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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

midweek at the oasis

Wednesday Addams

It’s Wednesday.

Oh, there’s been some really great stuff going around Facebook this week, so grab a Diet Coke and a donut (yes, I’m a bad influence), take a break and enjoy. read full story »

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

win a copy of “the island of doves” by kelly o’connor mcnees

The Island of Doves

I loved Kelly O’Connor McNees’ last novel, In Need of a Good Wife, and was thrilled to be invited to participate in a blog hop for her new book, The Island of Doves. read full story »

Monday, 21 April 2014

the lois club

Starbucks misspelled cups

Seriously, Starbucks?

My name has four letters in it and is spelled pretty much exactly like it sounds. Yet it is constantly misspelled. People look at me with blank stares when I tell them my name is Lois – or a light bulb goes on and they smile knowingly and ask, “How’s Superman?” Oh, good one! I’ve never heard that before! read full story »

“finding vivian maier”

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Finding Vivian MaierFinding Vivian Maier is riveting.

Back in 2007, young historian John Maloof bought a box of negatives at auction in hopes of finding pictures to illustrate a book he was writing about Chicago. What he discovered, instead, was one of the best street photographers of the 20th century. read full story »

thank you, erma bombeck

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Erma sign

I laughed so much at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop last weekend that my stomach still hurts. Since the next one isn’t until 2016, I figure I have two years to recover – and to come up with a book proposal. And if you’re considering going, well, I highly recommend it as both a literary lovefest and a great ab workout.  read full story »

midweek at the oasis: four must-see videos

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Yep, it’s Wednesday again and that means it’s Midweek at the Oasis. Go grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke and settle in to watch these four videos. They are the best of what’s going around the internet this week. read full story »

and in the end …

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesdays

I was so sad when Jen Kehl announced that today would be the last Twisted Mixtape Tuesday for a while. Granted, I only discovered it a few months ago and have missed many weeks along the way, but being part of this passionate-about-music group has been such a great and meaningful experience. read full story »

laughing my way to erma bombeck writers’ workshop

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Erma Bombeck on TimeI could never have imagined when I was young and wishing I could write like Erma Bombeck that the prestigious organization continuing her work would name me – me! – Humor Writer of the Month or that I would be attending an actual Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop with some of the best in the business. read full story »

midweek at the oasis: matthew mcconaughey, april fool’s day, baby elephants and believing in good

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

birthday books

How can it be Wednesday again? Time to celebrate midweek at the Oasis! read full story »

the genius of song lyrics

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesdays

As a writer, I love words and am obsessed with song lyrics. When I was in school — from elementary through college — I included song lyrics in all my papers and projects because there was always one that expressed exactly how I felt or what I was trying to say.

So, even though I am trying to get a ton of work done right now, preparing to leave for the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Conference on Thursday, I have to participate in Twisted Mixtape Tuesday because the theme is “These lyrics are genius.”

I don’t have time to really sit and think too deeply about this one so I’m going to take the first songs that come to mind. Here we go! read full story »

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