Abandon hope all ye who enter here: Anita Marie Moscoso and Jade Leone Blackwater team up in Seattle, Washington

July 23, 2008

Attention Seattle writers: I am partnering with Anita Marie Moscoso of Owl Creek Bridge and Irregular Bones to create a new writers group in the Seattle area.  We’re still in the planning stages, and selecting our meeting dates, times, and venue(s).

For those of you who aren’t familiar with A.M.M., you’re missing out.  Anita beams with curiosity, creativity, and possibility.  She seems to be a super-natural source of inspiration – just a little light lunch down the way from Ye Olde Curiosity Shop left me chewing on new ideas for weeks.  Anita is full of wisdom, humor, and true generous spirit.  I can’t wait to get our group started!

We invite other writers in the Seattle area to contact us and join our new group.  Also, be sure to stop by the Owl Creek Bridge to explore Anita’s work… (and watch out: I may be haunting her pages soon!)

PS – If you’re a writer in Pennsylvania, be sure to visit the Pennwriters Area 6 HQ blog for news, events, and resources for writers.  New authors will be joining us soon!


West Coast Inspiration

May 30, 2008

Yellowstone River, April 2008, © Copyright 2008 Jade Leone Blackwater

Greetings from the Emerald City!  I am settling in to the Pacific Northwest after enjoying a most excellent roadtrip from Philadelphia to Seattle.  I will resume blogging in June with a post frequency of 1 – 2 times per week on each blog: AppleJade, Arboreality, and Brainripples.

At Brainripples we will be sharing methods of creative exploration, successful approaches to working independently, and unique perspectives from featured artists.

At AppleJade we will be discussing healthy, happy lifestyle through attitude, gardening, cooking, and simple, green living.

At Arboreality we will be exploring the woods of Western Washington and other localities within reasonable driving distance.

You will also find me blogging at the Pennwriters Area 6 HQ, a new blog created as a resource for writers living in and around southeastern Pennsylvania.  I will be blogging with other Pennwriters about local news, events, information, and of course – writers!

If you are a writer in the Puget Sound Area (Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Kitsap Peninsula, Bellingham) and would like to join my newly forming Seattle Pennwriters Critique Groups, please contact me for more information.

More to follow!

PS – Today’s image of the Yellowstone River in Montana was taken on our road trip at the end of April.  Cold and beautiful!

PPS – Please bear with me as I acclimate to the new WordPress interface, and please let me know when things don’t look *quite right*.

Pennwriters: Resource for Writers

March 5, 2008

Pennwriters, Inc. © Copyright 2008 Pennwriters, Inc.Writing can be a naturally independent and solitary profession.  Even as hobbyists, writers often create their material alone.  Professionals navigate potential writing markets using their own will, initiative, and creativity.

If you are a writer seeking a support, guidance, and networking opportunities, Pennwriters is the organization for you.  Pennwriters’ current goals are as follows:

– Promote excellence in writing;

– Help aspiring authors learn how to become published via traditional, professional venues;

– Advance the careers of published writers;

– Facilitate professional networking between members and representatives of the traditional publishing industry;

– Act as a liaison between authors and booksellers.

Membership is open to all writers at all levels – you do not have to live in Pennsylvania to be a member of Pennwriters.  The Pennwriters organization offers workshops, critique groups, contests, industry news, networking opportunities, and an annual Writers Conference held in a different location in Pennsylvania each year.

I am the new Pennwriters Area 6 Representative which means I work with members in southeastern part of Pennsylvania.  Brainripples readers are familiar with my writing critique group in the Philadelphia Area.  Now that I’m a Rep, I’ll be coordinating workshops, critique groups, and other activities throughout the region.  You’ll hear all about writing activities in my area right here at the Brainripples blog.  Please feel welcome to join us any time!

In May 2008 you will find me in attendance at the Pennwriters Annual Conference, this year hosted in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at The Host Resort.  I’ll be blogging about the conference in more detail soon.  You do not have to be a Pennwriters member to attend our conference.  To learn more and register, visit the Pennwriters website.

PS – Our Philadelphia Writers’ Critique Group meeting is tonight!  Check out the Critique Group page for details, and if you’re in or around Philly, come join us!

Philadelphia Area Writers’ Critique Group Meeting Tonight

February 6, 2008

Attention Philly Writers!

This Wednesday we will be having our monthly Philadelphia area writers’ critique group meeting at the Valley Fair Barnes and Noble bookstore near Valley Forge.  New members are always welcome – we have lots of chairs. 

Please bring at least five copies of no more than five pages of your work to exchange and critique with the group.  All genres are welcome.  For more details, email me or visit the critique group information page.

Show and Tell Friday

January 18, 2008

Rabbit Tracks, Chester County December 2007, © Copyright 2008 Jade Leone Blackwater

Greetings everyone!  I’ve been pleasantly busy with new projects, and today I get a chance to catch up on blogging.  It seems as though Show and Tell Friday is long overdue.  Here are a few artists and writers I’ve encountered among my travels:

Etsy Artists

Etsy is an online marketplace for independent artists of handmade goods.  Their mission statement reads: “Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers.”

Mission accomplished.  This holiday season I had a chance to purchase through Etsy for the first time, and had a lovely experience.  I was able to connect personally with each creator via the “Conversation” or “Convo” tool which sends instant messages between customer and artist.  I purchased items from the following independent artists:

Designs By Flo

Flo designs jewelry and other small goods, including friendship bracelets!  Like many Etsy artists, she even accepts custom orders (thanks Flo)!

Artemisia Designs

Lupe designs jewelry which positively glows, and she also writes an inviting art blog, Handmade Garden.


Colleen’s work is 100% funky.  She creates jewelry and knick-knacks with genuine retro flare.

Also on Etsy:

Vaeda Baty – Fine Art Photography is a luminescent offering.  Her work emphasizes organic forms, and her compositions possess a soft aura.

Dana Lynn Driscoll and family own the Artistic Journeys Etsy shop.  Dana’s creation The Tree Tarot is a new tarot deck-in-progress which can be seen at the Artistic Journeys blog.  The Driscoll family also makes jewelry, purses, and other crafts.

Eric Keast (whom we’ve interviewed at Brainripples) is his usual busy self, as evidenced by his work on Bingorage.  He has a Bingorage shop on CaféPressCheck out his gorgeous coral earrings (up for auction on Ebay).  Keast has even generously offered a little “Coral Stitch How-To” for others to enjoy!

Writer Updates 

You may recall Francine M. Tolf from previous reviews at Brainripples of the Apple Valley Review.  Tolf wrote the essay Viola Pruessner, and recently published The Summer Before Eighth Grade in the current issue of Toasted Cheese.  And if you can believe it, I still haven’t had a chance to read it!  Take a look and let us know what you think.

I am a member of Pennwriters, a non-profit group for writers based in Pennsylvania.  I think the best part about Pennwriters is meeting different writers: this month I discovered Barbara Purbaugh.  Barbara published an article in the monthly Penn Writer which invited other Pennsylvania poets to get in touch.  Barbara is a member of the Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop which meets the third Thursday of every month, at 6:00 pm at Laurel Arts in Somerset, PA.

In fact, The Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop in Somerset is hosting Poetry Readings on these dates from 7-9pm: Sat, April 12, 2008, Sat., June 7, 2008, Sat., August 2, 2008, Sat., October 4, 2008.

Check out Barbara Purbaugh’s website for more details and upcoming events.


Also: the Philaldelphia area writers’ critique group is meeting regularly at its new location at the Valley Fair Barnes and Noble.  New members are always welcome!  Check out the critique group page here at Brainripples to learn more!


And in other news..


If you’re in the dancing mood, visit Arboreality to view a YouTube video preview of Biome, Capacitor’s newest dance video, shot in Costa Rica’s Monteverdi rainforest.  Capacitor is an interdisciplinary dance company based in San Francisco which works with the scientific community to compose dance.  Biome is positively vibrant!

And finally, here is a handful of literary journal’s I’ve discovered while browsing in recent weeks.  One of my goals this year is to make more time to resume submitting my poetry and creative writing.  I’ll be sure to update you on my progress in the Spring!

One Less – A Literary Arts Magazine 

Philadelphia Stories 

Pregnant Moon Review 

Low Rent Online 

Have a great weekend folks!

New location for the Philadelphia Area writers’ critique group

November 5, 2007

We will be having our monthly writers’ critique group meeting this Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at a new location: the Valley Forge Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble

150 W. Swedesford Rd.

Valley Forge, PA 19333

As usual, please bring at least five copies of no more than five pages of your work to exchange and critique with the group.

New members are always welcome.  Contact me via email with any questions – we look forward to seeing you! 

Monday Mid-Morning Muse soon to follow…

Brainripples August Update

August 1, 2007

Greetings!  I hope you are all having a productive, creative summer. 

Here are a couple creative news bites:

Tonight is the monthly Philadelphia area writers’ critique group meeting.  If you’d like to join us, check out the Critique Group page for details, or email me.

Jason Evans at The Clarity of Night is hosting his sixth short fiction contest.  Get over there, like, now: contest closes tonight, Wednesday August 1, 2007 at 11pm EDT.

The Festival of the Trees 14 is online at Via Negativa – hosted by Pterry the Katydid (a.k.a. Dave Bonta).

And Jenny of Seeded, Crescent at Midnight, and Anomalous Cognition nominated me for Bloggers for Positive Global Change.  Thanks to Jenny for her generous recognition – just as soon as my time allows, I will be certain to pass the torch. 

One of these days, someone is going to start repair work at my house.  Until then, Brainripples will continue its summer vacation.

Happy Creating!


PS – You can read my submission, Ravish by Rainstorm Entry #67 over at the Clarity of Night “Halo” Short Fiction Contest.  Let me know what you think – constructive feedback is welcome and encouraged (and be sure to read some of the other submissions while you’re there too).