Review: Sisterhood Everlasting, by Ann Brashares

~ By Melina Kantor So there I was gathering links for one of our “This Week in Chick Lit” posts when an excellent piece of news appeared on my computer screen. Ann Brashares had a new book coming out! The Sisterhood was back! I scanned the screen for information on the release date. June 14th. I’d only have to wait a few days, but I knew it was going to feel like an eternity. I was dying to know what had come of Bea, Lena, Carmen and Tibby over the past ten years, especially since the last time I’d...

License for High Heels

~ By Alana Albertson I just returned from a glorious weekend in my favorite town – Carmel-by-the-Sea. An artist’s enclave, I was charmed by the storybook cottages, many galleries, and dog friendly shops and restaurants. But the highlight of my trip – the ultimate chick lit lover’s souvenir. A high heel shoes permit! Though many people think it’s a myth, Carmel-by-the-Sea bans ladies from wearing high heels. So to strut in your Louboutins, you must get a permit. I strolled into City Hall and the lovely City Clerk took my driver’s license. I think I’ll frame it! Alana Albertson...

May PANorama: Female Friendships and Comedy

Dear Readers, It’s the fourth Monday of the month, which means that it’s time for one of our chapter PAN members (PAN stands for Published Authors Network, a professional designation within RWA open to members who reach a certain level of sales) to visit the blog to share some of their wisdom and expertise. This month, Maureen McGowen talks about the art of writing about female friendships. Take it away, Maureen! Female Friendships and Comedy ~ By Maureen McGowan The recent release of Something Borrowed and Bridesmaids got me thinking about the way that female friendships are portrayed in...

Kindle – First Impressions

~ By Meredith Schorr My dear friend Alan bought me a Kindle for my birthday. My birthday was in December and, so far, the only book I’ve downloaded is my own. (Don’t roll your eyes and make like you wouldn’t download your book first too!) Of course, I haven’t read my book on the Kindle because, at this point, I’d rather stick toothpicks in my eyes than read that book again. Seriously. I’ve read it so many times, I can act out all the parts in a one woman show. Anyway, since I went to town (twice) at the...

Don’t Bury Your Lead

~ By Chris Bailey The first feedback I received in a novel writing course was, “clearly publishable,” but “too reportorial.”After years of attempting to eliminate all traces of the objective style drilled into me by journalism professors, I’ve finally discovered that I don’t have to discard all the old rules to pursue of creative writing. For example: Don’t bury your lead. In journalism’s inverted pyramid structure, the lead is supposed to provide the five Ws, and an H as well, if you can fit all that information into 36 words or fewer. The point is to convey the most...

Interview With Kim Gruenenfelder

~ Interview Complied by Elle Filz It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that if you’re a bridesmaid enough times (especially in weddings taking place south of the Mason-Dixon line), you will eventually encounter a delightful tradition called “The Cake Pull.” As delicious as it sounds, it involves the bridal shower guests lining up to pull brightly-colored ribbons from the bottom layer of the day’s cake in the hopes of receiving a small fortune-telling charm.  These little keepsakes can represent upcoming engagements, impending births, new jobs, monetary windfalls, and even true love. The best brides – say, those who’ll put...

Review of Adena Halpern’s “29”

~ By Meredith Schorr I love my mom more than all the sushi in Japan (a lot), but I have to give significant credit to her mother, my Nanny Tessie, for helping to raise me. While my mother worked full time to support three children as a single parent, my Nanny Tessie was there to greet me every day when I came home from school. My Nanny Tessie made me hot tea and toast and placed a cold compress on my head when I was sick. My Nanny Tessie did my laundry. My Nanny Tessie drove me to Hebrew...

‘Tude-torial #13

~ By D.D. Scott Ohhh yeahh!  The New Year is just about here!!! And in Chick Lit-ville, we’re gonna crank-off 2011 with the help of the fabulously crabby Maxine. What a terrific way to count down December with much more than a little “It’s all about the attitude”…don’t ya think? In the spirit of getting all your resolutions in order and taped to your dart boards, let’s see what Maxine has to say about the New Year Celebration… So while you’re busy being crabby about all the big-time changes coming our way along our writing-for-publication journeys – yeah, I know...

NaNoWriMo Day #26

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 26! Hopefully you’re relaxed, rested, and ready for a cozy day of writing. Here. We’ll help provide the ambiance. Here’s some hot cider for you, you know, to reward you for all of your hard work this month: Now, onto writing. Today’s inspiration: There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily. ~ ANTHONY TROLLOPE, Barchester Towers So true, but such a shame. . . Your random challenge word of the day is: lunatic Pinky swear, that’s the first word that came up! 🙂 You’re welcome! Don’t forget to leave us a comment and let us...

NaNoWriMo Day #24

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 24! No matter what your word count is, if you’ve made it this far, and written more than you would have during a “normal” November, give yourself  a pat on the back! Today’s inspiration: People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it. ~ Harlan Ellison Isn’t that the truth! But,...

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