Website Update Highlights: March 2009

All the news about what's new on my website.

This month we celebrate Renewal. That's what Spring brings, along with Daylight Savings Time, Spring Break, and allergies.

The Pleasure of Reading

An Interview with newly-minted author Amy Clipston who is head over heels in love with her writing career. How nice to hear someone so enthusiastic about the writing life.

The Joy of Writing

I continue the Internet Presence articles with: Websites.


My website subscription newsletter has details each month about the update and an entertainment piece. This month it's a web floater that's thought provoking. We all need that every now and then, especially when we're mired in bad news all the time.

The Archives

An article usually appears on its originating page for two months. After that it's moved to The Archives.

Work In Progress has Opus 3 of 12 for 2009: Time to Assess.

Previously Published has Know Your Contracts.

Written Wisdom

March's theme is Renewal. Look for quotations from Henri Frederic Amiel, Christina Baldwin, Wendell Berry, Emily Dickinson, Maria Konopnicka, Steve Perry, and Charles Dudley Warner .

(By the way, if any of you out there have websites or blogs and would like to exchange links, just let me know. Send me an email at joan @ with REAL LIVE PERSON - LINK EXCHANGE in the subject box.)

Takeaway Truth

Every month you'll find entertaining and education articles on the art, craft, and business of writing on my website.


  1. Funny... I have a piece titled "Word Play". I'll have to look into this newsletter. Thanks for sharing.

  2. HI, Donna. Wordplay has been the name of my newsletter for about 10 years now. I used to print publish it then took it to the web.

  3. I didn't mean to imply anything other than that I had a piece entitled "Word Play". lol

  4. Huh? I didn't think you were implying anything nor was I inferring anything? *g* Obviously, I'm just long-winded sometimes and give more detail than anyone is interested in. *g*

  5. This may seem random...but I have to let this lady know something about "Moonlight on Snow".
    The Bitterroot mountain range is not like Alaska. There haven't been any "blizzards" for 50 years. Why would a botanist do research in MT in the dead of winter? Why wouldn't the corporate guy stay in MISSOULA, which is 20 miles away, instead of driving up a logging road (he wouldn't be able to find without a forest service map)in the middle of the night? better research. I'm not impressed by random facts about MT's floral life. I need believable characters that use logic. Thanks.

  6. Dear Anonymous,

    Comments are never random, and this lady appreciates your taking the time to write though I don't exactly appreciate your taking potshots at me in public while you remain cloaked by anonymity.

    "Moonlight on Snow" was actually written several years ago and print published under a different title.

    As to your points: the botanist wasn't doing research in winter. The story referred to her having a research project but it did not say it was research being conducted in winter. (The back story is that she had been there all year and through circumstances had stayed on.)

    The blizzard is an example of the severe winter that region, along with the Dakotas and Wyoming, had in the early 1970's. I was in the Dakotas then so I know what was happening with the weather. Moving an event to a different time era is literary license. Sometimes, in writing fiction, the author exercises literary license to fuel the story. That doesn't make the author an inadequate researcher.

    As to why the corporate guy didn't stay in Missoula, he's a FICTIONAL character with his own goals and motivation as set out in the story. Just because you would do something totally rational doesn't mean everyone would.

    Not all stories are to everyone's tastes. Obviously, this one didn't resonate with you. That's why there are so many different books published. There's something for just about everyone who likes to read.

    By the way, the state of Montana had, and still may have, copies of the original print edition in their libraries and their historical society.

    If you'd like to correspond about this matter further, I can be reached at joan at joanreeves dot com, but please, leave the anonymous tag behind.