Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Life Is A Pomegranate

So much work, extracting those ruby seeds from the bitter pith, but so worth it when that sweet-tart juice squirts between your teeth.

Cold nipped at summer's heels, chasing her to some other clime. Is it any coincidence the temperature plunged to the 50s the day school resumed? Monday was a melancholy day, the end of a too-short summer. Rust tinges my garden. Hazelnuts have fallen to the ground, rejected even by the squirrels. The last of the raspberries dot the browned bushes, and the crickets' chirrups have replaced the incessant whir of the cicadas.

Two of my favorite Johns nominated my wee blog for 25 Best Writing Blogs over at Editor Unleashed. No, these dudes are not my customers (though I hope someday they’ll buy my books). John Towler, whose latest short LOTTERY WINNER, can be found in Your Darkest Dreamspell anthology, and Jon Strother, whose #FRIDAYFLASH has transformed flash fiction into a tweetable community event, are amazing writers and really generous dudes. CAST YOUR VOTE in the next week. Thank you guys!

Speaking of generosity, in addition to publishing books, DZANC Books also has Creative Mentoring Program where for a mere $50 for four hours, you get one-on-one attention from some of the best writers and poets around. I just finished a session with Peter Selgin (LIFE GOES TO THE MOVIES) and received excellent feedback on my current NIP (Novel-in-progress).

Upcoming: Look for a free book give-away after Labor Day – one of my debut authors has a second one on the stands! Plus, I’ll wax on Kreative Bloggers.

Write long and strong… Peace, Linda


  1. Hey, congrats on making the poll over at EU. You deserve it. I absolutely love you monthly debut author book review, and your poetry too. (this should be interesting - I'm trying to type this while recharging my mouse batteries. Touch pads and I don't really get along.) And thanks for the shout out on #fridayflash!

    I know you know this, since you already said thanks (yes, I procrastinate), but I gave you the Kreative Blogger Award. You can pick it up here:

    Ah, now for the duties and responsibilities. You are supposed to pass it on to seven other deserving bloggers and also name seven mystery authors you like.

    Wow, I survived the touch pad. Amazing.

  2. Wow--congrats on being nominated for 25 Best Writing Blogs!!!! I will put my vote in. I agree with summer being too short. Boo. But I'm voting for the cooler temps in Atlanta! I'm going to remember your pomegranate metaphor and apply it to the diss. Each paragraph a seed...

  3. Love the pomegranate metaphor, Linda. Congrats on the nomination! I voted for you.

  4. Hey thanks guys for cruising by. Jon, the Kreative blogger deserves its own post; I thank you most heartily for ALL your nominations. I'm looking for the next 7 recipients! BTW, I can't use a mouse anymore...

    Melissa, Yes! I told you before; the dissertation is just a series of parts ;^)

    Jodi, I adore pomegranates. And ty for the plug on your blog.

    Peace, Linda

  5. I love your descriptive paragraph. Simply beautiful. :)

    And congrats on the nominations!

  6. Congrats on the nomination, Linda! Couldn't happen to a nicer, more deserving lady.


  7. Thanks Jannette and Greta! It IS pomegranate season. Peace, Linda

  8. Yes, congrats! Now I can say I knew you when you were just another generic blog spot. You got my vote.

  9. Congrats on your nomination, Linda, and the Kreative blogger award. That's fabulous!


  10. Thanks Jai!

    And I was going to nom YOU for the KB but you already got it! Peace, Linda

  11. Same here, Linda! I was going to nominate you but then saw that you'd already got it.