Page A Day Club

Over on Facebook  I have created a Page a Day Club.

Page A Day Club is a place where writers can support each other. We commit to writing a page a day, and we post about our progress. While this is not a critique group, if writers want to share writing, they may. But I repeat, this club is about commitment, accountability, and support, not criticism.
You might also want to post on Twitter with the hashtag ‪#‎pageaday‬.

This is a closed group, but all writers are welcome. Please feel free to invite writers who might like to join us in writing (at least) a page a day!

Here’s the link  –come and join us in supporting one another as we write. Another benefit is that you get to see a little sample of how I communicate with writers.

I also created a FB Page for Heather Jones LitConsultant, where I post interesting articles about writing, as well as submission opportunities. Head on over and like it!

This summer, I treated myself to a research and writing trip. Stay tuned for thoughts, interesting research, and pics!001

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Murder, Circus, and Birds: Some Thoughts on Writing

LitConsultant:

Here’s a piece I wrote for The Gloria Sirens about my writing process. I highly recommend their blog; they have a pool of excellent women writers writing on all manner of interesting topics.

Originally posted on The Gloria Sirens:

I was super excited to be asked to write for the Gloria Sirens. I was given choices, and I chose writing about writing because I thought it would be easiest. Not quite.

10404436_595480257231716_2240693970839367786_nWe’re all curious about how other writers work—do they write every day? In the morning, the night? With coffee, dead drunk?  We scour other writers’ lives to find out where we fit or whether we’re “doing it right,” or if someone has discovered the secret balance between life and writing. I know I eagerly read the first two posts in this “blog tour,” written by Susan Lilley and Lisa Lanser Rose , curious about what these writers do to sustain a writing life. What I’ve come to suspect, though, is this: we’re all doing it right, none of  us has found the secret, and what we are finding is community. So in the spirit of the blog tour…

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Summertime News

Whew! The spring semester turned into the summer semester in an instant!  This summer, in addition to teaching online composition classes for University of Maryland University College, I’m working with some great young creative writers at USF St. Pete.

More good news: A book by one of my editing clients has garnered interest from not one, but two, publishers!

My own short play, “How the Lobster Boy Disappointed Me,” will be published this August in the online journal Cartagena.

In the meantime, Here’s the press release for the latest literary event I’ve organized. You can find out more about the event, the writers, and the bands here.

 Smells Like Teen Lit:Teenage Wasteland II, a literary and music event, planned

ST. PETERSBURG – Heather Jones LitConsultant, Wordier than Thou, and Planet Retro Gallery present  Smells Like Teen Lit:  Teenage Wasteland II, a music and literary event, Saturday, June 7, at  Planet Retro Gallery, 2414 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg.

The event will feature local writers reading their unedited teenage works including poems, diaries and love letters, as well as original works inspired by the angst and isolation of adolescence.

Readers include John Henry Fleming, Sheree L. Greer, Julie Garisto, Jeremy Gloff, Thomas Hallock, Shae Krispinsky, Sandra Lolo, Juliana Torres, and Gina Vivinetto.

The event also will include local musical acts Permanent Makeup, Y Los Dos Pistoles and Glow Low.

Requested donation $7 at the door or bring a new Children’s or YA book to donate to Eckerd Family & Children’s Services Organization. All proceeds will benefit Eckerd.

Admission is All Ages, but 16 and older is recommended.

Heather Jones LitConsultant is a St. Petersburg Writer, Teacher, and Editor.

Wordier than Thou, helmed by writer Tiffany Razzano,  organizes fun, inspiring literary events – open mics, author readings, workshops and more – to help bring together this community of wordsmiths, as well as hosting a bi-weekly radio show on Life improvement radio and publishing a literary magazine.

Planet Retro Gallery is a local retailer of vinyl, performance venue, and art gallery.

If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, join us!

Supporting Students

Supporting students means so many things these days. It’s still trying to come up with useful and interesting assignments, turning up to teach, and responding to their work. But It has also become answering emails, lots and lots of emails. And it has become helping people who might work 2 jobs, take 7 classes, and belong to 5 organizations to manage both their time and their stress.

This week, though, I get to support a couple of my students in a special way, out in the world. Tonight, I’ll see a student I’ve been working with on a Fiction directed study make his debut at a local story telling open mic (Wordier Than Thou at the Studio @ 620 for the locals), and later in the week another creative writer will be making her debut with established local writers at an event at the local nature preserve (for the locals, 13 Ways of Looking at Nature in the City at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve).

For both of these writers, presenting their work to the public is a new, and nerve wracking  experience. I’m proud to be able to be there to help give them the applause they deserve.

Slowly Building this Blog and What I’m Up To

Today I added a new page with my mission, services and prices. Check it out!

Other than that, I have been careening toward the end of semester, reading student essays and screenplays.

Two of my own plays appeared in Gasp! the first Fringe Festival in the Tampa Bay Area.

I just finished editing a wonderful book by a Buddhist sharing her thoughts on her journey, and I’m co-hosting literary events here in St. Pete, including the Book Release for a new book on Florida Breweries.

Whew!

My own writing consists of binge writing on Friday or Saturday nights. Looking forward to dipping into some more research and sharing it here.

My book recommendation this week is Beloved, by Toni Morrison. If you haven’t read it, read it right now! If you have, read it again. This was the third time I read it, and it gets richer with every reading.

Burning the Old Woman

From The Golden Bough by James Frazer:

On the last day of Carnival in the Tyrol, the people made a figure of straw and brushwood to burn. “The figure is called the Old Woman, and the ceremony “burning the old woman” (kindle loc 14945)