By Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com In one of the chapters of my life, I lived in Paris. My French boyfriend, like most twenty-year-old men, was an aspiring rock musician. I recall one day working with him on song writing; I was encouraging him to write the music to sound like the feeling of the lyrics he’d written. … [Read more…]
Come on out for this Creative Nonfiction Workshop I’ll be offering through the Burlington Writers’ Workshop. Sign Up in advance; space limited.
by Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com I haven’t been in the writing business long—and what I mean is the actual business. Sure, I’ve been writing for a long time, but my marketing platform is a fledgling one-month-old. A month has been just adequate time to discover how much many writers detest creating their marketing platforms. I will concede … [Read more…]
Today I was interviewed by Alyona Minkovski on HuffPostLive about my blog-turned-novel on single-life for a thirty-something woman (sassyspinster.com). It was a pleasure and such a joy to meet fellow singletons/bachelors/ we-need-to-find-a-better-word-for-it Paula Schargorodsky and Katie Devine. Please check out my dating blog and articles on the dating life. Click the photo above to view the show.
I teach a memoir class once a week in a continuing education program. Each week I give the participants a prompt. Oftentimes they will bring back what they’ve written over the week in response to the prompt. Some are better than others; here is one that yielded a lot of good writing and discussion. Where … [Read more…]
Today is a big day! My article on soul mates was featured by TheNeeds.com. And my article “Digging yourself out of a writing slump” was featured by Author Katherine Lowry Logan on her website. http://www.katherinelowrylogan.com/ I am so excited to have my writing “discovered” and featured. Thank you, fellow writers!
I just received a notification that TheNeeds.com is featuring my series on soul mates! Thank you, TheNeeds.com
I wrote and produced sketches as the Copy Producer for Late Night Saturday. Here is the Odd Couple doing something stupid, when they go to a friend’s wedding. Watch what happens next… (Click the picture to view video…)
Unslumping yourself by just daring to write something Some days I feel inspirationless—or worse, I feel discouraged—that my writing isn’t good enough, or I haven’t got anything to say, or that no one wants to read what I write. And, well, that feels awful. But I’ve found that the way through it is writing. It’s … [Read more…]
Ok, full confession time. There’s only so long I can sit with my butt attached to that chair writing. So every 15 minutes or so, I give myself a dance break. I put on one song, loud!, and dance like a fool around my office. Wow, that’s embarrassing! Umm, yeah, that is me in the photo! … [Read more…]
One of the great things about living in a digital world is the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people. I had the great honor of a recent online conversation with Alexander McCall Smith author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Sunday Philosophy Club, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is … [Read more…]
Writers hate a lot of –tion words–particularly procrastination and distraction. Procrastination isn’t my worst enemy; well, at least not as formidable a foe as distraction. Distraction is a shape-shifter: it takes many forms. Mostly, it takes the form of something that ends with .com, and is accompanied by its favorite –tion travel pal: justification. Chapter … [Read more…]
My goal for this year has been to finish all of the half-finished books on my nightstand before I start any new ones. It’s not that they’re horrible books and I’ve entirely lost interest (though I do feel guilty, for unexplained reasons, for not finishing a book—it feels like a failure or an unfinished project). … [Read more…]
I’ve been working on getting my writing out there in front of the right people for a while. Today I got the email every author dreams of: “I’d absolutely love to have you write an article for our site , exposing our customers and readers to you and your brand.” Of course, I am going … [Read more…]
What do you do for a living? Eye roll. This is exactly the question that makes twenty-five year-old Amanda Pinkerton crouch behind her martini in shame. And, while every other cocktail-sipping party-goer seems satisfied by her situation, Amanda, a law-school dropout, is reduced to excuse making and squirming every time Lexa—her “I was a partner … [Read more…]
In my other (non-writing) life, I am a photographer. In the early years of my training, a wise, experienced photographer said “The key to my success is taking lots of pictures, because you generally throw away at least half,” or something like that. And it is true, in photography, that photos are rejected because someone … [Read more…]
William Carlos Williams is one of my favorite poets. I appreciate his ability to convey sophisticated ideas in so few words. Here is a poem I wrote for fun, modeled after Williams’ “This is Just to Say.” I wrote this after a month-long research trip in France, where the food was decadent and delicious, and … [Read more…]
I studied journalism at the University of Missouri– Columbia. Here I am in the summer of 2011 with some of my classmates.