Curation Corner: Jane Friedman always delivers value


I was reading Jane Friedman’s weekly Electric Speed and thought to myself, “Self, why haven’t you shared this on your blog?”

And Self said, “Because you’re sometimes a clueless shlub, that’s why.”

Well, the conversation went on and on with back-and-forth accusations of too much time spent baking scones and watching Leave It to Beaver to escape the realities of 2021 and my wife calling a therapist–any therapist available on a Sunday morning–and, well, you get the point. There’s so much useless drivel out there, you surely don’t need any more of it seeping into your already frenzied state…which, by the way, is exactly what I’m doing right now, so you should probably add a pernicious [when’s the last time I used that word?] comment below…

Based on the above ‘departure’, Jane Friedman–publisher of Writer’s Digest, by the way–would probably beg me to never, ever again mention her name on this blog. But hey! ‘The price of fame’, right? And really, if she didn’t share good content, she wouldn’t have been included here, right?**

Good content like:

Doodle Ipsum (Customize your own doodles and post/share/admire/submit to The Louvre/make NFT’s out of them [I guess.]

Forvo (“All the words in the world. Pronounced.”)

— Fellow writers’ at-the-desk stretches [reader contributions]

Hope these help. Go sign up for Jane F’s newsletter. No affiliate $$ motive here, no nothing. Just hope you find some value.

**So it’s her fault!

Goodwill words: Veering from letters and notes…

There’s nothing like a friend’s birthday and Canva to inspire a quick and fun detour from putting pen to paper…

In this case, I thought I’d collage it up with photos of my friend’s ‘other beloved grandson’.

As I’ve said before, if goodwill words isn’t fun–whether it’s the writing or the embellishments–I’m probably not as inclined to stay involved.


Thanks for visiting.

A link to the gallery of notes and letters.

Goodwill words: A nod to strength and determination

Joanna [not her real name] is in her mid-20’s and has endured years of uncertainty–her doctors’ and thus, her own– about her health issues.

Combine that with ‘Pandemic Times’ and her perceived inability to live up to her own expectations at work and, well, these are not exactly prime conditions for Joanna.

A reminder: these letters are only a way to share a different avenue for writers to explore, not a ‘you should be doing what I’m doing.”


Thanks for visiting.

A link to the gallery of notes and letters.

Goodwill words: Hoping to revive her spirit

This person–let’s call her Cicely–sounded like someone whose special qualities were flagging in the face of multiple challenges.

As you can see, each letter kind of takes on a life of its own, what with varying added features. Hey, if this isn’t fun–whether it’s the writing or the embellishments–I’m probably not as inclined to stay involved.


Thanks for visiting.

A link to the gallery of notes and letters.

Goodwill words: Admiration for a hero

I decided Mary [not her real name] needed a little reminder of her past contributions as a nurse and how she might still ‘stay in the game’ while she recovers from a serious accident.

Once again, I am reminded how my little annoyances in life–compared to the challenges faced by folks like Mary–are just that: annoyances.


Thanks for visiting.

A link to the gallery of notes and letters.

Curation Corner: Wealth of Writer’s Digest Freebies

As I cruised the Writer’s Digest website for other resources, I came across this page of free downloads. [Signing up for their newsletter is requested, however.]

Some of the topics:

— Cheat Sheets for NaNoWriMo 

— Plot Development: Charts and Tips for Outlining and Plotting a Novel 1

— 4 Amateur Mistakes Every Writer Should Avoid

Hope these help.

Goodwill words: Sending a little reassurance

Keeping up with my monthly challenge of eight letters, minimum.

There have been requests for cards, as well, so I’ll be digging into my page-a-day calendars and my photos to doll up those selections a bit.

Challenge for me: Just keeping an organized workspace to make the composition process seamless.

As you can tell by my occasional cross-outs, etc., I’m clearly working from the school of ‘better done than perfect’, but still, if I could remove additional distractions, that would make this an even more enjoyable project.


Thanks for visiting.

A link to the gallery of notes and letters.

Curation Corner: Considering NANOWRIMO?

Further affirming a recent post‘s message…

Writer’s Digest offers this PDF of 30 writing prompts and six essays of advice and inspiration to help veterans and newbies get the most out of the annual challenge.

Hope it helps.

Goodwill words: Doling out deserved props.



Keeping up the goodwill words momentum. I see it as a way to volunteer without leaving home.

Favorite sites for those interested in trying this out: More Love Letters and Love For Our Elders


Thanks for visiting.

I am always happy to steer you to letter-writing destinations and resources on the Web. Just let me know what you need. Comments welcome.

Goodwill words: Sending support to a fan of nature and baking




Time to return from a layoff from posting letters and notes. (It helps to inspire my own goodwill words routines.)

Favorite sites: More Love Letters and Love For Our Elders


Thanks for visiting.

I am always happy to steer you to letter-writing destinations and resources on the Web. Just let me know what you need. Comments welcome.