Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Mind Opener

It's almost always hard to say goodbye. Sometimes, holding onto something that isn't working just feels easier. However, saying goodbye to things and people that are holding you back allows room for new things.

This week the Mind Opener is to say goodbye to all the things you need to let go of: bad habits, dead people, alive people, partners, self-destructive feelings and behaviors, jobs, projects, re-occurring thoughts, etc. (borrowed from Learning to Love You More)

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Call to Artists

Shaker juliemania wanted to let writers know about an online art gallery and juried exhibit she is working on. She writes:

We are sending out Call to Artists, but I want to make sure that writers find out as well.

We are including Written Word as one of the categories and author Kate Wilhelm is our juror. Any help you can provide would be great. AND if appropriate I would love to provide this info to ShakesQuill, as they are my favorite folks on the web.

Here is our Call to Artists:

"Contemporary Perspectives for Change”

Infinity Art Gallery is making an international call to contemporary artists who creatively express their vision for change in today’s world through visual or literary art.

Entry Deadline: July 1, 2009

Exhibition Categories:
Two Dimensional Art
Three Dimensional Art
Digital art and Photography
Functional Art
Written Word

Prospectus/Rules and Guidelines: go to
Each applicant may submit artwork to one category only. Each artists may submit one or two entries.

Awards: $3000 in cash prizes
Entry Fee: $25 USD, up to 2 pieces.
Entry Form: available at
Grand Opening: August 1, 2009

Artwork is displayed in order of submission until the Grand Opening, when cash winners and selected finalists are announced and exhibited for six months – online, 24/7. Visitors to the gallery will participate in selecting the Viewers’ Choice winner in each category.

JURORS for the ‘Contemporary Perspectives for Change’ exhibit are the acclaimed artists: Kate Wilhelm, written word; Johnny Swing, functional art; James B. Wood, photography/digital art; Ellen Tykeson, 3D art; and Patric Baylis-Andre, 2D art. The impressive biographies for the artists are on ‘Meet the Jurors’ page of the Current Exhibit at

Infinity Art Gallery is a new online gallery that offers amazing opportunity for artists and art collectors. Founders Julie Weismann and Charly Pritchard Swing showcase the work of international, world-class artists selected for artistic excellence. Infinity Art Gallery is especially unique because it encourages people who appreciate and support the arts to purchase DIRECTLY from artists who compete in their juried exhibits, and they display the artwork of ALL qualified submissions prior to each grand opening.

Infinity Art Gallery will soon be the international cornerstone for the creative arts - where possibilities are boundless. Whether exhibiting or purchasing art, go online to and participate in the interactive, international gallery which connects artists with art collectors.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Your ShakesQuill

I want to know....

What do you want to see at ShakesQuill?

**Mind Openers to get your writing groove on?
**Words of the Day?
**Story Starters?
**Calls for Submission?
**Lit Crit?
**Book Reviews
**Brags by Shakesquillians?
**Something I haven't thought of?
**Fewer prepositions at the ends of sentences?

Let me know in your comments!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday Mind Opener

Good morning all! As I am a West Coaster (Los Angeles to be exact), generally you all will start your mornings long before I will. There is nothing I can do about this other than wake up at 3 a.m. and that's just not going to happen. This has been a public service announcement.

Speaking of public service announcements, NBC (at least in the U.S.) has their "The More You Know" campaign. It's usually a 30 second public service announcement about a healthy breakfast, getting an annual physical and stranger danger. You are now an executive in the fictional NBC public awareness department and you have 30 words to inform the teevee watching audience about your issue. For instance:

Looking directly into the sun at sunrise, despite being really beautiful, will cause you to see spots on your computer for at least an hour and can cause permanent damage.
Go for it!

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Friday, March 20, 2009

What to expect

Good morning!

Shakers seem to be looking forward to the resumption of ShakesQuill! I have a Monday Mind Opener prepared and I suspect I will soon be up to my eyeballs in submissions.

Here's some notes on what we're looking for in addition to your artistic submissions:

I am also looking for a volunteer to take on Word of the Day duties.

Please feel free to email me any questions, comments or suggestions at soqueer (at) gmail (dot) com.

As GWB says - Bring it on!

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Friday, March 6, 2009

State of the ShakesQuill II

Hi all. I'm Faith, a regular commenter on Shakesville, author of That is So Queer... and various published works around town and I am honored to be the new ShakesQuill editrix. Thanks so much to Bill Wolfrum for all of his work as the founding editor, Liss for basically everything she does and all of the courageous and talented writers that have made ShakesQuill into what it is today.

This is what Bill wrote at the inception of ShakesQuill, it is brilliantly written and still stands true, so:

"One thing to remember about ShakesQuill - it's a work in progress, and it will likely stay that way. We'll always be looking outside of the box (and inside) for different ideas.

A couple words on submissions: Please give me the name you'd like to use for the piece as a guest contributor, plus any bio info you'd like added, as well. Please remember that we can't use everything. That said, I'll try and use everything I get."

I'll be restarting the Monday Mind Opener and I am completely open to ideas about what you would like to see in that department and any others.

I look forward to hearing from all of you. I can be reached at


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