Saturday Edition – What We’re Writing and Reading

Welcome to this Saturday Edition of What We’re Writing and Reading.

We’re taking a little detour on the weekends now to share some of what we’re up to with our writing (when we’re not here) and what we’re into with our reading (around the web). We’ll also pull back the curtain a little to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what went into a piece.

We hope you enjoy this little diversion and encourage you to share your own posts and picks in the comments.

Happy writing! Happy reading! 

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Lisa J Jackson writerLisa J. Jackson

What I’m writing: I completed a company handbook and a draft of a non-profit’s strategy plan. I enjoy pulling back the curtain and learning how a business works. A friend of mine introduced me to her blog, Along the Way, and I’ve found a lot of inspiration from her personal observations of life. And another blog called Writing Whims by Patricia Zick is full of, well, talk about writing. Good stuff. For current, useful, real-world small business tips, especially involving social media, I’m reading Chris Brogan’s blog.

What I’m reading: I read Brett Battle’s “The Destroyed,” part of his Jonathan Quinn series, and the last of his books I’ll read for now. I needed to get caught up and I did. I finished Wm. Paul Young’s “The Shack,” and the ideas will stick with me for a while. I’m now on Don McNair’s “Editor-Proof Your Writing,” and find the tips and exercises useful, especially with a novel-in-progress that I can use (he recommends reading the book in tandem with using a current WIP).

Other fun today: Celebrating my birthday – for years now I haven’t looked at is a me getting older, but my parents’ getting older, which makes the smiles come easier. (We’re celebrating tomorrow after I complete a  2-mile St. Patrick’s Day-themed race.) This afternoon I’m getting together with some other New England mystery writers to read a portion of a work-in-progress. Looking forward to it, and definitely something I’ve never done on my birthday before!

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headshot_jw_thumbnailJamie Wallace

First – happy birthday, Lisa!!! 🙂 I hope you have a great race.

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What I’m writing: 

mommy_brain_smThis week was a little crazy since daughter, poor thing, got the flu and was couch-bound for the entire week. Since last Friday, I’ve been trapped in the house, doing my best Mama Nightingale while trying to tread water on client projects. It’s been less than fun. Thankfully, the peanut is feeling better now, but – like any writer – I couldn’t help turning our predicament into fodder for a post. Being trapped in the house and suffering from sleep deprivation (Did I mention we only got about three hours of sleep a night for the first four days of her illness?) transported me back to when my daughter was an infant and I was an inexperienced and desperate new mom. I was reminded of an embarrassing story that needed sharing, so I wrote it up and here it is.

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SED_JamieW_imageSMI also had the chance this week to guest blog for the lovely Stacey Pruim of System Serenity. Stacey is a systems expert who helps people and companies create the systems that make their businesses run smoothly and efficiently. Being a Type-A person myself, I was immediately fascinated by her work. I then had the pleasure of speaking with her and was completely charmed. My post is part of a SED (Systems Experts Discuss) guest series that she hosted to help people broaden their definition of “system.” If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of “marketing,” you might enjoy my post, Marketing – a practice where systems abound. I hope you’ll also check out the rest of her SED series.

What I’m reading:

Once again, I haven’t had much time for “real” reading, BUT I always find time to cram in a few blog posts here and there. These are a few of my favorite, writing-related pieces from the week. Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “Saturday Edition – What We’re Writing and Reading

  1. Happy Birthday, Lisa! Don McNair’s book looks fascinating and is now on my short list. Jamie, wishing you and your daughter the best for this coming week! Great post. Will definitely visit again 🙂

  2. hey there. Thanks so much for sharing the article on not blogging. Feel free to delete this comment… just wanted to ask if maybe you could give attribution to @llbarkat instead of @janefriedman (it ran at Jane’s place, but is a guest post).

    Thanks 🙂

  3. What I am writing- a painfully changing play script…I’m feeling a bit stuck, hoping some ice will melt, thawing the recesses of my brain. I’m writing poetry instead. It’s like when I was learning French and all I could think of was Spanish. Is there a term- out there- for this? Good God, I feel as if I shall swoon…

  4. Reblogged this on semeadores7e comentado:
    CAMINHADA
    NO MEIO DE UMA GRANDE TEMPESTADE DO MAR DO ESQUECIMENTO COM UM FURACÃO DE UM LADO E AS PEDRAS VINDO DO OUTRO, SEGUIMOS EM DIREÇÃO AO ALVO QUE NOS ESTAR PROPOSTO; SABENDO QUE UM DIA CHEGAREMOS POIS AQUELE QUE NOS CHAMOU É FIEL E NADA PODE ME IMPEDIR NESTA CAMINHADA POIS SUA GRAÇA ESTAR EM MIM.
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  5. CAMINHADA
    NO MEIO DE UMA GRANDE TEMPESTADE DO MAR DO ESQUECIMENTO COM UM FURACÃO DE UM LADO E AS PEDRAS VINDO DO OUTRO, SEGUIMOS EM DIREÇÃO AO ALVO QUE NOS ESTAR PROPOSTO; SABENDO QUE UM DIA CHEGAREMOS POIS AQUELE QUE NOS CHAMOU É FIEL E NADA PODE ME IMPEDIR NESTA CAMINHADA POIS SUA GRAÇA ESTAR EM MIM.
    Brando de Lima

  6. Subscribe to Jane Friedman already but love the other links – good stuff!
    Will have to read them over the next week. Thanks for sharing!

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