Monday, December 20, 2010

Get Started Writing Your Novel Workshop - Philadelphia

Hello All . . .

I'm writing to notify you that I will be holding a 5 1/2-hour "Get Started Writing Your Novel" workshop in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 29, 2011 . . .

For those who are not quite familiar with me, my name is Karen E. Quinones Miller, and I'm the author of seven novels published by major publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Kensington Books, Warner Books, and Grand Central Books. All of my novels have been Essence bestsellers, and I've also been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary - Fiction.

In addition, I'm a nationally known literary consultant, and I head Eveningstar Writer's Group. I'm also CEO of Oshun Publishing Company.. Please feel free to visit my website at  to find out more about me.

Topics for the Get Started Writing Your Novel seminar include:

Getting Started

Story Structure
Point of View
Character Development
Showing Versus Telling
Writing Realistic Dialogue
Setting a Scene
Overcoming Writer’s Block

Admission to each seminar is limited to 15 people so that everyone has time to ask questions, and have them answered to their satisfaction.

The cost for this 5 1/2-hour seminar is only $90.00 -- although the information is given is worth MUCH more, I try too keep my prices low so that more people have the opportunity to attend (I KNOW what's it like to be a struggling writer!).

You can obtain information about registering for this seminar by contacting me at

If you're a writer, and you're serious about improving your writing, and getting your work published . . . then this is the seminars for you! And if you're not a writer, but you know someone who is . . . be a true friend and pass this message on to them!


Testimonials from others (ALL ON FB) who've attended the Get Started Writing Your Novel seminar

In June of 2010 I attended the Philadelphia Writers Workshop and took a class with Miss Karen E. Quinones Miller. I don't think I've ever had a religious experience as a writer until that day. Karen spoke to a packed house and dealt with the tricky issue of character development, passive voice, and a few other topics. I had to take a good look at my writing, and myself. Karen explained to me the very building blocks of a great story and how to use them. For the first time, I had a glimmer of an idea of what development was really about.</span>

Ciuinin Ferrin 

Karen E. Quinones-Miller is full of information, experience, and knowledge and I am so happy to have attended her writing workshop and cannot wait to see all she has taught me put into action! Thanks, Karen!</span>
Dennis Maurice

The Get Writing Starting Seminar was conducted in a small close knit setting, opportune for questions and answers, we discussed staying true to your character, showing vs. telling and the difference between active and passive writing.  Attending the seminar not only provided priceless information but meeting with Karen herself was invaluable as she has remained a consistent resource in my writing career.  Since our meeting Karen has continued to be unselfish with the knowledge she has gained.   An old adage I once heard that says, “When you climb the ladder of success don’t forget to reach behind.” Karen Quinones Miller has embodied that mantra and used it as a selfless practice in her encouragement and advancement of new writers.
Sharai Rucker

 Thank you for your invitation to your writing semiar back in July. My experience was enlightening and knowledgable. The backwards check mark made so much sense. My ah ha bells rang like sunday morning catholic church bells....loud and clear. Connecting with other writers near and far was a plus as well. Because of you I have a few more people in my circle who understand me as a writer.

Kendall Prophet

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Scrooge of the Year Award!

National Jobs with Justice's annual
Scrooge of the Year Award -
And the winner is . . . .

Each year, national Jobs with Justice gives an “award” to the greediest, most cold-hearted company or person of the year.  Nominations for the 2010 Scrooge of the Year are in, and it's time to vote. Please read about the candidates below and then VOTE for your favorite greedy Scrooge! We'll announce the winner on December 20th.
This year's nominees are:

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Ku Klux Klan Snowman Built as Holiday Decoration by Iowa Man

This undated photo provided by Amber Caldwell, ... 10-foot Ku Klux Klan snowman

Mark Eliseuson  decided he wanted something different in his frontyard this winter. Something to reflect his political/social commentary tastes, perhaps. Whatever the reason, the Hayden, Iowa resident decided to use the snow dropped by the latest storm to erect a 10-foot Ku Klux Klan snowman --  complete with a noose dangling from his arm --  as a way to entertain his neighbors.

His neighbors, however, were not amused. They complained to deputy officials, and the Eliseuson was told that he could possibly be charged with creating a public nuisance. Notice I wrote COULD BE CHARGED since no charges have yet been filed. I guess they offiicials had to go get an okay to file the charges.

Top TEN Companies With Job Openings This Week!

companies hiring now

Top 10 Companies Hiring This Week

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(((It's not often that I just copy and paste an article from another site, but I thought this one too important to pass up on just because I didn't write it. I KNOW there's so MANY people on the job hunt these days. I hope you'll find this article of some help. In the air of full disclosure, it came from AOL.COM. Enjoy! - KEQM)

December 6 - 12

We know that your job search can get quite frustrating these days with more people trying to find a job and less employment opportunities available.
To ease the burden, we've tracked down 10 top companies with the most job openings this week -- from sales jobs to finance jobs, full-time jobs to part-time jobs. We hope you find a job that's perfect for you.
Good luck job hunting!

01. UPS

As the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services, UPS continues to develop the frontiers of logistics, supply chain management, and e-Commerce... combining the flows of goods, information, and funds.
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02. IBM

Working at IBM provides opportunities you may not experience anywhere else. It gives you the chance to change the way the world works. The chance to help the world learn, to make education more available, knowledge more attainable and information more accessible. The chance to participate in research and development projects that facilitate technological and medical breakthroughs. These are the kinds of opportunities you'll find throughout our company. Opportunities that could certainly make a difference--in ways that are exciting, demanding and perhaps even unimaginable.
Top Job Categories:

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Justin Walker, Convicted Murderer, Posting on FB from Prison Cell

Convicted Murderer, Justin Walker,  Posting on FB from Prison Cell

The mother of an Oklahoma man who was shot to death is furious that Justin Walker, her son’s killer, was able to get a Blackberry in his cell and has been corresponding with friends and posting photos on Facebook.
Cathy Lawrence, the mother of slain Sheriff Dwight Woodrell Jr., told that Justin Walker, the man serving a 30-year sentence for her son's murder, doesn't deserve to be alive, let alone to be updating his Facebook status.
"It probably wouldn't be printable what I think about Justin Walker having a cell phone in prison," said Lawrence from her home in Bristow, Okla. "I feel like he's allowed to keep on living his life and he deprived my son of his life and his four children of a father."
Walker would do something like that," said Lawrence.