Sunday, July 24, 2016

About MFA's in Writing

From Gabriela Pereira's page on Twitter, I linked to the article  "3 Myths About theMFA in Creative Writing" by Jane Friedman. A must read for those thinking about an MFA in Creative Writing. 
I value education but resent the push into MFAs or PhDs as the Holy Grail for publishing or winning contests and by most writing media. Ok, so I wouldn't want a surgeon to operate on me without a Medical degree but have books become notable only if written by those with a degree?  I have read amazing books and taken fabulous courses from teachers without an MFA or Ph.D. and some awful by those with degrees.
Although I wanted a degree in Parapsychology, Anthropology or History almost all my college was job advancement motivated. Dyslexia and that English is not my first language exacerbated my insecurity.
So, why do I write?  It’s a passion. Stories, poems, and screenplays come to me, not just in dreams but also to live in me. I write regardless of whether I publish or not. I have published some poetry and articles and wrote for as Sacramento Populist, and CBS-Sacramento Arts&Entertainment.

Once you read "3 Myths About the MFA in Creative Writing" by Jane Friedman, I'd love to know what you think on Facebook@mma Twitter, LinkedIn or Google.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Some writer's conferences are worth attending

So, last week I attended the RWA conference in San Diego. The hotel was so cold it made me ill but I learned a lot from the presenters and attendees! Here are a couple of photos. The lady in red I'm standing next to is the famous and fabulous author Nora Roberts. 
The one I am sitting next to was my wonderful roommate.

After doing some edits to VIRGINS I will be ready to publish and the date I am setting for publication is 7/29. I will most likely offer VIRGINS for free to my followers.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Virgins - alternate tillite - Kicked Out Of Heaven

Hi friends, I thank you all for your support from the bottom of my heart. I have completed my book Virgins - the first book of my Sylphs - beings without a soul - Paranormal/Fantasy Series. I will be posting the first few pages in the next few days right here and on my blog and on my Facebook page for Virgins

Photo: courtesy of Bob Keck, Owner/Photographer/Artist at Digital Dreams

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Slugging on blogging

It's not so much that I have a full plate, and not just with food. It's not that I am a social media (sm) glutton - Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Stumbleupon (forgot one or two?) I might engage in some more than others but gosh, golly, gee what the heck and whatnot. 
I am actually writing and submitting a lot!
But this whole media thing is like the biggest boomer, hippie, flower child, gossip circle, club, and what-have-you, and with millions online someone is always posting.
A woman said, not long ago, "social media is evil." "Well," I said, "you mean like when TV, phone, cars and airplanes first started?  Should we go back to smoke signals or?" I think her husband uses sm for porn; who knows.
The very next thing I will blog will be, I hope, is to announce the publishing of my book! Drum roll anyone???

I wish you all a happy 4th of July; stay safe and grateful to be safe.