Library of Links
American Independent Writers www.amerindywriters.org
Writopia non-profit writing workshops for ages 8 to 18 in NY, DC, and LA http://www.writopialab.org
Leslie Pietrzyk www.workinprogressinprogress.blogspot.com
Pamela Paul www.pamelapaul.com
Tenley Circle Press www.tenleycirclepress.com
Mindy Lewis http://www.mindylewis.com
Cynthia Harrison www.cynthiaharrison.com
Steven Johnson http://www.stevenberlinjohnson.com
C. M. Mayo http://madammayo.blogspot.com
Tim Harford http://timharford.com
Sushmita Mazumdar http://www.handmadestorybooks.com
Mary Kay Zuravleff http://www.marykayzuravleff.com
On self publishing:
Createspace www.createspace.com Amazon’s self-publishing platform and its helpful community forum. Even if you go with another self-publishing platform, the community forum is a great resource.
Catherine Ryan Howard http://catherineryanhoward.com Detailed coverage of how to self-publish from a thoroughly witty author.
Karen McQuestion http://www.mcquestionablemusings.blogspot.com Self-publishing success story–she’s gone from CreateSpace to Amazon’s Encore program, and if you know what that means, this is a good blog to check out.
Cory Doctorow http://craphound.com Cory writes wonderful columns about his self-publishing foray (and copyright issues) for Publishers Weekly. With a Little Help is the name of Cory’s DIY publishing campaign and about-to-be-published book. Doctorow has more than earned a huge, interactive following among cultural creatives and public domain activists. He helps set policy with Creative Commons and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is the prolific co-editor of one of the best blogs ever, Boing Boing., and his novels and short stories are wacky and world-building.
In DC/MD/VA area:
The Writer’s Center www.writer.org
Politics and Prose independent bookstore; literary events http://www.politics-prose.com
Quilting and other Textile Arts:
www.textislepatchwork.com My main site–beginners might want to start with this link:
Project Linus www.projectlinus.org
Description in their own words, from their site:
Project Linus is a non-profit organization with a two-fold mission.
First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
QuiltArt: Contemporary Art Quilters on the Internet
http://www.quiltart.com Wise women!
http://www.stashbuster.com/ I especially love their acronym WHIMMs (works hidden in my mind) and PIGs (projects in grocery sacks).
Bits of Thread Sewing Studio http://www.bitsofthread.com
Capital Quilts www.capitalquilts.com
DC Threads http://www.dcthreads.org
Capital Sew and Sew http://capital-sew-and-sew.blogspot.com Project Runway fans will particularly like this one!
Needlechasers of Chevy Chase (DC-area quilting guild–includes links to other guilds in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia)
DC Modern Quilt Guild http://dcmodern.ning.com/
Jude Hill http://www.spiritcloth.typepad.com
Martha Ginn www.marthaginn.com
Gwen Marston http://www.gwenmarston.com She’s the founder of “liberated quiltmaking.”
Judith Martin http://www.judithmartin.info
School of Crafts http://schoolofcrafts.blogspot.com
http://auntspicy.blogspot.com/ Amazing photography here. I love to find quilt bloggers who are also food bloggers. Great reviews of design and sewing publications too.
http://swimbikequilt.blogspot.com/ Beautiful work, beautiful blog, and I love the fact that Kate posts code for badges on her blog sidebar.
Lana Handmade www.lanahandmade.blogspot.com
For Personal Health and Global Health:
350.org globally addresses the climate crisis and the socio-economic problems that exacerabate it http://www.350.org
10X10 Global campaign and moving documentary–”when girls are educated, we all benefit” http://10x10act.org
How to Make a Difference Book and campaign by photographer and changemaker Fran Monks http://howtomakeadifference.net
The Slow Cook Ed Bruske champions sustainable food, urban gardening, and the much-needed improvement of school lunches at http://www.theslowcook.com
Karen Schacter, MSW “Eating expert” for health and happiness, especially for mothers and daughters http://healthybodieshappyminds.com
The Gray Institute Functional training for fitness and injury prevention http://www.grayinstitute.com
Stumptuous Bodybuilding and weight training, especially for women http://www.stumptuous.com
www.yogafinder.com Find a yoga class in your area and other services for yogis.
Lululemon http://www.lululemon.com Yoga gear (and even free classes twice a week in many locations):
My current favorite studios are in the Palisades, between Georgetown and Bethesda:
Lil Omm Yoga www.lilomm.com
Family-friendly, including child care during classes. First-rate instruction. In the Palisades neighborhood, between Georgetown and Bethesda.
Centered Yoga www.centeredyogastudio.com
Varied vinyasa in spa-like atmosphere. First-rate instruction. Also in the Palisades neighborhood, between Georgetown and Bethesda.
Over the Hill and On a Roll Danny’s not only a great cook, but an expert on food photography as well. http://www.overthehillandonaroll.com
The Slow Cook Ed Bruske’s got amazing recipes http://www.theslowcook.com
Middle Eastern market: Shemali’s
Casual-yet-hip lunch and dinner: Surfside (Their other casual joint, Jettie’s, makes some of the freshest salads and sandwiches in town, especially good are their turkey and pumpernickel. You can order off the menu, or make your own to order).
Chocolate/chocolate artist: Specialities are LolliChocs, Luscious Leaves, and Precious Petals. Lee Reizian Holmes is also an accomplished painter and entrepreneur.: http://www.artbychocolate.com
Off-the-beaten path coffeehouse/lunch place/bookstore (in Adams Morgan): The Potters House http://www.pottershousedc.org
Recommended Resources For Almost Any Task
If I had to go to a desert island and could pack just one blog, this would be it. Their tag line is “tech, culture, and books,” but they also provide tips and ideas for every aspect of crazy or practical life.
Lifehacker: How-to-do-anything-better, and productivity (though sometimes their idea are so ornate, and they update so much, that you can waste a lot of time on this site).
Social Media and Tech Geekery
For Word Press bloggers:
http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/ Panos provides clearer Word Press tips than other sources I’ve seen.
For sports fans:
Not that I am a sports fan, but Thuuz is an incredibly cool resource. Thuuz gives you game highlights, without spoilers, so you can fast-forward straight to the most interesting parts. Compiled by tech geek sports fans. I wish I could Thuuz my life because I have too many interests and not a long enough life.
Pixxlz www.pixxlz.com Especially for stationary and promotional items
www.marissarauchphotography.com Marissa did all the photography for my novels, website, and blog.
http://www.lelyconstantinople.com Lely creates amazing art and portraits.