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The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

Links for Readers and Writers shows up again with interesting non required reading.

Kinks in cyberspace have stopped me from finishing a post

After a frustrating half an hour trying to finish my post for tomorrow, as over and over my last photograph would not load, I quit. For today, I have a writing deadline elsewhere. Plus an intriguing hour to follow my nose to a new area of a city we are visiting. So enjoy A Vase of Wildflowers Monday post for readers and writers, plus visit her blog to see what other lovely topics she cooks up.

Thanks for looking in, Deborah Taylor-French

I love Marc. Marc take me home!
Cone-head, panting to cool down in the exam room

A Vase of Wildflowers

Inspired by a similar type of post found on Electric Literature‘s website, The Monday Post is a collection of articles for writers and readers as well as a sampling of interesting works and publications from across the internet. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post. In addition, each new month will feature a new and interesting quote from an established expert in the literary field.

Writers and readers may find additional links and featured writers inThe Monday Post archive. Please follow my blog for writing prompts, commentary, reviews, and more!

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“Writing: often it is the only thing between you and impossibility.”

Morton Marcus, my first professor of literature

As a young adult my introduction to the American short story and literature in general came through respected American Poet, Morton Marcus. Discussing fiction and poetry became a daily part of my life due to the spark Marcus shared in his courses and his introductions of American poets at Cabrillo College readings.

Morton Marcus ran lively, up-to-the-minute modern poetry readings. I remember many of the guest poets and writers, which included Robert Bly, Gary Snyder, James D. Houston, and Al Young.  Morton Marcus had many ideas on poetry. To read some of them visit Morton Marcus Website page Ideas On Poetry.

Walking on a beach feeds my soul
Standing on a Pacific Coast Beach

Poetry feeds the soul

I love this poem by Charles Bukowski, Writing, which The Daily Post on WordPress reprinted on June 13, 2014. Please read it below at the end of this post, which grows longer with each edit.

Writing friends please read, and share this poetry and post with friends who face the blank page each day…either half empty or half full.

Deep shade from two walls of evergreens invites visitors.
Photographs by Marc Hoffman

Garden fountain writer’s retreat

Lately, music and lyrics bring me closer to the core of my being that needs to sing, to write new stories, and sit by the fountain in our garden. As I sit, and feel the empty spaces in me, all manner of birds visit the flowers and fountain. Hummingbirds, green-tailed towhees, robins, house sparrows, wild canaries, red-winged blackbirds, California blue scrub jays,  mourning doves, plus an assortment of finches.

We love to soak our feet in the chilly pond base.
Four lion heads  simulate the sound of falling rain

When all else lies quietly sending out roots, I run fingers over the keyboard or reflect in old journals, filled with favorite fragments of poetry like the lines below.

“But art?

  • It is pure and
  • intense play,

so it is like pure and intense life,
so it is like pure and intense fire.
You’ll see the coal burning.”

Antonio Machado from Times Alone

In Segovia, I took a photograph honoring Machado outside a theatre where his plays appeared.  I still keep copies of his Times Alone and other translations of his work from Spanish into English.

Stay tuned. Coming up more Machado poetry and a few of my photographs of Segovia.

Deborah Taylor-French



The Daily Post

often it is the only
between you and
no drink,
no woman’s love,
no wealth
match it.
nothing can save
it keeps the walls
the hordes from
closing in.
it blasts the
writing is the
the kindliest
god of all the
writing stalks
it knows no
and writing
at itself,
at pain.
it is the last
the last
what it

Charles Bukowski, “Writing.”

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A Prairie Dog New Year

By Deborah Taylor-French

Dog Leader Mysteries 2013

In a spirit of good humor, gratitude and peace, I close year 2013 short and sweet.

  • Thanks for reading.
  • Special thanks to those of you who have become friends by leaving comments, blog hopping with Blog Paws or WordPress.com.
  • Hugs to those of you who follow Dog Leader Mysteries and for sharing it with your friends and family.

Those of you who are active on social media, please add me to your Google+ circles. If you like you can click this link to friend me on Facebook or this link to follow my @dtfpress updates on Twitter.

Highlights from 2013

My all time favorite photograph from my Canon SX50? See below.

We Are Hungry

Please feed us.
Street guitarist and his beloved dog.

I took We Are Hungry in Florence, Italy.

My favorite post of 2013?

Yoshi, the rabbit Alex rescued and helped save his broken and infected paw. Yoshi, means Good Luck in Japanese, and this little guy fought hard to get well, use his broken leg to hop on, then Yoshi found a forever home through the Sonoma County Animal Shelter. For more on Yoshi click Yoshi .

My favorite new blogger pal?

Russel Ray Photos cause he camps out on other people’s blogs. I think I’ll follow along, learning new stuff about photography, life and other cool WordPress blogs.

Redwood Writers

I do social media to promote Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club. Our motto is writers helping writers. I volunteer as Author Support Group Facilitator. I am so fond of all the friends I have made face to face through Redwood Writers, all the short fiction, memoir and novels I have read by members. So if you are a writer, do hunt for a local writers group or start one.

Blog Fun vs. Writing Fiction Drafts

Blogging surprised me, in that I find it fun.

Some posts I work out over time and send out first and second revisions to friends. I ask them to look at the overall appeal of the topic, the flow of the sentences and grammar. Once the bones look good to us, I polish up and add links, etc.

But the big mule kick for me, consists of a spark from a photograph, story or video, which sets me off and running. This post is one of those, just for the fun of it.

Today I grab my hat and catch sentences

as they drop from the sky.

looks like Sydney, yes?
Hey, can I say hello to your dog?

Another writer in my critique group once said, “You edit yourself too much!”

Her scolding tone, hit a bull’s-eye on my skull. Yes,I am guilty of editing my stories out of existence. I have years of fiction and poetry in states of incomplete drafts. I need deadlines to finish anything, except blog posts.

She said, "I'm cold." 

He said, "Well you're a writer."

Pulling on a sweater she asked,"What do you mean?" 

He said, "Writers spend all their time hanging around drafts."


So if I take a reckless path next year, please follow.

My goal is to dive into publishing at least three short nonfiction works. Much of what I plan to write and polish will be in the vein of humor and animal welfare. Also I have larger interests to share on living green and healthier, fitness and Body IQ.

Are you a Beta Reader?

I would love to have a few beta readers. Would you like to read on of my dog humor eBooks?

Express your interest by leaving a comment with a working email address.

This Humane Society of the United States HSUS

Watching this gave me a unique sense of peace, as if all were right with the world, maybe it all comes down to prairie dogs being themselves and doing what they do as a community in the chain of life?

Dig in the dirt. Wash face. Eat. Fall over from getting fat. Then get up again, hug a friend and fall over together.

Follow that…author!

I do like WordPress Reader to find new blogs and writers. Do take a peak at this post then “Follow that…Author!”

The Daily Post

We use the WordPress.com Reader for work and play — to discover great writing and photography and to follow personal “pet” topics of interest. Michelle and Pick have already shared their favorite corners of the Reader. Today I get to be Alice in Wonderland and show you how I use the Reader to follow my favorite writers. Welcome to my writerly rabbit hole! Salty snacks and frosty beverages are on the left — help yourself.

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There’s hope for indie authors

Such cool news for aspiring writers who want to get readership, sell books, and feel their work matters. Read Thonie’s blog “Just the Facts, Ma’am.”

Just the Facts, Ma'am

As I do every second Sunday of the month, I attended the Redwood Writers Club (RWC) meeting in Santa Rosa.  I took a writing class Jordan Rosenfeld co-taught several years ago at the RWC Conference. We have corresponded via Facebook, so it was nice to make that personal contact. Beyond that, I found her talk fascinating. She spoke about a writers’ collective to help indie authors publish and market their work. More on that later this week. Until then, this was a particularly hopeful article for us self-pubbed scribblers that appeared in Sunday’s Press Democrat. I LOVED that the author, Crissi Langwell attended the meeting. –Thonie


There’s hope for indie authors

Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.


Three years ago, Jenn Sterling, 35, of Petaluma got fired from her job. At the time, it felt like the worst thing…

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