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alex's life book

  • In early 2006, I began creating a life book for my daughter, Alex. Click here for links to articles describing my experience.
  • And for those of you who are more digitally inclined, in late 2006, I recreated key pages of Alex's lifebook for an article I wrote for AlphaMom, using Scrapblog.

    You can see the final digital result (and leave comments, if you'd like!) here.

what's been on my nikon lately

  • And you can view my favourites here.

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Susan Wagner

Karen, I love this. It's so wonderful.


Find a community of writers that you trust, meet often, and share your work, even if you're mortified.


What wonderful advice!


I can add two things.

First, edit, edit, edit. Don't assume the first thing that flows off your fingers is pure gold.

And second, don't give up when you submit work that is rejected. Even the best, most established writers get rejections. Maybe you've already heard about Dr. Seuss whose "Green Eggs And Ham" was rejected something like 70 times before he found a publisher....

All the best

Mary, writer and mom to many
PS-- Karen, I JUST 3 days ago put 'writer' on the header of my website!

charlene prince birkeland

mary's point it spot on. patience, persistance and a minorly tough skin will help to no end. to be published in your desired medium can take time and so long as you are determined to make it happen, it will.

as for starting a blog to get your writing skills in motion, i ususually try to post something as a quick writing exercise before i start my other projects for the day. some thing quick to get the mind and fingers moving on the keyboard. helps tons. only this too requires great focus - it's to easy to become absorbed in a post - before you know it you've spent 2 hours on it.

books: YES! read read read and focus on your favorite styles but also venture out to other styles too - you might find something that you really like...even if it's just a new word or description. and visit successful author websites - you'll learn so much about how they develop their storylines.

blah blah blah ;)



Reading is so important to writing! I remember taking tests in high school and college that I knew would contain essay questions. My friends thought I was so strange because in addition to studying, I would read some fiction to help improve my writing. And it always worked. One of my favorites to read before a big test was "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood. Some of her stuff is pretty out there, but she has great style.

Is the change in topics for keeps or just for the April issue?


Topics for Indigo Leaf, I mean...

Heather B.

Ahh perfect post. I was thinking a while back that I would like to contribute to indigo leaf, but then the topics were too difficult for me to comprehend because I'm a bit slow. Ok not really, but i couldn't think of anything for "Free", anyway, good idea to change the topics around, hopefully I'll be a little more apt to write.

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