Write About Dragons?


I am taking part in a terrific writing class which is on-line and free. It’s called Write About Dragons. It’s taught by Brandon Sanderson who recently won two Hugo awards. Brandon has tons of knowledge to share and an excellent style of teaching. I hope some of you will join me in taking this class.

The measly 3,000-4,000 words I’ve posted for the forum is nowhere near the number I need. But, in my defense, these post are in addition to putting together a non-fiction book, managing  Owensboro Writers Group and editing a short story for the growing writers’ group (see “Owensboro Writers’ Group is famous“). My posts are science-fiction and fantasy. You can see them at http://searchfordragons.com/?a_id=444&author_name=TheresaJewel, but I don’t know if you can read or critique them without joining the forum. If you do read and/or critique them, please comment below.

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Owensboro Writers’ Group is famous.


I don’t think I’ve mentioned Owensboro Writers’ Group on this blog before, but it’s my baby and OWG (for short) made a splash in the local newspaper on July 7, 2013. If you live in or around Owensboro, Kentucky, you may have read our story in the LifeStyles section of the Messenger-Inquirer.

Owensboro, KY is better known for its BBQ Festival in May and the tremendous effort they have put into rebuilding the riverfront. But, Owensboro Writers’ Group is for writing, critiquing, sharing links and information, and general discussion concerning the multiple aspects of writing. I formed the group after I couldn’t find another writers’ group that satisfied my desire to meet every month. Our first meeting was in March 2008 and consisted of me and a couple of friends from the church I attend (UUCO).

Over the last five years we have grown from having several meetings where I was the only person to show up to having ten people twice in three months. We started At Books-A-Million, moved to Shoney’s Restaurant and now meet in the Public Meeting Room of the Daviess County Public Library.

In September 2010, my friend Suzanne Gochenouer started our website, Owensboro Writers Group with Writing On The River. A few months later, I started an Owensboro Writers Facebook page so that group members can share links there in addition to sending them out in emails or telling us in person.

Now, some people may wonder why it took me a week to write and post this. The previous paragraphs were written on the same day, but then I thought, I shouldn’t put this on my blog.I’m just bragging. I argued with myself for the entire week, but that didn’t stop me from posting it on our Facebook page (see above).

After a total of four new writers contacted me this week and all of them want to join Owensboro Writers’ Group, I decided I should post this. If you think I’m bragging, that’s okay. Maybe, just maybe, I have a right to brag. After all, I manage this group and with a little help, I kept it going for five years. The group has grown from three people to about twenty-seven. I hope it will keep going and growing for years to come.

English: Crowd during the Owensboro BBQ Festival.

English: Crowd during the Owensboro BBQ Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Email Addresses


A lot of you have asked for my email address. I hoped there was a widget to put it on the side, but I didn’t find one.

Below are my three main email addresses, but please only use one of them. (I actually have more. No, I don’t know why.) Replies will come from the “t.j.pinkston.2007@gmail.com” address because it’s the main account on Microsoft Outlook.

 

Daily Prompt from May 7, 2013


Daily Prompt: Key Takeaway

by michelle w. on May 7, 2013

Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.

If you’re a new blogger, what’s one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?

(Make sure to visit one another’s posts today, to check ‘em out and respond!)

Yes, I know this is a day late. However, I find it intriguing enough to answer anyway. I am a fairly new blogger and I’m especially new on WordPress.

After roughly seven months on WordPress, I still have a lot of questions. But the two most important are below:

  • How do you use the WordPress download?
  • How can I send “Press This” articles to my main blog instead of the first one I started? (Can I copy the posts off the first one and then delete it?)

Okay, that’s technically three questions, but the last two are related.

Now, for those brand new bloggers out there, I have found answers to a couple of questions.
  • Like a rainbow after a storm, you often find your “Voice” after writing several pieces you think are absolutely terrible. Write often — not necessarily every day, but aim for once a week — and publish your posts despite your fear of being laughed at or worse. Put your work “out there” so that someone else can see how you’ve developed. Most of the people at WordPress are friendly and encouraging — that’s why I stayed.
  • My next bit of advice is to use your “Widgets” which are under “Appearance” in your dashboard. The most important ones are the RSS and Follow Blog options. Put both of these about midway of your sidebar so that others can easily find them and be able to choose which way to “Follow” you. The RSS option already given on your site isn’t always easy to find or to see if you do find it.
Now, I’m off to check out some of the other blogs on this subject. Check them out below.
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