lunch hour links for writers – 3/17/10

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Corrine De Winter Mark your calendars for March 22, 2010, because award winning poet Corrine De Winter is coming to helluo librorum for an interview.

I shamelessly plagiarized her biography from her web site, because I could think of no better way to introduce her to you:

Award winning poet Corrine De Winter has been nominated four times for the prestigious Pushcart Prize and is a winner of a Bram Stoker award. Her poetry, fiction, essays and interviews have appeared worldwide in publications such as the The New York Quarterly, Imago, Phoebe, Plainsongs, Yankee, Sacred Journey, Interim, Space & Time, The Chrysalis Reader, The Lucid Stone, Fate, Press, Freshwater, Sulphur River Literary Review, Modern Poetry, Doorways, Atom Mind, The Writer, The Lyric and over 900 other publications.

Bedside prayers She has been the recipient of awards from Triton College of Arts & Sciences, Writer’s Digest, The Esme Bradberry Award, The Madeline Sadin Award, The Rhysling Award, and has been featured in Poet’s Market 1995 through 2009, . Her work is featured in the much praised collections Bless the Day, Heal Your Soul, Heal the World, Get Well VirginOftheApocalypse2a Wishes, Essential Love, The Language of Prayer, Mothers And Daughters, and in Bedside Prayers, now in its 18th printing.

Ms. De Winter is the author of seven collections of poetry and prose including Like Eve, The Half Moon Hotel, Touching the Wound, which sold over 3,000 copies in its first year, The Women at the Funeral (Winner of the Stoker Award 2005), A Dark Ride, Valentine, and Virgin of the Apocalypse, all nominated for Bram Stoker awards.

So come back Monday and join me for an interview with Corrine De Winter.

lunch hour links

Speaking of Bram Stoker awards, it’s getting to be that time again, and Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews asked the 2009 Bram Stoker nominees a couple of questions. The nominees’ answers are fun to read, take a peek.

If you’re editing your final draft to make sure all the ends are tied off nice and neat, you’ll want to check out Andrew Rosenberg’s article where he presents some very handy tips on tying off the loose threads in your novel.

While you’re polishing the manuscript, you want to pay careful attention to characterization and make sure you don’t dismember your characters and rob them of their power. Jason Black gives some helpful hints on how to get the most out of your characters with your prose.

Linda Gray shows you how to put power in your setting with a savvy blend of research and imagination.

Elizabeth Spann Craig explains the importance of knowing your audience and how to keep both editors and readers happy with your writing.

Writing contests are good, right? Well, maybe not all. Kathy Temean offers a list of writing contests you’ll want to avoid and she tells you why.

writer’s chatroom

Looking to connect with other writers? Jump over to the Writer’s Chatroom. Moderated every Wednesday evening by Audrey Shaffer, the Writer’s Chatroom is open from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST so you can drop in or out as your schedule allows.


Jen K. Blom, that devilish possum, has managed to give birth to a beautiful baby girl, ratsvspossums sell her first novel, and in celebration is running a contest with her arch-cohort, Hilary Wagner, the queen of rattiness. Of course, both these ladies are published by Holiday House, and Hilary has news of her own with her novel, Nightshade City ready for pre-order.

So the big showdown is finally on: the Rat vs. Possum throw-down. Some of us have been expecting this for some time, and now that it’s here, well, it might get ugly . . . and yes, we’re all still wondering how Jen got a hat on that little bugger.

(Please note: As a staunch member of Team lolCat, I am neutral in this Team Rat vs. Team Possum throw down. Basement cat will have all their souls in the end . . .)

Stop over and see my friend, Kelly Bryson, who left her laptop long enough for her husband to embed a secret paragraph in her manuscript. It will give you a much needed laugh for the day.

That’s it for this week’s links, and I will leave you with next week’s guest, Corrine De Winter, who is reading from her poem “The Things of Youth Are Wild Horses.”

(Note to e-mail and Google subscribers: The YouTube video of Corrine’s reading only works from the blog.)


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5 Responses to lunch hour links for writers – 3/17/10

  1. Kelly Bryson says:

    Hey Teresa-
    Great links. I paid attention esp to the ‘dismembering’ article, because I do that. Intentionally, but still, I don’t want it to become a dirty habit.

    And thanks for the link to my blog;)

  2. Teresa = Awesomeness

    From the rats:
    “Basement Cat will be ours…oh, yes, he WILL be ours!!!!!”

    xoxo — Hilary

  3. lawrenceez says:

    Looks good. I’m just about to read the Jason Black link now.

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