Mayhem

Ukraine means 'country.' Whatever happened to 'make love, not war'? Where do we go when madness rules the earth? And I think about the mothers... There comes a time in every woman's journey when she faces those two converging paths Frost wrote about...to be or not to be a mother. Instinct and societal norms provoke the desire. Individual goals and preferences incite the response. For me, the choice of family or career never arose, for I had selected a course that allowed for both. What [...]

By |2022-06-22T23:41:23+00:00May 10th, 2022|contemplative, emotive, Essays, inspirational|0 Comments

May 2022 Author of the Month: MELISSA W. HUNTER

Every once in a while a novel comes along that stirs your heart. Melissa Hunter's debut novel What She Lost is that kind of story. Based on the real-life story of her grandmother, the novel follows the efforts of a young woman to survive the Holocaust during WWII. Melissa is a Cincinnati, Ohio, girl who studied creative writing and journalism at UC, where she received a BA in English literature and a minor in Judaic Studies. She has been a blogger and contributed articles to [...]

By |2022-05-10T10:51:23+00:00May 1st, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

SPRINGING

Every year as March turns into April, I think about cleaning, and, sure, the house comes to mind. The dusting, scouring, airing, washing, and polishing remain secondary concerns to the tilling of the garden beds, the sowing of early crops like lettuce, spinach, and onions. My fingers literally itch to dig in. I find myself wandering from bed to bed, checking the new growth of perennials, pulling the pesky weeds already springing free of winter's hold. But my thoughts wander beyond these chores to the [...]

By |2022-03-31T16:04:07+00:00March 31st, 2022|Essays|0 Comments

April 2022 Author of the Month: ROCK NEELLY

April ushers in wet weather, early blooms, and a new release from this month's special author, Rock Neelly. If you follow my writing journey, you already know that I seek out fellow authors wherever I roam. I met Rock at Mulberry Street Books in Lebanon, Ohio, and invited him to sit down for a chat with me this month. Neelly hails originally from Hutchinson, Kansas, and grew up spending weekends on family farms in both Oklahoma and Kansas. The son of teachers, he grew up [...]

By |2022-03-31T15:56:50+00:00March 31st, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

How To Support A Writer

I've been writing essays for my blog From the Write Side for many years and have never had a guest article. However, recently I received the best newsletter from Michelle Halkett, Central Avenue Publishing, regarding how to support authors, and she very graciously gave me permission to reprint it here.   Dear Janet,  Publishing books is a tough gig. It's a roller coaster that spans the Everest-level highs of getting a bestseller to the Marianas Trench lows of variable cash flow or lost deals. I [...]

By |2022-02-28T17:02:05+00:00February 28th, 2022|Essays|0 Comments

March Author of the Month: TARA TYLER

I love Book Fairs and Book Signings, not only for the opportunity to talk with readers and the public in general but also for the chance to interact with fellow writers. I met Tara Tyler at Mulberry Street Books in Lebanon, Ohio, where proprietor Angela is incredibly supportive of local authors. Tara, a sci-fi fantasy and adventure author, impressed me with her stories aimed at the middle-grade reader. She describes herself as "a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. [...]

By |2022-02-28T17:01:18+00:00February 28th, 2022|Author of the Month, Featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Heart of it All

Once upon a time, the slogan for the Buckeye State was "Ohio...the heart of it all." While the P.R. guys and gals have moved on from that catchy phrase, I find myself returning to it this February...not for the state but for myself and my passion. What, I ask myself, is the heart of my writing? Here's what I came up with... 1. exploring the motivations that prompt human actions, good or bad 2. optimism...despite the chaos that threatens our world 3. a  belief in [...]

By |2022-01-31T17:19:51+00:00January 31st, 2022|Essays|0 Comments

February 2022 Author of the Month: KIMBERLY BECKETT

February has many celebratory events, but the most recognizable has to be Valentine's Day, and what could be more appropriate than inviting a romance author to visit this month? It's my pleasure to introduce Kimberly Beckett, who loves horses and infuses her romantic tales with a strong dose of equine healing. Beckett is a fellow member of the Central Ohio Fiction Writers organization, which supports all things romance as well as other writers in the Buckeye state.   Janet Irvin: Welcome to my author's corner, [...]

By |2022-01-31T17:08:24+00:00January 31st, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Resolutions — A New Sense or a Nuisance?

Ah, the pressure of a new year...the overt or subtle messages from friends, family, the media to change your ways, make a fresh start, replace old habits with new ones. Do I or don't I make that list? Some days the desire to simply 'be' overshadows everything else and raises questions. Why must I push myself forward? What do I hope to accomplish in this moment? Do I need to always be chasing after something more? During December, I spent much of my online time [...]

By |2022-01-01T14:50:08+00:00January 1st, 2022|Essays|0 Comments

January 2022 Author of the Month: MAGGIE BLACKBIRD

It's a new day in a new year...welcome, 2022, and welcome, as well, to Maggie Blackbird, who writes romance novels set among Canada's indigenous people. About herself, Maggie is an Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario. She resides in the country with her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes, one of whom is pictured below.  "When I'm not writing," Maggie says,  "I can be found pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush, teeing up [...]

By |2022-01-01T14:42:22+00:00January 1st, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments
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