Sunday, November 28, 2010

Speaking Schedule: I learned two important things when I shared how important blogging was to writers. I wrote my program for the 45 minutes I was to speak.
What do you do when preceding speakers run into your time slot and you are only allowed twenty minutes? This can easily happen.
1. Remember to always have a short version hitting only on the most important parts giving the audience who came to learn from you something to take home.
2. Never be the last speaker of the day.I am glad I was able to learn from this experience. If I can learn from my experiences I am one more step ahead of the game

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Author David L. Harrison 's November voting list is up and you need to vote for your favorite poem of the month at Thanks!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ozark Writers Inc: An interesting and well crafted website & blog.
The days go by fast and I am too slow to catch-up. It was a busy housewife duty day.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Photo (C) by Mary Nida Smith
The table displays
a feast for a family
We give thanks
this Thanksgiving
for an over filled plate.

Monday, November 22, 2010

BLOG PLAGIARISM: I am sorry last Saturday at OWL's our afternoon programs run behind schedule. I was unable to share helpful information that writers were interested in hearing. In the twenty minutes allowed I was able to touch on a few items of the many subjects I wanted to share. Hopefully, I was able to give you a hint where you can do more research.

Protect you blog copyright: I will name two. There are more - CopyGator and Creative Commons. Check with GOOGLE to see if they provide on for

Do you know where there is protection for your blog, website and photos?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I hadn't did a Google search (Mary Nida Smith) for awhile to see where my copyrighted material might be used without my permission, or my name or my blogs are appearing.
FAIR USE: My copyrighted poem titled "Christmas Below the Sea" was found on under the FAIR USE law Title 17 U.S.C. 107. To learn more go to U.S. Copyright Office: Fair Use http://www.copyrightgov/fls/fl102/html
BLOG STATS: I found a site that had all the stats on my blog and it's possibility of a future ad making blog. I will not review any more. But now, I know why I received so much spam for that site. The only good good thing they did mentioned all my other blogs and where to purchase my book and more. I don't know if this all is really a good thing or not.
BOOK PIRACY: Below is a link to an article on piracy of books that tells how that piracy is draining income from novelists. This was passed along by courtesy of Lois Kleinsasser (Cait London).That link is Delois McGrew, President OWL

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Donald W. Reynolds Library, Mountain Home, will have their book sale November 18-19-20. I will be helping set-up tomorrow.

Midway Baptist Church will have their Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. So, it is picture time again for me. I am still working on the photos I took Halloween. As their historian & photographer I am kept busy.

Friday, I leave for Branson: Dinner and awards program Friday night. Saturday, Ozarks Writers League at the College of the Ozarks. I will be speaking in the afternoon on how important blogging can be for a writer.
Sunday church and choir, and afterward we attend the Fleet Reserve dinner. Starting Monday, I will be back to work writing. I have been organizing programs & etc for both my writers groups and Author's Day at the library Dec 5th.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The life of a writer who marches to many drum rolls - hey, that's me. I know, it is every woman's life trying to find a balance in all that comes her way. We just need to learn to go with the flow, create when time allows or learn how to say "NO."

The Twin Lakes Writers had a wonderful meeting. We had a large group; three new writers and eight missing regulars.

This morning I had a FOL board meeting. Later, I was able to do some shopping for office supplies. I hate shopping. This afternoon and tomorrow catch-up time on Saturday's meeting notes and two projects for Wednesday.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TWIN LAKES WRITERS meet Saturday November 13th from 1 to 3 pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Library. We are a group of 25. You are welcome to come and sit with us to learn what we are going. Bring your manuscript to be critiqued or only to read. We are gentle, yet helpful. We do not criticize for we want to help you be the best you can be. Please join us.

Monday, November 08, 2010


Muffy a small fluff
Hand warming muffler
I remember Snuggles
Who went before you
Is now waiting with a smile.
She knows you are coming.
We are comforted
Knowing you two
Can be together.
Play in peace
Without pain
Remember you both
Will be forever missed.
She was wrapped in the loving arms
of my granddaughter Missy when her spirit
no longer cried. God gave Missy
the courage as she prayed to hold Muffy close
to feel loved and know it was time
to go on a new journey.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Meet Saturday November 6, 2010 from 1-3 at the Donald W. Reynolds Library in Knox Community Room A. The library is located at the corner of College and Shied-Hopper Bypass at 300 Library Hill, Mountain Home, AR.

As writers and illustrators we are always exploring how to write for children of all ages; from board books for the very young to older teen novels and magazines.
Bring your manuscripts to read and drawings to show. We critique/comment on manuscripts and drawings. We are very gentle for we are in this together. If you wish to read or display
your drawing with out our comments, this is okay, we understand.

There will be open mic readings of your stories and for those who want to practice reading a book blurb for Author’s Day December 5. Your book blurb can be a five minute pitch.

We will share our stories and talk about how to write the book we want to publish. We will learn how to use expressions and body language in our drawings.

Please join us.
Mary Nida Smith, President
OZARK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS FOR CHILDREN:We will be meeting in the Story Room in the Children's Library Section.
Naomi Shaw
Bring your manuscript and join us this Saturday as we explore the markets.
"Going by the Book, Marketing your Manuscript--Successfully!

Let's take a look at your current project. Bring the work you are passionate about and feel ready to market. Together we'll explore how to identify the best target for your submissions OR, what you can do to make your manuscript fit a publisher's wish-list.
The Library Station, 9:00--11:00am (critique to follow)
Sante Fe Room

Monday, November 01, 2010

Photographing - what fun! Our church had their "Trunk or Treat" last night. I took pictures of kids having fun outside and inside on the hot seat I created. Kids being monsters of the night, young one sitting in the big black kettle, and families creating memories. I can't wait to to down load them. We'll be sending them out to everyone. Some had an interesting story to why the picture was important to them. Stories that made me laugh and ones that made my eyes to tear up. It was a fun night for us big kids and for the young ones. I was tired after four hours with my fingers frozen to the camera. I wish, I knew how to use all the little buttons.