Volume 20 Number 2

"As much as we wish other people would notice our talents and shower us with recognition, more often than not, just like in New York traffic, it takes horn tooting to get someone's attention.”

Ronna Litchenberg on Oprah Magazine oprah.com
January - March 2017

Brag Board/Announcements



If you have a writing announcement to share, whether it’s about a book you’ve written, a new byline for an article, or a class you offer, we’d love to have you share it here. We prefer that your announcement run 40 words or less. There’s no charge for announcements in that word range and they run for 90 days. 


Art & Soul 
a Retreat/Workshop for Creative People

Alfred J. Garrotto, presenter
Saturday, June 24, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
San Damiano Retreat House, Danville, CA
(925) 837-9141
Cost: $55.00 (lunch included)

Based on the presenter’s book, “The Soul of Art,” this workshop/retreat focuses on the creative gifts of both professional and aspiring actors, composers, dancers, fine artists, musicians, playwrights, writers, et al. The God-given talents of artists of all genres uplift humankind and lead audiences to deeper awareness of life’s higher meaning. Participants will explore the divine source of their own gifts and inspirations and take away with them even greater joy in sharing them. 
Attendees of all faith are invited.   (posted 3/13/17)




Laura R. Loomis's collection of linked short stories, "Lost in Translation," is now available from Wordrunner Press.


Links to other pieces, including two in Writer Advice, can be found at my blog, "Lost and Found."



Jey Tehya’s (Jessica Mehta’s) novel The Wrong Kind of Indian releases January 1 and her third collection of poetry Orygun, released November 1. She’s also the author of What Makes an Always and The Last Exotic Petting Zoo. Jessica is a Cherokee poet and novelist. Find out more about her word at jessicatynermehta.com.

Sara Baker’s piece, "Partner Promenade" was one of only 20 pieces selected to be published in an anthology entitled Finding Mr. Right.  I was delighted to have made the "cut" as the criteria was steep and the criteria exacting. 

Another piece of Ms. Baker’s, "May Baskets," was published in Good Old Days Magazine in the May issue (yep, appropriate).  And another piece, "Pixie Dust and Quilts" will be published in an upcoming issue of American Quilter Magazine

“The Horn,” a slipstream story by Mi West who placed in the 2015 Writer Advice’s Flash Prose Contest, was published online as a runner-up in the Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest ( http://www.jerryjazzmusician.com/2016/04/the-horn-whispers-of-eternity-in-f-major-a-short-story-by-mi-west/ ).

THEIR SOULS MET IN WISHTON by Wanda Penalver Bevan

Published June 2016 by Solstice Publishing is available on AMAZON, BARNES and NOBLE, GOODREADS


Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan was selected as the 2016-2017 Fellow for Pen Parentis. Read about it at http://www.penparentis.org/fellowships/current-fellow/ 


Kelli A. Wilkins has released seven of her sensual romances previously published with Amber Quill Press. Her two most recent paranormals, Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover and Killer in Wolf’s Clothing, were released this summer. Look for her third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption (a historical western set in Nebraska), coming September 19! Visit her website: www.KelliWilkins.com for a full title list and book summaries.

Patricia Boyle’s poem, "Saturday Morning Encounter," was published in the California Writer’s Club 2016 Literary Review. Her poem recounts a chance, yet memorable meeting between two people, one homeless, one from the middle class, on an ordinary Saturday morning.

News of two more launches from Camille Minichino, writing under two pseudonyms:

  • Sept 6: CANCELLED BY MURDER, the second in Postmistress series (as Jean Flowers)

  • Sept 9: MATRIMONY IN MINIATURE, the ninth in the Miniature Mysteries (as Margaret Grace)

The Sierra Nevada Review will accept submissions for poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction from September 1st to February 15th. We publish writing that leans toward the unconventional, surprising, and risky. We appreciate experiments in form and content, and prefer works whose meanings deepen on repeated readings.



The Soul of Art by Alfred J. Garrotto offers insight, inspiration, and encouragement for all of us engaged in the creative arts. It invites reflection on the intimate relationship between our gifts and the Creator-Spirit, who uses our creations to speak hope, love, and compassion to our needy world. https://www.amazon.ca/Soul-Art-Alfred-J-Garrotto/dp/1537726412.



Tethered by Letters seeks submissions in multiple genres. Due November 15, 2016. Details at http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/.



  • Talent

    Sandee Mason wants to find her talent, get her driver’s license, and stop living in the shadow of her big brother, Bri, who disappeared while serving in Afghanistan. Copies of B. Lynn Goodwin’s Talent on Amazon, BN, and elsewhere on 11/01.

  • Shorts And Briefs

    Shorts and Briefs by Gregory Fletcher is a collection of short plays and brief principles of playwriting, with cover blurb support from Christopher Durang, Tina Howe, and Charles Busch. A craft book that entertains and applies to all of creative writing.

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    Journaling: Gateway to Self Discovery is available by special arrangement. Contact Lgood67334@comcast.net for information.

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  • Writing Heals

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  • Writing After Retirement

    Writing after Retirement paints a realistic portrayal of what it takes to get started in the industry. Learn about: • Linking one's writing to current activities • The nuts and bolts of writing • Planning one's estate • New career paths • Writing opportunities • Practical advice on how to take that first step

  • On The Rim Of Wonder

    One reviewer’s thoughts: “Juliana Lightle empowers people in her poetry collection, On the Rim of Wonder. ‘Choose. Be who you want to be; do what you want to do.’ … My only response can be, ‘I will!’

  • Poetry Resource Guide

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  • The Pinata-Maker's Daughter

    Scholarly Carmen Principia jumps into college socially unprepared in The Pinata-Maker’s Daughter. First, there's her weird roommate. And the men! Radical protester, Franco, who shares her Hispanic heritage, or frat rat Joe, who makes her laugh? Follow her hilarious, heartbreaking adventures. Buy at Amazon.

  • Unlikely Teachers

    Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict by Judy Ringer A practical tool to generate clarity, power, and flow in your life, Unlikely Teachers offers stories, reflection, and practice. Click on Unlikely Teachers to order or visit www.Amazon.com.

  • The Frugal Editor

    Writers can be in charge of their own careers in this economic downturn with Carolyn Howard-Johnson's multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. www.howtodoitfrugally.com

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  • Jan McDaniel

    Take the next step in your writing career with me, Jan McDaniel. My editing services include a free initial consultation, line edits, plot and character feedback (for fiction), and follow up discussion. Visit janmcdaniel.weebly.com or email

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