10 Must-Read Books for February


It’s only the second month of 2014, and we already have a bunch of books to jot down for end-of-year list consideration. We’ve still likely got a month or more of winter cold to look forward to, and thankfully, the pile of great reads (including a stellar selection of short-story collections) due out in February provides plenty of reasons to stay inside until things start to thaw out.

View original post 708 more words

PRE-ORDER From These Many Rooms: The 2014 INK Prison Writing Contest Anthology


Writer Wednesday

A Dose of Kyle

Quotes, prompts, inspiration, and more to help writers get back to writing. As always, let me know what you think!


“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”  -Logan Pearsall Smith

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” -Anton Chekhov

“A metaphor is like a simile.”  -Author Unknown


The nation is controlled by…

I was born…

The most beautiful smile I ever saw…

and you thought dragons didn’t exist…



Looking for more prompts and inspiration? Check out previous Writer Wednesdays!

Spread the love! Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and find me on Pinterest

Tumblr more your speed? Check out my new Tumblr

Write on!

View original post

Scribd Launches New Reading App for the Kindle Fire


32 Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud

32 Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud.

Brenda Marie Osbey

Vidahlia Press would like to introduce Brenda Marie Osbey as the distinguished judge for INK’s poetry category. She is an accomplished poet and professor. A native of New Orleans, Brenda Marie Osbey was appointed the first peer-selected Poet Laureate of the State of Louisiana in 2005.

Brenda Marie Osbey

Professor Brenda Marie Osbey teaches Africana poetry virtual seminar with University of Kansas/NEH special online institute.  On Friday, November 15, 2013 she will be reading from History and Other Poems and then discussing Africana poetry for the remainder of the hour.

Below is the audio recording from the webinar.

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Louisiana Board of Regents Award to Artists and Scholars (ATLAS)
  • Manship Summer Fellowship

Continue reading

The Prison Arts Coalition

Below is a message from Vidahlia Press and Publishing House.

Vidahlia Press & Publishing House announces its first literary contest for those incarcerated in federal, state, or county prison. Approximately 2,000 federal and state correctional facilities in the country are participating in the Contest. The Prison Writing Contest will offer prizes including one year tuition payment to an online or correspondence fine arts or creative writing program at a selected college to the first place winners. Submissions can be in any of the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction and Graphic Novels. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2014. Winners will be announced on May 17, 2014.

Historically, great works of literature have been produced while the authors were in prison including essays like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letters from a Birmingham Jail”, Cervantes’ “Don Quixote”, Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience, Nelson Mandela’s “Conversations with Myself”; novels like E.E. Cummings’…

View original post 86 more words


“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.”

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

― Jack London


Vidahlia Visits LibroFest and Finds Support from La Bloga

Vidahlia Press visits LibroFest and finds support from La Bloga


Tim Robbins Makes Guest Appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher

Tim Robbins is the founder of LA’s The Actor’s Gang and is perhaps best known for his role in the Shawshank RedemptionThe Actor’s Gang Prison Project is one of the only remaining arts programs inside California’s correctional system. The Prison Project fosters tolerance and nonviolent expression while significantly reducing recidivism rates. On Friday, September 27, 2013, Tim Robbins spoke with host Bill Maher about the Actor’s Gang and the prison project.

Man Against Nature

Review of ‘Jack London: An American Life,’ by Earle Labor from NYTimes Book Reviews. 

What are your thoughts on this book and Jack London?


16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year

16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year 


Random House Acquires 1800s Prison Memoir

Random House Acquires 1800s Prison Memoir


Get Inspired: Blog Ideas for 2014

Get Inspired: Blog Ideas for 2014.

It only took three acts of Congress to save Pandora

Great motivation for startups!


58% of Kids Say They Will Always Want to Read Print Books

Spirit Mag


Wishing all a Happy New Year!

Wishing all a Happy New Year!

How vain it is to sit down to #write when you have not stood up to live.

Henry David Thoreau


“Without literature, life is hell.”

“Without literature, life is hell.”
― Charles Bukowski


“Find what you …

“Find what you love and let it kill you.”
― Charles Bukowski

Your reckless abuse of the Oxford comma is furthering the demise of the English language

Punctuation Drama

Squirrel Thoughts

Oxford comma-nistas around the world are having a heyday over a recent push alert sent by Sky News, which they believe is the end-all, be-all argument in favor of their precious punctuation mark.


Now, let’s be clear: The Oxford comma is necessary in this “sentence” as it’s written. Obviously, there are some pretty serious implications without it. However, this whole “sentence,” if you can even call it that, could be rewritten for clarity, and we would not have been subjected to all this nonsense in the first place. The Oxford comma-nistas would never suggest that though!

See, the purpose of a comma when used in a list is to replace the word “and.” When you use an Oxford comma in a list of three or more items, it’s redundant. You’re essentially writing “and and.” And that’s just silly.

Let me spell it out for you using another famed Oxford comma-nista example:…

View original post 326 more words