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Top 10 Resources
January, 2008


Top 10: Rose Coloured Glasses
A little help with reality
By  Char Milbrett

his month I'm honouring Laura "Pug" Borgmann. She helps her husband Ken with organizing the Sleigh and Cutter Festival Parade  each year. This year, they hosted the largest parade ever, with over 87 individual drivers. I, Char Milbrett, helped with organizing the drivers. After the parade, they had a lunch for the 400 participants. It was just incredible. There were people from all over the United States and some from elsewhere. The day was moderately stressful, but it went very well.

Anyway, on a somewhat related note, Pug came to work – we work together – and she was grinning from ear to ear. She had a fresh haircut and the pink glasses she was wearing complemented her silver and black hair.

Catching my eye, she continued to grin. You know, one of those cat-that-ate-the-canary grins that's undeniably contagious. I started to giggle. She pointed at her glasses. I looked at them. They had pink lenses. I continued to laugh.

I thought about the week before, being what we affectionately referred to as the "week from Hell." The only way to deal with the stress was to claim we were wearing rose coloured glasses. So, here she is. What a Clown! Wearing glasses with rose coloured lenses in them.

She made my day. It was a reminder that seeing the world through rose coloured glasses is a technique for dealing with stress that many people do not think to use. Reality is hard to deal with on a daily basis, and sugar-coated versions often play a part in creating a mood that is difficult to erase from one's mind.

In appreciation of Pug breaking my mood, here are the Top 10 links for overcoming writing dilemmas:

The NSW Writers' Centre

Literary resources and professional information, including a venue for book launches, readings, literary evenings, lectures, and meeting spaces for writers' groups.

The Writing Page

Dedicated to providing support for writers of personal and professional, academic, business, government, and technical documents.

An excellent writer's resource, including how-to write resources, links, employment, guidelines, contests, and much more.

BookWire - Book Reviews, Author Resources, and Book Industry News and Statistics

Online portal into the book industry, providing librarians, publishers, booksellers, authors, and general book enthusiasts with reading and writing resources.

Robin's Nest

A resource center for writers of all genres, including online workshops, writing links, and more.


A place for new and experienced writers to find writing support and resources.

Writing Center at The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Training, instruction, writing guides, one-on-one questions and answers, and much more.

University of East Anglia's Page on Writing Paragraphs

Presents how to develop and order paragraphs that explain an idea and/or to convince the reader to accept a point of view.

Writing Links, Writing Links

Presents general writing links, writing groups and associations, and separate links forScience Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing, Poetry, Fiction and Literature, plus more genres.

Writers' Village University is a friendly place to learn about writing and offers a free online writing course.

If you are a registered member of the Freelance Writing Organization - Int'l ( you can also use our free, online writing resource database which contains thousands of writing web sites.

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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