Aging Gracefully? Who Needs It? Check out this inspiring poem by Moyra Donaldson

Who says we can’t write poems that break open cliches about being a woman!? Well, no one really, no one worth listening to. If you are writing about aging, check out this great poem and be inspired to speak freely, and think out of the box!

When I Am Old
by Moyra Donaldson

I’ll have dewlaps and a hump and say what all the time
in a cross voice: on every one of my bony crony fingers
a ring. My lips painted with a slash of bright fuchsia,
I’ll drink margaritas by the tumbler full and if my dealer
dies before I do, I’ll just have to look for younger suppliers.
I can’t imagine not being interested in sex, but if it happens,
so be it, really I could do with a rest, complete hormonelessness.
I may forget who I am and how to find my way home, but be
patient, remember I’ve always been more than a little confused
and never did have much of a sense of direction. If I’m completely
demented, I’m depending on friends: you know who you are.

“When I Am Old” by Moyra Donaldson from Selected Poems. © Liberties Press, 2012.

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February Newspost

falling-starsAWWG is such a lively and vital group! Listening to our “News & Goods” each month is inspiring and heartwarming – pat yourselves on the back, dear Writers, and give yourself 5 gold stars, you are shining!

 

Here are some highlights from February’s meeting:

Facilitators Needed!

Due to Patrise’s NEW JOB we will be rotating meeting facilitators. Watch for the email, we need a facilitator for March and April, ASAP!

Lydia’s Revenge now available!

Libby’s first novel Lydia’s Revenge is now available via Amazon, B&N, and other places. For the moment it’s FREE!

Libby recommends the free service from PRONOUN, that helped her format her book, including creating a cover, book layout, even an ISBN! Great for start-up writers. LINK HERE

Yes, You ARE Working:

Carol B. wasn’t sure she was accomplishing much writing, with everything else going on in life. So she printed that past 6 months work. Resulting in a nice bright stack of pages! Sometimes we need to SEE it to believe it. Watch for Carol’s 2nd Storyweaving Playbook coming soon. First one available HERE and HERE

Charles Co. Library hosts local writers!

Georgette and Carrie are among that local writers celebrated at Waldorf West Library, Saturday Feb. 18th from 2-4. Sponsored by the Charles County Arts Alliance, the conference room was packed with authors and readers, and after presentations we had a chance to visit authors’ tables, chat them up and buy books. Congratulations, Carrie and Gee!

Also, Georgette has a play in development, and met with a local writer who recently saw her work come to life on the stage.

Screenplay submitted!

Pat C. submitted her screenplay, “Below the Radar,” to the Maryland Film Office. We look forward to good news soon!

Written Treasure

Clara’s partner Cynthia passed away last year. While going through things Clara discovered a treasure trove of her poems and writings, inspiring her to write more. What a beautiful tribute.

More Newsbits

Cheryl appeared on Deborah’s talk show, discussing love and romance just prior to Valentines Day.

Sarah suggested we consider a writer’s table at the Reisterstown Festival, a 2-day community fest in September.

Melinda recommends the book Red Notice, non fiction that reads like a gripping thriller. A true story of murder, corruption and intrigue involving Russia. Timely!

And that’s just some of the News from AWWG!

Remember you can send me items to post here, and/or you can get positing access for yourself and share writing -related content with us all.

See you in March

Monday the 13th, when Beverly will be our featured writer. We have room for one more, if you’d like to share your ongoing project work for feedback.

 

 

 

Stronger, Healthier & Less Stressed

Yes, my dear sister writers, the very act of writing gives us all those benefits! We know it feels good, but now there’s research to back it up, and the results are better than expected. Writing about stressful events eases stress-related ailments. Writers heal faster from wounds and surgery, have stronger immune systems, fewer asthma attacks, and sleep better.

What science tell us about people who write:

from Mic.com

The benefits of writing go far beyond building up your vocabulary.

No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference.

Read More…

 

Hallowread!

ADMIN’s NOTE: New member Katie Caliando submitted this review of a fall conference right in our backyard for writers and readers in paranormal, fantasy & horror genres. If you want to write for TWP, get in touch.

Hallowread is a really awesome, yearly”book festival and mini-con for authors and fans of Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, and Horror.” They welcome crossover and fusion genres, as well – like paranormal romance.  Rachel Rawlings, Maryland author of dark urban fantasy, is the creator of this gathering, and head honcho. The website stays up year-round, so you can check out the authors who were there, this year.  The list includes both self-published and traditionally-published authors.

It runs Friday afternoon through Sunday, and is usually held the weekend before Halloween.   Friday and Saturday feature workshops/roundtables, including a book fair with author signings on Saturday afternoon, ghost/paranormal tours and other entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings, and an author’s tea on Sunday.  The first two years it was in Ellicott City, and this year it was in Havre de Grace (the change in location was made before the flooding). Next year is still TBA.  As far as I know, there’s no limit on how many people can sign up for it, but it hasn’t been very large (less than 100 people, including the various authors).

Everyone is really nice and supportive, and the subjects discussed run the whole gamut, from coming up with ideas, making the paranormal “believable”, gardening vs architecture (another way of saying pantsing vs plotting, taking George R.R. Martin’s terminology for it), and related topics, to getting published, and working on marketing.  This year, there also was a lady from the Maryland State Arts Council, who told us about the still-quite-new grants for writers.  (see www.msac.orgThey give grants to individuals as well as to organizations.

I totally recommend Hallowread. It’s not expensive (this year, an all-event ticket cost about $60), I learned a lot, and I was really inspired.  The first time I went authors at the mini-con really helped me to find the nerve to start putting my writing out there (although I’m still “toe-ing in the shallows!”) .

Oh, and I’m actually Katie or Kathy, whichever you prefer.  I didn’t realize when I named my newly-minted blog “discoveries4writerstoo”on WordPress that that would be my screen-name, too.


Thanks, Katie for the report! We look forward to another great year of AWWG, including more contributions to our blog!

In 1913 Women Marched on Washington

Like they will again on January 21, 2017.

Here’s the link to the Women’s March website. https://www.womensmarch.com/

2017 March co-founder Tamika Mallory noted  “This [event] is pro-women. This is a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time.”

And here are some inspiring photos from the Women’s March of 1913. May they inspire your patriotism!

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For more, visit the Washingtonian website

Crow About Your 2016 Progress – Plan for Success in 2017

It’s the Year of the Rooster!

What will you be crowing about by this time next year??

Last Tuesday 12/27 we had a wonderful mini-retreat day at Lyn Scott’s waterfront house “Ducks.” It was such a balmy day that several of us wrote outside on the deck, listening to the ducks and swans enjoying their day splashing about.

We shared our plans and dreams for the new year of writing ahead, and created a talisman that would be a symbol of our commitment to our work.

Plan for Success in 2017

Just because you weren’t there doesn’t mean you can’t share in the process. Here are the questions we asked and answered in our Year Ahead retreat day:

  1. What went well for you and your writing in 2016?
  2. Did you meet the goals you had for the year?
  3. List the writing projects you currently have.
    – Review and report on each one.
    – Now prioritize them for 2017.
  4. What new project is calling to you? Name it, and place it in your 2017 Priority list.
  5. Choose an object – something to keep in your pocket or on your desk, and didicate it to your writing goals for 2017. Hold it in your hands, see your work accomplished! Then keep it as your touchstone to remind you of your goals.
  6. Set specific goals for the first 2 months of 2017. What will you have accomplished by Feb. 28, 2017?
  7. Make an Artist’s Date* with yourself that feeds your creativity.  The Artist’s Date is assigned play, you are wooing your Muse. Click the link to learn more.

There you have it! I recommend you post your answers to your own blog, or submit it here to share with your community.

AWWG will host another Retreat Day in early March, and we’ll see how it’s going! Meanwhile, pick up your pen, stretch your typing fingers and happy writing!

 

 

Writers, we Hold the Tools of Change

What It Means To Be A Writer In The Time Of Trump

Huffington Post publishes thoughts from 18 writers on the work ahead.

 

Aftermath: Sixteen Writers
on Trump’s America

from the New Yorker magazine.

 

“This is precisely the time that artists go to work.There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”

~Toni Morrison

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More concrete resources: take action on what you feel strongly about – Slate has a great list HERE

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November is fast disappearing!

nano-logoDear NaNo writers!

We have a write-in planned at Lyn’s house, “Ducks,” from noon-6pm. RSVP to Lyn HERE for directions. Also, one more Monday night Write-in at the Library, 6:30-closing, 11/28.

Here are some tips from the latest Pep Talk, this one from Maggie Steifvater of the Raven Boys series.

  1. Know my project. I need to know what I want that final project to look like. Where it sits on the shelf, why I’m writing it, how it will make the reader feel. Then I ask myself with each chapter: does this belong in the book I said I was writing?

  2. Never sit at my computer without knowing what I’m going to write. If I’m stuck, I need to stimulate my physical body so my mind can play: drive, walk, shower.

  3. Unwind each day with thirty minutes of reading something that feels like what I’m trying to make, to remind myself how others accomplished it.

  4. [brackets]. If I know I need a beat but can’t quite get the details yet, I place brackets around the words [fight here] or [scene], so that I know I can go back and fix it later.

  5. Move forward and backward. I go back and edit; I go forward and outline. Rereading and scanning ahead helps me keep #1 in mind.

  6. Ignore word count. I get through the plot first, then I go back and flesh out or cut down as needed.

From NaNoWriMo Pep Talks by well-known NaNo authors 

AWWG at WordCamp Baltimore 2016

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wcbalt-imetWhat a great day! Sat. November 19 at the amazing IMET (Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology) – right on the Inner Harbor, this unique and inspiring building was a great setting for the bigger-than-ever WordCamp Baltimore.

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Typical WordCamp Attendees

What is WordCamp? These events, held all over the world, are the user-organized conferences for WordPress. It is the place to meet your fellow WP users at all levels, from developers to bloggers.

backupwcbaltThis year there were over 200 attendees and three tracks of presentations: Small Business, Brand & Content, and Higher Ed-Corporate. It gave us something for everyone. I’m sure my sisters will chime in on their favorites. I got a lot out of Adam Warner’s presentation on Basics of Security for WordPress Websites (oh, the places those hackers go!) since I am responsible for a number of websites.

Nicole Kohler from WooCommerce gave a terrific presentation on How to Promote and Profit from your Content – that delivered just that. We learned a lot and will report on this at next meeting.

Georgette, Teresa and Cheryl are attending the Sunday sessions as I write this, so stay tuned for more fun details from an inspiring and informative event.

NaNoWriMo at AWWG & Beyond!

November: It’s National Novel Writing Month!

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ACCOKEEK WOMEN’S WRITING GROUP is delighted to
sponsor lots of NaNoWriMo action this year.

KICKOFF PARTY
Wednesday Nov 2
6:30-8:00 pm Accokeek Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607

Refreshments and celebration, get a writing buddy, resources for writers, and more

WRITE INS at the Library during November:   Accokeek Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607 Mondays 6:30-closing (9:00pm) Nov. 7, 14, 21, & 28

Come Write In! at the local library. It’s great to write with company – the words fly onto the page!

THANK GOODNESS IT’S OVER! (TGIO) Monday Dec 5th
6:30-8:00 pm Accokeek Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607

Refreshments and celebration, readings from NaNo participants (last year’s party was great – some HOT stories!)

Please check our calendar for any updates.

NANOWRIMO LINKS & RESOURCES

nano-logoOfficial NaNoWriMo website:  nanowrimo.org – sign up and pledge your intentions. Join the forums, get pep talks from successful authors. and More!!

PEP TALKS from successful Authors!! nanowrimo.org/pep-talks

Plotting Resources The WriterSaurus

NaNo Prep: 30 Tips from Writers Digest

NaNoWriMo has groups on Facebook – here’s our Maryland group and the National

Twitter has NaNo Coaches at @NaNoWriMo and writing sprints 24 hours a day for 30 days at @NaNoWordSprints!!!

 Nano Founder Chris Baty’s book No Plot? No Problem! on sale this week for only $1.99!

Medium’s NaNoWriMo articles