New York City: Beso

Five.

It was more than just a drinking problem; it was a drinking-and-writing-letters problem, and I had it. Bad. Not that there’s anything wrong with either drinking or writing letters, necessarily, but I personally found that combining the two could potentially lead to some awkward long-distance relationships, unnecessary confessions, and a lot of really dreadfully embarrassing misspellings.

(Not to mention those messy little splotches where the condensation from one’s margarita drips onto one’s stationery, requiring one to circle the splotch and indicate, with a pointed arrow, “Margarita spill!” As if that excused anything. As if that didn’t just make everything worse.)

As these things typically go, I can honestly say I don’t remember terribly much about the letters I wrote while drinking mostly free margaritas at the first restaurant-bar at which I’d ever become a regular, but I will never forget the place, though it’s long since been absorbed and dissolved into…

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Samantha Bailey of You’re So Talented talks about the exciting new season of her web series with Elena Colás

Chicago Literati

You’re So Talented is the story of a twenty something making her way in- wait! I can feel you running from another millennial narrative. Come back here. I think you need to meet Samantha (“Sam”) Bailey.

Of course, you might have already seen her on the live-lit circuit at 2nd Story or Guts & Glory. You may know her from a show at Victory Gardens, Strawdog or ATC, or maybe from a Saturday afternoon at The Green Mill for The Paper Machete. The Logan Square native brings this wealth of work and heart to her current project, a smart web series about one actress in Chicago. To hear her tell it in the interview, it is a story that could not wait any longer to be told.

The series is filmed on location in Chicago, and released on their website every other Wednesday. Keeping each episode at 8 minutes…

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Must You Be Sneaky to Become a Successful Blogger?

Once Upon Your Prime

photo (13)No.  You just need to have a good memory to recall these devious tips.

7 Tactics That Truthful Bloggers Will Admit Trying

1. Get Readers! — Let’s face it, most of us are not writing a diary here. We want our words seen by millions. Therapists claim we didn’t get enough “Show & Tell” in grade school. Try this — Join Facebook groups that have nothing to do with writing (otherwise you’re competing with other hungry bloggers) but make sure the group is at least in your niche.  Let’s say you are a food, gardening or fashion blogger. Or you blog about parenting.  Join those kind of special interest Facebook groups and then periodically post about a fantastic article a friend of yours sent and now you want to pay it forward and share the link. If you have a different profile photo on Facebook than the one on your blog, chances…

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Night writing, Kansas

tychogirl

NaPoWriMo_Day 2

The prairie fire
is so bright
even the stars
turn to look.

I look for its starter
or someone tending it.

No one.

It advances
one slow step.

Once-tall grasses
are reduced to nubs.

Smoke trails out
over the hills.

I know there is a poem here
hiding around the unburned edges.

Instead I stare.

Whatever I wrote
would be illegible
in daylight.

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this morning, my heart

y

this morning, my heart
finally returned from san
francisco, snagged by

a budding branch, new york city’s
way of welcoming home lost things
.
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seven albums deep

y

seven albums deep
into Queen, i am
hooked – so this
is happiness,
listening to
you listening
to sounds
that still reach
for something,
long after the
last note decays
.
20150403:0122
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Friday Fun – Your Dream Writer’s Life

Live to Write - Write to Live

Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: Spring is finally showing her pretty face around here. As gray turns to green, our hopes and hearts are raised with new optimism and enthusiasm. Anything seems possible. So, let’s have some fun with that. If you could have your dream writer’s life, what would it look like? What would your days look like, your readers, your work? What would it feel like to be you in all your writing life bliss?

wendy-shotWendy Thomas: As I already write and teach all day, I’m pretty much living the life I want, however, when I think of what my life would be like if I made it big (NYT bestseller big) I think of a…

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