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August 2008 Blog Posts (17)

Happy Labor Day

The unofficial end of summer often causes me to reflect on the happenings of the previous few months. Honestly, I am anticipating the fall even though I LIVE for the summer months. The fall brings all those beautiful colors and as a photographer, that part is AWESOME!!!

This fall brings a new chapter to my life. The last ten years have taken me with my kids to hundreds of band competitions (yes we are a family of band nerds and VERY proud of it) my youngest son Mike graduated high… Continue

Added by Pam on August 30, 2008 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

What to do.

I sent an article to a national magazine on January 30th. It was a requested submission, albeit on spec. 30 days went by, and I heard nothing. I sent the editor an email requesting status. No reply. I gave up and sent the article to another magazine that pays less, and pay on publication. They accepted it. Today I received an email from the editor I originally submitted the article to, offering twice the money the other magazine pays. What would you do? Ask me and I will tell all.

Added by Capt. Fred Everson on August 26, 2008 at 4:03pm — 3 Comments


So, I'm really happy to read some of the threads on some of the forums here, and see that I am not the only writer here who is just now trying to find my way into the community. The shadowed voice in my brain was assuring me that I would be the only one here who was new. That real writers have been writing for a long time and they will all be able to spot my obvious incongruity with the rest of the members. Even though I am much better able to dismiss that voice than I ever have been, it's nice… Continue

Added by Amy Jean Hunt on August 22, 2008 at 3:10pm — 3 Comments

My New Gig with

Hey! Guess what? I'm the new, Colorado Mountain Fitness at Check out my page for cutting-edge articles about getting fit for mountain activities!

Added by Lisa Marie Mercer on August 18, 2008 at 6:27pm — 3 Comments

Work is Like Buses....

We've all heard that expression. In my case today, it's been "Work is like buses, when you want one there's nothing and the they all come at once."

Over the weekend I kept an eye on my email to see if there was any replies to writing jobs that I'd applied for. I log on this morning and I have 4 replies from different people. All of a sudden it looks like I might be booked up with work. Out of those four though, only 2 was I looking forward to. The other two I was looking forward to… Continue

Added by Katrina on August 18, 2008 at 3:42am — 2 Comments

Stealth, to the Nth Degree

“The name is Bond, James Bond.,“ is a quote synonymous with the imaginary world of high stakes intrigue. In relation to some compelling new information, it seems dually profound that both the character and his creator have ties to the clandestine avenues of espionage. In 1939, the Director of Naval Intelligence for the Royal Navy, Rear Admiral John Godfrey, recruited Ian Fleming, then member of the Black Watch, as his personal assistant. Eventually Fleming reached the rank of Commander, his… Continue

Added by Patricia on August 17, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Simple Ways to Get Fit

Check out my new post on Prevention:

Ten Simple Ways to Get Fit

Added by Lisa Marie Mercer on August 17, 2008 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

Notes on Being a Professional Writer

I wrote a monthly newsletter for ten years and will publish some of the things I wrote on Sunoasis Writers Network. At the height of the publication there were 5,000 subscribers of all types. I got a lot of questions from young writers or students who wanted to be writers and would try to address these questions in the newsletters. I know there are a lot of professional writers on the Network and if you want to elaborate or make comment on these notes please do. The links do work and I…


Added by David Eide on August 15, 2008 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Bird Poop...I think it really is good luck.

OK, so after riding to work in the rain, trying to avoid the already mostly massacered snails on the path, I finally got to work. This is when the rain decided to stop. I was covered in spatters of mud and looked worse than a drowned rat. This was how I was to spend 6 hours at my desk. My first three hours dragged out at a snails pace (although it moved faster than the ones I'd been trying to avoid earlier).

On my break, it was still chucking it down with rain, but I was thankful… Continue

Added by Katrina on August 14, 2008 at 12:37am — 2 Comments

My First Post And Contribution.

Hi Everyone,

So here's my first blog for this website. I'm hoping it will be the first of many.

I've already said a bit about myself on the main page, but here I guess I can be a bit more self-indulgent. As I said before, I'm a very passionate writer. I realised this maybe a year or so ago, thanks to a long and drawn-out conversation with my fiance and my Dad. It was more my fiance's encouragment and support that made me decide that I wanted to pursue writing as a career.… Continue

Added by Katrina on August 13, 2008 at 4:12am — 2 Comments

A New Age of Energy

It strikes me as odd that in such an advanced technological age, that we are still so dependent on crude oil. The arguments for offshore drilling seem both too long in coming and far short of the long term solution. Simply put, my concern is that there is only a finite amount of this natural resource. Focusing on oil as our quick fix only serves to complicate this same issue for generations down the road. The price of crude oil has a huge effect on the economies of nations who depend upon it… Continue

Added by Patricia on August 11, 2008 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Butterflies: angels or just bugs? You decide.

January 24, 1997 - that's the day my dad died. He was my best friend and it was very hard to say goodbye.

December 24, 1997 - that's the day my friend Bob died. Since friends are NEVER supposed to die - it was equally hard to say goodbye.

October 24, 2005 - that's the day I lost my mom.

April 1, 1987 - that's the day I opened my business, it was a kite shoppe in my little hometown. Most likely the craziest thing I have ever done, but I was desperate. I needed a… Continue

Added by Pam on August 10, 2008 at 8:58pm — No Comments

A self indulged rant

Have you ever had a day when no matter how much you try, all the words apparently come out wrong - even if they don't? Yeah, I know everyone has had those kind of days, but today seemed worse than normal.

You know it wasn't even like I said things wrong. I think the whole problem was that the person with whom I was speaking just didn't want to hear anything I said. This guy judged me without even knowing me. That annoys me as much as having people say "girls can't play baseball or… Continue

Added by Pam on August 8, 2008 at 7:23pm — 3 Comments

Peace Among the Dead

There is nothing I like better than taking my camera on a road trip. I look for old, broken down things and cemeteries. I don't know why - I'm weird that way.
I find more peace walking through a cemetery than any place else on earth. Early morning or late afternoon to evening is best, when the sun is at the perfect angle for photography.
The walking, reading the headstones and the atmosphere wakes the imagination and can sometimes lead to good writing...

Added by Theresa Callaway on August 5, 2008 at 1:01pm — 2 Comments

Gag writer wanted

Gag writer for cartoon- animation-pilot wanted
We are looking for a long-termed collab.
contact : McBeth

Added by George McBeth on August 5, 2008 at 4:40am — No Comments

Each day....

Each day I wake, I continue to be amazed by the complexity of the interactions of the everyday and the ordinary we so take for granted. Take time to glance around at the people you pass each day, in the grocery store, at the traffic light, on the bench waiting for the city bus....It is fascinating, sobering even, to recognize the myriad of emotions on those faces. One doesn't even have to connect on a personal level to wonder the intent behind those strangers' eyes.

Happiness,… Continue

Added by Patricia on August 4, 2008 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Lisa's Latest and Greatest!

Read my new blog post on Prevention about the Health Benefits of Blueberries!

Added by Lisa Marie Mercer on August 1, 2008 at 8:49pm — No Comments

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