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Writer's Notes - April 2008



Part 2: Places, Real or Imagined

Every writer understands the powerful influence our surroundings can exert on our creativity. We all have favorite places where we feel more tranquil, more energized, more imaginative, or more expressive--in short, more attuned to our Muse. These places differ for everyone--and even for the same writer at different times. Yet, they are the places that tend to inspire us the most--to draw from somewhere deep within us the feelings and thoughts and ultimately the words that carry our souls across the miles to connect with those for whom we write.


Real Places that Bring Us Real Vision

For some, it might be a particular room in your home where you're perfectly content and your mind is free to roam, or perhaps a special chair where your relaxation is complete and you’re free to sit back and indulge in grand imaginings. For others it could be a tree-shaded spot in the back yard, where you sit undisturbed for hours with the breeze gently blowing through your hair, while you dream your personal dreams of wonder, weaving fanciful tales of courage and grandeur. Maybe it's your garden, where you dig up the soil, burying your hands in the moist, cool earth as you plant the seeds of thought that bring forth a bountiful harvest of beauty which fragrantly fills the air. Or you might prefer the seashore, where the sound of the breaking surf combined with the crisp salt air invigorates your spirit and fills your heart with high adventure.


Finding Inspiration in Unlikely Places

There will always be places like these, where we know we can retreat, leaving the world and its noise and chaos far behind--places we can count on to gently and quietly woo our Muse. Yet, there are other places, as well--places that bring the delightful surprise of unexpected inspiration. When we visit such places, we may at first be totally oblivious to the internal transformation that will soon occur as our imaginations are touched by the magic of our surroundings. These places are always a delight to discover. And the key to finding inspiration in unlikely places is to always be open to sensing, learning, growing, and perceiving new things--no matter where we are.


Imaginary Places that Clarify Our Vision

Then, there are those places deep inside us that we can visit when we need instant inspiration. Perhaps we haven’t the time or means to visit our favorite temporal places. Perhaps we’re ill or otherwise unable to travel to those locations--physically, at least. Maybe we’re away from home and from our favorite room, or desk, or special easy chair. Yet, wherever we are, there’s always a place right in the center of our souls where we can go and find the inspiration we need to create. Whether we fancy ourselves in one of the places we love, or create magical new realms in our own minds, we’re free to fly there on the wings of our imaginations and drink in the animating power they bring to our art.

Places, both real and imagined, can inspire us in so many ways! So, whatever your place of inspiration, go there--and drink in the magic!


Inspirationally yours,
Jeanne



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AbleStable: An Inspiration to Writers and Other Creative Types

In keeping with the theme of my series, Inspiration, I'd like to introduce a website, which many of my readers may not have heard of, but which I think would prove a real inspiration to you in your creative endeavors. And if you happen to be an artistic type who expresses your creativity in a variety of different ways, other than just through writing, you'll like this site even more.


What Is AbleStable?

AbleStable is a unique website which brings together information, inspiration, and a wide variety of resources for creative individuals who work their magic in a number of different disciplines. Whether you choose to express your personal creativity through writing, music, visual art, acting, or more than one of a broad array of artistic modes, you'll find something on this website to interest, inspire, empower, and equip you for your specialty.



AbleStable Homepage Screenshot




What Does AbleStable Have to Offer?

From articles on a variety of creative topics to competitions and exhibitions featuring readers' work, there's something here for everyone. Helpful tools, e-books, freeware, a glossary of terminology used on the site, games, puzzles, and other activities make this a site with broad appeal for artistic personalities everywhere. In addition, the site provides a free listing service, where "creatives" can present their own services to the world.


Who Runs AbleStable?

Mike de Sousa, director of AbleStable and obviously himself a highly creative type, as can be seen by his About Us page, as well as his articles, is the personality behind the site. Mike has a great deal to offer the artistic visitor to his website. With a background in music, writing, art, photography, and both graphic and website design, he understands the differing needs of individuals involved in a variety of creative areas and can therefore provide on-target information, resources, inspiration, and encouragement to which each type of artist can relate.



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AbleStable Articles to Inspire You

Being a writer, myself, I enjoy reading Mike's articles about How To Be Creative, Emotion and Creativity, Finding Balance, and The Purpose of Art. I find that his articles also Inspire Me and encourage me to Write from the Heart. The foregoing are just a few examples of some of the fascinating articles you'll find in the archive of Mike's monthly feature, The Column. Mike's articles are engagingly written and will definitely appeal to your creative, contemplative side. Speaking as one artist to another, through The Column, Mike shares the considerable insights he's gleaned from his own creative--and not-so-creative--experiences.


Visit AbleStable and Be Inspired

Whatever your creative specialty, check out AbleStable. There's something for everyone on this fantastic site!


Enjoy your visit!
Jeanne


This is not a sponsored post.



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A Wonderful ProBlogger Idea!

I've just learned from Sharon Hurley Hall, at Get Paid to Write Online, in her post, Appreciating Blogging Writers, that ProBlogger Darren Rowse has proclaimed April 14th, 2008 Blogger Appreciation Day. Read about it in his post, Today is Blogger Appreciation Day [UNOFFICIAL]. Apparently, Darren received three e-mails earlier today thanking him for all he's done for bloggers, and that prompted him to make this pronouncement. What a nice thought!


Darren's Suggestions

Darren recommends that we e-mail bloggers who have inspired, taught, or helped us in other ways and thank them--or better still that we thank them publicly on our blogs. And though April 14th is nearly at an end in Australia (and may even be over already in other parts of the world), it's the thought that counts, and I'd like to thank the following bloggers who have had a profound effect on me and my blogging during my past 15-plus months of blogging:


Joanna Young, at Confident Writing

AmyHuang, at Travel String

Michele Tune, at Writing the Cyber Highway

Raven, at Alaska Chronicle

Sharon Hurley Hall, at Get Paid to Write Online

James Rickard, at Angling Fish

Laura Spencer, at Writing Thoughts

Brad Shorr, at WordSell, Inc.

Liz Strauss, at Successful Blog

Krissy Knox, at Sometimes I Think

Dan, at dcr Blogs

Melissa Garrett, at Lis Garrett ~ Silver-Tongued Writer

Robert Hruzek, at Middle Zone Musings

K-IntheHouse, at ShanKri-la

Tracy, at Movies and Life

Cindy Nichols, at Kaleidoscope

Yvonne Russell, at Grow Your Writing Business

Lillie Ammann, at A Writer's Words, An Editor's Eye

Danielle, The Bipolar Diaries

Robyn, at Brain-Based Biz

Lynn Smythe, at Freelance Online Work

John Hewitt, at Writer's Resource Center


And last, but certainly not least,

Darren Rowse, at ProBlogger


Many thanks, everyone, for all you've done!


Sincerely,
Jeanne



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Still 10 More Quotes to Round Out the Series

Since we're exploring inspiration this month at Writer's Notes, I though this the perfect time for the third and final installment of my "10 Quotes on Writing" series. Some of the following quotes reveal the ironies of the writing life, some explore its subtleties, and some shout its realities. A few evoke a chuckle, while others make us ponder the mysteries of the writer's creativity.

Whatever responses they may elicit from you, may these quotes from those who've shared your passion for the written word provide the inspiration you need to take your innate talent, hone it to razor sharpness, and use it to cut to the heart of your topic, creating a piece of writing that's not just uniquely you, but also uniquely true. Enjoy!


The Quotes

1. The shelf life of the modern hardback writer is somewhere between the milk and the yogurt. ~ John Mortimer ~

2. Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. ~ Flannery O'Connor ~

3. Really, in the end, the only thing that can make you a writer is the person that you are, the intensity of your feeling, the honesty of your vision, the unsentimental acknowledgment of the endless interest of the life around and within you. Virtually nobody can help you deliberately--many people will help you unintentionally. ~ Santha Rama Rau ~

4. A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others. ~ Leo Rosten ~

5. What I like in a good author isn't what he says, but what he whispers. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith ~

6. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for. ~ Socrates ~

7. A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul. ~ Count Leo Tolstoy ~

8. I love being a writer, what I can't stand is the paperwork. ~ Peter De Vries ~

9. Good writing is clear thinking made visible. ~ Bill Wheeler ~

10. Writing is thinking on paper. ~ William Zinsser ~



May these words of "writerly" wit and wisdom light the spark of creativity in you!


Literarily yours,
Jeanne



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Pillar Posts Link Helps You Locate Content Quickly

I'm not sure whether most of my readers have noticed it yet or not, but I've created a list of Pillar Posts to help you more easily find Writer's Notes' most beneficial content. You'll find a link in my Spotlight Posts list to Writer's Notes' Pillar Posts. This link will take you to a post in which I've listed my most helpful content, broken down into various categories.

Rather than simply listing them in reverse chronological order by month, as they are in my archives, I've decided that it would be far more helpful to you if I were to categorize this content. This should help you quickly find the topics you're interested in exploring or the tools and resources you'd like to use, rather than having to wade through all the posts on the list. (This will prove even more beneficial, no doubt, as the list grows through the addition of future content.) Hope you'll find this feature useful! Let me know what you think and whether you have any further suggestions for making it even more useful.


Other Spotlight Posts Links Point to Blog Carnival Feed and More

My Spotlight Posts list is also where a link to my About page is located, as well as links to Writer's Notes' Awards (given to me by various other bloggers), and my Blog Carnival Feed. Blog carnivals can be a fantastic way to get recognition, readers, and links to your site. So, check this feed often, visit the Blog Carnival website via the button in the Stats & Other Widgets section in my top left sidebar, and seriously consider submitting your blog posts to one or more carnivals. There are many carnivals on myriad topics, and the best part is that you may have already written content that's suitable for one or more of them. So, don't overlook a great opportunity to get exposure for your blog.


Sites for Writers Link List Points to Helpful Sites

Last, but not least, I'd like to remind my readers to make use of my Sites for Writers list (previously called "Helpful Sites for Writers") near the bottom of my left sidebar. (The links are still just as helpful, but I needed to shorten the title.) This is a comprehensive list of links to various websites which can be helpful to writers in one way or another.

Most are straight writing sites or blogs, some are sites to or through which to sell your work, and others offer various additional features beneficial to the writer/blogger: blog design, inspiration, wisdom about issues that affect writers/writing, both business and general life lessons that can be helpful to you in the craft or business of writing, etc. Be sure to use this list of links often--and try visiting some of the sites that are as yet unfamiliar to you. You'll find many gems in this list, and you may just discover one or more that really target your interests or needs. (How will you ever know if you don't check them out?)


Hope these additions to Writer's Notes' help to make your writing life, fuller, simpler, and more productive. And may they help contribute to your success!


From one writer to another,
Jeanne



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Writer's Notes' Design Issues Lead to One-Point Loss

Writers Notes was edged out of John Hewitt's March Writing Blog Madness blog tournament yesterday (U.S. time) by Content Maven by a slim 14-13 margin. (For an explanation of how the contest works, visit John's post, March Writing Blog Madness Explained. You'll also find the seedings, which determined the matchup of the blog pairs that would compete, in the March Writing Blog Madness Seedings post.)

Of a possible total of 18 points, Content Maven Meryl Evans--a veteran writer, editor, and blogger--managed to rack up one more point than Writer's Notes could eke out due to blog design problems (which many of you already know about).

Blogs were judged in six different categories, each with a three-point maximum score: Archives, Design, Usability and Navigation, Purpose, Personality, and Five Most Recent Posts. Here's John's post presenting his comparative assessment of both blogs, along with his rationale for the points he assigned to each blog in each area: Game 12: #2 Seed Content Maven Versus #7 Seed Writer’s Notes. (There's still a great deal more to come in this tournament--more rounds to be "fought" and more blogs to be judged--so be sure to check it out.)


Did a Poorly Timed Orble Formatting Experiment Contribute to Writer's Notes' Loss?

While it's difficult to say for certain, it could very well be that, had the timing of the Orble formatting experiment (in which Google ads were placed in unusual and esthetically unpleasing places on our blogs' webpages), not coincided with my blog's judging, the outcome of this match might have been different. But, of course, that's pure speculation. It's just as possible that John would have found other design problems anyway.

I'm also well aware of my own culpability in the matter, since one of my last five posts (the content of which was judged as part of the tournament) was basically a lamentation about this issue and didn't do a thing to help me pick up the extra point I needed to tie the score. However, in my own defense, I will say that I believe in keeping my readers informed about what's going on, because community is what a blog is all about. I could have ignored the issue and continued to write totally unrelated "pillar" content (which might have helped me win), but I'm not sure that would have been entirely fair to my readers. (I will admit, though, that I probably could have complained a bit less in that post; and for that I apologize.)


The Blog is Still the Same, the Blogger a Little Wiser!

Despite this setback, Writer's Notes is fine and will continue to provide the same "information, inspiration, encouragement, and resources" for which it's become known. John Hewitt was honest in his assessment and, along with his constructive criticism, also had some very nice things to say about Writer's Notes--and about me--in his review, which I appreciate.

I didn't choose to enter this tournament. (I never would have with a PR 0.) The decision was made for me by John himself. (In fact, I'm still amazed that I did get in with my lack of PR, since John chose the entrants based on a combination of Google PR and Alexa ranking. I've just learned, though, that he assigned a value of PR 1 to all the PR 0 blogs for calculation purposes.) Though the loss was tough, I'm glad I had the opportunity to be matched with a much more experienced blogger and find that I gave her a run for her money!

Despite my loss (or perhaps because of it), this has been an excellent learning experience. For one thing, it's made me realize that complacency isn't a good thing. I should have continuously sought ways to make my blog's design better. And while the untimely Orble formatting experiment likely played a significant role and there are limits to what I'm able to control from my end, there were undoubtedly a few things I could have done to mitigate the problem. Live and learn, as they say! I now know that I shouldn't allow myself to become too comfortable, but should always be experimenting and looking for little (and big!) ways to improve my blog.*

Thanks, John, for giving me that incentive!

And thanks to my loyal readers who stick by me despite my blog's design issues!


You're the best!
Jeanne


* In fact, I'm currently experimenting with making the banner ads that have now become part of my preferred template a little less obtrusive. I still don't like them, but I'm attempting to make the best of a bad situation, because I really don't like the other template I'd be forced to use instead (to get rid of the banner ads)--the one with both sidebars on the left. I prefer the more symmetrical look of one sidebar on each side. (I may just be forced to go back to other template, though, if I don't succeed in making the banner ads look acceptable.)

Eternal optimist that I am, I'm still hoping Orble will decide to give us the option of having only link ads across the top of our blogs in the default template. That would be ideal, as far as I'm concerned. (I'm so glad they decided to get rid of the unsightly floating ad tower that created a fourth column in most blog templates, unbalancing our entire blogs! Thanks, Orble, for that!)



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Technical Difficulties

April 3rd 2008 12:03


4/8/08: I'll be doing a little experimenting with my blog's design, to see if I can find a way to make the default template look better; so please bear with me! Thanks! Right now, I'm attempting to make the banner ads look less obtrusive.

Why not check out my new "Writer's Notes Pillar Posts" section. You'll find a link in my left sidebar under "Spotlight Posts." You'll find blog carnivals there, as well.



Update (4/7/08): Orble has partially reconfigured my preferred template, but they've left the banner ads, which dwarf my blog's title banner and make for a very unflattering look. For the time being, I have little choice but to stay with this template until I (hopefully) manage to talk Orble into providing a link ad option for that template, in place of the banner ad--a real disappointment!


Update (4/5/08): Since writing this post, I've learned that the Google ad configuration which appeared while I was rearranging my sidebar was a formatting experiment done by Orble and not the result of anything I did to my blog. I'm very disappointed in this experimental setup and can only hope they'll come to their senses and return to the normal, attractive, symmetrical three-column design and get rid of the unsightly fourth column they've added to most of their templates--including the one I usually use.

This fourth column contains nothing but a Google ad tower floating in space, pushes the entire blog over to the left, uncentering it and making it appear lopsided and--along with the unsightly banner ads it forces upon us--makes a blog look extremely unattractive. I want to provide my readers with an attractive design--as well as helpful and informative content--to make your experience here more pleasant; and the latest formatting experiment simply doesn't help me do that.

The only good thing about all this is that the experiment is only supposed to last 48 hours, and it was begun April 3rd. Hopefully they'll stick with that schedule. If they do, I might actually be able to restore my original blog format before my blog is judged in the March Madness blog tournament.

Unless and until they do get rid of the new design monstrosity, I'll likely be sticking with this adless format--not because it's my chosen format, but because it's far, far better than the mutated version of my usual format. I hate gaudy banner ads, and the floating ad tower looks ridiculous. I really do miss my lovely, symmetrical design with one sidebar on the left, one on the right, and the blog in the middle! And I'm extremely disappointed that Orble would even consider such an unattractive design. My only hope is that they'll realize that the "experiment" has been a failure.

Stay tuned for further developments. In the meantime, please take a look at this Writer's Notes thumbnail, at AboutUs.org, to see what my blog should look like--and will, as soon as I'm able to restore it.


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Blog Formatting Problems

Please bear with me while I work out my blog formatting problems. Some changes I made to my blog have created technical difficulties with my Google ads, causing them to become unconfigured and move to other parts of my blog and also causing the wrong ad type to be displayed (i.e., banner ads--which I hate).

In order to remove the unsightly ad problem, I've had to choose a template that has no ads (other than the referral links under the header); but, unfortunately, it's also one that displays both sidebars on the left side of my blog--which I find quite unattractive.

I've also had to temporarily remove some other items from my sidebar: my Helpful Sites for Writers link list, and the MyBlogLog and TheGoodBlogs widgets.

Please bear with me, while I wait for technical help from Orble. Hopefully Writer's Notes will be back to normal very soon. This is even more critical right now, since my blog is set to be judged in the Writer's Resource Center March Madness Blog Tournament in a few days! (Believe me, this was not the way I'd intended to make that announcement!)

Thanks for your patience!
Jeanne

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UPDATE (4/4/08): I've replaced the Sites for Writers links, as well as the widgets for MyBlogLog and TheGoodBlogs, though I've arranged them somewhat differently than they were before. Unfortunately, I'm still unable to use my preferred blog format (the more symmetrical one that has one sidebar on either side of the blog), due to continued problems with the configuration of the Google ads.

Thanks so much, everyone, for your understanding and support! I really appreciate it!



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Inspiration: A Mysterious Influence

Inspiration: that powerful yet ethereal quality that’s impossible to adequately define or quantify. Every time we think we’ve grasped it, it flutters away in a totally new direction, leaving us to marvel at its breadth and wonder how we’ve managed to miss this latest nuance.

Inspiration: a concept so difficult to capture in all its splendor that touching on every facet of its subtle yet powerful influence would likely take an eternity, were it possible to achieve at all.



Yet, as elusive and mysterious as the concept is, most writers are intimately acquainted with the reality. Though we may lack the capacity to put its effect into words that adequately capture its meaning, we recognize the potency of the influence it exerts on us in our most creative moments. We realize that, of whatever mysterious substance it may be composed, inspiration is the spark that motivates us, moves us, animates us, as we seek to express our inmost thoughts in words upon a page. Were we to ask 100 writers to define the term, we’d likely get 100 different definitions—and therein lies the magic of inspiration.


A Recently Explored Theme Resurrected in April

During the month of March, Confident Writing coach Joanna Young explored the topic of inspiration. And while I’ve kept up with her wonderful posts as best I could, I haven’t been as involved lately in the Confident Writing conversation as I’d like to be. Due to a hectic writing schedule, I never managed to contribute to the recent “4 x 4” writing project*, which explored the sources of writing inspiration from the point of view of each blogger who entered. Since I’ve been planning for some time now to explore this theme, I think the month of April would be a great time to tackle the topic here at Writer’s Notes.


Inspiration: Where Does It Come From?

I won’t attempt to define inspiration here—though doing so is a wonderful creative exercise that every writer should engage in periodically just to keep the imagination sharp. I’ll discuss, instead, where inspiration comes from—which is right in line with the focus of Joanna’s “4 x 4” writing project (except that I won’t be following the “4 x 4” format).

Today’s post will explore people and some of the ways they can inspire us. In future posts I’ll discuss several other sources of inspiration (in no discernable order of importance) which I’ve found, in my own experience, contribute to a writer’s creativity.


Part 1: People, Positive and Negative

The potential of other people to influence our lives (in both positive and negative ways) is huge. No matter how much importance we assign to it, we could never overestimate the impact that one individual—through example, words, or actions toward us—can have on us as people or on our inner, creative lives. A single person can make an enormous difference in our entire outlook on life. And whether this person affects us in subtle or earth-shaking ways, his or her influence will be reflected in our writing.


Inspiration: A Positive Influence—Even in a Negative Situation

Inspiration is normally thought of as a positive, enlightening influence; and well it should be, because it is—even when it springs from negative or painful experiences, emotions, or interactions. This is because inspiration has the mystical ability to make something ugly, bad, unpleasant, wrong, or deceitful yield something beautiful, good, pleasing, right, and true. It's a bit of a miracle, really. While it may not actually alter the negative situation or person in any way, it changes us and the way we view the unhappy circumstances or unpleasant people that inhabit our lives. It helps us negate their power and weaken their influence, empowering us to move forward, to grow, and to create.

Inspiration is the mysterious power that revolutionizes our outlook, changing our focus from the negative interactions or examples themselves to the positive life lessons and inner transformations we’ve experienced as a result of them. These are rich reservoirs from which to draw meaningful material—and potent catalysts to creative growth.


Creating the Positive from the Negative

We’ve all met or heard of people whose nurturing interactions or uplifting stories have inspired us directly—without the unpleasant need for painfully processing the negative into the positive. And that’s the kind of inspiration on which we thrive. How we love those people! Thankfully, wonderful role models abound, and many of us are fortunate enough to have some of these fantastic people in our own personal spheres. Yet, even in the absence of such positive people, when we face the not-so-happy kind of inspiration with courage, purpose, wisdom, strength, and vision; we develop a balance that infuses us with the spirit of the overcomer. Such inspiration is hard-won but immensely valuable to the writer.

So, if you’ve experienced painful interactions with others—and who hasn’t?—don’t ignore this potentially fruitful path to inspiration, because it offers a rare opportunity to turn a negative into a positive and use it to fuel your creativity. There’s no question that such experiences take time to process…to work through…to begin to see objectively. But the results are always well worth the effort.


People: Choose to Let Them Inspire You!

It may seem as if I’ve dwelt a bit too much on the negative in this post—a rather unconventional practice in discussing inspiration, I think. Yet, the positive people we meet inspire us naturally, with very little effort on our part. It’s the difficult people and the unpleasant situations they create that endanger the health of our Muse—unless we learn to handle them in positive, constructive, and creative ways.

People can be an incredible source of inspiration for us as writers—whether or not they intend to be! The deciding factor is what we choose to do with the ideas and emotions they plant within us. So, choose to be inspired! It will make an incredible difference in your work!

May the people you’ve known and those you’ve known about become a living lesson for you. May they spark the inspiration that enables you to produce works of beauty, nobility, and grace—regardless of who they are or what they’ve done.


To your Muse!
Jeanne


* I'd previously stated in this post that Joanna Young tagged me for this project. She actually didn't. I somehow managed to mix this project up with a meme for which she did recently tag me. Therefore I've corrected that statement.




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March '08 Comment Recognition

It's time*, once again, to recognize my loyal readers who have left comments at Writer's Notes during the month of March, 2008.


You Contribute So Much!

I appreciate each and every one of you--not to mention your comments! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts, opinions, ideas, and experiences here at Writer's Notes! I truly enjoy hearing what you have to say and reading your insights, experiences, and viewpoints! Thanks for making March such a special month through your input! I've so enjoyed it!


March '08 Commenters

The following is a list (in no particular order) of all the wonderful people who have left comments at Writer's Notes during March, 2008:

AmyHuang, at Travel String

Tracy, at Movies and Life

Brad Shorr, at Word Sell, Inc.

Lillie Ammann, at A Writer's Words, An Editor's Eye

Joanna Young, at Confident Writing

Laura Spencer, at Writing Thoughts

Robert Hruzek, at Middle Zone Musings

Lilla, at Enviro Warrior

Sonya 1, at Freelance Tips

Always Eighteen

Raven, at Alaska Chronicle

Krissy Knox, at Sometimes I Think

Dan, at dcr Blogs

Lis Garrett, at Lis Garrett ~ Silver-Tongued Writer

Howard, at Real Crash

Damo, at My Apologetics

Robyn, at Brain-Based Biz

Wayne F, at Bucket Movies

Shan Jayaweera, at Watching You Tube

John Hewitt, at Writer's Resource Center

Jackie Cameron

Jarrah, at Back to the Eighties

The Daily Sonnet, at Lots of Sonnets

Ellen Weber, at Brain Based Business

Mike Crowl, at Webitz

Patricia, at Travel Stripe

Cheryl Wright, at Cheryl Wright Writes

Lady Henrietta Muddling


Thanks So Much for Your Comments!

Thanks, again for making the Writer's Notes conversation so much richer by visiting and sharing your thoughts, insights, and personal experiences in response to my posts!


With many thanks,
Jeanne


* I usually write these comment appreciation posts on the first of the month, and it was indeed still the first of April in my time zone when this post was written! Unfortunately, I didn't quite manage to beat the clock in the GMT zone (Orble's time zone), which is seven hours ahead of PDT. (Came really close, though, clocking in at one minute past midnight GMT on April 2nd, which was 5:01 pm PDT, April 1st.)


P.S. If you've commented at Writer's Notes during March, and I've somehow overlooked you, please let me know. I appreciate every commenter, and I want each of you to get the recognition you deserve!




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