And The Winners Are . . .

Whew! The judges for the Atlanta Writers Club 2016 Writing Contest were busy this year doing the difficult job of choosing three winners out of a field of 104 entries, about double the club’s usual 60 to 62. But choose they did. Sandra Hood took the Terry Kay Prize for Fiction for her short story […]

The Art of the Love Letter, from Henry VIII to Johnny Cash

Before the advent of greeting cards and the computer, men and women professed their passion  and adoration for each other with handwritten letters. It is surmised the first love letters were written by King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn in 1527. That’s right, in his younger years Henry was a romantic softie. In his obsessive […]

Quiet Craving: Using Solitude for Deep Work in the Arts

When I was young, I wanted to be a nun. This was actually a compromise. I aspired to be a monk, but reality was creeping in, and when I cast my eyes into the adult future, I worried that even if I kept my short hair, my double X chromosomes would somehow be discovered. It […]

A book here, a book there; books, books, everywhere – What writers read and why

When I walked into Eudora Welty’s home in Jackson Mississippi, what first struck me were the books. That books were in bookshelves goes without saying, but even more enchanting were those NOT on or in bookshelves.  There were books everywhere. Books adorned every plausible surface – the floor, the end tables, the chairs, the sofas, […]

Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

Artistic and daily inspiration can be found in a variety of unique places, depending on how individuals refresh and recharge themselves. Some people may prefer to listen to music, to a particular song or musical artist that holds special meaning. Others may find inspiration in the absence of noise, in silence — either through a […]

Please Don’t Interrupt Us

“This is it!” I said to my husband. New to Atlanta, we were househunting back in the days when people actually drove around to look at houses. Who knew how many we had seen? There were of course the “impossibles” and the “unaffordables.” But the “maybe’s” were merging into an indistinguishable blur. In the case […]

Dying To Be Noticed

Sadly, many creative people aren’t recognized in their field until they are six feet under. Of course, back in Plato’s day fame wasn’t such a big deal because it didn’t exist as it does today. In fact, before the Industrial Revolution authors were said to be doing well when they were simply recognized in their […]