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Around the Web: Interesting links about Women and Fiction (July 29 2017)

Women and Fiction continues to grow! You can now listen to Women and Fiction on Google +. The next podcast will be released on August 15, 2017. If there's a feature that you think should be added to Women and Fiction, send us an email.

If you haven't had a chance to listen, Amanda Cochran Helstrom-White blows us away in the podcast. You can now listen her and all of the podcasts at iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and Google Play. Catch up with us on our social media accounts -- (Facebook, Twitter, Google+)



Madeline L'Engel - "It was a dark and stormy night"

The Late Bloomer shares the story of how A Wrinkle in Time almost wasn't published.  Madeleine L'Engle finished a Wrinkle in Time when she was 46 years old. She was in her 70s when it was banned. It's never too late to write a book that changed the world. This is an inspiring story about a fascinating woman.






Looking for inspiration? Here's 11 Nasty Women who are dominating fiction -- right now! :) Have you read any of them? Who would you add to your list? A few of the Nasty Women authors are going to join us a Women and Fiction in upcoming episodes.






There is inherent sexism at Wikipedia. This NY Times article was written in 2013, and there's been some progress -- but not much. Try it yourself -- go to Wikipedia and look up your favorite female author. Chances are that even your favorite best-selling female author is not there. This article is one of our inspirations for starting Women and Fiction.







Until next week!

Around the Web: Interesting links about Women and Fiction (July 20 2017)

We start the week with a look at punctuation and end the week with the oldest doodle. Sounds like Women and Fiction! Right?

If you haven't had a chance to listen, Amanda Cochran Helstrom-White blows us away in the podcast. You can now listen her and all of the podcasts at iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and (coming soon) Google Play. Catch up with us on our social media accounts -- (Facebook, Twitter, Google+)



J.K. Rowling. Photo Credit: Andrew Montgomery; Telegraph UK
JK. Rowling encourages women: "Don't fight alone"
. She may be one of the most successful authors in the world, but the notoriously private JK Rowling also manages to find time to share her innermost thoughts. She's a great person to follow on Twitter as she's inspirational and genuine. Here are thirteen times she's encouraged us all. 


Jr.,'sThe US President's son has been in the news a lot lately and the copy edit banchees have been arguing. In this article, the New Yorker took the time to settle the dispute. Please note that the only politics we care about here at Women and Fiction is the politics of correct grammar. 


The world's oldest doodleWhat's the earliest known doodle in a book? I'm glad you asked. Historians have finally agreed that this odd in drawing of a pipe smoking person holding a flower is the oldest doodle. Does this change your mind about writing in books? 


Leave a review - give them 5 stars!
Want to support the authors in your life?
 Steph Post at Lit Reactor finds 13 free ways you can help your favorite authors continue to write. Of course, the very best way to support authors is by taking five minutes and leaving a review. Even one line can make the difference of an author's work showing in a search engine. 


That's Women and Fiction this week. See you next week! 



Episode 03 -- Amanda Cochran Helstrom-White talks poetry, written events, and issues in publishing #Metoo

AmandaAmanda is a champion of writers and the written word. She joins Women and Fiction to discuss a wide range of issues that affect women writers including her spoken word events, making money from writing, as well as her poetry.  

 Amanda Helstrom-White is Coloradoan who has made Portland her home for over 10 years. She started writing poetry via osmosis when she found herself in a relationship with the godfather of the poetry mafia. She is on a mission to bring new voices to the world via her New Poet Challenge reading series, that invites new writers to share their work in front of a live audience. She has read her poetry live at New Poet Challenge, Free Range Poetry, Unchaste Readers, Get Nervous, Grief Rites, KBOO’s Talking Earth, Talking To at Tony's Tavern, and Word Warriors which she co-hosts with her husband Curtis White-Carroll. She has been published in Gobshite Quarterly, Acta Aperta, and recently published her first chapbook Tattoos and Haiku, a collection of 100 Haiku. She is currently working on her next project, Neurotica: A collection of 300 Tanka. She lives in Downtown Portland, Oregon, with her husband and her two teacup panthers, Walter and Jesse. You can find more of her work at angrypandapoet.tumblr.com. You can support her and her work at Patreon

Around the Web: Interesting links about Women and Fiction (July 14 2017)

Every week, we post three interesting articles about Women, Fiction, Tools used, or other Women and Fiction related topics on our social media accounts. (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) Here's a more detailed review of our links: 

is the debate over the Oxford Comma resolved?

Do you use an Oxford Comma? It's not something I thought of before becoming an author. My introduction to this controversy came from a British Editor. He was a stickler for all things stickler-ish. We stuck to the Chicago Manual and the Oxford Comma. In this article, the Write Life declares the debate over siting the use of the Oxford Comma cost a dairy $10 million dollars in a lawsuit with its drivers. Is the question of the Oxford Comma resolved for you? (This link was shared in a previous week. We'll include these posts until we're caught up.)


Yoga Nindra
Yoga Nindra:
A lot of authors use it to calm their inner dragon critic and get working on their projects. I have a dear friend who uses it to connect with her company inspiration. This article reviews what Yoga Nindra is, how it works, and ways to use it. Remember, you don't have to take a class. Audio tracks of Yoga Ninda abound on the Internet. Find one you like, settle in, relax, and connect. This should get your brain popping again. 


Top 20 female mystery authors
Mystery Tribune put together their list of the top 20 mysteries written by women (link). 
Oddly, Agatha Christie -- the best selling author of all time -- is not on this list. We can only assume that everyone has read Agatha Christie. Do you have other favorites? If so, leave them in the comments!


Ruby Warrington
Writing fiction is a revolutionary act.
 We are spiritual activists by creating entire worlds which shine a light on various aspects of the world. This article from Numinous founder Ruby Warrington is a positive, thoughtful article for every creator in 2017 -- which ever side of the political, emotional, or social economic spectrum. There is no more important time to create than right now. There's no question that it's harder to write now than it was even a few years ago. The rage brigade is on fire. This only means that your work is more necessary now than ever before.

Let us know what you think. If you have a link you'd like to share, you can submit it in the comments or send us an email at: womenandfiction@gmail.com.