The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

Maya Angelou, writing, reading, quote, advice, The Monday Post

It’s a day late. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Have fun reading. 🙂

Inspired by a similar type of post found on Electric Literature‘s website, The Monday Post is a collection of articles for writers and readers as well as a sampling of interesting works and publications from across the internet. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post. In addition, each new month will feature a new and interesting quote from an established expert in the literary field.

Writers and readers may find additional links and featured writers in The Monday Post archive. Please follow my blog for writing prompts, commentary, reviews, and more!

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The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

C. S. Lewis, reading, books, writing, literature, stories

Inspired by a similar type of post found on Electric Literature‘s website, The Monday Post is a collection of articles for writers and readers as well as a sampling of interesting works and publications from across the internet. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post. In addition, each new month will feature a new and interesting quote from an established expert in the literary field.

Writers and readers may find additional links and featured writers in The Monday Post archive. Please follow my blog for writing prompts, commentary, reviews, and more!

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The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

C. S. Lewis, reading, books, writing, literature, stories

I am continuing a series (inspired by Electric Literature) where I post important links for writers and readers on Mondays. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post.

*Author Note: I found a TON of good stuff this week. I tried to pare it down but forgive me if the links are a little top heavy. I hope you find them as enjoyable and informative as I did.

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The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

ice, winter, writing, editing, reading, edited from original, http://pixabay.com/en/abstract-blue-cold-crystal-drop-22122/

I am continuing a series (inspired by Electric Literature) where I post important links for writers and readers on Mondays. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. I’m also adding a few new categories. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post.


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The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

ice, winter, writing, editing, reading, edited from original, http://pixabay.com/en/abstract-blue-cold-crystal-drop-22122/

I apologize that this post is a day late.

I am *continuing a series (inspired by Electric Literature) where I post important links for writers and readers on Mondays. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. I’m also adding a few new categories. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post.

*AUTHOR NOTE: Readers I would love to hear feedback. Do you enjoy reading a certain type of article? What were some of your favorite featured works? Do you have a creative piece you’d like to see featured (email me, must be in a literary journal, must not be your own work, genre must be evident)?


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The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

ice, winter, writing, editing, reading, edited from original, http://pixabay.com/en/abstract-blue-cold-crystal-drop-22122/

I am *continuing a series (inspired by Electric Literature) where I post important links for writers and readers on Mondays. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. I’m also adding a few new categories. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post.

*AUTHOR NOTE: Readers I would love to hear feedback. Do you enjoy reading a certain type of article? What were some of your favorite featured works? Do you have a creative piece you’d like to see featured (email me, must be in a literary journal, must not be your own work, genre must be evident)?

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February Writing Challenges

writing, computer, paper, pen, challenge

The month of February is a month to boost productivity. After the sparkly glitter of new year’s resolutions rubs off, the grueling month of February cold (and somehow romantic love?) is all that is left. Whether you’ve been true to your commitments or slacking off, February is the month of redemption. It’s not too late to start. Thus, I present to thee, a month of writing challenges.

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The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

old farm equipment, antique, writing, reading, write, read, Joyce Carol Oates quote, quote found on Flavorwire, Copyright L. N. Holmes
Copyright L. N. Holmes

I am continuing a series (inspired by Electric Literature) where I post important links for writers and readers on Mondays. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. I’m also adding a few new categories. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post.

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Christmas Books for Everyone’s Fancy

http://www.pagepulp.com/2270/many-covers-of-a-christmas-carol/ A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, Page Pulp
Source: http://www.pagepulp.com/2270/many-covers-of-a-christmas-carol/

[Image source: Page Pulp]

Are you looking for some holiday reads? This list will cover Christmas books, although there are some really cool Chanukah and Kwanza books out there and I would be happy to give suggestions for those as well. For now, here are the Christmas books.

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Weekend Writing: An Unpleasant Gathering

"A painting representing a Qajar family gathering for Nowruz, and sitting around the Haft-Sin and probably reading Hafez." Source: http://www.crystalinks.com/noruz.html, Persia, Wayiran
"A painting representing a Qajar family gathering for Nowruz, and sitting around the Haft-Sin and probably reading Hafez." Source: http://www.crystalinks.com/noruz.html

[A painting representing a Qajar family gathering for Nowruz, and sitting around the Haft-Sin and probably reading Hafez. Source: http://www.crystalinks.com/noruz.html]

Ah, the holidays. Whether we celebrate them or not, their presence can be felt in the commercials and the lighting and the store fronts and the religious buildings. I personally enjoy the holidays but many of my friends do not. With holidays comes family and not everyone gets along with their family as well as I get along with mine. That is this week’s writing prompt. Are you up to the challenge?

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Artist Interview: M. Reed McCall

M. Reed McCall, author, Moose Tracks on the Road to Heaven, book, novel, ficiton, Mary Reed McCall, new book

Copyright M. Reed McCall


(Please note that I am adding the addition of colored text. My questions will be in red and the artist’s answers will be in purple.)


L.N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
M. Reed McCall: “I am originally from Rome, NY, which is about an hour east of Syracuse.”


L.N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
M. Reed McCall: “I am a writer–although I am also a high school English teacher, which requires its own kind of artistry, and I have been working with students (numbered in the thousands by now) for the past 26 years.”

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The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

Copyright L. N. Holmes, truck, old, black and white photography, J. K. Rowling, quote
Copyright L. N. Holmes

I am continuing a series (inspired by Electric Literature) where I post important links for writers and readers on Mondays. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post.

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YA Book Vloggers That Make Being a Nerd (Kinda) Cool

Epic Reads Book Nerd of the Year nominees, The Book Shimmy Awards
Epic Reads Book Nerd of the Year nominees

Okay, so personally, as a book nerd, I’ve always found myself to be pretty cool. My sister would tell you otherwise, bless her soul. As much as I love my sister (which by the way, I love her A LOT), I feel that labels are versatile things and may be positive or negative depending on how the person feels about said label.

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Weekend Writing: The Toothless Dentist

Deutsche Fotothek‎ [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Zahnärztliche Maßnahmen bei einem Kind (1950)
Copyright Deutsche Fotothek

Have you ever experienced something so unexpected that you went along with what was happening because you were so shocked? These “life shocks” are what inspired this writing prompt (the idea came from my genius husband). Are you ready for the challenge?

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Flash Fiction Challenge #2: A Monster’s Email Correspondance

By Jotquadrat (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Graffito (Stencil) Boris Karloff als Frankensteins Monster in der Ohmstraße (südlich Bahnhof Jannowitzbrücke), Berlin-Mitte
Copyright Jotquadrat

This is another flash fiction challenge I am attempting from Chuck Wendig’s blog terribleminds. The idea is to take a spam email and morph it into a horror genre flash fiction piece. After some hard thought, I decided to tweak it just a smidgen. I hope you enjoy it.

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Back to the Daily Grind: Goals, Mail, Coffee (Not in that Order)

Copyright LeeAnn Adams (L. N. Holmes)
It's still a long road ahead. Copyright LeeAnn Adams (L. N. Holmes)

I would like to be a light to others in many ways. A light illuminates one’s surroundings, provides a bit of warmth, and can enable one to move forward with confidence. As I travel through the unknown territory of the literary world, I hope to create a small path for those behind me that will make their own journeys — if only for a moment — a bit easier.

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Awkward Author Photo Contest: Yours Truly Needs Your Vote

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The OTHER photo I didn’t submit./Awkward Author Photo Contest/Copyright L. N. Holmes

So today I was featured in the Awkward Author Photo Contest on Chuck Wendig’s terribleminds blog. I can honestly say that I am honored and thrilled to be part of this nerd clown contest. I am number 62 in the flickr album. I would really appreciate your vote.

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Early Career Publications

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From left: Me, Shelby Wilson (co-editor of Incunabula), Professor Aimee Mepham (advisor for Incunabula)

It wasn’t until my junior year of college that my work was published for the first time. I remember receiving the notification that three of my pieces had been accepted into the Salem College art magazine, Incunabula. Despite the respect Incunabula has garnered within the Salem community and beyond, I knew my publication would be considered a small step. This did not deter my excitement. For the first time, my writing would be in print and would be read by followers of the magazine. It was an honor and I knew it would lead to bigger and better things.

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