Sunday, March 24, 2019

Can you sell your short stories? How much do you charge for speaking engagements?

In my newsletter today from Tara Lynne Groth, I found this link to one of her posts. 
She writes short stories and is a freelance writer among other things. She has completed a short story collection and her work has won awards.

Many who write short stories could benefit from Short Story Marketing. Publications vary in what they pay and it can be frustrating trying to earn money from writing

At Tara Lynne's site, we find many past articles on writing. Today in her newsletter she addressed the question, How Much Should I Charge for a Speaking Engagement? She gives an answer and tells what she charges. She also tells what to charge for travel costs by car. Tara Lynne is a fount of information. I suggest that writers subscribe to her newsletter and read her blog posts. She doesn't fill your Inbox all the time, but when she sends out her news, it is filled with useful information.


Friday, March 22, 2019


Thanks to Karen Paul Holmes, we can look forward to a night of listening to poems and prose by our best writers.

We have such a good time at Writers Night Out in Blairsville, GA. 
Karen always creates an excellent schedule of prose writers and poets and still has time for Open Mic.

For those of us who live in Union, Towns, Clay and Cherokee Counties, this is a perfect way to spend a Friday evening - have dinner, meet with our writing friends, hear a couple of excellent writers and read a poem or short piece of prose.

I am happy that Michelle Keller and I will be featured readers May 10, 7:00 p.m. 
Mary Mike, my friend, writes poetry that is memorable and shows her knowledge of what makes a good poem.
She is one of the busiest people I know, and one of the most knowledgeable people I know. No matter what I need she can tell me what to do or she can come over and take care of it. But she is a dear friend who is always there for me as I am for her.

Here is the complete 2019 schedule for Writers' Night Out

  • April 12:           Chelsea Rathburn & James May
  • May 10:            Glenda Beall & Mary Mike Keller
  • June 14             James Davis & Dan Veach
  • July 12:             Victoria Barken & Ryvers Stewart
  • August 9:          Mary Ricketson & Loren Leith
  • September 13:  Kathy Nelson & Karen Paul Holmes
  • October 11:       Linda Jones & Alan Cone
  • November 8:     Rosemary Royston & TBA

Monday, March 18, 2019

Writing about Your Life classes in April, May and June

Plans are being made for my two writing classes that will begin in April and go on through June. I will teach a class for the Institute of Continuing Learning on Tuesday afternoons beginning April 30, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM, and ending May 21.

For class description click here.

This class will be taught at my studio in Hayesville, NC instead of on the Young Harris College campus. To register for this class, contact ICL at


Beginning June 4, a new Writers Circle Studio course is scheduled. 
Instructor: Glenda Beall - 

Use registration form at top of page.

June 4, Tuesday 2:00 – 4:30 pm
June 11, Tuesday 2:00 – 4:30 pm
June 18, Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00 pm
June 25, Tuesday 2:00 – 4:30 pm 

Read description of this class here.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Piliated Woodpecker helps me celebrate National Wildlife Week

This week is National Wildlife Week and I am so happy to live in an area filled with wildlife. Every day I see deer, squirrels, chipmunks, and all kinds of birds in the woods and in my yard. I live on a small piece of land, but the surrounding property is still free of houses and people. That gives access to those creatures that might be afraid of too many humans.
Red-headed Woodpecker
"The gorgeous Red-headed Woodpecker is so boldly patterned it’s been called a “flying checkerboard,” with an entirely crimson head, a snow-white body, and half white, half inky black wings. These birds don’t act quite like most other woodpeckers: they’re adept at catching insects in the air, and they eat lots of acorns and beech nuts, often hiding away extra food in tree crevices for later."

I am used to seeing this beautiful bird, and I am sorry to hear that this species has declined severely due to lack of habitat and changes in its food supply. As we humans build and take away the woods, we kill off our birds.

The red-headed woodpeckers like my suet feeders. They also eat seeds and acorns they find in the area. Other food they eat is corn, beechnuts, pecans, and lots of fruit including apples, pears, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, grapes, mulberries and poison ivy fruits. 

Piliated Woodpecker

Yesterday I looked out my window and saw a Piliated Woodpecker on a fallen tree in the woods. This is a very large bird not easily missed. He also has a raucous call.

"The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest. Look (and listen) for Pileated Woodpeckers whacking at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey, carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood. The nest holes these birds make offer crucial shelter to many species including swifts, owls, ducks, bats, and pine martens."

The dead trees in the woods by my house attract the Pileated Woodpeckers and other similar birds as they forage for food or roost and even nest in them.

Unusual things about this bird: He digs rectangular holes in trees to find ants.The Pileated Woodpecker prefers large trees for nesting. Because these trees are often taller than the surrounding forest, they present a lightning hazard to the nesting.

I watch owls and hawks as well as crows in my yard and woods as they hunt and protect their habitat. I would really miss my wildlife if I ever moved to a city.

Monday, March 4, 2019


Although the weekend is over, it is never too late for me to write. 

Saturday, March 2 was the birthday of my late husband, Barry Beall. As I celebrated him I remembered a story he told me about his childhood. 

He was born in 1935 in Georgia. When he was a small boy, he spent time with his grandparents, Roy and Myrtice Alexander who lived in Roopville, Georgia. The Alexanders had an unusual business - at least it is considered unusual for today.

They drove around the rural areas of western north Georgia and showed movies in the small towns where there were no movie theaters at that time. Barry said they loaded up a movie projector and screen as well as the large reel-to-reel films. They arrived on Saturday and set up in a library, a church fellowship hall or any place large enough to seat the audience that turned out for the show. The whole town welcomed them.

Barry was about five or six years old when he toured with his granddaddy and grandmother. He played while they worked. After setting up the projector and making sure it worked properly, Grandmother Alexander sold tickets. Families arrived together and young men brought their girlfriends to see the western movies or the latest Humphrey Bogart films.

Barry was too young to enjoy the picture shows, but he always was given a nice treat to eat. He remembered falling asleep in his grandmother's lap and waking when the lights were turned on.