April 22, 2021

I always love seeing my writing friends at the Writers’ Rendezvous meeting. Yesterday’s was no exception. It’s good to hear how people are doing, whether they’ve started writing again, sent out their first or hundredth submission, or are looking for suggestions for solving a writing or publishing problem. I always feel energized afterward. Here are…

April 20, 2021

This author first came to my attention through Chirp, the website that sells reduced price audiobooks without having to subscribe or pay any monthly fee. His Book, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train, intrigued me. (BTW, the audiobook is currently on sale on Chirp for $3.99) I thoroughly enjoyed this book about The Queen escaping for…

April 13, 2021

Linda Rosen is the author of two women’s fiction novels published within a year of each other by Black Rose Writing. So, this woman spends a lot of time at the place where she writes. Check out the photo and you’ll see that there are few distractions there.  Except for some lime-green hand weights. Something…

April 8, 2021

Barbara Linn Probst’s second novel (The Sound Between the Notes) was published a few days ago. I asked her a few questions about her writing space, and what she needed to have when she writes. Here’s her reply.I write on my laptop at a glass desk by a big window overlooking trees, sky, and more…

March 29, 2021

Hooray and Hallelujah! It’s time to celebrate! I rarely use exclamation marks, but today I believe it’s justified. The Connecticut Press Club published its list of winners in their 2021 Awards contest, and many of my friends and Rendezvous members are on it. Some won in multiple categories which tells me that it pays to…

March 22, 2021

The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest is now in its 20th year and is looking for today’s best humor poems. There’s no fee to enter and they accept both published and unpublished work. Deadline April 1. First Prize: $2,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from the co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value) The top 12 entries will be published…

March 18, 2021

Thanks to everyone who came to read at our open mic on Tuesday evening, including Ifraah from England and Tadeusz from Brazil. I love Zoom for its ability to bring together people around the world. It’s definitely here to stay, for better or worse. So you may as well learn how to look and sound…

March 10, 2021

Internationally published poet and short fiction writer Edward Ahern has an output I have long given up trying to emulate. When he arrives at the Writers Rendezvous and I ask him what he’s done in the previous month, I know he’ll have not only written but submitted (and had accepted) a huge number of pieces….