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Mo Writes Haiku Like You've
Never Imagined Haiku-

Bold, Brazen, Big-hearted!

Autumn Colors

So sly is Winter
she sends bright golden legions
before she sends Dark.

~~~~~Mo Conlan, Sept.28, 2014

~~~~Mo Conlan, Sept.19, 2014

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"By reading the same book, we form alliances of the mind," Kathy states as she describes
her book club -
Between the Covers.


How I Became a Redhead



Photo and Haiku

Hail the sun dipping
below Mother Lake; come back
early tomorrow.




Here is an excerpt from, Babies' Breath, Kathy's award-winning short story contained in her anthology of the same title:

"My heart burned as red-hot as the ancient round stones edging the fire-pit and my tears sizzled and steamed like spit when they fell into the flame." Read on here.

Kathy answers questions
for blogger, Betty Meyette,
about Babies' Breath
at this link: Meyette's Musings

Kathy's five-star-reviewed
short story collection
can be purchased by clicking :

Babies' Breath



Sailing with the kids

presents new challenges


Art by Mo

Kathy's story suggests that sometimes romance is a product of practical cooperation. This big family makes it to their vacation destination where Mom and Dad can brush shoulders and be simply a couple once more.



When the newsaper
is sold out... We may miss
the Fourth Estate.


Kathy wonders if
is a good thing?


Goodbye Cancer

Patty describes her journey through Cancer-Land

- The only thing I am not behind on is haircuts.
- The only reading materials in the surgeon’s office are cancer magazines and a coffee table book on Spring Grove Cemetery...
Read the rest of Goodbye Cancer

Chapter One


Side Effects


Finding favorite books forgotten on the shelf and re-reading them twenty years after the first reading creates an interesting phenomenon. The experiences in the twenty year interval alter some sensibilities and and evoke new sentiments.

Kathy finds new reasons to re-read old favorites.


Writer Walter Seton Bunker
has a funny chat with The Bard

I had a dream one August’s night, a dream so vaporous and yet so vivid it passes understanding. It’s hard to know what was fantasy and what reality.

In my dream I found myself striding the battlements of Elsinore.... Then a helmeted figure emerged from the fog.
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Know What Editors
Want and Need

by Kathy L. Coogan

Freelance writers learn to write to the perspective and tone of a publication in order to sell their material to that publication. Every periodical, paper or magazine has a mission.

That mission is not always obvious at first glance. It is the writer’s job to sniff it out. The writer must research the publication so he can submit to the appropriate forum. Research is as simple as reading several issues of said publication.

Editors scoff at writers who send queries which do not reflect the magazine’s perspective and tone. They know their readers and they want (need) to serve them.

Why would they want to waste any of their precious, valuable pages on contrarian views? (They leave those to the Letters to the Editor.)

But aside from acute knowledge of the subject and understanding of the publication, there is also room for your voice. It is usually that special voice that clicks with the editor. Use it to connect to the reader and especially to the editor who has the power to give the thunbs-up.

Sometimes a particular subject matter is perfect for a particular freelance writer. It resides in the heart or head of the writer. Personal themes such as job loss, illness, aging, education, discovery or travel can set you up for the perfect opportunity to write and sell a piece to a discerning forum.

Remember to write what you feel, as well as what you know. Create an engaging, informative piece, then offer it to the right site. The reader and especially the editor will thank you for it.

Editors are people, too, and they need good writers as much as good writers need them.