Thoughts and Inspiration for Creative Writers

-from Chrysalis Editorial


It’s that time of year again. Specifically, the end of it. And it’s the time when we are supposed to reflect on all the things we haven’t accomplished (how depressing!), and resolve to accomplish in the forthcoming year. I have discovered a way to make this process easy and painless. Hence, I encourage you to […]

A great read for the winter holidays…

My friend Charlie’s book offers a riveting story, the potential of which you can glimpse just from the title! : An Honorable German…even though the story is about a Nazi (“Max”) during World War II. Did honorable Germans actually exist? Was Max honorable? Or is the title ironic? Read it and find out. Then get […]

Phor a laff, a phunny lessen todeigh:

An Ode to English Plurals* We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes. One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, Yet the plural of moose should never be meese. You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice, […]

Tiger Woods: Hero or Human?

Tiger as proof that to err is human and makes great fodder for the imagination!

Memoir: To write or not to write?

In the Sunday Washington Post Outlook section there is an interesting article on memoir by Jonathon Yardley, titled “Shelve them under navel-gazing.” More on that article tomorrow, but you can pretty much deduce his opinion and slant on the topic by the headline. (Definitely worth a read.) I have written numerous memoir pieces, three of which […]

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 […]

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 […]

Joanna Stampfel-Volpe

An agent with Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation is dying to find a Modern Catcher in the Rye meets Stand by Me. She also seeks chapter books in the genrees of upper young adult, romance, fantasy, upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction. Contact her at if you have anything you want to submit.

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