Literature in a Razor-Wired Country – Cara’s Guest Post at Words Beyond Bars

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3962556_origYou don’t have to travel far to discover other worlds within our world. I met former librarian Karen Levi-Lausa when she coordinated my book party at Denver’s Bookbar, and we got to talking about her program that brings books to prisoners, Words Beyond Bars. Karen invited me to read a couple of the books the prisoners are reading with her, and last week I joined her for a drive to Colorado’s Sterling Correctional Facility for their book discussion. This week, she posted my essay on that visit at her Words Beyond Bars blog: Literature in a Razor -Wired Country. Please take a quick look and help me spread the word about this invaluable program!

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Feedback with Compassionate Detachment – Cara’s Guest Post at The Blood Red Pencil

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BRP2013 GoldWhether or not you’re a writer, I hope you’ll find some useful insights in my guest post today over at The Blood-Red Pencil. Today I share a few favorite tips about giving fellow writers Feedback with Compassionate Detachment. We all give and receive feedback at one point or another, and some of the challenges that creates are universal.

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Games of Greece – Cara’s Guest Post at Writing For Peace

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Delos Island, Greece - Headless GodsPlease stop by the Writing for Peace blog today for a look at my guest post, Games of Greece, which features an excerpt from my adventure memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands. After you read that, please check out Writing for Peace, and organization with a mission that is much as its title suggests: “Through education and creative writing, Writing for Peace seeks to cultivate the empathy that allows minds to open to new cultural views, to value the differences as well as the hopes and dreams that unite all of humanity, to develop a spirit of leadership and peaceful activism.” What a worthy endeavor in a world that grows increasingly complex and paradoxically smaller every day.   

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The New Kid at The Blood Red Pencil

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BRP2013 GoldPlease join me today over at The Blood Red Pencil, a blog for editors and writers by editors and writers. I’m the newest blogger on their talented and accomplished team, thanks to an invitation from founder Dani Greer, an impressive writer, editor, and blogger, as well as a maven I greatly admire in the online world. You’ll find me hanging out with them the second Tuesday of every month. Today’s post is When the Metaphor Becomes the Story. Thank you to everyone at The Blood Red Pencil for making me feel so warmly welcomed into your fold, and thank you to all my readers both here and there. Sharing my words with you means more to me than you can know.

 

 

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Unfinished

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Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeToday you’ll find me over at the blog for YouNiversity, a new mentoring program for young Latino authors, where I’ve contributed a post called Unfinished. You know, that thing that most writing is for most writers most of the time? If you’ve ever experienced the agony and ecstasy of a long project, or even if you haven’t, please stop by YouNiversity, take a look, and maybe even share in the conversation.

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Fundamental Harmonics and Rubber Chicken Graphs – Flash Fiction

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By Cara Lopez Lee

RubberChickenGraphDear Uncle John,

Thank you for reading my experimental creative nonfiction on the subject of my grandmother’s last words, recently published in a new literary journal, and for so generously sharing with me a copy of your own writing, recently published in a 100-year-old ham radio operators’ quarterly, circulation 20,000+. I was so impressed with Converting a Vintage 5 MHz Frequency Standard to 10 MHz with a Low Spurious Frequency Doubler: Presenting a Very Clean Frequency Doubler and an Excellent Example of a Method to Design a Clean Class A Amplifier, that I shared passages aloud with my husband.

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Revising the Meaning of Success

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author and creative writing tutorSpreading the word about a book is like having a second job. That’s my excuse for being absent from my blog the past few weeks as I promote the new edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands. Today, I’m in the U.K., sort of. British author Bridget Whelan has invited me to be a guest on her blog. Bridget is the author of the novel, A Good Confession, and the popular new non-fiction book for authors, Back to Creative Writing School. Today on her blog I talk about revising the meaning of success, in a post called Should Writing Success Always be Counted in Money? Britain is seven hours ahead of me here in Mountain Time, so what are you still bloody reading this for? Get on over to Bridget’s blog before the day ends! 

 

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Cara’s Blog Book Tour 2014 – Day 6

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Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeWelcome to the finale of my 2014 blog book tour! This month I’m celebrating the new Conundrum Press edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away. Today you can find me in two places: PubSlush, a crowd-funding platform that launches quality authors out of the slush pile, and Murder is Everywhere, where one of that blog’s 12 renowned crime writers has offered me her killer slot for a day.

Today PubSlush features me in their Women on Wednesday author interview series. I answer such questions as: “How does writing give you a voice you wouldn’t normally have?” and “What were some of the roadblocks you faced in the publishing process?”

Meanwhile, if you missed my earlier post about my ridiculous efforts to learn to speak Cantonese, please head over to the Murder is Everywhere blog for an encore presentation of Long Time No See.

It’s not too late to visit my entire online tour! You can find permanent links to my blog tour posts in the list below.

BLOG BOOK TOUR
Celebrating the New Edition of Cara Lopez Lee’s Memoir,
They Only Eat Their Husbands:

Jim Heskett Blog
6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

Conundrum Press
Creating Our Lives as Stories

Travel Dudes
Travel Tip

The Paper Tiger
Long Time No See

The Blood Red Pencil
Here’s a Book In Your Eye

Everyday Underwear
The Wrong Direction

Pubslush Blog
Women on Wednesday

Murder is Everywhere
Long Time No See

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Cara’s Blog Book Tour 2014 – Day 5

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Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeWelcome to Day 5 of my 2014 blog book tour! Please join me through October 15 as I celebrate the new Conundrum Press edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away. Today you can read an excerpt from my book at Everyday Underwear, the humor blog of the hilarious but real, fun-loving but also thought-provoking Cindy Brown.

The memoir excerpt I’m sharing with Cindy is the brief story of my hike up Sicily’s Stromboli Volcano, which is obviously a trip in: The Wrong Direction.

Here’s where you can find the rest of my online tour:

BLOG BOOK TOUR, October 6-15, 2014
Celebrating the New Edition of Cara Lopez Lee’s Memoir,
They Only Eat Their Husbands:

October 6
Jim Heskett Blog
6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

October 7
Conundrum Press
Creating Our Lives as Stories

October 7
Travel Dudes
Travel Tip

October 8
The Paper Tiger
Long Time No See

October 9
The Blood Red Pencil
Here’s a Book In Your Eye

October 10
Everyday Underwear
The Wrong Direction

October 15
Pubslush Blog
Women on Wednesday
Murder is Everywhere
Long Time No See

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Cara’s Blog Book Tour 2014 – Day 4

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Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeWelcome to Day 4 of my 2014 blog book tour! Please join me through October 15 as I celebrate the new Conundrum Press edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away. Today I visit The Blood-Red Pencil, a collaborative blog of professional writers and editors whose goal is to help other writers and editors hone their craft. The group’s founder is the incomparable Dani Greer of Blog Book Tours. Dani is a delightful, supportive, and powerful force to be reckoned with in the world of modern publishing.

My post today is about the many threads that must come together to bring a book into being, threads that sometimes take years to make sense: Here’s a Book In Your Eye.

Here’s where you can find the rest of my online tour:

BLOG BOOK TOUR, October 6-15, 2014
Celebrating the New Edition of Cara Lopez Lee’s Memoir,
They Only Eat Their Husbands:

October 6
Jim Heskett Blog
6 Questions with Author Cara Lopez Lee

October 7
Conundrum Press
Creating Our Lives as Stories

October 7
Travel Dudes
Travel Tip

October 8
The Paper Tiger
Long Time No See

October 9
The Blood Red Pencil
Here’s a Book In Your Eye

October 10
Everyday Underwear
The Wrong Direction

October 15
Pubslush Blog
Women on Wednesday
Murder is Everywhere
Long Time No See

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