TwitterGirlz: BFFs Who Change the World

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I have to admit that although I occasionally read tweets, I don’t post them. Not yet anyway. But despite my (flagging) resistance, there’s a movement for writers to have an interactive online presence. Writing on your laptop, curled up on your bed alone is no longer enough. What we need, we’re told is a platform. And these YA authors on Twitter have them.

What is it about Twitter that attracts us as writers? For me, it’s a bit voyeuristic. I want to know how other writers live. I want them to tell me secrets, inadvertently if possible, about their lives as if we were BFFs (that’s best friends forever for you moms out there ☺).

And, I want to escape from my own life for a few minutes and at the same time be inspired to return to my day, to my computer, with new insights or motivation to put words on a page that may in turn inspire someone else.

So, in a vicarious attempt to inspire you, I direct you to two powerful women who have changed the lives of many: Maria Shriver, and Michelle Obama — whose birthday is today. Happy Birthday Michelle (see, just like we’re BFFs already).

What’s the most inspirational Tweet you’ve ever read? Grab a cup of coffee, or a Coke, sit down at the table with me, and tell me all about it.

Happy New Year

Sunday, January 1, 2012

With the ringing in of the new year comes the sometimes anticipated, but most often dreaded, New Year’s Resolutions.

Each year on New Year’s Day for the past five years, my older daughter and I have gone out to a coffee shop for hot chocolate, a tasty treat, and a recap of the previous year’s accomplishments. Sometimes we surprise ourselves to find that we’ve completed more of our lists than we remembered. Either way, it’s a great time to hang out, talk about our goals, and set new ones for the upcoming year.

For the past few years, each of us has included more and more writing-related goals on our lists. One of Sofia’s from New Year’s Day 2011 was to finish her work-in-progress “to the bitter end, even if it completely stinks.” And one of mine was to be published in some format or other. We both succeeded in those goals although we won’t mention the ones we didn’t complete :).

If one your goals for this year is not only to be published, but to earn a little money while doing so, check out Funds for Writers, where you can access free lists of paying grants, contests, jobs and markets, including Writing Kid, a page specifically for young writers where C. Hope Clark lists grants, contests, and paying venues for young writers.

Until January 5, 2012, TotalFundsforWriters, the bi-weekly newsletter with even more paid writing opportunities listed, is being offered at the discounted rate of $9 for one year.

Happy New Year 2012! 

What are your writing resolutions for this year? We would love to hear about them in the comments below.