Thoughts and Inspiration for Creative Writers

-from Chrysalis Editorial


This castle is situated high atop a mountain in Bavaria (southern Germany). This is the land I come from. The Black Forest is the location of fairy tales, mostly dark if you think about them, i.e., Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty. (The Brothers Grimm are aptly named!) But here is a thing of beauty, […]

A magazine to keep in mind: Hobart

I’m always on the lookout for new and/or interesting literary magazines. In December 2009’s issue of “The Writer” magazine, there is an article about the literary magazine Hobart. I had never come across the magazine before, so I thought I would share it with you! Hobart publishes fiction, essays, and interviews, and has both a […]

Wednesday Writing Prompt

Sometimes the hardest part of writing is just getting started. As an editor, but also a writer myself, I recognize this. So this post marks the first of a weekly Wednesday Writing Prompt—a thought, opening sentence, image—that you can use to start getting words on the page. Give yourself 10 minutes to do the prompt. […]

Baltimore Writers’ Conference Review & Tips

The one-day conference on Nov. 14th was well attended and featured an excellent mix of sessions on craft, the business of getting published, and also how to promote your writing in this online world. Mark Bowden, author of BLACK HAWK DOWN, gave the keynote. He was terrific! One tip I thought I’d pass along is […]

Book Review “The Weight of Silence”

The NYT bestseller, WEIGHT OF SILENCE, has received praise and kudos up the gazoo. Yes, it’s a great read, a page turner, but great literature it’s not. In one sitting, maybe an hour and a half, I read about 1/3 of the book…exceptionally fast for me. I wasn’t focused on the prose, the beauty of […]

Tuesday Morning Inspiration

When I see a picture like this, I am reminded of the beauty that surrounds us.  At some point today, try to take a moment to travel inside this picture.  Is the wind soughing through the trees?  What are the smells?  Appreciate the light that falls in lacy patterns on the road.  Try to forget […]

Writing Tip of The Day

Writers Online offers great programs to help you work.  This is a snippet of advice from their new class, Learn the Art of Revision & Self-Editing, which began on October 29th. “Famed poet and writer Marianne Moore once described poetry as “the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.”  This dictum, of course, […]

Sneak Peek! An Excerpt from “The Other Princess”

The Other Princess By Lillie Lainoff, age 14 The sparkling high-heeled slipper when placed on Ella’s foot caught the sunlight flooding through the open window. Her lips parted to reveal pearl white teeth in a joyful smile. Her name was Cinderella, and Rosalind hated her. Rosalind stood with her back against the marble wall. Her […]

Another Fantastic Review for Tobias Lanz’s New Book

The Life and Fate of the Indian Tiger “His text offers educated general readers a multifaceted look at India’s endangered Bengal tigers, incorporating historical and cultural topics…and events from his field work. He also discusses global efforts at tiger conservation and suggests what must be done in the future to ensure the survival of this […]