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Location: Aspen
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Hi and welcome to group of Aspiring Writers. As a travel writer I have been quite busy writing for my blog, Aspen Real Life, but check in as much as possible to see what you are all up to. Come by and say hello. Also,  find me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Writers' Rumpus blog & 2 writer-themed giveaways

Started by Marianne Knowles Sep 13, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, I just joined Mom Bloggers. I manage a group blog, Writers' Rumpus, with a focus on writing and illustrating for…Continue

Tags: critique, Rafflecopter, giveaway, books, picture

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway

Started by Cynthia Tolbert-Wilson Mar 30, 2013. 0 Replies

By this time of the year, we are more than ready for the tilting of the Earth that heralds the spring equinox and better weather. It’s a promise that summer will soon be here.…Continue

Writing & The Road to Publishing

Started by Shana Johnson. Last reply by Rhonda Fischer Jan 2, 2013. 5 Replies

Hi Moms,I own a independent book publishing company and I was thinking about starting some video online sessions or a video online writing group for those who are writing and want some input or want…Continue

Join Nikki Mark, Children's Book Author on Facebook and Twitter

Started by Prerna Malik. Last reply by Emma Kaufmann Mar 13, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi, I am the Social Media Manager for Nikki Mark, author of the popular kids’ book for working moms, Mommy Brings Home the Bacon. We’d love to…Continue

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Comment by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on April 22, 2011 at 10:30am



I have two grandsons, 2 and 5, and know exactly what you mean. Funny post, thanks for sharing.

Comment by Deana Barnhart on April 22, 2011 at 9:22am

THanks Margot!

I love hearing things like that.  This is actually the second ms I've written but the first was just to prove I could do I think.  Now I am really working at it.


I also agree with the critique group.  I would join except I am already a member of three small ones and I don't know that I could do another...I wish because I love as much help as I can get with my writing.

Comment by Margot Finke on April 21, 2011 at 10:14pm

Keep at it, mate.  It is writers who stick with it that eventually become published authors.

You know, if some of you here are serious about writing, you could join together and form a private critique group.  Feedback from other writers is a great way to prune out weaknesses and beef up characters.  And the support from other writers is a great plus.

I do suggest that picture book writers stick together.  Writing them is a whole other game from YA and MG.  Think about it. 


Kid's Books With a WOW Factor!

Manuscript Critiques –
Comment by Deana Barnhart on April 21, 2011 at 9:37pm
Still in the writing stage.  About 2/3 of the way through.
Comment by Margot Finke on April 21, 2011 at 7:10pm

Wow Deana.  It sounds thrilling.  Are you still in the writing stage, or are you polishing it up for publication?

Margot’s Magic Carpet
Kids Books With a WOW Factor!


Comment by Peryl Manning on April 21, 2011 at 6:41pm
Margot - thanks again, you are so supportive, I totally appreciate you!!
Comment by Deana Barnhart on April 21, 2011 at 6:07pm

Margot, it is a YA Urban Fantasy novel.  Isn't it funny whenever you are asked to explain something you draw a blank:)  I will give you the tiny blurb on my blog about it...

Mackenzie Shae discovers her destiny is unlike most seventeen year olds when she turns a guardian angel into a human with the mere touch of her hand. How will she cope when she realizes she has stripped her only protector of his abilities in a time when she is being hunted by the evils of this world and the one beyond?


I entered the first 312 words into a contest and won third for it.  You can find that here if you want to check it out:)

Comment by Margot Finke on April 21, 2011 at 4:53pm

Welcome back Deana.  Tell us about your novel.  Is it for adults or kid?

Margot’s Magic Carpet

Manuscript Critiques - Writing Help

Comment by Deana Barnhart on April 21, 2011 at 4:34pm

Hey fellow writers!  I haven't been around in awhile but I am back and really trying to focus on my novel and blogging.  Feel free to stop by...the blog not the novel:)

Comment by Margot Finke on April 21, 2011 at 4:03pm

Peryl, your article on boys is great.  I Facebooked and Tweeted it.

Margot’s Magic Carpet
Kids Books With a WOW Factor!


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