Writing as self-expression … and release.

A Prayer in the Wake of the Boston Marathon
by Mark Greenspan

We reach out to the people of America.
We pray for healing of body and soul
For all those who were injured
And for a city traumatized by terror.
We call out to them: You are not alone!

May you find strength
In the loving concern of those
Who condemn violence and terror;
In the selfless devotion of the first responders
Who came to your aid;
In the prayers and good wishes
Of people everywhere
Who are thinking of you in this dark hour.

We know, we believe with complete faith,
That violence is never the answer;
That those who learn to speak to one another
Can create a world of harmony and peace.

This poem was written right after the Boston Marathon bombing. I found it heartfelt and tender without being maudlin; I found it to be like a prayer without mentioning a diety. Let’s continue to work towards peace, love and understanding to create a world where violence is unnecessary. 


The Learning Experience

Spent my afternoon learning. What’s wrong with that? 🙂

Liar Keith Strunk imparted good information at the Writers’ Coffeehouse at the Willow Grove Barnes and Noble this afternoon. Even though the majority of discussion was on screenplays and screenwriting (after all, it’s his specialty!), there was enough other craft discussion to make it — as usual — worthwhile attending.

The Sales Pitch!

Hard to believe that I forgot the sales information. HERE’S HOW TO BUY THE BOOK:

1. You can go to Barnes & Noble. If they’re out, simply order it! They charge $16.95 plus tax.

2. You can go online to amazon. The ISBN is 9781938778001. Not sure what they charge.

3.  You can get it by emailing me at ruthlittner@gmail.com and I will charge $12.00 plus shipping. No handling charge! 🙂

#3 is my personal choice; if you can, please order that way.

Thanks for your order!




I’m very, very, VERY happy to report that my non-fiction story, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, has been published in NOT YOUR MOTHER’S BOOKS . . . On Being a Woman, available in Barnes & Noble! This story is part of a “new anthology for a new century.” (Dahlynn McKowen, Editor.) This series of anthologies is very different; all NYMBs are hip, modern, fun and even daring! NYMB … On Being a Woman is the first title in the series, with another 30+ titles under development. All stories are true!

SO much of the credit goes to Jonathan Maberry for helping me to develop my short story skills. I’m a proud graduate of his SHORT STORY class.

NYMB . . . On Being a Woman is available at most bookstores and online at Amazon.com, and as an e-book.

The stories included were carefully selected from hundreds of submissions, and all are enjoyable!

Book Cover

A New Day

Sometimes I deliberate about whether I should do something or not do it, and when I finally make up my mind, I feel like, “What took me so long!”

So I’ve been writing, I’ve been editing, I’ve been thinking, I’ve been creative. Why haven’t I posted on my blog in so long? It takes discussions with Jonathan Maberry, Don Lafferty and Scott Edelman to help light the fire under me to get me going. Thank you, Gents, for doing so. My plan now is to post at least once a week, and if possible (the goal), daily.

I’ve been attending Jonathan’s Short Story class for the past five months. I think I’ve got some wonderful and helpful information for entering the short story market, but since I’m working outside of my comfort zone, it’s taking me a while. I like flash fiction, and I can hardly believe I’ve written a 2,500 word piece of fiction.

Tune back in to see if I can keep my promise to myself of blogging as a habit.



Learning a lot at the 5th class.

Pigeon Holing

I’m doing a lot of thinking about what to name my blog. I even attended a workshop with Jerry Waxler, who discussed the importance of a strong, relevant name. Here’s my issue:  I’m ALMOST (using that term again) at the point where I want to shop around my manuscript, LIVING WITH GHOSTS. This narrative non-fiction memoir is an exploration of the ripple effect of post-traumatic stress disorder on three generations — my parents, the Survivors, me as the direct descendant, and my children — as a result of the Holocaust.

But, besides memoir (thank you Jerry Waxler), I also dabble in flash fiction (thank you Randall Brown), science fiction (thank you Robert Silverberg), personal essay (thank you Chris Ortwein), and humor (thank you to the late Erma Bombeck). Ergo, I cannot focus my blog or its name solely on memoir or generational impact. I’m looking for a broader scope of terminology to define my writing, which at this point, is all over the board. Or all over the notebook. Or all over the laptop. Too messy.

So, if you have a catchy name, please consider letting me in on it! Thanks!


Benefit for L.A. Banks

Liar’s Club member and fabulous writer L.A. Banks is suffering from a grave disease which is not only sapping her family emotionally, but also financially. There will be a fundraising event this Saturday, August 6 at Smokey Joe’s in Philadelphia. Please reach into your hearts and pockets and support this event. The best description I’ve found is from J.A. Konrath. View the information and his blog here: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com. Hope to see you soon.


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