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Book Review: "The Writing Circle" by Corinne Demas

We Write, We Read, We All Have a Story

Many bloggers turn into published authors and so we all can relate to the idea of joining a writing group where we could bounce our ideas off one another. "The Writing Circle " by Corinne Demas explores the somewhat complicated relationships between different types of writers involved in a writing group.
Each writer has their own, unique story - in what they are writing but also in their personal life. Written from these different perspectives, we get the 'whole' story while we witness the characters' struggle with each other, and with their families.

We learn one of the members is even more conniving than we had suspected...and has a secret. It was hard to put the book down as I was waiting for the rest of the writing group to 'catch' the thief amongst them who has stolen another member's story.

We Own our Ideas

"The Writing Circle " touches a nerve with anyone who writes - especially bloggers. Every one of us knows someone who has had something (a blog post, a photo, a business idea) stolen from them. Sometimes the post or content is re-purposed, but often times not, and then it's posted on another website. Our stories are pieces of us...memories, wishes, dreams, fears, and they often tell stories of our family. To have our original stories stolen and presented as someone else's idea is nothing but infuriating. However, with millions of blogs out there, is it possible something thought was our idea may have been sparked by something else we've read?

This is the issue that comes to a front in "The Writing Circle ".

Good read, interesting story, and relevant to anyone who enjoys reading or writing.


Disclosure: I received a review copy of "The Writing Circle" for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published. Some links are affiliate links.


Checking out Doteasy domains and web hosting (for my techy friends)

Lately I have been trying to convince just about everyone they need to start blogging.

There was the DC United soccer player I met on our flight to Disney.

My friend who is an LA girl living in Northern, VA and soon moving to Alabama where the local baseball team is called the Biscuits (I know - she totally has to document that, right?).

And there is my sister-in-law who reads 1000 books in a month and writes beautifully.

The only thing I don't usually offer is a way to get started so here's one option to consider.

One option for domain names and web hosting

There is a site called doteasy where you can get your domain registration any .COM/.NET/.ORG domain for only $7.95 (coupon code: 1003BPM) and can get one year free web hosting service that features 1GB transer and 100mb storage. Plus, you can store up to 10 emails and host multiple domain names.

I noticed the hosting plan has a lot of free hands-on web tools like a site designer, forum application, and blog application (three-snaps in z formation). Please see their Easy Box section for more on the tools.

Plus, for fun, I often come up with domain names and see if they are already taken. If not, I buy them for a year. I think I own like 10. I'm starting to collect them like shoes. But you just never know! Click here to sign up free web hosting today if interested.


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