Monthly Archives: October 2014

Eleanor Bickle Takes Elvis: A Short Story

“Bingo, Bingo, Bingo, Harold,” Gladys Pinsky sang unpleasantly. She sat stiffly in the Cascade Blue, 1965 cruise-liner that Buick had originally christened The Le Sabre way back in ‘59. Gladys felt it resembled less a car than the QE Two. … Continue reading

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“No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.” – E. B. White, author of Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte’s Web, etc             posted … Continue reading

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Thumbing Your Nose at the “Experts”

by Jean Foster Akin (Foster-Akin Editing Services) I know how difficult it is to receive the writing magazines to which most writers subscribe and not fall into the trap of rewriting entire manuscripts based on an article published there. Any given month you might find … Continue reading

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“I would advise any beginning writer to write the first drafts as if no one else will ever read them – without a thought about publication – and only in the last draft to consider how the work will look … Continue reading

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O Wonderful Reader

Writers so amazingly different from me share the same love for words and the same desire to see them artfully and beautifully arranged—not for the sake of the arrangement itself, though that’s definitely part of it, but for the thrill and … Continue reading

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Writing About the People of Our Past

In honor of my maternal grandmother’s birthday today (October 8, 1900), I wanted to re-post this piece which I composed for a writing cooperative in April 2013.    by Jean Foster Akin My grandmothers: one, a wiry, little Michigan farm … Continue reading

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TUESDAY QUOTE: James Thurber

“All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.” James Thurber (1894-1961) author, playwright, journalist, cartoonist, humorist  

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I Wanna Be Like Neta Snook

by Jean Foster Akin Amelia Earhart is said to have remarked: “The most effective way to do it is to do it.” For those of you young’ns who don’t know the name Amelia Earhart, she was the first female aviator … Continue reading

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