Sunday, April 30, 2017

I am a Dreamer

Good afternoon. I decide to change my thoughts to the country. I was raised a country girl who had a wonderful life, yet I wanted to see on the other-side of the mountain where city people lived. My dreams changed when I had my biggest adventure to St. Paul, Minnesota 60 miles west from where I lived on a farm near Knapp, Wisconsin. I seen beautiful things that only a Princess could own and I want a little of it. Country stayed with me no matter where I lived. I published country articles and have written for a Farm newspaper magazine and also, written children's picture book about country subjects that I have never submitted anywhere. I am a dreamer and I am thankful for the gifts God has given me.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 10:58 AM PDT
2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference, May 26 – 27, Point Park Univ., Pittsburgh, PA. Looks like a great conference for nonfiction writers and those who love to write for magazines (like I do). The keynote is “The State of the American Magazine” led by editors from Esquire, Harper’s, the NY Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review. Check the CALENDAR on this site for more events.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Posted: 23 Apr 2017 12:27 PM PDT
Writers in this area have a choice of two well-known, overlapping conferences. Both have sessions that appeal to me. Check out OK Writers Federation Conference 2017,  May 4 – 6, Embassy Suites, Oklahoma City, OK ( ). Variety of workshops with a special two-session block for Scrivener Boot Camp led by Jason Hough. Also the Missouri Writers Guild Conference, May 5 – 7, Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, MO ( . Opportunity to have a one-on-one with speakers and faculty. Lots of workshops–of special appeal to me, “Writing Historical Fiction” led by Nicole Evelina. The Calendar lists workshops, conference, and events for writers throughout the year.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17

Don’t forget to register for the Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17. You have until April 29 to do so and secure a spot for a manuscript or portfolio consultation. Pitches are also still available. Manuscripts are due May 5 for consultations.
We have an exciting line-up for the 2017 Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17. Conference faculty includes Kait Feldmann, associate editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); Molly O'Neill, literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency; and Nick Thomas, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic).
More information on the conference, including links to the faculty bios, is here:

Please take a few minutes and promote our conference. I am grateful for those who have done so already. Retweet. Share on Facebook. Recommend it to writing friends or colleagues. However you do it, it’s appreciated. We already have several people new to ARSCBWI and our conference signed up from promotion alone. Thank you for being willing to support and promote Arkansas and our events!
If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.
All my best,
Phyllis Hemann
SCBWI Arkansas Regional Advisor

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Wise Girls
© By Mary Nida Smith

Girls with curls
Always wear pearls
Girls with braids
Wear fashion suede
Girls who are blonde
Wear long johns
Girls with red hair
Love Smoky the Bear
Girls who are brunette
Love the internet
Girls with black hair
May have nightmares

Girls are not the same
We should not compare.

April word(W.O.M.) David L. Harrison's blog.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Heroes Beneath the Waves Review
Al Konetzni, Jr., Vice Admiral, US NAVY (Retired) reviews Heroes Beneath the Waves – Submarine Stories of the 20th Century by Mary Nida Smith…

Monday, April 10, 2017


Tuesday, April 11, 2:15-4:15pm

George Jared just completed his second book The Creek Side Bones…Reality is more horrifying than fiction. This book is an anthology of four separate murder cases. The book includes the ruthless slaughter of a family in Dalton, Arkansas, in 1998 and gives an update on the local Rebekah Gould case.  His book will be available for purchase and autograph at the event.

George Jared, an Arkansas true-crime writer and investigative journalist, is a reporter for Talk Business & Politics, covering issues related to Northeast Arkansas and the Delta.  

Poetry Slam with Molly Sroges
Tuesday, April 11, 5-6pm

Slam Poet Molly Sroges will conduct a poetry workshop that teaches the concept of slam poetry.  Following the workshop, a slam will be held.
Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. 

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Books in Bloom Literary Festival

What a special festival and it is, in  beautiful historical Eureka Springs. One of the best art towns in a America. I  was involved last year as one of the tent authors. One of my greatest experiences in my life.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Poetry Accomplishments: Mary Nida Smith
Rolling Drum Press, (monthly Chapbook) Boise, Idaho
Ozarks Mountaineer Magazine
Good Old Days Magazine
Lightnin’ Ridge Journal
Evangel Magazine
Arkansas Poetry Day Brochure
Twin Fall Chamber of Commerce newspaper, Twin Falls, Idaho
Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho
National Geographic Book (America Big Book 2018 release) Arkansas poem
 Book - Heroes Beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century.
David L. Harrison’s blog WO.M. monthly poem since 2009
Poetry with photograph illustration entered in art show and my private exhibit
Member of the Free Verse Poetry Group

Tuesday, April 04, 2017