NYC Potluck 2011

On November 20, 2011,  Mommyslinks and City Harvest are teaming up to bring NYC families together to share a special meal and to help New York’s neediest families by collecting food for Thanksgiving. Every family has suffered, but we also have much to be grateful for. And we can show that by sharing what we can with other families. Check out all the details below. Bring friends and family to share the fun. Be sure to sign up at Mommyslinks and rsvp today! See you there!

Mommy’s Links Thanksgiving Potluck & Food Drive

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

1:00  pm

Loft On Fifth

144 5th Avenue

New York, NY

Near N, R, Q, F, V, 4, 5, 6, and L trains

Mommy’s Links Food Drive For:

City Harvest

   The most needed foods are:

canned fruit

canned vegetables

peanut butter (plastic jars)

mac and cheese (packaged)

hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)

No glass, please, with the exception of baby food!

Mommy’s Links Potluck Dinner:

Please rsvp with the meal you would like to bring to potluck**

RSVP at www.meetup.com/mommys-links-daddys-links

**Please remember we are relying on your dish to be on site**

There will be crafts, fun for the kids and much more!

Event Sponsored By:

North American Refinery

1:00 pm to 3:00pm

Need money for the Holidays? Bring your GOLD, Leave with CASH!

Once Upon A Cupcake NY

Will Sponsor All Desserts

9/11

Hiya Freshman Writers. Hope this finds you well and writing.

I hadn’t planned on writing today. I planned to rest today. Given the solemnity of the occasion, I really wanted to stay home to rest and reflect. Then a friend of mine over at Mommylink’s asked me to share my 9/11 story. Everyone has one, but as New Yorkers, ours can be very unique.

So, in honor of the many loved ones lost, I encourage you Freshman Writers to write your story. Express your thoughts and feelings about that day. This is how writers live on, through poignant messages and stories. Please come and share them here as well.

9/11 – We will never forget.

Discovering treasures in NYC

Today was spent exploring my NYC with kiddo. We discovered a castle in the middle of Central Park. I didn’t even know it was there.
After seeing that, we went to one of the many ballfields there so that kiddo could play soccer and baseball with the locals and their dads. (The best thing about all of our adventures – it all became fodder for my writing).
As kiddo had fun, I wrote some notes about being a single mom among a group of dads and their boys. I’ll be looking for a market for it when we get home later.
Right now, we’re warming up with some hot chocolate while I write (and study) with kiddo drawing next to me. Not a bad way to spend Good Friday than to enjoy the beauty of my city with my favorite person in the whole world.

National Book Month and You

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing.

Today’s post is about National Book Month and this month is it. What are some books on your to-read list? What are your favorite books of all time? Here are some ways for you to enjoy National Book Month and get your read on!

1. Use your library card. If you can’t afford to buy new books, visit your local public library. Check out what’s new at the library or revisit the classics. If you’re unable to locate your favorite book, request an inter-library loan.

2. Trade books. Swap books with your family, pals and co-workers. Try a new genre or dive into books that you haven’t read in awhile.

3. Check out your local bookstore. Usually bookstores have tables full of new books to check out. New reads, summer reading (late I know, but still a great collection) as well as traditional reads recommended for students.

For more ideas, check out National Book Month for book recommendations, awards and register for their newsletter for more on how you can enjoy books.

Happy Reading!

Back from Hiatus – Sort of

Hello Freshman Writers! I’m back from a much needed break. Since my last post, I’ve been resting, destressing and spending quality time with kiddo. In addition, I’ve been looking for a new job, which is my biggest challenge. A crazy schedule keeps me from spending quality time with kiddo during the week. So, I’m looking for something better.

I’ve been journaling often and focusing on finding my joy again. If you want to read about it, check out my recent post here. Can you relate?

I will be writing on the site though right now I’m not sure of the schedule. I want to ease back into it while maintaining my joy and peace. So, keep checking back here Freshman Writers for more editorials, quotes and other thoughts for beginning writers. Take care!

Notable Quotable

Welcome Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing.

Today’s Notable Quotable means so much to me today as I decided to take the day off from work (day job). Ever since dropping kiddo off at school, I’ve been vegging on the couch watching and napping to daytime tv. lol Very different from my usual crazy, hectic routine. The writer here really knew what she was talking about. So here’s the Notable Quotable of the week. Enjoy and happy writing!

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort ~ Jane Austen

Having Faith

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing.

One of the challenges faced by writers of all levels is having faith in one’s ability to write well. We get stuck in “stinkin’ thinkin'” where we reflect on all the negatives of our work. “I can’t do this.” “Why would anyone want to read my article?” “This has already been done.”  I bet you’ve said one or all of these to yourself. I have.

There have been times when I’ve felt that my writing is not good enough; that no one would want to read what I have to share. How do you (and I) grow to have faith in yourself?

1. Think about compliments you’ve received. I kept my school papers and projects with teacher’s positive comments on them. When I need a boost, I read over them and see how good my writing is.

2. Write down all of your good qualities. Sometimes making a list of my positive qualities helps me see that I can do this writing thing. If you can’t think of any, ask your friends and family to let you know what are your best qualities.

3. Visualize yourself as a writer. Part of the reason some writers do not believe in their work is because they do not see themselves as writers. It took me a long time to say “I am a writer” out loud. I came to see myself as a writer after friends and family told me that they saw me as a writer. The faith that they had for me helped me have faith in myself.

4. Read books about it. I found that reading about other writers with the same problem, lack of faith in one’s writing, allowed me to acknowledge my fears and move past them. Two books that I recommend are The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear and Faith of a Writer.  The first book reviews all the things that keep us from writing. The second is one writer’s look at her own writing fears and faith in herself as a writer.

Having faith in yourself will be a challenge that you will face at one time or another. Several times if you’re anything like me. Hopefully these tips and books will help you see what is already there…That you have the tools you need to be a great writer.

Happy Writing!

Fav Friday

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Today’s Fav Friday item is something that I’ve used for years and actually is what help me realize that I was a writer.

When I was about 11 years old, I received my first diary. It was a small pink diary with a lock not much bigger than a deck of cards. I had no idea what to write about when I got it, so I wrote about things that happened in school, my feelings; anything and everything that poured out.

I did not use it every day and as a teen fell out of the habit of writing. I fell back into journaling during my pregnancy with my son. As a 22-year-old unmarried woman living in her mother’s house, I had a lot to write about. I still have the notebooks filled with pages of my words.

In 2003, I purchased a new journal at Barnes & Nobles. With a blue, puffy cover and tiny flowers embedded under the plastic (which now have all been scratched out after years of wear and tear), this journal has carried me through years of challenges, obstacles and various emotions. By writing all of this out in my journal, I was able to take care of myself and move forward.

I use it as an outlet for my feelings, a place to share my reflections on life and as a way to look back at myself. I can see the progress I’ve made and some of the challenges that I still face. My journal is my pal and I hope you find one, too.

Have a great weekend and happy writing!

Notable Quotable

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing.

In keeping with this week’s editorial, I’d like to keep that going with a quote from Longfellow.

I’ve learned as a writer and mom that patience can help me accept the wait for good things. Whether it is having my article published in a parenting magazine or hoping that my child will remember to clean up after himself, patience can do much to keep me motivated to continue. Hopefully, you can keep this quote in mind when you want your writing to progress faster and sooner. And, you’ll be motivated to keep up the good work. Happy writing!

“Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Take your time

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. This week’s editorial is about taking your time and comes after a day home with my eight year old son.

Kiddo tends to rush through chores and homework to get to the good stuff…watching cartoons. I loved cartoons as a kid so I understood that.My challenge was to get him to do chores and homework without rushing so that he didn’t have to go back to redo them.

Freshman Writers at the beginning of their careers can rush through the writing process to get instant gratification. “I want this now!” as kiddo says when he’d rather not do chores and get to the good stuff.

The benefit of taking your time in writing is that you will learn the process step by step. From coming up with ideas, researching markets for your work, working them into draft form, editing and then sending it out. The writing and publishing process takes time and even though it may take longer than you Freshman Writers may like, it’s better for you.Why?

You won’t have to go back and do the work twice if you establish a good system. Write, rewrite, edit, let the work sit, and then submit. If you find yourself rushing just to see your name published, it won’t happen.

Not only that, but you only have one chance to make a good first impression with editors. And if you think editors don’t talk, think again. It hasn’t happened to me, but I’ve read about writers who were blacklisted because of editors communicating with one another. Writing can be a very small field and you want to maximize your chance to succeed.

Freshman Writers, take your time in learning the craft of writing and publishing. You’ll find that your work will stand out and be recognized.

Happy Writing!