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Ronna Lambiasi DeLoe is an author, writer, photographer, professional musician and NY attorney living in Maine and New York. She has an office in NY and is still actively doing appeals. She also play keys, synth & organ in a 7-piece band. Ms. DeLoe's poetry website provides custom poems or personalized poetry for every occasion. The new site is at: https://www.facebook.com/PoetandWriter/?fref=ts. Her photography website is: www.mainestreamphotography.com (live but under construction). Ms. DeLoe's first book of poetry is Serenity at Two Lights and Other Social Issues. It can be found on www.Amazon.com. Her children's book, Goodbye Monsters, can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/Goodbye-Monsters-Ronna-Lambiasi-DeLoe/dp/1633810011/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436384727&sr=8-1&keywords=ronna+lambiasi+deloe. Contact her at ronnadeloe@gmail.com and view her webpage at www.ronnalambiasideloe.com.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Writing Aids: Webinar Sept. 30 at 12 pm EST

There is a webinar tomorrow at 12:00 pm EST until 1:30 pm about cover letters. The link to join is: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/819292846/106350392 . It is a free webinar and if you are job hunting, it might be valuable. This link will direct you to "come back" at 12 pm on Thursday, Sept 30, so I would suggest getting there a little before 12 to make sure you can sign in.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Writing Gigs: Worldwide Freelance Writer

If you're looking for a free newsletter in your inbox which, I believe, comes on a monthly basis if not more often, try the Worldwide Freelance Writer. Their website address is http://www.worldwidefreelance.com/. There are articles, newsletters, writers' markets, freelance jobs, and a whole bunch of goodies for freelance writers. Sometimes the newsletters are great, and sometimes there are one or two useful articles. Overall, I look forward to receiving it and getting some welcome advice.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Writing Gigs: The Wealthy Freelancer and International Freelancers Day

It appears that International Freelancers Day was a huge success, according to all accounts I've read. I attended many of the webinars and have some websites which can help your freelancing career. I'm printing out dozens of articles right now from http://www.thewealthyfreelancer.com/. If you weren't sure about purchasing the book, the first three chapters are available for downloading. Log into http://www.thewealthyfreelancer.com/ to get the download as well as several additional articles pertaining to freelancing.
There are so many helpful hints from the webinars we could be reading the available materials for the next year. I will list some sites I think are helpful in the next few weeks and hopefully they will help you too.

In the meantime, I have to replenish my ink, paper, and organize my desk--things I already knew I had to do but all of this material is pushing the paper and ink to the max, and my desk, while huge (about 8 ft -- my husband made it for me) is cluttered with freelance and legal material, and of course bills. First project -- separate the bills from the freelance materials and make space just for my freelance activities.

The webinars were valuable, I think, but I also have to say I'm glad they're over. I need time to keep up with projects, which include writing legal articles, writing travel and other articles, writing poetry for my website, and oh yeah, getting back to my novel.

Check out the above link; there's a free newsletter and lots of material to download.

Also, I received an email about the International Freelancers Day webinars being re-posted/re-run. They will have more information about it soon. I missed a few on Saturday so I think this is a great idea.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Writing Tips: International Freelancers Day

International Freelancers Day seems to be going well so far. Some of the tips apply to my situation, and some of them don't, but overall I think it's been helpful. The programs at International Freelancers Day are continuing today and tomorrow, with 5:15 p.m. EST being the time of the last presenter on each day. If still interested, check out post below and sign into International Freelancers Day to view videos.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

About Writing: Great article from John Grisham

Here's a terrific article by John Grisham, dated Sept 5, 2010 about his writing career. It's a good read for those who want to know about his destiny with writing and how that can translate to your own career or future. The link is: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/06/opinion/06Grisham.html?_r=3 . Let's hope, unlike Examiner.com this evening, that this link works! 

Checked it out -- it works ;>

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Baxter State Park, Part 2: Mt. Katahdin and mountain views - Portland Landmarks Travel | Examiner.com

Both Baxter State Park articles posted here have photos, so please check them out. Thanks. :)

Sept 23 - this should now be a working link since I re-posted it myself w/out waiting for Examiner's pub tool to work properly. You should be able to view this now.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Baxter State Park, Part 1: Moose-watching day - Portland Landmarks Travel | Examiner.com


Re-posted because original was not able to be viewed - Examiner's pub tool is not working, so I posted my own link to my own article. Thanks for your patience. 

Writing Gig and General Info: Tripatini

This link is for people interested in travel articles, and it furnishes some tips and job availabilities. It promotes itself as a social network for travelers and travel experts. There are forums on the website as well. There's a job board, bulletin board, blog posts, photos, and information about travel. If you are a travel writer, this might be a place you'll want to check out. The link is: http://www.tripatini.com/. I hope some of this information is useful and that you can get some valuable info from it. Please let me know what you think of the site so I can properly inform everyone. Thank you! Happy writing.

Monday, September 20, 2010

International Freelancers Day

Don't forget to sign up for International Freelancers Day. It's a free computer-based all day webinar. You pick what you want to see and what you don't. It is on Sept 24, but actually continues to Sept 25. The link is: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/InternationalFreelancersDay?ref=mf . There are a lot of good tips that will be shared on those days. The speakers are listed so you can plan your day(s) accordingly. There's also a contest on the page: http://www.internationalfreelancersday.com/contest/. Check the FB page and then it will show you where to apply.  http://www.internationalfreelancersday.com/.

Writing Gigs: The Freelance Writing Jobs Network

This site is a comprehensive list of jobs, writing tips, leads, and great resources for writers. The website, at http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/ lists all sorts of writing jobs. It's updated daily. It's a must-see for anyone looking to add to their writing sites or to find a possible full-time writing gig. I try to check this daily and have applied to some of the jobs. Jobs from journalism, article writing and copy writing are listed. Check this out--it's in my list of favorites and it's something you may want to check daily also.

Stephen King’s Blood-Red House in Bangor, Maine - Portland Landmarks Travel | Examiner.com

Stephen King’s Blood-Red House in Bangor, Maine - Portland Landmarks Travel Examiner.com

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Click here if interested in learning about http://www.mykuworld.com/. Speaking in Poetry: Mykuworld.com allows communication in poetry, either rhyming or free verse. Here's my response to someone who said love is just a fairy tale:

RE: Love is not a fairy tale

Love is not a fairy tale

I found my school sweetheart

Thirty years later we said "I do"

And now we'll never part.

The original poster was pretty bitter. Ouch. Maybe (s)he should have had a better divorce lawyer. ;>
Also, our marriage was 32 years after high school but we did meet again 30 years later --what's a couple of years?
A lot of writers are romantic, even if we don't write romance :)

International Freelancers Day - September 24-25, 2010


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Writing and Gerry Boyle, Maine Author

Everyone knows about Maine author Stephen King. That he's done well is an understatement, and in Maine, he has a Blvd. named after him in Augusta and has an incredible house in Bangor.
There are, however, other Maine authors who would love that type of recognition, I'm sure.
The first author I'm following and reading avidly is Gerry Boyle : http://www.gerryboyle.com/. He is a mystery writer and has two series -- Jack McMorrow and Brandon Blake. His latest book is Damaged Goods in the McMorrow series, and I'm busy reading Port City Shakedown in the new Brandon Blake series.
Gerry is an incredible writer and person. He will talk to you about writing and go out of his way to make you feel positive about the writing experience.
His mysteries are great learning tools because everything  you wanted to write in a mystery is in there. His characters are real, his dialogue credible and his descriptions are top-notch.
If you want to read something by an author who should be a household name, check out any of Gerry Boyle's books. They're excellent to read and are great to study if you are a writer. Knowing Gerry, he probably had no intention of people studying or dissecting his books, but I hope he does become a household name soon. http://www.gerryboyle.com/. Great writer, and I'm proud to call him a friend.

Next up -- Maine's own Tess Gerritsen.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Writers Beware -- Join the Write/Right Sites for Feedback

There are hundreds of writing sites out there that allow for  feedback, critiques of your work, and allow you to critique others' writing. Since when did writers decide to critique one's profile? As we say in NY,
give me a break! That's going a little overboard, right? Well, I won't mention the site but I will not promote it either.
Instead, I would suggest that when joining a website that is a writers' forum, make sure you are comfortable there and make sure people are welcoming. If not, leave it! It's that simple. There are others which will be extremely supportive. You just have to find them. You may be a newbie to the site but not a neophyte when it comes to writing. While all writers, even seasoned writers, can benefit from constructive critiques, it would help if the writing sites helped newbies to the sites get adjusted before people started critiquing early attempts at getting a profile together.
I previously suggested http://www.mykuworld.com/ for poetry on this blog. That's a good site for practicing poetry and getting involved with other poets.
I'll be searching for other sites. In the meantime, we've formed an email chain on Examiner.com. There are about 20 of us in this self-made group. We don't always email each other, but when we do, it's usually very supportive. We read and comment on each other's articles. I wish I had time to comment on everyone's articles but the truth is I just don't. I always appreciate when people comment on mine and I understand if they're too busy to do so. In any event, the message here is to search for a supportive writers' group and if you feel uncomfortable in any particular group, leave it. There will be others that can take its place.
Writers need support in this sometimes quiet and lonely profession. If people are not supportive, there is no reason to stay. We can take critiques if they're done constructively, but if they're mean-spirited, there's nothing constructive about it.
I've found that many people are supportive, but one or two of them have nothing better to do than critique as if they had a red pen in their hand. What have they ever published? Find out if you can. Generally speaking, you may be surprised to find that the answer is --- NOTHING. :)
Take their comments with a grain of salt and move on. Don't even waste time thinking about their suggestions. They're not the authority of your written work -- you are.
I hope you find a supportive site, and if you know of any, please feel free to volunteer that information.

All the best,

Writing and www.clevertutor.com

http://www.clevertutor.com/ is for people in the New York tri-state area. It provides premier tutoring for children who are either struggling or who simply want to do better. It is designed to improve children's skills and confidence. It also helps with specific problem areas, such as writing, reading and math, in a private or semi-private environment.
Check out http://www.clevertutor.com/ today for your child's needs.

Writing: Practice Your Poetry & Other Writing Sites

I found a great poetry website at http://www.mykuworld.com/. This free site allows you to peruse others' poems and interact by use of short poems. You can start a topic or add to an existing one. You can answer someone's poem and you will be able to show who you are answering.
The website has a board made up of squares. Each square is connected to another; you have a choice of picking any open square, writing a poem pertaining to the topic and answering one of the adjacent posters. By choosing an arrow, you will show to whom you are responding.
This is a great way to practice your poetry, free of charge, and to get involved in an online writing community.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Writing Gigs - "Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You" - Eleanor Roosevelt

I love the above-listed quote because it has become my mantra as a writer. Every day I find either a new writing site or a new challenge. I've started copy writing, which I never thought I would do, at Textbroker.com. My son would be proud, I'm sure, since that's his forte and his paying job. I've also signed up for Constant Content, which allows you to write articles and have customers bid on them. You can also write articles specifically requested by customers/clients, and it is possible to do that at Textbroker.com after you have written a few articles or copy.
I have to keep a list of the sites I'm writing for, since each requires different passwords and has different IDs. Likewise, I don't want to forget some of the sites that I write for, so I keep a small notebook of the sites I'm actively writing for.
I have two columns on Examiner which I had better get back to, but the changeover to the new Pub Tool has made it a little difficult so I've taken some time off from that. Will probably get back to both columns there this week.
Took a break from Suite101 for awhile but need to get back there too. Helium? Associated Content? Word Clerk? I am allowed to write for them--just never have. Maybe someone can tell ME if those sites are worth it.

If you can suggest a good writing site, please feel free to do so. I'm happy to share my finds. One of them is also http://www.myknowledgepublisher.com/, where I have also been qualified to write legal articles. I love that site and try to write a few articles a day. There are topics on that site other than legal. I think the legal pays the best, but there appear to be a lot of topics there and the copy writers are human and humane.

In the meantime, every day I'm trying something new as a writer. I love the Writing World newsletters I get in my inbox; they contain a wealth of information.

I welcome all suggestions re: writing sites and gigs. Please share your favorite sites.

Incidentally, if you are going to be in Camden, Maine on Sept 9, my favorite mystery author, Gerry Boyle, is going to be at the Camden Public Library at 6:30 p.m. promoting his new book. His site is http://www.gerryboyle.com/. His books are worth studying for crisp, clear writing.

All write,

Friday, September 3, 2010

Writing and Capitalization: Capitalization Mistakes

Here's a helpful blog entry on capitalization. The site is Freelance Writing Jobs at http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/ and the post is at: http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/2010/08/do-you-make-these-capitalization-mistakes/#retweet.
It discusses some common mistakes with capitalization and discusses how to fix them to improve writing. Also click on the link listed, A Sense of Capital En-TITLE-ment, for more tips.