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Goings on

April is National Poetry Month, and I’m happy to say that a poem of mine was published earlier this month in the online literary magazine All Things Girl. It’s a free publication and there’s no pay, but it is an interesting magazine “for women by women” that features great content.

Aside from that, I’m also going to be at two readings this month, one for the CityLit Festival V and one for Lit and Art.

Lastly, I wanted to put up some links to an organization I’ve been volunteering for for a little while now. RESPECT International is a great organization dedicated to helping refugees and bringing attention to their situations. You can read some of my articles for them here and here.
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Writing Your Dreams

Everybody dreams but most people forget them upon waking. For artists, dreams can be a valuable source for inspiration. Many writers use phrases, themes, and visuals present in dreams to jump start creativity on the written page. Throughout history there are many examples of works created from these bits of the subconscious mind. I have written and published poems, short stories, and other literary works that were based on my dreams and even nightmares.

For those that have never tried it and would like to, one of the first steps is to keep a dream journal. From there, you can begin to examine the themes and keep track of the interesting events that occur. Try it to see how it works for you.
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Nancy O. Greene
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New Year’s Resolutions . . . Not!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh! What a nice break that was. Much thanks to Clary for understanding about my need to let my posts slide for a little bit. It’s been a hectic holiday season–it’s been a hectic few months–and I needed some time to kick back and relax. But it’s about that time to get back to it all, so . . .

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Haven’t since I was about 12 years old or so. As far as I’m concerned, why not start earlier and continue upon what you’re doing? Or start later when you can. Change what needs to be changed, keep what needs to be kept, but who cares what day it is?

Aside from various events, the main thing that really changes based on the year is the date. But some things do make the “New Year” convenient in terms of getting certain projects done. The availability of resources and time. The working world has slowed down because of the holidays right before the change of the year, and one can take some time to just relax or get things in order without worrying about outside obligations.

And there are bargains after the holidays. Everybody wants your money, because they know it’s a peak season for people to buy junk they’ll use for a few months (usually past the date it can be returned for something practical). If you’re in the market to buy specific items, just after the holidays is one of the best times to go out and get them.

Almost everyone’s pumped up at this time–just off of vacation (for those that get one;), high off of presents and surviving family events, etc.

But, still, for me–and I suspect for many other artists, business people, and the like–2008 will be a continuation of projects, work, and in general just living life. So to those who make New Year’s resolutions–much luck to you! And to those who don’t–high five!
Nancy O. Greene
http://www.portraits.bravehost.com

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A busy November

This past month has been a busy one. Earlier in November, I attended the Baltimore Writers’ Conference. It was a great event, sponsored by CityLit and Towson University.

I’ve been writing, but not reading as much as I would like to though. There are a number of books I have to catch up on, and mostly I’ve only had time to read individual short stories in collections, anthologies, and literary journals.

Well, there’s more to come on recent events. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Nancy O. Greene
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2007 Weblog Awards – Polls close 11/8/07 at 5:00 p.m. EST

As some of you may know by now, the group blog The Writers’ Block is a finalist in the 2007 Weblog Awards. Our writers currently include myself, Clary Lopez, LaShawn, James Buchanan, Taryn Simpson, Lyda Phillips, and D. H. Schleicher.

It’s great to be nominated and in such good company, regardless of the outcome! Blogs in the Best Literature Blog category include Bookgasm (which reviewed my book, Portraits in the Dark, in September), Diary of a Heretic, Classical Bookworm, Neil Gaiman’s Journal, McSweeney’s and other popular nominees/finalists. You can vote once every 24 hours in each category, so if you’ve voted already for The Writers’ Block – thank you! If not, consider using one of your votes for us as well.

Also, consider voting for great blogs in other categories, like “Jon Swift” for Funniest Blog.

Polls close tomorrow (11/08/07) at 5:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. PST, 10:00 p.m. GMT).

http://2007.weblogawards.org/polls/best-literature-blog-1.php

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Nancy O. Greene
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Fiction published by edificeWRECKED

My flash fiction story “Beyond the Horizon” was recently published by edificeWRECKED. If you like, you can check it out here: http://www.edificewrecked.com/.

Nancy O. Greene
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Portraits in the Dark compared to a train wreck?

A review of Portraits in the Dark has been posted by Multiverse Reviews. Read on:

“Portraits in the Dark” reminds me of a train wreck; you really don’t want to watch it happening, but you just can’t help yourself. The main reason why you don’t want to watch it is because it makes you look at your own human nature. This 78 page book contains a collection of nine short stories. Each one has a touch of darkness and in some a touch of the supernatural. Sometimes, you are uncertain if there is actually supernatural involvement or if the person is just insane.

I found myself caught up in these stories. My biggest disappointment was that they are short stories. I wanted more! Ms. Greene has a talent for drawing you in and getting you hooked, but since the story is short, she quickly lets you go. I was very impressed with her ability to do this. She rapidly gets to the heart of the story, and envelopes you in its darkness.

Each tale has its own flavor and stands well by itself. Her talent allows you to dwell in the mind of an insane person, or suffer along with someone that is being afflicted by an evil being. Of course some stories combine both elements. She covers a variety of topics, and torments. Jealousy, lust, and greed are dominating elements that she includes in most of the stories.

Because it is a short book, it is perfect for taking on a trip. You can read it, enjoy it and not have to worry about not being able to finish it when you get back. I would much rather enjoy reading a well written, emotional collection of these tales, than an overly priced, advertisement ridden magazine while I am traveling or waiting somewhere. If you enjoy horror, do not miss out on this one!

5 out of 5 spaceships

September 9, 2007

Portraits in the Dark
Author: Nancy O. Greene
Release Date: August 9, 2006
Genre: Horror/Short Fiction
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Pages: 78
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 0595392806
Reviewer: Paige Lovitt

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