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We’d Like to Thank the Academy…

As they say in Beckie’s (YA) neck of the woods: OMG!

We’ve received an award for our blog! The lovely @KoreenClemens is an aspiring YA writer from Colorado and she likes random pop culture, writing and eating BBQ, so naturally we love her!

And right near our first anniversary, too! This is much better than the traditional paper present, let me tell you…

Thanks  so much,

Lori (& Beckie & Maria)

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We’re 1 year old and already toilet trained!

It was a year ago that our little band of restless writers was born. We met like most people do these days – online. I posted a ‘group wanted’ notice on Brian Henry’s most excellent blog and the rest is history.

Beckie is our social media maven – a commenting crusader who tweets ‘til it hurts. Without her, our following would likely be limited to immediate relatives and each other.

Maria is the queen of the quill – an enormously talented and technical writer with a limitless supply of resources for writers in all stages of their vocation.

And me? I just write about how I never have the time or space to write.

Since coming together last year, we have collectively:
· Revised a 300-page women’s fiction manuscript
· Consumed over 20 bottles of wine while scarfing 8 rounds of brie
· Revised a young adult fiction manuscript and children’s non-fiction proposal
· Guzzled Sangria as we nibbled on truckloads of baguettes (with associated dips)
· Uttered, “Holy crap!” countless times when reading Maria’s charmingly disturbing short stories
· Convinced Maria that at least 3 of her short stories must become full novels
· Drank enough Strongbow Cider to fill a hot tub

Our second year looks to be even more promising, with writing conferences and retreats in the works (and, of course, lots of wine). I hope you all keep dropping by our blog…we’ve loved having you…

As for you, Beckie and Maria: happy anniversary…I love you, bitches!



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Drip by drip

“If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.” Louis L’Amour

If you’re a regular visitor to the Restless Writers’ blog, you’ve probably noticed some of the changes we’ve been making.

We’ve changed to an easy-to-remember URL:

We have a new email address, in case you want to reach us off-blog:

We’ve even posted our Twitter feeds (see right).

For me, these changes are all about making it easier to connect with visitors who want to share stories about the writing life.

If you’re visiting us, we hope you enjoy these new features.

And we hope they get your writing taps flowing.


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Mark Twain’s Full Autobiography to be Published

Some cool book news for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn fans.

Mark Twain’s autobiography is finally going to be published 100 years after his death. The autobiography has been kept locked in a vault at the University of California at Berkeley since his death 1910. Twain’s autobiography will arrive in bookstores in November.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

You can read more about Mark Twain here on the official website from the Estate of Mark Twain.



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Restless Writers web address change alert!

Sometime during the week of May 24, 2010, our web address is changing to address files

Nothing else besides our URL is changing, except for the fact that our writing group is newly energized to share our experiences writing and living in our little corner of the GTA.

If you’re a regular reader, please change your bookmarks to our new address next week. (Visitors using the old address will be redirected for a while.) The change might take a few days to go through the WordPress system.

If you’ve just stumbled upon the Restless Writers’ blog, welcome, and we hope you’ll be back soon. Why not drop us a line, and let us know how the writing life is going for you? We’d love to hear from you.

Have we mentioned how much we appreciate you stopping by?

“Readers, after all, are making the world with you. You give them the materials, but it’s the readers who build that world in their own minds.” Ursula Le Guin


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