This is the 2nd call for entries.  If interested, please contact me at Neeliepubl@aol.com.  Could use a few more essays; no time to be shy, just get into that writing mode and jot down some ideas.  Thanks much.

Neelie Publishing is seeking essays that capture the essence of writing.  In 850 to 1000 words explain why you write.  It could be a general overview of your writing experiences or the inspiration behind a specific article, story, book or poem; the things you experienced emotionally during its writing, and the hopes you had for the piece after you were done.  You may even include an amusing anecdote about that first rejection slip.  First deadline for the entries is September 1, 2014.

If interested in participating in this project or for more information, contact Eileen Birin at Neelie Publishing, neeliepubl@aol.com.  Thank you.

Book Characters

Organize the books in your personal library.  Write a story using characters from five of them.

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions: 

Neelie Publishing is looking for submissions for a book project tentatively titled Reflections: Stories that Celebrate Life.  A reflection is not necessarily connected to any singular memory, but rather it is more a sense of well being, a moment of truth, or expanded self knowledge.  Reflect on the following – which ones have you experienced: 

  • an amazing event or miraculous happening;
  • an awakening of self understanding;
  • a change of attitude;
  • the meaning of life;
  • understanding death;
  • an unexplainable incident;
  • a profound feeling of recognition;
  • a turning point;
  • an unforgettable impression;
  • special gifts of understanding and wisdom;
  • the gifts of grace and love,
  • an unsolved mystery;
  • More: proudest moments; embarrassing moments; humorous times.

The beauties of nature often help reveal these special moments of self and understanding to us – an early morning walk, a sunrise or sunset, spending time in a rustic mountain cabin, along with ordinary life experiences like falling in love, fear divorce, illness, depression, or death.  It can be a solitary experience or one you went through with a group; come to you suddenly or over a span of years.  The important factor is that you are in a better state of mind and body today, and have a greater sense of respect and appreciation for yourself and others because you have experienced this single moment of truth and self-knowing.  This may be a difficult piece to write because it will require deep soul searching and may even reveal a part of you that you never knew existed

Spend time reflecting – permit this special moment to come to you, it may even take the form of a poem, and that’s okay.  The mysteries of life are often found in poems.  Don’t expect too much at first, but as you sit quietly and reflect that sense of well being will arrive, and you may be surprised at what you discover about yourself.

Reflect on that single moment– then write from your heart and senses, from your feelings, inner-self, and visions.

If interested:

Contact Neelie Publishing for more directives: neeliepubl@aol.com

New Movie

You have 24 hours to come up with an idea for a new movie. Using only three sentences, describe what it’s all about.

Your Life a Book

Imagine your life is now a book.  In 100 words, write the blurb for it, what people will read on the back cover.

Holiday Greetings

Merry, merry Christmas, and

Happy, happy New Year

Enjoy the holiday season and I will resume Coffee Chats January, 2013.

-eileenbirin-

Weather Writing

Check the day’s forecast first thing in the morning.  When you get to your desk, write a page explaining why this is the perfect weather for writing (even it it isn’t).

Last sentence – new story

Select a book from a random shelf in your home library.  Copy down the last sentence, and use this line to begin a short story.

What’s in a Word

Use the following words in your story or poem: little boy, torn page, market, cart.

Your Life as a Movie

Write about a movie or TV program that most parallels your life.  Why?

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