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August 2021

We Are Connected!

Pam and katieHey, Writerly Women. It has been so gratifying to receive your emails and comments saying that you both understand the winding down of our blog AND that you are all about staying in touch, looking at past posts, et cetera. 

We HAVE become a community here, and there is no reason for that to stop. The market most of you are writing for is small, so the chances of running into each other at conferences and so forth are high. PAM and KATIE met in person recently at Realm Makers.

Scotia and Sara






SCOTIA and SARAH found each other at one of Scotia's Heartwork retreats. 

So keep your eyes open and your emails coming. I've already scheduled Zoom sessions with NATASHA, SCOTIA, LESLIE and LILY. Reach out to [email protected] and I'll set one up for you too.


Nancy Rue

Andrea is right!

Andrea 2Hey, again, Writerly Women. Our Andrea had a great suggestion. She asked if the blog could stay live so that she -- and all of you -- can have access to previous posts. That will absolutely happen! In fact, because I have a full year left with Typepad, I'll keep it open until the end of July 2022.

And let's take that one step further. Since so many of you have mentioned that you've treasured the sense of community here, please avail yourselves of the opportunity to chat with each other via comments. I'll check in from time to time and who knows, if something seems to be a theme I might do the occasional post. 

In fact  ... if in the next year any of you want to write a post and email it to me, I'll put it up here. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your work or share what you're learning?

And by ALL means, if you experience a milestone, no matter how small, EMAIL ME and I will share that news with the group. We're talking you finished a draft -- you had some interest at a conference -- an agent has asked to see your full manuscript -- or you've scrapped a project because the perfect one has come to you and you're on a roll.

I guess what I'm saying is that the forum remains. I hope you'll use it if it resonates with you.

All because Andrea spoke up. If any of you have ideas for what might happen here in this year of transition, do NOT hesitate to email me. I am all about it. 


Nancy Rue

All Good Things ...

Me with GibbsHello my fellow Writerly Women. Y'know, I've never liked the old adage, "All good things must come to an end," because I don't believe it's true. The really good things are everlasting -- like God and deep knowing and love itself.

I'd much rather say, "Some good things can be better with change." Like that incredible bottle of wine Jim and I shared last week on my birthday. It always tastes better when the server pours it - and, of course, when it has aged. Or like a great story idea that becomes more beautiful as you cultivate it. Or like women who age well -- keeping their wrinkles and white hair while they grow in wisdom. They are my inspiration.

This blog is one of those good things. My intention has been to nurture community. To encourage. To seek inspiration together so that our writing, too, can get better with change. I've come to realize that it's time for me to allow that intention to be fulfilled in a different way.

As you can see from the picture, my life has slowed WAY down, in ways that are quietly enriching. I'm embracing that and seeing the direction this season's path is taking me. Toward deeper, richer writing. Quiet afternoons. Lingering in relationships. Meditation and practice and study and rest. In watching this new lifestyle unfold, I've come to know that it's time for our blog to end and a different approach to staying in touch to begin.

I'm sure this is no surprise to you. I've not posted regularly or followed through on quarterly Zoom meetings. I hope I haven't let you down, though I know all of you are busy in your various seasons too. In order to finish well, I'd like to propose the following:

    * We have a week to say whatever we want to say before the Doorways close. Do post a comment between now and Monday, August 9, will you?

    * You feel free to email me to set up individual Skypes, Zooms or phone calls which I've been doing on the regular with several of you. If some of you want to do small group Zooms, that can work too.

    *   You email me anytime with questions or just to touch bases.

    * If one of you wants to set up your own blog with this same intention, I'm happy to help you do that. That could even be a two or three person endeavor.

The only factor that has made this decision difficult is the fear of losing touch with a single one of you. I don't want that to happen. I want to be able to continue to support you as women and as writers. It's just going to look a little different.

Please chime in. Please email me. Please tell me what you need. And please know that this good thing will change for the better.


Nancy Rue