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Gold Star: Ninth Moon’s Writer Mama Starter Kit

Zip on over to Ninth Moon and check out the cool Writer Mama Freelance Starter Kit.

Now that’s cool. And what a perfect shower or birthday gift.

Truth is I’ve always wanted to create something like this, but I’ve never had the time. So, I’m glad that Laron from Ninth Moon has done such a classy job! 🙂


Gold Star: “Deadline Mommy”

The coining of this phrase jumped out at me over at Natalie’s Notes.

I just liked the idea of thinking of yourself as a wee bit different when you are on a deadline than the rest of the time.

Of course, Nathalie points out that her husband and son do not always love “Deadline Mommy” and I think there is some real truth in that.

See what else she has to say over at Nathalie’s Notes.

Writer Mama E-zine Columnist Amy Mercer Featured in Literary Mama

Amy Mercer’s essay, “Swimming with my Clothes On,” appeared in the issue of Literary Mama that arrived in my inbox today.

Way to go, Amy!

Amy goes by “Chronic Mama” as a contributor to Literary Mama and maintains her own blog for mothers with chronic illnesses. She is the assistant editor of The Writer Mama E-zine. (You can subscribe to the e-zine format in the upper right-hand corner.)

Gold Star: Another Awesome Essay on Motherhood by Abigail Green

This line says it all:

“The thing is, I have Canyon Ranch taste, but a YMCA budget.”

Read the entire essay, “You Look Tired,” over at Diary of a New Mom.

Abigail Green is teaching an essay writing class for Writers on the Rise. (Not that I’ve updated the info yet…but I will soon, I promise!)

Thank You and a Gold Star for the SCBWI-Oregon Conference

What a lovely conference I attended on Saturday. The conference was well-organized, well attended and featured excellent faculty and topics.

And despite the fact that a few things went awry (that were basically things I should have followed up on in advance), I had a wonderful time at the annual SCBWI-Oregon conference and connected with a great bunch of fellow writers.

One thing I have heard about children’s writers lately is that until J K Rowling came along with Harry, they had been left alone in their own little “sandbox” to do their own thing. (Someone else used this term and I thought it was charming.)

I guess I think that this is kind of a shame. Since I benefited from attending the conference, and I’m not a children’s writer, I wonder if more writers wouldn’t learn about interesting options they might not know about and vice-versa. Would children’s writers benefit from attending general conferences?

For example, in Oregon we have the SCBWI-Oregon conference and the Willamette Writers conference. I know I’m not the only one attending both. Does anyone else have anything to add about the benefits of participating in both?

I’ll report more on the conference as the week goes on. It’s another whopper of a week for me. And next week, I’m off to L.A!

Check Out Liz Sheffield’s Short Story in Literary Mama!

Former WPSS student, Liz Sheffield, has a short story, “Broken Mug,” in the latest Literary Mama.

Way to go, Liz!

Wise Words on the Economy from Lee Silber: The Right Brain Guy

By Lee Silber from his May 2008 Newsletter Creativelee, Ideas and Insights to Improve Your Life

Anyone paying attention to the news knows times are tough. Just look at the headlines:

“OPEC Members Use Leverage To Raise Oil Prices”

“Banking Problems Result Of Unsound Real Estate Investing”

“Prices Rise During World Food Crisis”

“Increasing Unrest In The Middle East”

“Energy Crisis Leads To Greater Interest In Renewable Energy”

“Yankees defeat Redsox at Fenway”

Here’s the catch, the above headlines are from the mid to late 1970s. Gotcha. Thirty years ago we faced some of the same problems we are dealing with today. The importance of this similarity is the fact that as bad as things get, they will improve. They always do. Sure, a gallon of gas was under a dollar in 1978 (.63 cents) and is almost $4.00 today. But in 1978 people gladly paid higher prices for gasoline because a couple of years earlier it was almost impossible to get. (See, things could be worse.)

In addition to the economic similarities between now and the ‘70s, we face some of the same moral dilemmas. The point is, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

It’s interesting many of the current problems we are facing were predicable. We should have been able to see the real estate bubble about to burst. Is anyone surprised the Middle East is in turmoil? This month postage is about to go up again (it was .15 cents in 1978).

There is comfort in knowing that as bad as things get they will always get better. The trick is to be prepared for each boom and bust cycle. When things go south it’s good to be ready to weather the storm and when the tides turns it uncovers opportunities for those who have the resources—and are ready to act.

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