“No one is able to enjoy such feast than the one who throws a party in his own mind.” Selma Lagerlöf, first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, is my kind of gal.

It's Our 6th

Flashback, April 2010.

Patty and I sit at the project table in the Apple store.  Tap, tap.

Leave out the part that people skip, Elmore Leonard whispers.

Tap, tap. Sigh.


Words We Women Write goes live.  There’s a rush of gaiety in the store.

(Possibly because, at long last, we’re leaving.)


4/2010, Our First Post (if you are so inclined)

Today we’re starting our blog. For years we’ve sipped great coffee, nibbled tasty treats, talked through the life dramas, and read our writing to each other. Frequently we’ve had a silent partner in all this: Ted Kooser, Jane Yolen, Lary Bloom, Art Plotnik, Anne Lamott. We’ve read their books about writing and let their wise words inspire us. This blog is going to be another silent partner we think, but right now getting going with it is a bit like trying to get clear, cool water from the faucet. We need to run the water for a while to swish out whatever’s been lodging along the old pipes. Sometimes those pipes clank and the water sputters. Sometimes we curse and talk about whether or not the plumbing’s ever going to be right. And then it happens. Luscious, clean, boy-is-this-well-good-or-what water. That’s the way it will be with our fussing with a writing blog. Just keep the tap on we’ve decided. It’ll come.

And come it has.cropped-22symonds-vf-slide-tnw5-jumbo2.jpg


Words We Women Write was born out of, well, unbridled curiosity and wonder.

The adventure of uncertainty lured us in. (That, and there was nowhere else we needed to be.)

Six years later, betwixt trials and triumphs, we’ve birthed two more ~

Click here to read Patty’s novel blog, Isabel the Storyteller…..


…and here to read Toni’s poetry blog, mental crumbs ~ in love with carbs and poetry.

tea-party-vintageHaving awesome stats means never having to wear plastic glasses.

We still fuss with the plumbing. The Apple geniuses help us tinker, WordPress Happiness Engineers make the irreversible reversible.

And Readers, you are why we’re still having a good time, all the time.

Thanks for coming to the party.

xo, Us








 April is National Poetry Month ~ and National Poetry Writing Month.  


NaPoWriMo for short.

And it’s a crowd-pleaser.

images NaPoWriMo began in 2003. Poet Maureen Thorson decided to take up the challenge (modeled after National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo) and invited other poets to join her. Since then, the number of participants has grown larger every year, and many writers’ organizations ~ local, national and even international ~ host NaPoWriMo activities. robert_lee_brewer_hs I’m celebrating here ~  at Poetic Asides, a website hosted by Robert Lee Brewer, senior editor at Writer’s Digest. It’s the 2014 April PAD Challenge, a poetic bacchanal. BYOP, of course. The “PAD” stands for “poem-a-day.” So each and every morning, there’s a new poetry prompt. Brewer throws out a life preserver along with it ~ his own attempt at the prompt (wished for and welcome), then it’s my turn. And yours. There are plenty of poemming days left. Post as few or as many times as you like. logo-napowrimo You can read the poetry, wallow in it, share it with your writing group, spread it across your social network. There are so many doors to open ~ start anywhere, walk ‘write’ in. images But if you want to be considered by a ream of genuine poet-judges for publication in the Poem Your Heart Out anthology, you need to post your poem in the comments. It’s free and easy ~ the prompts (open to space-warpingly vast interpretations) magically appear each morning.

Click here~   http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides.

…. imagesSo, it’s now Day 16 of the April PAD Challenge and it’s been downright envibing so far.  I am inspired by the poets, a neighborly, infectiously upbeat bunch. They gave me the idea to put some rocking’ glad rags on my iambs and start a brand new blog.  mental crumbs gives my poems some stylin’ and profilin’ in honor of National Poetry Month.


So, add some poetry to your site (or create a new one right here at WordPress), tag your post with NaPoWriMo, and have some sure-fire fun.



Toni 4/16/14


2014 New Years Card

WWWW welcomes 2014, inspired by the words of this endlessly optimistic hero.

At age 76, Eleanor Roosevelt recorded her secrets for having a good life.  Clearly she is a woman who took her own advice.

“One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.”

WordPress is a beyond-big, beyond-mammoth, and beyond- copious labyrinth that always leads me to something else. Readers and bloggers in this ever-expanding universe have a gazillion interests.

Here are just a few of the most popular blog tags/topics ~

News Art Beauty Blog Blogging Book Review Books Business Canada Christianity Christmas Community Culture Design Education English Entertainment News Europe Events Faith Family Fashion Featured Fiction Food Friends God History Holidays Home Humor Inspiration Journal Life Lifestyle Literature Local Love Miscellaneous Movies Music NFL National National News Nature News News & Gossip Opinion Parenting People Personal Philosophy Photo Galleries Photography Photography Pictures Poems Poetry Politics Quotes RandomRecipes Relationships Religion Review Science Sports Syndicated Local Thoughts Top Stories Travel Truth & Rumors Video World Writers Features Film Health Holiday guide Life MediaMusings Photos Spirituality Technology Videos Writing 

There’s lots of data in the annual review for Words We Women Write ~ courtesy of the Happiness Engineers at WordPress. We learned that our busiest day was January 19 with 903 views, that punch-drunk dizzying day we were Freshly Pressed, and that we have readers in 149 countries.

Thank you, readers and chidingly great commenters, for joining us on our blogging journey.   (Click here to see the complete report.)

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Words We Women Write

will be here in 2014.

DO Join us…

Who knows where it might lead.

Toni 1/1/14