The Life and Times of Poopwa Foley


Do you want to get serious about your writing in 2016 but aren’t sure where to start?

Obviously if you’ve been writing something, you can continue it during our first ever JanOWriMo virtual writing marathon. But if you haven’t written in a while (or ever), you might need something to spur you on.


Try writing a story using each one of the images from this throw of Rory’s Story Cubes. We’re using the voyages cubes. Make your story as long or short as you want. Just work in each of the images.

We’ll post a new throw every day during January: Our Writing Month.

Leave a comment if you want telling us what you wrote and how many words you logged today.

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In Print Writers

Guest - Deb LecosDeb Lecos LMT, CST-T is a writer, speaker and practitioner of the healing arts. In her private practice she utilizes CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and shamanism to facilitate harmony of the body-mind-spirit. Deb lives with her husband, where everyday living often collides with mystical moments of hoo-ha. These are the events stuck between the pages of her memoir 20 Gurus and a Dog. She has a loving-via-text relationship with her two grown children who are on an extended sleep-over at college.

Deb is a member of In Print and will be talking at our August meeting.  Her topic is “How pitching to an agent nearly ended my love affair with writing, plus other stories and magical tools to help a writer keep the words flowing.”  The meeting will be at the Cherry Valley District Library from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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this recipe looks delicious. I can’t wait to make it.

Mary Lamphere

As you may have guessed, I’m partial to today’s SuperStar Guest Blogger! I’m proud to share my daughter-in-law, Christina Lamphere, with my reading audience.

I’ve known Christina since she and my daughter were in Dee’s Dreamers together at Clinton Rosette Middle School (about 18 years ago!). She married my son June 6, 2013, their second wedding anniversary is coming soon, but she’s been part of our family for much longer!

Christina blogs about the things she loves– being married, baking & cooking, and her furbaby, Toews. Oh, and cheese.  Lots of cheese. Did I mention she loves cheese?

Also, you may have gathered by her domain name, Koalafied Wife, Christina is a big fan of koalas! And why wouldn’t she be–

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Hello MaryFranSays Blog Readers!

Allow me to introduce myself, I am Christina of the blog Koalafied Wife.
I am the lucky lady married to Zach, Mary’s son. If you have been…

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thank you, Mary, for that MARVELOUS introduction. I must have put a spell on you.

Mary Lamphere

It’s an honor to introduce today’s SuperStar Guest Blogger, Christine Cacciatore, also known as Poopwa Foley. Because life with a funny nickname is just… better.

I met Chris through In Print Professional Writers’ Organization. But I believe we were sisters in another lifetime. She says, does, and writes things that I have, would, or might. From girl stuff to Supernatural to grandbabies, she gets me.

Chris is the co-author of the Whitfield Witch series with her sister (in this lifetime) Jenny Starkman. They have completed two books and are working on the third. In addition to her blog posts, Chris writes for the Plainfield Patch, is a regular contributor to the Not Your Mother’s anthologies, is a dedicated member of The Prompt Club, and of course, she’s FABULOUS.

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5K to Couch
by Christine Collins Cacciatore

If you haven’t noticed, summer’s officially here.  Bathing suits, skimpy shorts…

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as a silver sister myself, amen to this whole blog post!

Mary Lamphere

Welcome to SWEEPS WEEK! 

I am very proud to introduce my first SuperStar Guest Blogger:
Kelly Epperson Simmons!

I met Kelly about eight years ago and in that time she has grown from a dreamer into a full-blown contributor to the completion of other people’s dreams. Her accomplishments, just in the time I’ve known her, have been many and massive, and yes, just a little bit, I think, hmmm, before me she was a mild mannered ex-IRS agent working for the Literacy Council. wink, wink

Kelly surrounds herself with written words– on the page, on her walls, in the books she ghost writes, the books she reads, and in the books of the people she coaches. Kelly also surrounds herself with spoken words– humorous, insightful, loving, appreciative and caring words. It’s no wonder she’s been commended time and again for being a talented wordsmith.

Without further ado, I give you, my Kelly…

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Mary Lamphere

Seems everyone’s jumping on the blog-wagon. Right now, this minute, there are almost 200 million blog sites on the internet.
It’s crazy, really, to think that so many people have so many things to say.

I know, I should talk– I’m one of them! I stumbled onto my blog site trying to post a comment on someone else’s blog post. I was getting very frustrated with the log-in process, it seemed so complicated! That’s because I was registering for my own SITE, not registering to comment. Duh.
But, 170 posts later, it was one of my better technological errors.

Did you know that in 2004, “blogs” became so popular they influenced mainstream media to the extent that it went from a made up mash-up of “web logs” to an entry in Merriam-Webster’s printed dictionary for 2005? Ten years later, here we are… blah, blah, blog.

Blog. Ugh. What kind…

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  • Mary Fran Says: Thank you for contributing to Sweeps Week! We make a great team. Maybe we'll collaborate in our next lives? SISTERS! lol :)
  • Mary Fran Says: What's better than a Baby Shower aka Early Baby Birthday Party? Baby's FIRST Birthday Party! (Although it's hard to call them "baby" by one! They grow
  • Ann Jones: I'll have to check it out, thanks for the heads up!