Lasting Inspiration


We’ve all heard the plea, “For less than the price of a cup of coffee, you can change a life.” But in this case it’s really true! You can pick up the Kindle version of Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table for less than the cost of your favorite gourmet coffee drink. And I think reading […]

A New Kind of Socialite

Who knew when I started this journey of being a writer that social media would play such a big part? The world of publishing has changed so much in such a short time, it is sometimes hard to keep up. I even have a YouTube channel, for goodness sake! But I really do love being […]

Jane Austen at QB?


The popularity of fantasy football has exploded in recent years, exposing football fans to the talents and skills of players beyond their hometown favorites. If you’re not familiar with how it works – participants draft their favorite players from across all teams to create one “dream team” (which then plays against other dream teams each […]

Beware of Books!


September 27 marks the beginning of the 33rd annual Banned Books Week, which was begun to draw attention to the increasing number of books being challenged due to content deemed inappropriate for one reason or another. The Tattered Cover has published the American Library Association’s list of the ten most-challenged books of 2014, including the […]

Words Worth Sharing


Maybe the key to making government more civilized is adding some artistic inspiration to the mix? Upon his election to the Seattle City Council in 1998, Nick Licata instituted poetry readings to be held before his committee meetings, in the belief that the personal insight of poetry has the power to enlighten the routine of […]

Monroeville, Alabama. Pop. 6,519

Monroeville's Courthouse - the setting for much of the action in To Kill A Mockingbird

Residents of Monroeville, Alabama recently gathered to celebrate the release of famous resident Harper Lee’s long lost novel, “Go Set A Watchman.” The book release festivities featured an Atticus Finch impersonator, food trucks to feed the crowds, and commemorative silver mugs that could be purchased (with the promise of a cocktail to fill it later […]

Summer afternoon…


Summer afternoon – summer afternoon, to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. – Henry James The summer solstice is upon us, and with it the longest day of the year. What will you do with the extra daylight? Why not take your pen and paper outside and […]

Where Are They Now?

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In my recent blog post, I shared many of my favorite things about the great state of Alabama, where I was born and raised. Many famous writers hail from Alabama, including Fannie Flagg, Truman Capote and his childhood friend Harper Lee. Lee’s forthcoming novel, Go Set A Watchman, long thought to be lost, is set […]

And the Oscar goes to…


As a writer, would you rather adapt an existing work for the big screen, or start from scratch? Each task probably uses a different set of writing muscles. Whether it’s creating the screenplay for “The Theory of Everything” from Jane Wilde’s memoir, or creating the original story for “Boyhood,” as writer and director Richard Linklater […]

Announcement: Sweet Bye and Bye Wins Honorable Mention

SWEET BYE AND BYE by Anne Randolph (previously titled The Sweet Not Enough) won Honorable Mention in The Writers’ Workshop (Asheville, NC) Literary Fiction Contest. We found your story to be interesting and “page-turning”. We hope to see more of your work in the future!   – The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC Thank you to […]