So, You Want to Write A Book…

    This post by Keri De Deo   When I meet people and mention that I'm an author and editor, they often launch into their book writing aspirations. They end the discussion with the statement, “But I don’t know where to start.” Yes, Lewis Carroll said, “Begin at the beginning,” but it’s not as … Continue reading So, You Want to Write A Book…

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What Editors Want

Posted by Keri De Deo In his book, On Writing, Stephen King talks about two different kinds of writing: writing with the door closed and writing with the door open. First, you write with the door closed. That means you write for yourself. After you’ve done that, you open the door and revise your writing … Continue reading What Editors Want

False or Healthy Pride?

by Neva Bodin When my precocious daughter was four, she decided she could ride my old bike which was designed for a seven or eight year old. Tall for her age, people meeting her for the first time thought she was six, so while it was certainly unwieldy for her, she could steer and pedal … Continue reading False or Healthy Pride?

Fellowship, Family, & Friends

This post by Gayle M. Irwin This is my last post (for now, at least!) with this wonderful group of writers… and people. Since this is the week my parents are visiting, and also when I’ve spent time with wonderful friends, I thought I’d write a little reflection on fellowship, friends and family (which, of … Continue reading Fellowship, Family, & Friends

The Power of Poetry

Post (c) Doris McCraw What is it about poetry that touches the soul? What makes certain combinations of words haunting, happy or beautiful? This poem by Helen (Hunt) Jackson may help us understand the power of words. Glimpses As when on some great mountain-peak we stand, In breathless awe beneath its dome of sky, Whose … Continue reading The Power of Poetry

The Many Names of Helen Hunt Jackson

Post (c) Doris McCraw Helen Hunt Jackson is not a well-known name to many. This of course is partially due to the fact she died in 1885. Additionally, she had many names during her lifetime, one of which was not Helen Hunt Jackson. She was born Helen Maria Fiske in 1830. She carried this name … Continue reading The Many Names of Helen Hunt Jackson

North to Alaska!

This post by Gayle M. Irwin My father always enjoyed the Johnny Horton song, North to Alaska (see the YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSt0NEESrUA). Starting June 9, that classic country hit became our theme song. My dad, husband, and I started our northward journey flying into Anchorage via Alaska Air from Great Falls, Montana (about 90 … Continue reading North to Alaska!

History’s Value

post (c) Doris McCraw I had the privilege to attend the 14th annual Pikes Peak Library District's History Symposium.  The topic this year was "Enduring Legacies and Forgotten Landmarks, the Built Environment of the Pikes Peak Region".  You can view a portion of it on face book here: https://www.facebook.com/PikesPeakLibraryDistrict As I sat and listened, along with … Continue reading History’s Value

Disasters

Post (c) Doris McCraw Disasters! You may be thinking I'm out of my mind, especially with all the media covering the events of the last few years. Well, that's exactly why I am writing about disasters. You see, the local library district released their book "Disasters of the Pikes Peak Region", based on the history … Continue reading Disasters

Anticipation

Post (c) Doris McCraw For those who are old enough, Carly Simon had a hit back in the day with the song 'Anticipation'.  The words tell the story of someone who is anticipating a relationship. Listening to it the other day the thought ran through my mind that it is the feeling of what may … Continue reading Anticipation