texas Parks and Wildlife (San Jacinto Battleground/Battleship Texas). I do love the job, especially caring for my "big blue baby" (I consider it artifact restoration of a sort--hee hee), but want to keep exercising my noggin' and doing academic work. I mean, I paid a heckuva lot of my own money to get my m... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 07:55:26 EST Getting other cultures right I am dealing with a paralyzing fear regarding my current book. I have written 12 of 27 (projected) chapters - about 40K words, and I'm having difficulty moving forward. <BR> <BR> Here's the problem: One of my characters is a Native American, a Lakota Skin-walker who can change into a wolf. He's the MC's best friend, and the person who taught her how to shoot, hunt and track. He's also an alcoholic. <BR> <BR> All of these features are key to his part in the story. And frankly, he's one of my... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:59:51 EST Here goes nothing Part of me thinks that I may get along in this group better than in some of the weight loss groups. lmao. I have noticed that writers tend to stick together a lot. Well, and argue a lot because of such large differences in opinion. That is neither here nor there, though. <BR> <BR> My name is...well, duh, Becca. Haha. I am a mother of a 9 year old daughter battling the beginnings of being diagnosed with Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder. They haven't decided upon the hyperactivity a... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:14:04 EST *Blows the dust off* Hello! Where is everyone? Are you all sleeping for the winter? <BR> <BR> This place looks lovely for shaking this bad case of writer's block and make friends. :) <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you soon <BR> <BR> <BR> Rose Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:04:33 EST character traits Somewhere in one of these treads, I mentioned I have a list of things to think about for my characters. This goes beyond hair color, eye color, etc. <BR> <BR> I finally found them - and here they are. <BR> <BR> Physical traits and mannerisms <BR> What does she want most? <BR> What does she fear most? (and this is what she should have to do in your story) <BR> What does she care about above all else? <BR> Why does she have her chosen career? <BR> What is her darkest secret? (and reveal it... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:13:57 EST Gifts for Writers Here are suggestions for gifts for writers. What others can you recommend? How about a subscription to Writer's Digest magazine? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2014/12/gifts-for-writers.html </link> <BR> <BR> Lou Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:44:26 EST OR writer needs writing & weight loss community Hi, my name is Sherrey in real life. I'm Ritergal in SP writing life. You might say I have been an SP yo-yo-er (sp?) because I've been around this block once, twice, maybe three times, and here I am again. <BR> <BR> Health and fitness issues impacted by preferring to sit all day writing rather than exercising, working in the yard or house, etc., have finally gotten my attention. Just 5 days post-op gallbladder surgery, I'm feeling a tad sorry for myself for a complication or two in the mix. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:58:00 EST RITA Okay, romance writers - who entered the RITAs? <BR> Who is planning on entering the Golden Heart? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:18:48 EST Editing Mistakes I thought this was interesting. It goes beyond the normal misspellings and typos and such. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7/top-ten-writing-mistakes/ </link> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:58:38 EST Here kitty kitty! Writing cats and dogs Ok I've moved on to chapter 11 of my WIP. I' writing a cat into the story line. Right now she's just creeping around outside in the dark scaring the heck out of my hero. My question do I write her? I want the hero to hear the kitty first, so do I just write it a Meow? Or something like <BR> <BR> I know I heard something out there, he thought. He moved a few steps closer to the garden wall, alert for any movement or sound that was out of place. Crunch! Devon tensed at the sound of d... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:07:20 EST Too many rooms? Opinions Please! So this is from the first paragraph of my WIP chapter 10. Too many rooms in it? <BR> <BR> Taylor looked around the room, seeing her teenage self reflected in the posters on the walls. [The only thing changed in this room is me] she thought to herself as she moved into the middle of the room. <BR> <BR> [ ] indicates where she is thinking to her self. In Scrivener that line is in italics. Spark won't let me do that here. It was my understanding that thoughts could be denoted by using italics... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:33:21 EST When can you call yourself a Writer and/or Author? When can you call yourself a Writer/ Or an Author? Are they the same thing? I'm writing my first novel. Can I call myself a writer? An author? To my thinking, I'm now a writer (I'm writing, I haven't given up!). But I don't consider myself an Author. To me an Author is someone who is published. <BR> <BR> Thoughts everyone? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:23:37 EST Software for novelists? Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm wondering what software you're using for your writing. <BR> <BR> I've been using Word and OneNote, but I'm not totally satisfied. <BR> I like the formatting features of Word, but it doesn't transfer easily back and forth between a PC and an iPad. <BR> <BR> I like the layers of pages in OneNote, but the formatting is limited. <BR> <BR> Are the [novel] writing packages really worth it? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> (Also posting this to TIPS FOR WRITING & WEIGHTLOSS) <BR>... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 09:43:51 EST Reader Dis-Interested I've taught Public speaking for 20+ years. I've discovered a few tips along the way that so far I haven't seen in any high school/university text book. It's what I call the Dis-Interested Listener'. I instruct my class to use this tip during rehearsing their speech: find one or two average humans who could care Less about listening to your speech, especially your topic. Tell them all you want from them is to answer one question at the end of your speech. That question: Tell me, in your own wo... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 20:28:00 EST Dedicated Writing Space? I read a lot in the writing magazines that writers/authors, need, and should 'fight' for their own writing space. I believe that makes good copy, but I don't believe its reality for Many. <BR> I find myself writing wherever I feel I can get the most work done. Sometimes its at home, at the park, or even the public library. We don't have a coffee shop hangout. Just wherever I can unpack and power up my laptop. <BR> Do you have a dedicated writing space? Or just wherever you can power up your... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:17:25 EST Romance writing contest - Aug 31 My RWA chapter is having a contest for the first 25 pages of an unpublished romance manuscript. Deadline is August 31, so there's a little less than a week left. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tests-3/beacon-contest/ </link> <BR> <BR> I entered in a new genre for me. So I'm a bit nervous about what my judges are going to say. I hope they love it!!! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:11:11 EST My Novel or Community Novel? OK...back to what else my beta readers have said. I guess I'm not sure what a beta reader does? Both of mine read each chapter, but the feed back sometimes comes in the form of changing what I wrote to what they think I should have written. I mean as in deleting whole scenes, rewriting whole scenes, changing the order of the chapters, etc. At what point does it stop being MY novel and it become a community novel? Don't get me wrong, most the feedback is good and I really am thankful for it, b... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:30:04 EST Dialog Question I heard back from my beta readers (and I'm telling you right now..I'm less then thrilled but about that in a bit) and my BFF said she had trouble following the dialog in my chapter 7, she got confused and had to go back and re-read some of it. She suggested it would be helpful if you got in the habit of starting a new paragraph each time a different person spoke. No mater how long or short the dialog was. So I ask you should dialog be handles when it's on the page? Not the content... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:48:05 EST What is a Scene? I'm confused about scenes when writing. Exactly what constitutes a scene? One of my beta readers sent me a Pinterest about a novel. Not knowing what they are, I've just been writing away. She says my chapters so far have been one scene. is that good or bad? Or should I even be worrying about it at this point? I'm SO confused!! <em>39</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:27:12 EST Looking for a new Team Leader Hi folks, I've decided to step down as Team Leader. I've got a lot of things on my plate and I'm trying to trim them down. Would anyone be interested in becoming the next Team Leader? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:20:41 EST Writing & Weight Loss When it comes to writing, we're often told we need to BIC-HOK-TAM. For those that don't know what that means, it means: Butt in chair, hands on keyboard, typing away madly. As you probably can visualize, our fingers get the workout but the rest of not so much. <BR> <BR> Despite the sedentary nature of our art, has your writing helped you with your weight loss journey? Has it hurt it? Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:42:21 EST Giving up the pipedreams. I am now in my 7th decade. 63 years old. My whole life I thought I would write, nonfiction. I thought I would journal and I would develop a wealth of information to use for a book or even articles. Every time I have decided I to start journaling, it has lasted one or two days, then I would drop it for what may be six months or even longer. I do blog from time to time on Spark, especially when I am in conflict about something or want to make a point. Sometimes I do it just to get positive f... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 01:23:20 EST New member 62 yrs old writer looking for community Hi am glad to find this group. I am self published: anyone else? I have written some fiction, children's books, and psychic development genre. I am writng and publishing my memoirs this fall. Glad to connect with other writers. What are you guys writing? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:11:05 EST Morning Pages Life.. is messy. We have responsibilities at home and at work. We have deadlines and to-do lists a mile long. Yet through all of that, we carve out time to put words to paper (or screen). <BR> <BR> Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way and The Writing Diet, largely promotes the use of what she calls morning pages to help keep our words flowing. It calls for writing three pages in longhand (all stream of consciousness), every morning, about anything and everything that pops into our head... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:22:19 EST July's Team Goals Winners Congratulations to MOMMY445 for smashing the team goals across the board. Great job! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:37:20 EST writer's block I've been writing since i learnt how to write. <BR> i'm like 21 1/2 years old and I'm finding that the older i get, the harder it is to write. <BR> i used to sit with a pen/keyboard in my hands, and there would be 3-4 stories inside my head; and the whole deal was to decide which one to write. <BR> now there are no ideas at all. i can't think of characters, situations, plots... it's just an empty head. <BR> but maybe i'm too Young to be able to identify a writer's block? maybe it's just matur... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:18:19 EST Introduction Hi, I thought I'd finally introduce myself. My name is Judi. I am 61, disabled, living with my single 30 year-old son in his mobile home. I'd like to lose around 150 pounds from my present point. I want to write musicals but I'm having a hard time getting started. I wonder if it would help me to start by writing little biographies of all the characters in my first play. I've been making notes for the plot for months. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:46:13 EST Our Team Leaders? Hi Team, <BR> <BR> On the top-right of the page I see that our team leaders are SIERRASAGE and PAMTHEDREAMER but I haven't seen any activity from them in quite a long time. Do we know what happened to them? Do they still visit? I'd love to see this group get more active. <BR> <BR> Ryan Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:27:20 EST What are your daily writing routines? Hi all! I've been thinking a lot this week about my daily routines, and trying to identify which routines help to get me writing. I thought I'd start this thread for people who would like to share the routines that work for them. <BR> <BR> For me, this is what works: <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> Wake up, do some yoga, and have a glass of water to wake up my brain. <BR> <em>189</em> Get straight to writing (just 20 min!) before breakfast. <BR> <em>189</em> Break my writing time into 2... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:54:44 EST Looking for community Hi! I'm a philosopher and new professor looking for a community of writers to help me make the most of my summer. I'm new to sparkpeople and joined just for this forum! I'd love to connect with other writers, to share writing goals and weekly progress updates. Feel free to get in touch :) Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:01:09 EST Happy Release Week to meeeeeeeeeeeeee Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? is now available for sale! WHO-HOOOOO!!! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:47:51 EST July 1!!! One more week until my release day. Oh boy oh boy oh boy. <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:55:13 EST Prompt Books Has anyone ever tried them or found one that they really loved? I discovered 642 Things To Write About and quite frankly...I AM IN LOVE. I carry that thing everywhere. :) Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:28:18 EST Amazon vs. Hachette Anyone else caught in the cross-fire? Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? releases July 1 and there's no pre-order button on Amazon. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-amazon-hachette-antitrust/?iid=obnet<BR>work </link> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:24:28 EST What Market Would buy Occult Horror and Thrillers I wrote the book "The 4th Floor Suite', and it's about a Satanic Order and how it fails to summons the Devil. Some other plots in it are a suspenseful romance and paranormal activity. I published it on Amazon as both a paperback and eBook novel right here: <BR> <BR><BR>Timmons/dp/1492206571/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UT<BR>F8&qid=1400904872&sr=8-1&keywords=the+<BR>4th+floor+suite <BR> <BR> I have never marketed a book I wrote and published before, and I'm sear... Sat, 24 May 2014 00:16:02 EST Glad I have a thick skin I had my critique group meeting last night, and apparently I went on and on (and on and on and on) about the hero cooking eggs. Or, rather, trying to cook eggs. My CG renamed my manuscript: The Man Who Could Not Cook. <BR> <BR> It was a good night, though. That's what critique groups are for. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:29:42 EST Writing Help Books I've been diving headlong into a lot of these books lately: Writing For Your Life, The Only Writing Series You'll Ever Need: Getting Published, Writers Digest books....even looking into prompt books, like 642 Things To Write About. A friend of mine even linked me to an online writing workshop that furnishes TONS of course books. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else make use of these tools, and if so, what are some of your favorites that you would recommend? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:31:52 EST what and where are you writing? I tend to write different place and different things. I write on my couch, laying in bed, at a desk, the library on my porch eve at a park. I also write things from long letters to loved ones, poems, journal entries, blogs or just random thought. I think it would be fun to see where at what people are writing. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 10:20:07 EST Hi There My names Merinda, new to this thing, but I'm ready to get off the couch and try to get control of myself and my weight. Finding direction: Not just for my characters any more. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:09:57 EST National Poetry Month: April Does anyone in this forum write poetry? Do you do any of the NaPoWriMo challenges that come up this time of year? (Write a poem a day for 30 days in April.) Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:37:28 EST AmtrakReside ency4Writers <link> </link> <BR> AmtrakResidency4Writers <BR> <BR> Amtrak is excited to announce the official launch of the #AmtrakResidency program. <BR> <BR> #AmtrakResidency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:28:22 EST Are you building a platform? I have a writers conference I go to every year and I'm preparing to go again this year. This is a question we discuss a lot. <BR> <BR> How are you building an audience for your writing? Sun, 9 Mar 2014 10:35:12 EST As you know, Bob... Yesterday when I posted the article on details, I used the phrase "walk the dog." I wondered how extensively that was used - like, did anyone NOT know what it was? I've also heard "save the cat" the give someone anti-heroic a redeeming quality and "as you know, Bob" to describe disguising backstory into dialogue that the character should already know. <BR> <BR> Any others? Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:43:18 EST What goal or goals do you have related to fitness? I take a walk every day after work for at least 20 minutes although often I go longer. I know that I can do the 20 minutes. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:26:03 EST Details in Writing I judge a lot of romance contests for unpublished writers, and too often I see two things: A boring laundry list of descriptions (The large room had bookshelves against one wall. The other wall had two French doors that opened into the gardens. In front of those doors was a green sofa.) and "walking the dog" method of describing action (He took the keys out of his pocket and found the one for his car. He stuck the key in the lock and turned. He opened the door and slid into the driver's ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:21:46 EST What are you working on right now? I am working on a math curriculum where students solve fractions problems in a bake shop. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:09:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 2 - 8 ) <BR> 1)Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. <BR> Ansel Adams <BR> <BR> 2)It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. <BR> Warren Buffett <BR> <BR> 3)The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:20:27 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 23 - March 1 ) THE WISDOM OF THE GREEKS II <BR> ============================== <BR> 1)An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 2)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 3)Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. <BR> Diogenes of Sinope <BR> <BR> 4)One may define flattery as a bas... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:25:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 16 - 22 ) THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS <BR> ===================================== <BR> <BR> 1)It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all. <BR> Democritus <BR> <BR> 2)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 4)Anybody can become angry - that ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:07:30 EST Valentine's Day giveaway I'm giving away TWO copies of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? to ONE winner. Share with someone you love! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:41:22 EST Doctor Cover Reveal!!! I'm SO EXCITED - Romantic Times picked up Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? for an exclusive cover reveal. This is HUGE for romance writers. Yay!!!! Plus the cover is GORGEOUS!!! <BR> <BR><BR>og/exclusive-cover-reveal-abigail-shar<BR>pes-who-wants-marry-doctor <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:06:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( FEB 9 - 15 ) 1)A lie told often enough becomes the truth. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 2)There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 3)The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied. <BR> Lucretius <BR> <BR> 4)No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own fam... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:53:00 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 2 - 8 ) QUOTES BY THEODOR WIESENGRUND ADORNO <BR> ========================================<BR>====== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. <BR> <BR> 2) There are no more ideologies in the authentic sense of false consciousness, only advertisements for the world through its duplication and the provocative lie which does not seek belief but commands silence. <BR> <BR> 3)Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought bu... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:55:28 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 26 - Feb 1 ) 1)Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of wa <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 2) Mens indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior. <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 3) The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:34:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 19 -24) 1) Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 2)You never really know a man until you have divorced him. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 3)I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 4)Engrave this Quote Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. <BR> Bill Gates <BR> <BR> 5)Often you have to rely on intuition. <BR> Bi... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:03:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 12 - 18) 1)Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. <BR> Rosa Parks <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 5)The sweetest of all sounds i... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:26:55 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 5- 11) 1)If you can dream it, you can do it. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 2)Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. <BR> William Blake <BR> <BR> 3)Know or listen to those who know. <BR> Baltasar Gracian <BR> <BR> 4)True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. <BR> Baltasar Gr... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:13:19 EST Character personalities and development Hi everyone, I've started working on a novel that's been in the back of my head for a while. Since I normally write poetry I've been doing some research online into character traits and development. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by all the information I seem to need for all the different character sheets available for download (Who does he admire? Who does he want to emulate? Who does he least want to emulate?). So my question is: do I need to know all of these details before I start ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:47:42 EST Self-Publishing Reviewers Forum I had a brainstorm today. I don't think this should sit with just bloggers. I think someone out there, maybe a team of students, should create a magazine to review self-published books. <BR> <BR> I was at a writers' group yesterday and brought up the indie publishing ideas. One writer has used Amazon's Create Space for a manual at work, but said he wouldn't use it again because, for his novel, he wants "real reviewers" to review his book. <BR> <BR> That has disturbed me. I'm sure there are ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:57:31 EST My Intro Blurb Hi there! I’m more or less new to Sparkpeople. I joined a few years ago when I was doing the C25K running program, but I didn’t participate in the boards or on the teams. Decided I’d try to broaden my social horizons this time around! <BR> <BR> For my personal goals, I’m looking to tone up, get fit and be healthy this year. I’m also going to try to finish my first novel. I need to relax with my writing and not try to force it for the sake of a self-imposed deadline. <BR> <BR> I look forwar... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:44:00 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am really excited to be here. I can already tell this is a great community. <BR> <BR> I'm not really good at these " introduce yourself" posts. My goal is to lose 100 pounds. My scale isn't the greatest so I've been gauging my weight loss more by my clothing than the scale. I actually started walking last November. So far, I've dropped 2 jean sizes. Just this morning I changed my route because I was getting bored and really kicked butt. I'm feeling pretty proud of... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:30:07 EST Publishing Questions I'm starting this new topic because I'm about to join a writers' group in my area (in person) mainly to ask what people are finding when looking into publishing. To "publish" or self-publish, that is the question. I've researched several self-publishing companies and would like to discuss some of the pros and cons with other writers. <BR> NYINME Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:29:52 EST Light: The Book--32 hrs left to help publish... Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I have a physicist friend who is trying to get her book published. Its called "Light: the Book" and from talking with her in the past and the general gist of it, its a science book written in a way not-so-sciency types could understand. <BR> <BR> There's 32 hours left on kickstart for her to get backing, and we're about $650 away from her goal. if you want to know more about the book and project, check out this web address to help: <link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:51:29 EST You can call me Rayven My name is Rasheda Poe, but my pen name is Rayven. I'm a mother, student and writer. My genre of choice... Paranormal Romance. I've been writing ghost stories since I was a kid. It wasn't until I decided I want to be a teacher, that I discovered I'm not to bad of a story teller. So I'm working on my first novel. <BR> <BR> There's more to share, and plenty of time to do it. So see you around the community. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:06:35 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 29- Jan 4 ) NEW YEAR QUOTES <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! <BR> ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> 2)Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. <BR> ~Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:44:55 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 22 - 28 ) 1)He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. <BR> Thomas Carlyle <BR> <BR> 2)The sweetest of all sounds is praise. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 3)Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 4)Let your mind alone, and see what happens. <BR> Virgil Thomson <BR> <BR> 5)In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls. <BR> Lenny Bruce <BR> <BR> 6)A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gab... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:06:00 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 15 - 21 ) QUOTES BY CONFUCIUS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. <BR> <BR> 2)When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. <BR> <BR> 3)I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. <BR> <BR> 4)A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. <BR> <BR> 5)Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:41:22 EST Where do I start and how do I get motivated? With the new year right around the corner I need some inspiration for my weight lose goals. I have so many goals for this new year I do not know where to start. I am also lacking motivation? In the year of 2014 I really want to take my life back. I want to take back the life that I once had. I want to start and hopefully make a dent in my weight loss goal and return to writing. I have so many ideas of what I could do to get motivated but, I still need help. Are there any writer friends out th... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:03:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 8-14 ) QUOTES BY MORIHEI UESHIBA <BR> ============================ <BR> <BR> 1)Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. <BR> <BR> 2)Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. <BR> <BR> 3)If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attack... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:33:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 1 - 7 ) QUOTES BY JOAN RIVERS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio. <BR> <BR> 2)I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. <BR> Joan Rivers <BR> <BR> 3)I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, 'Get the hell off my property.' <BR> <BR> 4)People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:50:41 EST Fiction- Writers' Idea-Sharing Well, I'm so excited about what all of you are writing about your passions for FICTION (my lifelong passion, and lifeBLOOD!) I'm creating a new topic because I want to see it inspire people to write more fiction. <BR> <BR> Here's my idea share: I keep a notebook with me at all times. Whenever I want to write a new collection of stories, I have a running list of titles. Just titles. Throughout the day, these titles can appear in any form. <BR> <BR> When I get to sit and write, I look at t... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:18:47 EST Is fiction a waste of time? Someone said that to me a while back... They didn't know I'm a wannabe writer, or that fiction is the blood that makes my heart pump life inside my veins... <BR> Do you think so? Why you think so? Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:42:50 EST Hello Fellow Writers I'm reasonably new at SPARKPEOPLE, and am two weeks into using it without posting on forums. Today, I finally introduced myself and then I found this Writers' Forum. This is exciting. I'm currently working on a novel with an editor waiting by, chapter by chapter. It's been a lifelong passion of mine to write fiction. It will be interesting to me to receive postings here from other writers. I'm also hoping that a Writers' Forum means people will be spelling out their words instead of using tex... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:25:12 EST Good News/Bad News about Thankgiving How was your Thanksgiving? Please share. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:06:47 EST Does writing help fitness goals? How does being a writer impact your fitness plans and goals? Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:06:39 EST Synopsis Just venting. I'm trying to write a synopsis without knowing what's happening in the book. I don't outline. I just write. THIS IS REALLY HARD!!!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks... I feel better now. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:07:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 24 - 30 ) 1)All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. <BR> Thomas Browne <BR> <BR> 2)It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. <BR> Marilu Henner <BR> <BR> 3)We need to rekindle those values, those strengths as a nation and as a people... And we must do so as one people with one goal. <BR> Kamla Persad-Bissessar <BR> <BR> 4)There are two things that I cannot live without: music and books. Caffeine isn't dignified enoug... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:13:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 17 - 23 ) 1)The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> 2)Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. <BR> Stella Adler <BR> <BR> 3)I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom. <BR> Bob Hope <BR> <BR> 4)Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)We make a living by what we... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:49:53 EST hello I am new to spark people. I would rather be reading and writing than exercising, so I need all the encouragement I can get. :) Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:50:13 EST ASKING FOR HELP WITH SOMETHING Hi, <BR> <BR> I don't post here too often. Mostly because I am really busy. <BR> <BR> So forgive me please because I am coming here now asking for a favor. I am starting a book review website. I've signed up for to get ARCs but I need to have followers before the publishers will give me the ARCs. <BR> <BR> *NOTE TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT KNOW - an ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy of a book that is about to be released * <BR> <BR> I would really really appreciate it if anyone here could join m... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:15:06 EST It's a GO! I just got an email from my editor that she thinks I did a FANTASTIC job with her edits and Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? is ready to go into production. On the one hand, I'm THRILLED and EXCITED. On the other, my Evil Internal Editor is telling me that my Real Editor said what she did because it's so awful she just wants it off her plate. <BR> <BR> Why do we to that to ourselves??? Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:55:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 10- 16 ) 1)Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 2)My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 3)Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 4)The mother-child relationship i... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:23:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 3 - 9) 1)Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 2)I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone. <BR> Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> 3)It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. <BR> Harry S. Truman <BR> <BR> 4)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <B... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:05:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 27- Nov 2 ) 1)The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. <BR> Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> 2)Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> 3)The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. <BR> Stephen King <BR> <BR> 4)Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. <BR> Joyce Brothers <BR> <BR> 5)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to p... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:01:59 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 20- 26 ) <BR> 1)To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up. <BR> Ogden Nash <BR> <BR> 2)Peace begins with a smile. <BR> Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> 3)Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. <BR> Dan Gable <BR> <BR> 4)Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albe... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:37:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 13- 19 ) 1)God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 2)The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 4)Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:21:38 EST Your Writing Can Serve the Community Hello writers! My name is Diana Kathryn, and I'm associate publisher of Grey Wolfe Publishing, headquartered in Michigan. You've all been so kind in supporting my "Good Eats & Exercise" program over the years, I wanted to tell you about an incredible opportunity you have to see your work published! <BR> <BR> Grey Wolfe is offering two community service projects that utilize your creative writing skills to serve animals and children; and it's COMPLETELY FREE to submit! If you've ever wonde... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:05:52 EST Ghostwriter Hello Everyone: <BR> <BR> I have been a writer all of my life and have worked under contract as a ghostwriter in the past. I have been blogging on my Sparkpage since I joined, and I find it to be very therapeutic. I have been working on an idea for a political book, but haven't written very much. The fear of failure is very poignant for me, as I have always written on behalf of others, as opposed to writing for myself. <BR> <BR> I am glad to find this support page and look forward to inter... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 20:52:45 EST freelancers? I've been contemplating freelance work in light of recent job loss. Of course it would be wonderful to make a living solely on that but right now that is far from realistic for me. However I feel very intimidated by the little bit of research I've done. At 22 with no college degree, somewhat limited life experience and rusty basic skills I don't feel at all adequate to pursue something like this. Perhaps I'm not looking in the right places. I am more than open to any advice anyone is willing ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:03:09 EST Hi from the newbie Hi, <BR> Checking in to see what's what. I'm a writer although I still have a day job to keep a roof over my head. I've been an editor for what used to be the second largest publishing house west of the Rockys and have been published fairly regularly in newspapers and magazines since 1980. I'm working to establish myself as a novelist, probably in the Christian market. I've written one book that I am currently marketing, a second that I'm doing a final (I hope) going over before starting to m... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 03:30:39 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 6 - 12 ) 1)Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 2)Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. <BR> Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> 3)An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. <BR> Budda <BR> <BR> 4)All life is an experiment. The... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:37:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 28- Oct 5 ) 1) Love is the poetry of the senses. <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 2)A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 3)History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 4)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)A mind that is ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:14:15 EST Subplots..? Hey writers! I need some advice, please. <BR> <BR> I just got back form the Writer's Digest writers conference. <BR> One session I attended suggested that novels need to have four subplots. <BR> FOUR!!! Really? *faint* <BR> <BR> How many subplots do YOU put in your novels? <BR> Do they all mrror the main plot? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:18:03 EST NaNoWriMo 2013 Is anyone else plan on participating this year? Tue, 8 Oct 2013 08:32:12 EST What do you think about flashbacks? I've been struggling with the beginning of my book for a long time now. <BR> The inciting incident is nowhere near page 1. <BR> This morning I got the idea to put the beginning of the story in a flashback, so I can start with a bang. <BR> <BR> So what do YOU think about flashbacks? <BR> Do you feel strongly about them one way or another? Fri, 4 Oct 2013 11:47:18 EST I'm back and ready for action! I haven't been on here in a while and so much has happened! First, I joined Weight Watchers recently, because I just couldn't get it done. Second, my first romance was published in May, yay! It's called Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? and it's gotten some really great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Third, I'm working on the next one for release in 2014. <BR> <BR> I hope you all are working hard on your writing and weight loss goals. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:46:04 EST How do you decide POV? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been writing my current project with a multiple person, 3rd person POV, but I'm considering changing to 1st person, still multiple person POV, for more intimacy. <BR> <BR> How do you decide which to use? <BR> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:20:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 22 - 28 ) 1)Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. <BR> P. J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)In politics stupidity is not a handicap. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 3)Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4Your living is deter... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:58:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 15- 21 ) 1)I shed a tear when I meet somebody who always quits. Reliable people are so rare in this world. <BR> Bauvard <BR> <BR> 2)Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> 3)Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race. <BR> William E. Gladstone <BR> <BR> 4)Mastery passes often for egotism. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> 5)Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. <BR> Frank Leahy... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:36:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 8 -14 ) 1)I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you. <BR> &#8213; Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 2)The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. <BR> &#8213; George Carlin <BR> <BR> 3)Lies require commitment. <BR> &#8213; Veronica Roth, <BR> <BR> 4)A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. <BR> Anne Roiphe <BR> <BR> 5)The world's biggest power is the youth and bea... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:49:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 1 - 7) 1)The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation. <BR> &#8213; Cheryl Hughes <BR> <BR> 2)Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see. <BR> &#8213; ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:26:35 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 25 -31) 1)Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. <BR> Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> 2)There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 3)What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. <BR> Sigmund Freud <BR> <BR> 4)Speak when you are an... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:50:49 EST Hi all~* Hi fellow writers: I returned to SP this year (after deleting my old account). The dirty little secret that no one talks about, for writers, is that it's just too easy to work long hours writing and then overindulge in food/drink or whatever while doing so. Famous writers are famous for that! <BR> <BR> I'm a screenwriter, playwright, and author and really tweaking my health, energy and vitality through ideal diet and nutrition. <BR> <BR> I write in different genres and sometimes mixed-genr... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:38:30 EST Hi all! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group. I wrote a children's book a few years back when I was about to become unemployed. I am interested in learning how to go about getting it published. It needs some tweaks here and there, but I think it is good enough to get it published. <BR> If any of you have any ideas I would greatly appreciate it! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know all of you! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:10:59 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 18- 24) QUOTES ON RAISING CHILDREN <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1)Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 2)I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.' <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 3)Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now, I ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 02:34:52 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 11- 17 )) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. <BR> Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> 2)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 3)Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> 4)The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. <BR> Mah... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:40:24 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 4-10 ) QUOTES ON DREAMS <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. Lawrence <BR> <BR> 2)Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to cha... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:14:31 EST Looking for tax advice for writers, please I just attended a Writers Conference and I'm hoping some of my expenses can be written off as tax deductions. <BR> <BR> Do any of you know websites or articles that that talk about this? Do you claim deductions? Maybe even your computer is a business expense? <BR> <BR> So many details about the non-writing part of writing! It's making my head spin. <BR> <BR> I'm searching on-line, too. But thanks for any info or advice! <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:53:11 EST Do you have your own blog? I just got back from my first writers conference, and it was a great time!! <BR> <BR> One of the things I heard loud and clear, was that all writers needed to have a blog - before being published! (And a website, and Facebook and Twitter, and what the heck is an RSS feed?) <BR> <BR> So, do YOU have a blog, and will you share the url? Do you blog about writing? Daily? Weekly? Is it kept up professionally with illustrations, etc? Do you use your real name? What else should I be asking? ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 07:35:53 EST Hi to all I joined Spark People yesterday and have been going through all the stuff on the site. There's so much to look at :) I'm from the UK. <BR> I joined this group because I write short stories. Writing and I have been joined at the hip for quite a while now - I keep trying to bust up with it but it keeps wooing me back! I don't write as much as I should because I do suffer from a crippling fear of rejection, but I am working on it. I've sent stories to competitions and have been shortlisted and h... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 08:42:00 EST This Time Will Be Different. I am an old member returning to SparkPeople as well as this group. <BR> <BR> Started in 2005 and faded away in 2009. I have been trying to lose the same 10 pounds now for eight years. Pretty sad. I need to lose at least 30 pounds but to make the goal a little more palatable I chopped the goal into 10 pound increments. <BR> <BR> But this time will be different. A lot has happened in these last eight years, some good some bad. I won't go in to all the details here. I did an update on my Sp... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 18:16:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 28 - Aug 3) QUOTES ON PATIENCE <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)Patience - the gift of being able to see past the emotion. <BR> Rodney Williams <BR> <BR> 2)He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. <BR> David Hume <BR> <BR> 3)Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices. <BR> St. T... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:09:29 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 21 - 27 ) QUOTES ON HAPPINESS <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” <BR> &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” <BR> &#8213; Dalai Lama XIV <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” <BR> &#8213; George Burns <BR> <BR> 4)Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” <BR> &... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:20:40 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 14 - 20 ) QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? It's a grain. It's like, like, grits, but with high self-esteem.” <BR> &#8213; James Patterson <BR> <BR> 2)One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” <BR> &#8213; Virginia Woolf, <BR> <BR> 3)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” <BR> &#8213; Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 4)I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the fo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:02:08 EST Quote on Writing “Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” <BR> &#8213; Stephen King, On Writing Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:13:27 EST How Do You Know if Inspiration is from God? My latest blog post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>do-you-know-if-inspiration-is-from.html </link> <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:19:53 EST NEW Blog post: Writer's Block or Spiritual Block? I've been having trouble writing lately. What's the real issue? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/writers-block-or-spiritual-block.html </link> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:40:55 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 7-13) QUOTES ON LEADERSHIP <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. <BR> Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> 2)If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. <BR> John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> 3)A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 4)A leader is best when people barely know he exi... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:33:18 EST Do you go to writers conferences? I am thinking about going to Writer's Digest Conference in LA this September. <BR> I've never been to one, and I'm a total beginner at writing. And terrified. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear about any experiences, <BR> and if a shy person like me can actually survive one! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:40:53 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 23 - 29 ) 1)I am not what happened to me. I am who I choose to become. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> 2)Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albert Camus <BR> <BR> 3)Never look back - unless you’re planning on going that way. <BR> Henry Thoreau <BR> <BR> 4)Sometimes the hardest battle we fight is the battle within. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)If you want to be respected by others, you must first respect yourself. <BR> A... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:16:34 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 16 - 22 ) 1)The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. <BR> Charles Bukowski <BR> <BR> 2)The people I treasure the most give me the biggest scars. <BR> Tablo <BR> <BR> 3)If you want to be unhappy, uncomfortable, and insecure, just spend your life trying to do something that is not right for you. It is just like trying to wear shoes that don’t fit. <BR> Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> 4) Don’t explain. People only hear wh... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:54:04 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 9- 15) <BR> 1) Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself and be good to yourself. <BR> Leo F. Buscaglia <BR> <BR> 2)I think you have to sometimes lose somebody completely before you can figure out what they really mean to you. <BR> Dawson, Dawson’s Creek. <BR> <BR> 3)The next time you feel you have to defend something about yourself, ask yourself, why am I feeling I must defend this? … Do not feel you must say anything. Be who you are. Do not try to be perfect all the time. <BR> Orin <BR> ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:33:12 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 2 -8 ) <BR> 1)Fake friends are like shadows, always around on your brightest days, but during your darkest times they are no where to be found. <BR> Chris Sandoval <BR> <BR> 2)Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart. <BR> Phyllis McGinley <BR> <BR> 3)I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself. <BR> Brittany Renee <BR> <BR> 4)We can’t control w... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:08:57 EST stephen king's "on writing"... Just wondering how many of you guys've found good stuff in this book to help you, if you've read it, or haven't read it at all yet. I read this maybe 10 years ago when mom got it for me (came in a bundle w/ his book "secret windows" full of essays and short stories king wrote) from a book club or something. (she forgot about that and bought her own copy a couple of years ago--silly she--I would've loaned it to her for sure, since she was actually writing...unlike me). <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, I'm... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:17:40 EST Poetry scams Has anyone ever dealt with these before? I entered a christian poetry contest only to find that there are all kinds of complaints against. I was very disappointed. Does anyone know of any poetry contests out there that are legit, or maybe some that don't even require fees? Thanks. <BR> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:59:43 EST Hi there! I am new to this team, but an old Sparkie! Am looking forward to getting to know you all and this Team. :-) <BR> <BR> I am also a frustrated writer! <BR> <BR> I use Microsoft Word 2007 on my computer, but am looking for a 'program' to use that's easier to use for formating books. <BR> <BR> WHY am I formating my own books, you ask? Because I am a frustrated writer. LOL! <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Sun, 9 Jun 2013 23:06:06 EST Anyone Try Bubblews? I started writing on Bubblews 3 weeks ago today. I really enjoy it because you get to write about anything and get paid for it. It may not seem like a lot but you get paid .01 for each post (up to 10 per day), each like, each dislike, each comment and each view to your posts. So far, I've made over $30 for doing the same thing I was doing on facebook for nothing. Check it out and see how it goes. If you don't like it, don't worry about it but I have to say that I have had a lot of fun doing i... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 20:00:42 EST period accurate dialogue and style... Hey howdy there. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any of you guys've ever tried your hand at historical fiction or time-travelling fiction or whatever. I am really trying to find the best way to find books or other resources (if not in book form, but accessible to broke little me) where I can learn how to write period accurate dialogue and in the right style. <BR> <BR> I mean, it makes sense to me that if a character lives in the 40s, the lingo and descriptions should be accurate to the time--... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 17:04:33 EST Third Time's the charm--I'm back... Hey howdy there <BR> <BR> I stopped Sparkin' for about a year and decided to start out fresh with new goals and ideas. I spent the past 6 months dealing w/ dad's cancer and disability issues, and though he's on the mend he can't return back to work yet. I decided that since he's better i'd better get back to making ME healthier, too. I also decided that I want to write again, and have gotten tons of books and ideas to refresh myself. I used to love it, but never published anything or got clo... Mon, 27 May 2013 12:44:08 EST Hello All! Hi, I've been on Spark several times, lost some weight and kept it off, but health problems became to much for me and I pulled away from people and things I need the most. Now I'm back and more determined than ever. <BR> <BR> I've always loved to write, but never attempted to get published. Have attempted nanowrimo, but not finished...a habit with me. One I plan to change. I am now taking a writing course through Writers Digest on "Getting Started Writing" and in this class you try several ... Sun, 26 May 2013 14:40:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 26 - June 1) 1)A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 3)Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 4)Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. <BR> Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> 5)Experience is ... Sun, 26 May 2013 01:27:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 19 - 25) MEMORIAL DAY QUOTES <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected. <BR> Allen West <BR> <BR> 2)There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism. <BR> Robert Charles Winthrop <BR> <BR> 3)These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a... Sat, 25 May 2013 20:44:16 EST NEW BLOG: Passing of the Seasons Ever feel lost from God? Seasons change and they're not always painless. <BR> Here's what I'm going through right now. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-of-seasons.html </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 15:36:48 EST Hello, Everyone! Hello, I'm new here! I'm aiming to meet the "Write 1 hour or more per day" goal! I'm ready to do this!! Wed, 22 May 2013 00:36:15 EST Mother's Day Quotes 1)All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 2)Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. <BR> William Makepeace Thackeray <BR> <BR> 3)God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. <BR> Rudyard Kipling <BR> <BR> 4)The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. <BR> Theodore Hesburgh <BR> <BR> 5)The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the... Thu, 9 May 2013 19:10:32 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 12 -18 ) 1)The constitution is for us all to live together, a common life, we need each other. <BR> Pope Theodoros II <BR> <BR> 2)You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies. <BR> Yitzhak Rabin <BR> <BR> 3)In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate. <BR> Yitzhak Rabin <BR> <BR> 4)I can, of course, think what I want, just like everyone else. I simply have to refrain from saying everything I think. <BR> Margrethe II of Denmark <BR> <BR> 5)The knowledge... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:55:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 5 -11 ) 1)It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. <BR> Emiliano Zapata <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 5)I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. <BR> Voltaire <B... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:32:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 28 - May 4 ) 1)It must be a balance in everything we do, not too much of everything, keep it simple, not complicated. <BR> Abdullah Ahmad Badawi <BR> <BR> 2)The president, just as any other American, deserves a legal defense against personal lawsuits not related to his office. But the costs of that defense should be borne by him and not the taxpayer. <BR> Ben Nighthorse Campbell <BR> <BR> 3)Nothing exists except through language. <BR> Hans-Georg Gadamer <BR> <BR> 4)In fact history does not belong to us... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:55:25 EST T-SIX DAYS! *breathe* release day is six days away! <BR> <BR> I'm having a giveaway on my web page for 15 e-copies of my book. If you click my web page in the footer of this post and then click the giveaways tab, it tells you what to do. You may have to click one more time - I can't get the wordpress parent pages to work. <BR> <BR> I'm so nervous, y'all. Wed, 1 May 2013 08:49:39 EST Hello I just joined sparkpeople not too long ago. I was wondering what goal you recommend for someone who likes to write songs. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:40:49 EST Hello again... Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Melisa and I've been here before, but I've been gone for almost a year. And I'm MUCH more dedicated to both my writing and my fitness today. I'm nearly 85,000 words into the first draft of my first novel, which I started writing in earnest on January 1st of this year. I'd love to connect with other motivated writers who are also health-minded! Best of luck meeting your goals everyone! <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:34:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 21 - 27 ) ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES II <BR> ============================ <BR> 1)House guests should be regarded as perishables: Leave them out too long and they go bad. <BR> <BR> 2)Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother. <BR> <BR> 3)For some of us, watching a miniseries that lasts longer than most marriages is not easy. <BR> <BR> 4)Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery. <BR> <BR> 5)Did you ever ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:39:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 14 - 20 ) ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? <BR> <BR> 3)People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:29:00 EST Release Day Approaching! Whew! My book birthday is almost here. The past few weeks have been spent setting up blog tours and doing other marketing things. Let me tell ya, it's time consuming! <BR> <BR> Most exciting has been getting my cover. It's BEAUTIFUL! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:34:49 EST NEW BLOG: Worshiping in Your Dreams Have you ever worshiped in your dreams? I don't mean have you dreamed you were worshiping, but worship in your dreams. Here's a recent experience that I had. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hiping-in-your-dreams.html </link> <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:04:49 EST THANK YOU for the Birthday goodies and wishes <em>304</em> Means a lot to me and I thank you for the birthday Goodies and kind words. Have a wonderful weekend! Love, Chelsea <em>213</em> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:37:20 EST New Here! Hi everyone! My name is Karen and I joined SparkPeople two weeks ago when I was diagnosed with diabetes. I have made some major changes in those two weeks, but I know I will need motivation from others to keep going. <BR> <BR> I joined this group because I love to write. I teach Reading and Writing at two community colleges and edit books part time in my company Karenzo Media. Reading is my passion, and I keep saying I will write a novel but never get past the outline and a few pages. Poetry... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 18:55:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 7 -13 ) ANCIENT GREEK QUOTES II <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 2)People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 3)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 4)An imbalance betwee... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:22:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 31- April 6 ) <BR> 1)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 2)Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:04:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 24 -30 ) QUOTES ON FRIENDS <BR> ====================== <BR> 1) The enemy of my enemy is my friend. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2) A friend is known when needed. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 3) Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 4) No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor. <BR> -Danish proverb <BR> <BR> 5) You may poke a man's fire after you've known him for seven years. <BR> -English Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) Friends are like fiddle... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:03:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 17- 23 ) <BR> 1)Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. <BR> -Ambrose Bierce <BR> <BR> 2)Adventure is not outside; it is within. <BR> -Ray Stannard Baker [David Grayson] <BR> <BR> 3)A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence. <BR> -Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Behind every great fortune there is a crime. <BR> -Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 5)He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. <BR> -Italian Pr... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:46:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 10- 16 ) QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> 1)He who eats alone chokes alone <BR> Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)A good meal ought to begin with hunger. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Seven's a banquet nine a brawl. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)Much meat, much disease. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)Put a knife to th... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:29:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 3 - 9 ) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------- <BR> 1) Repentance won't cure mischief. <BR> -Scottish Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)Forgiveness is love in its most noble form. <BR> -Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Never repeat old grievances. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A reconciled friend is a double enemy. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Those that do you a very ill deed will never forgive you. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)If I die, I forgive you. If I live we shall see. <BR> Ano... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 01:26:41 EST For the love of words I love words so I am attracted to this team. I don't know, if I can write but I sure would like to give it a try. <BR> <BR> Irene Sat, 9 Mar 2013 01:09:36 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 1) Ever get the feeling like life is just blah. I mean those times when nothings exciting, but it's not depressing either. It's just....blah. Here's what I learned recently while I was at the doctor's office. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:27:20 EST The Beginning I'm bringing the first few pages of my new romance novel to my critique group tonight. I'm a bit nervous! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:42:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 24 - March 2 ) 1)We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. <BR> Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> 2)Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. <BR> Ralp... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:11:43 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 17- 23) 1) Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 2)The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. <BR> Charlie Chaplin <BR> <BR> 3)If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. <BR> George Orwell <BR> <BR> 4)The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” <BR> Augustine of Hippo <BR> <BR> 5)Travel brings power and love back into your life.” <BR> Rumi <BR> <... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:55:14 EST Hello Hi! I joined SparkPeople a few weeks ago but hadn't gotten around to joining teams. I am currently in the fourth draft of the editing process of my first novel and am excited since it's at the point where it's finally starting to get decent. I have always enjoyed creative writing and though I don't have a lot of spare time (I am currently a doctoral student), I do make sure to give myself a little time in my day to do some writing. Feel free to friend me if you want. I don't really know ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:04:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 10-16) QUOTES BY ARISTOTLE <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. <BR> <BR> 2)Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.. <BR> <BR> 3)It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. <BR> <BR> 4)... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 03:08:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 3 - 9 ) QUOTES ON LOVE <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> 1)Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' <BR> Erich Fromm <BR> <BR> 4)Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:49:56 EST PC or Mac Hello everyone. Wow, it feels like I haven't been on here in a while. That is what school does to you I guess. Okay, so I am hoping that all you guys can help me with a big decision I need to make relatively soon. This upcoming fall I am hoping to start graduate school. Other than getting accept into a school I have to buy a new computer. The computer I have is on its last leg. Just to give you a little bit of info on it here it is. For one it is a gateway (yes, you read that correctly), it i... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:52:00 EST Looks like a lot of members here A smidge overwhelming. I write. You see, I have this alternate reality (several actually) that are in my head and I swear they campagne to be placed on paper. Most of my writing would be in the paranormal genre, a good amount in the romance/a little more than romance aspect of it. I have some other Twilight Zoney pieces, dabble in horror, but it's all weird. ;) I am currently working on a re-write with the hope of getting it published someday. I have no illusions. No matter how well wr... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:47:11 EST What is best? What is best? <BR> <BR> To push yourself to write once a day or x times a week, even if at that moment you have no 'inspiration', or to wait until you do have inspiration and then take the time to write even if it means pushing other obligations aside? What do you think? Sun, 27 Jan 2013 05:55:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 27 - Feb 2 ) QUOTES ON TRUST <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish. <BR> Barbara Smith <BR> <BR> 2)I always trust my gut reaction; it's always right. <BR> Kiana Tom <BR> <BR> 3)The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become. <BR> Gisele Bundchen <BR> <BR> 4)A lie c... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:53:42 EST Howdy Hi all, <BR> <BR> Have been a Spark member since late September, but a writer for many years now mostly western fiction, which is a passion of mine. And all of it is on my desktop, lol. I'm married, no kids of my own, but 2 step-sons and, now 3 granddaughters. I retired a year and a half ago from the Air Force (as a nurse). Love to run, hike and of course, read. Never imagined there was a writing team on SP, so glad to be here! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:16:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 20 -26 ) 1)The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 3)Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4)I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; ye... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:50:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 13 -19 )) 1)You may delay, but time will not. <BR> Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> 2)By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 3)As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 4)A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:23:28 EST THE END!!!!! *happydances* <BR> <BR> I finished, I finished, I finished!!! YAY!!!!!!!!! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:09:02 EST NEW Blog: Can You Recognize a Blessing in Disguise NEW Blog post: Sometimes things aren't how they seem. Sometimes blessings come from the most unlikely paths. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you-recognize-blessing-in-disguise.html </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:06:51 EST and it's on hold I got my edits back for Story 1, so my editor had me put Story 2 on hold for now. Hoping I can be done with Story 1 by Monday. <BR> <BR> Janet Evanovich and Robert Jordan's new books are both waiting for me when I finish. If that's not incentive, I don't know what is! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:16:14 EST Who's a Tumblrer! So, we write. Some of us write blogs. Sometimes on tumblr, too, I imagine. <BR> <BR> What's your blog? <BR> <BR> You can find me at Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:54:34 EST NEW Blog Post: What Do I Want to Crave? NEW Blog post: Are you craving what you should be craving? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-do-i-want-to-crave.html </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:03:06 EST Hi All My name is Alicia, and I'm a happily-married mother of three daughters. My oldest is 18, and my youngest is 8, so I have quite a variety of things going on in my life right now with them! This coming August, my hubby and I will have been married for 20 years, and I'm hoping against hope that he might plan a little surprise get-away or something. Would be nice if I could be a little more fit and lean! <BR> <BR> That said, I am a Christian woman, and I am trying to change my lifestyle so I ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:58:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 6 - 12) 1)Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)God is closest to those with broken hearts. <BR> Jewish Saying <BR> <BR> 3)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 4)Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. <BR> Les Brown <BR> <BR> 5)Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 6)It ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:06:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 30 -Jan 5) 1)Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. <BR> Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> 2)You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. <BR> Franz Kafka <BR> <BR> 4)The gr... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:47:58 EST Greetings from a new member! So, I'm Caitlyn. I'm 19 and live in the midwest. Not only am I looking for weight loss buddies here, but hopefully some people with awesome ideas for writing. (: Tue, 8 Jan 2013 06:53:54 EST Hello, and all that jazz! Not new to spark or writing, but haven't gotten either of them "right" yet. Wrote a novel (or two) and one that I've even sent off to have rejected over and over (doesn't mean I'm quitting). On the same note, tried over and over to stick with a diet, but ultimately, I get frustrated with being hungry and give it up after a few weeks, though sometimes I make it a whole month. <BR> <BR> I want to be a full time writer! If only! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:48:00 EST New Year New Me...Lets Do This Thing Okay, so we are only four days into the new year and I have already formulated a plan to construct the new me. I have to say even though it looks very tedious I am very excited to be taking this journey. This may seem a little eccentric, but I am a person who likes to write down everything. That is what I plan on doing this year. I have a system that I am going to try doing, and I want to know if ya'll think it is a good idea. I bought a bunch of Moleskine notebooks for this year. I have my p... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:18:22 EST Should I start a blog Okay, as ya'll know since I am apart of this sparkteam I love to write. I have wanted to start a blog for a while, but I have never really been able to get it off the ground. I am trying to figure out if I were to do a blog somewhere other than sparkpeople what platform should I do it on? Also if I started one what should I name it? <BR> <BR> I would love ya'lls input, because I am completely stuck. I need help. So answer away. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:21:46 EST 50 more pages And I'm done with my edits for the Doctor story. Then I send it out to my beta reader, then it goes to my editor. <BR> <BR> A complete book in less than a year. I wasn't sure if I could do it. *whew* Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:14:07 EST Hello Hello everyone. My name is Christina. I am kind of old and new to sparkpeople. I just found this sparkteam, and knew right away that I had to join. Writing has been a passion of mine since I was very very little. I write poetry, short stories, and even novels. Along with my love of writing I love to read. <BR> <BR> I have had two sparknames before this. This year I would start fresh, since my other two attempts had been a flop. So here I am over weight writter wanting to loose weight so whe... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:01:43 EST Hello <BR> Hi, <BR> <BR> I am newish. I started Sparks last year and kinda fell off the wagon. I am back hoping this year is a better year. <BR> I myslef write, yet I have nothing publish as of yet, but 20 pages I have written on a story I am working on. My confidence sometimes plumets as I am parinoid everything I write will turn out bad. <BR> I had writers block for five years but these past few months things are flowing. <BR> Hope to talk to many other writers on this site. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:12:48 EST Hello from Alberta :) Hello, I am a working mom of 4 teenagers :) getting married in July and I have been writing my book for almost 3 years. I am half way finished, I know where I want to go with it but am finding it impossible to sit and write. Would love to get published, I feel like I will never know if I never finish. Want to get started on my next book too lol. Hoping this group will help me get my butt in gear and start writing again. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:43:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 23 -29) <BR> CHRISTMAS QUOTES <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. <BR> Calvin Coolidge <BR> <BR> 2)He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. <BR> Roy L. Smith <BR> <BR> 3)Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his cho... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:12:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 16- 22) <BR> 1)Never wear anything that panics the cat. <BR> P.J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. <BR> Paul Harvey <BR> <BR> 3)Never ruin an apology with an excuse. <BR> Kimberly Johnson <BR> <BR> 4)True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. <BR> Mignon McLaughlin <BR> <BR> <BR> 5)It's easier to apologize than ask for permission.... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:53:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 9-15) <BR> 1)We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. <BR> -Francois de la Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 2)You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. <BR> -Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 3) I cannot believe that t... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 01:42:38 EST On to the next stage! Over the weekend, I printed my story and now it's in a three-ring binder, awaiting my pen. I hope to have it done this week!!! Then it goes off to beta readers. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:05:49 EST Hello from Michigan Hello my name is Emmeline I started spark People just 1.5 week ago and recently I learned of this group. I plan to finally write the book that I have put off so I need as much support as one can get. I currently have my short synopsis and long synopsis wrote; although I am still reworking some ideas. I am currently at the stage of working on my plot summary and I still need to outline my thoughts. My biggest hurdle right now is having an organized spot in my home just for writing to keep my f... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:31:07 EST critique groups I'm just curious - how many of you belong to a critique group? How did you find it? And is it all one genre (though different subgenres) or many? <BR> <BR> I lucked out and ran into an old friend who invited me to join hers. I didn't know she wrote, and when we met, I wasn't yet writing. The group is all romance. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 12:23:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 2 - 8) 1)Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. <BR> Anne Lamott <BR> <BR> 2)When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself. <BR> &#8213;Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> 3)The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. <BR> Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> 4)There will always be someone who will stab you in the back, if not, you are that person. <BR> Anonymous <B... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:02:47 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 25 - Dec 1 ) ) 1)A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. <BR> Lana Turner <BR> <BR> 2)A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 3)Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. <BR> Jim Carrey <BR> <BR> 4) I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. <BR> Ron... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:37:17 EST Struggling to write today I'm really tired today, so although I've tweaked my project a little, I'm not really making any satisfactory progress. So done a couple of lines, not quite the two pages I'd hoped to do today. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:39:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 18- 24 ) 1)Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Hatred is blind, as well as love. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. <BR> C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> 4)Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget. <BR> Robert Jordan <BR> <BR> 5)Forgiveness... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:05:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 11 - 17 ) 1)The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> 2)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 3)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. L... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:49:26 EST DONE Mailed my MS to my editor yesterday. WHEW. So glad I'm done before the long weekend. <BR> <BR> Only three weeks late. Oy. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:45:15 EST hello Hi I am a 30 something trying to get back into the swing of writing and being a stay at home mom I should have the time to do it, but I haven't quite gotten a schedule and I am hoping this helps. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:54:01 EST Hi I'm Lisa I love to write stories. I have a lot of them started with some notes & things. I decided I want to start working on them more every day. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:14:49 EST Hello Everyone Hi, how is everyone? I'm new here, just wanted to introduce myself. I've loved writing since I was about 10 when I first discovered poetry and short stories, however I'm not very consistent with it and my "writing demons" get in my way a lot. I'm trying to find a reason to not say "the hell with it" even though I know I won''s definitely a love/hate relationship I have with writing. Anyone else have this problem? Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:31:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 4 - 10 ) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> 1)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 2)Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. <BR> Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> 4)When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future. <BR> Bernard Meltz... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:07:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 28 - Nov 3) HAPPINESS QUOTES <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. <BR> Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> 2)Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. <BR> Alice Walker <BR> <BR> 4)Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. <BR> Benjamin Disraeli <BR> ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:47:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 21-27) PET QUOTES <BR> ============= <BR> <BR> 1)I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> 2)Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. <BR> Robert A. Heinlein <BR> <BR> 3)No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 4)The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. <BR> Charles de Gaulle <BR... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:29:21 EST Hello - new here and hoping to find a buddy Hi, I'm Rose and I'm a writer w ho needs to lose 13 pounds. I tend to be very reclusive so I am hoping to find a friend who can help me and whom I can help. <BR> <BR> I am currently working on a novel. <BR> <BR> Great to be here! Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:25:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 14-20) QUOTES ON EXPERIENCE <BR> ======================= <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. <BR> Soren Kierkegaard <BR> <BR> 2) A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. <BR> <BR> 3)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 4)Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experien... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:04:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 7- 13 ) QUOTES ON MARRIAGE <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 2)It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 4)A journey is like marriage. The certain way to b... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:50:32 EST Happy to be here I've always been more than a little scared to join a writer's group. But the combination of two things I love - SP and writing - has finally inspired me to click that button on the screen. <BR> <BR> I am unpublished, but have written 1 novel and am just starting my second. Depression and a weakness for listening to that evil you-can't-do-this inner voice haven't helped my efforts. So I'm hoping this team can help keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me be a part of this! Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:26:40 EST 10 tops for generating killer SciFi ideas <link><BR>ng-killer-science-fiction-story-ideas?<BR>tag=superlist </link> <BR> <BR> For those who write or want to try speculative fiction - especially if you don't have your NaNo idea ready yet. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:32:36 EST When did you start writing? I began writing when I was 11. A girl at my middle school had her poem published in the school paper and it inspired me to try writing and I found that I loved writing. I find words very fascinating because they are everywhere. The dialogue between characters in a book or a t.v. show, communicating with a friend or family member, lyrics to the songs on the radio, etc. <BR> <BR> I only write as a hobby but I would love to at least publish one or two pieces someday. <BR> <BR> Do you write ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 22:58:01 EST Edits Letter I got my edits letter today. A lot of line edits (easy to fix) and a lot of characterization notes (not as easy to fix). I have a phone call scheduled with the editor tomorrow, but I'm going to get started on the easy stuff tonight. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:03:00 EST New and a little intimidated Hi Everyone. I have always loved to writing and I am excited to join this team and meet other people who love to write. I look forward to being a part of this team. :) Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:31:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 30 - Oct.6 ) ) FAMOUS M*A*S*H QUOTES <BR> <BR> 1)Look, all I know is what they taught me at command school. There are certain rules about a war and rule number one is young men die. And rule number two is doctors can't change rule number one. <BR> Henry Blake <BR> <BR> 2)I'm a life long Anglophile. England is still the only place I know where any young man can grow up to be the Queen. <BR> Hawkeye <BR> <BR> 3)Listen, it's too big a world to be in competition with everyone. The only person who I have to b... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:36:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 23-29 ) ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES II <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me. <BR> <BR> 2)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart. <BR> <BR> 3)When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway. <BR> <BR> 4) It takes a ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:19:11 EST Copywriting Hello all. I am interested in taking my writing to a new level. Is there anyone here who is a copywriter? If so, do you have any info to share about the best way to get involved in this area? I received an e-mail from AWAI (Amerian Writers and Artists Institute) and I wanted to be sure I wasn't wasting my money by registering with them. Please advise and thanks. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:08:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 16-22 ) ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES <BR> <BR> IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER <BR> <BR> 1) I would have talked less and listened more. <BR> <BR> 2) I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded. <BR> <BR> 3) I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. <BR> <BR> 4) I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. <BR> <BR> 5) I would have cried and... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:28:28 EST Greetings from Waukesha, WI Greetings, <BR> <BR> I am Native American enrolled in the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans tribe in Wisconsin. I reside in Waukesha, WI. I used to weigh 431 pounds and I have lost 62 pounds. I currently weigh 369 pounds and I have type 2 Diabetes. I aspire to reach 291 pounds by August 2013. <BR> <BR> I am a memoirist, novelist, and poet. I have been writing Morning Pages for the last 16 years thanks to "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. In “Two Step” a creative memoir I am writing ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:48:05 EST Greetings from a scared newbie I have just discovered this group, and am hoping for some guidance. I have written two complete novels, working on a third, nothing published because they are just too long, more like sagas than novels. My characters run my stories, the twists and turns develop them as well as the plots. I have rewritten them multiple times, changing a word or two here, dropping a sentence there, but every paragraph seems to advance the story. I have had several people read them for their opinions on what I c... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:17:49 EST new member from OH soon movin to MO with fiance hi im michaela,PLZ CALL ME KAYLA!i lov to write.i got a blog. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 01:02:31 EST I am new member. Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Fethma. I'm Indonesian. I'm new to the group as well. Hope I can make a lot of friend here. Thank you and Very pleased to meet everyone! <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:07:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 9-15 ) Dear Abby Quotes <BR> <BR> 1)Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does -- except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. <BR> <BR> 2)If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. <BR> <BR> 3)The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good. <BR> <BR> 4)The less you talk, the more you're listened to. <BR> <BR> 5)Peop... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:30:14 EST Revising and polishing I thought I'd start a thread for posting my progress on revising and polishing a prior incarnation of what I thought was my WIP. The theme of what I'm writing was sort of a Nanowrimo in 2004, and a pretty different version was written in 2008. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:06:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 2-8 ) ANN LANDERS QUOTES <BR> <BR> 1)Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass. <BR> <BR> 2)One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closes friends; if they seem OK, then you're the one. <BR> <BR> 3)Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty wi... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 15:36:51 EST