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Top 10: Rose Coloured Glasses
By Char Milbrett
December, 2006, 10:40

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.

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