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jill-jepson's picture
Apr.14.2014
Recently, an editor turned down a piece I’d written with the comment that she didn’t think it “made enough of a splash.” I pictured a fat frog plopping into a dark pond. A kid cannonballing off a diving board. A car speeding through a knee-deep puddle, leaving me on the corner with a spray of muddy...
jill-jepson's picture
Apr.11.2014
Transform your writing life one week at a time. Free right here.  A few months ago, Forbes.com published a post by Cheryl Conner on the 13 things mentally strong people avoid. Although the post was written for people in business, I’ve been thinking about how it applies to...
a-j-attard's picture
Feb.25.2014
Today I had the pleasure of taking my car in for service. Yes, you read correctly, I did say pleasure. Normally this would not be a word I would use, or even associate, with taking my car to the dealership but today was different. Today I went for several test drives. Ahh, test drives. I love the...
christopher-meeks's picture
Feb.16.2014
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx As I tell my students, a good story is as important as a great brain surgeon. That’s because stories help us understand our lives. We only get one life each, and at times we zoom through our...
a-j-attard's picture
Jan.14.2014
Writing is process. I have heard this said more times than I can count and I sigh each time I hear it, nodding my head in knowing agreement. Over the long, arduous holiday season, not much time was left in my schedule for writing. Now, however, is the start of a new and ambitious year, with big...
christopher-meeks's picture
Dec.21.2013
Sometime today I will hit 500,000 views for this page on Red Room. It was just a little over a year ago I reached one-quarter million. That’s not viral. That’s simply steady writing. You can do it, too. Success has many definitions, and there are also many ways to feel unsuccessful. Some people...
a-j-attard's picture
Dec.10.2013
Pick your spot. To most of the world this simple sentence can hold many connotations but to anyone who has been a jumper rider, or ridden a horse over a fence at some point, it has a different perspective all together.  Pick your spot, in riding, means you hit the perfect spot before you take...
meg-waite-clayton's picture
Nov.17.2013
After I read in the New York Times that The Golden Notebook author Doris Lessing, who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away this morning, I turned to rereading some of her writings and interviews. I hope you’ll enjoy these little wisdoms I’ve collected: “You...
a-j-attard's picture
Oct.22.2013
It has come to my attention that my last few blog posts have been a bit, um, serious. That is, of course, a reflection of what's going on in my mind but I thought it was time to lighten things up a bit, both in my perspective and my blog.  Halloween is, as most of you know, almost here. It is...
a-j-attard's picture
Oct.13.2013
In anyone's life there are always those people who have nothing nice to say. These are the people who offer, not constructive criticism, but destructive criticism, the kind that can leave even the toughest person searching the freezer for a pint of ice cream, a bottle of wine, or in some cases,...