The End Days

Photo by Felixco, Inc

I have been incredibly grateful to so many of you over the course of Penny Jar’s life. This is just a note to let you know that I have moved permanently over to V’s Place: An artists’ cafe. I hope you will join me there along with a myriad of writers, artists and musicians. I encouraged you also to submit to Fourth Monday, an ongoing celebration of art and words.

If you are a subscriber to Penny Jar, please consider subscribing at V’s Place; it’s great to have you around!

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Grand Opening!

I am so happy to welcome you to V’s Place: Grand Opening on the fortuitous occasion of the Chinese New Year.

V’s Place made its debut on January 1st of this year, and is ecstatic to open its doors today to guest contributors across artistic genres. We are also celebrating this event with an assortment of hidden prizes and a door prize of The Dead Shoe Society, an anthology that features my story “The Deadest One” along with several other talented authors. Read more…

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On Tap: Hitching a Ride

This is what’s playing now at V’s Place.

A note: at the end of the month I won’t be posting on this page anymore. I would love to have you come with me over to the new site, so please remember to update your subscriptions over on the the left hand side of the page, or follow along with Google Friend Connect. I’d be glad to have you!

 

Before the inception of this site, I spent time considering the themes I explore in my writing. When I began blogging three years ago, I thought the only thing I had to write about was motherhood. It seemed feasible and popular. If I was going to take a chance on something it may as well be the life I’m steeped in.

What I found out is that I don’t write about motherhood. Mothering isn’t what drives me to write, that happened long before I had kids of my own. Read more…

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On tap: Scrivening with Scrivener

 

This is what’s playing today at V’s Place:

A note: at the end of the month I won’t be posting on this page anymore. I would love to have you come with me over to the new site, so please remember to update your subscriptions over on the the left hand side of the page, or follow along with Google Friend Connect. I’d be glad to have you!

 

I’ve started a novel. This wasn’t in my plans for the year and I wasn’t going to tell you about it. I have a habit of losing steam in a project if I talk too long and hard, and a problem with believing in it’s fulfillment, but I have a good feeling about this one. You already know the most basic story line; it’s about a girl named Bermuda. I can’t get her out of my head.

In the last few days, aside from emailing every-which-way and jumping up and down from the excitement of the Grand Opening here at V’s Place, I bought, downloaded and tutorialed a writing program called “Scrivener*.” Read more…

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On Rejection

What is currently playing over at V’s Place, my new online home:

“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, “To hell with you.”-Saul Bellow

I did not receive a pre-holiday rejection this past year; this particular publication was kind enough to wait until the second of January. If you cannot wrap an acceptance in shiny paper and bows, I am grateful to be turned down after the champagne and cookies have done their celebratory best.

What was more unusual to me was the discovery, via Facebook, that a few of my writing colleagues also received the same rejection from the same publication on the same day. Read more…

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News Release

This just in: V’s Place will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration January 23rd!

Flying Lantern by bulldogza

I’m feeling giddy. I love planning and building and making things. Projects. The momentum forward as pieces click together and recognizable shapes take form. Movement and motion. The celebration of completion.

Building this website was a project in frustration, but I’m thrilled with the way it came together. Toward the end I started thinking of it less as a page and a blog about me and more as a community of its own. Read more…

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New year, new place

Photo by taesmileland

Happy New Year! I’m so excited. I’ve moved to a permanent home. I really hope you like the new digs.

Tabula Rasa

It is the new year, our annual slate-clearing fete rife with certain promise and a dire hope for a better tomorrow. It is no coincidence that I chose this day to ring the bells and melt the wax on my own virtual tablet, welcoming you in to a new online home.

In philosophy there is a theory, the tabula rasa, that we are born with no personal mental content, but that we must gain ourselves through perception and experience. Read more…

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