Friday, December 10, 2010

Surprising snippets from Read-it-first

If you love reading then be sure to read the following useful information:

Read-it-first is a practical program wherein you get to "try before you buy." Books that is. How? St. Martin's Press offers Read-it-first with the editor Suzanne Beecher delivering a sizzling new "in bookstores now" or a pre-released title straight to your email address every Monday morning. Throughout the week you are guaranteed to receive a few more chapters of the title. Then you decide whether to pass on or to purchase the entire book wherever it is you buy your books from. Furthermore, Suzanne begins with "Dear Reader," and then she launches into a personal anecdote. The free read follows. For example, this week the book is "The Christmas Journey" by Donna Van Liere. Additionally you can take a look at some stats on Read-it-first at

In fact what are the benefits of this reading program?

It is easy
It is free
It is a time-saver
It is a great email book club
It is concentrated as there is only one title to read per week
Sometimes the titles correspond with the holidays
There are no annoying ads or popups as with some free read websites so you get good clean reads in your inbox
There are a variety of genres delivered to you
You can store the reads in your own Read-it-first folder
You can discover new authors with new stories to tell
You can also enter the contests to win delightful novels

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." ~Chinese Proverb~

Really. Who does not like to sample products or services before a purchase?

Now if you are in pursuit of something to read with your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, or if you need a good quite read while kids nap, or you have at least five extra minutes to spare then I urge you to sign up at Read-it-first.

Read-it-first receives nine bookmarks in my books!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Make Your Writer Statement Shine

There are many ways to structure the general writer statement and many things to include in such a statement. You can begin by offering a literary quote, a memoir, an example, a statistic, an anecdote, etc. The writer statement answers questions; it responds to questions of past, present, and future. It is your statement. It is a definition. It is a personal choice. In addition, choose a focus and set up a foundation for your statement. Write about your experiences. Give information that tells the reader something. Give something more than just common knowledge. Make it unique. Make it you. Show your passion by showing emotion. Give some depth. Use correct grammar and “show don’t tell”. Use sensory details like how the pen feels when you are writing. Last, what is important to you in your writing? What are your writing goals?

If you cannot think of anything to write here are some questions to get you motivated:

How did you develop your writing?
What will you be writing?
Who do you or would you like to write like?
Where is your favourite place to write?
What do you use as writing instruments – pen and paper, typewriter, mobile phone, etc?
How is today’s writing going to shape your future?
Do you write fiction or non-fiction?
What is the one best piece of writing advice you have received or given?
How has your writing changed you or the world?
Why writing and say not landscaping or something else?
Do you have or believe you need a writing degree, certificate, diploma, etc.?
Do you belong to any writing groups, clubs, or organizations?

Moreover, the point of your writer statement is to help yourself and people understand why you do what it is you do. To share your thoughts and feelings on your writing journey is another reason why one should write a writer statement and make it shine. For each piece of writing you can compose a writer statement for that particular writing project.

More questions as follows:

Do you have a favourite or frequent word that keeps appearing in your work?
If you could be any writer from the past for one day who would you want to be and why?
Do you enjoy word puzzles, games, trivia, etc.?
What are some of your favourite writing movies?
Were your parents or anyone else in the family writers?
What are you writing now?
What fuels or inspires your writing?
What writing books, sites, courses are you currently reading/studying?
When is your favourite time to write?
What is your writing style?
What is your favourite writing device?
What is your favourite writing quote or proverb?
How long have you been writing?
What are your favourite writing snacks?

Finally, the writer statement can be written in the present tense as if you have achieved all that you desired. The length of your statement does not matter. If you wish to make it two sentences or two pages – go ahead. Also remember at any time you can change your writer statement. Check back with it in a month, or quarterly. Review your answers and alter if necessary as you achieve, achieve, achieve!

Further resources on the writer statement:


"Writer's Statement - the shortish version"

Resources on the personal mission statement:

"What Is a Personal Mission Statement?"

"The Five-Step Plan for Creating Personal Mission Statements"

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bridge Kiss Memory

Bridge Kiss Memory

Rousing in bed
Gold moonlight oozing over me
Dissolving sleep
Transcending memory…

Emerald fingers tickle lively bare toes.
Grey ladybugs sit up proud in the stream.
From three lanterns soft, plump light choruses, while
the mist struts and shakes embellishing its role.

With a hint of mint and jasmine beneath the rainbow upon the stone bridge
our hearts salsa while our lips tango –
my first kiss with you!

Copyright July 2010 Michelle Kafka

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Have A Few Laughs Go Ahead You Know You Wanna

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Random Inspirational Quotes

These quotes are meant to inspire you to go write an article, essay, short story, novella, novel, etc. These quotes are also meant for you to go paint or draw a picture. They are here to make you ponder. They are here for you to ask "What if?" Maybe you need inspiration. Maybe you need a kickstart. Maybe you need a kind word. Maybe you need advice. Whatever it is you need, I hope you find it today. Enjoy!

"Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb." ~Jean Arp~

"The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will become." ~James Allen~

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Friday, January 8, 2010


While reading a book today I learned a new word that I would like to share with you. Synesthesia. It is a mingling of senses; that is, with this ability one can smell the colour red. It can be psychological or even emotional. It is a more unusual or higher sensory description skill/condition. Some composers, artists, and even some writers possess this skill/condition and these are people who are are termed synesthetes. On that note:

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Just popping in to wish everyone a Hau'oli Makahiki Hou - Happy New Year!

The Maneki Neko on the right wishes you to have a healthy, creative, lucky, prosperous year too!

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