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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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.

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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no kidding. we’re all thinking it.

Mary Lamphere

A few weeks ago, I forgot my phone at home when I left for a four day conference.


You know I didn’t mean to do that.
You know our cell phones are now an extension of our bodies.
You know when you don’t have it, you feel discombobulated– like something is off.
You feel naked, exposed.
You’re uncomfortable, there’s a haunting in the back of your mind– what’s missing?
What have I forgotten?
Did I turn off the stove? Did I let the dogs out? Did I lock the door?
What, what, what?!

Oh yeah. My phone. Sigh.
Sure, that’s “all” but you still panic a little each time.

The worse part is the buzzing in your back pocket. But wait, your pocket is empty.
That’s just your butt.
You are suffering from PPS, or Phantom Phone Syndrome.
It’s a very real thing. The buzzing, knocking, pinging.
You hear it. You feel…

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Mary Lamphere

I’m in with the “In” crowd
I go where the “In” crowd goes
I’m in with the “In” crowd
And I know what the “In” crowd knows

Sure, my friends and I are smart and cool and tons of fun, but in this case, “In” is short for Institute, as in the UW-Madison Writers’ Institute.

This year’s Institute was the best one yet (for me). I didn’t have the stress of pitching but I did have the honor of participating on a panel discussion regarding the Benefits of Critique with Kathleen Tresemer and Catherine Conroy, moderated by Kristin Oakley. Despite not getting a lot of love on the website, being scheduled Saturday night at 6:30 against a stellar team in the room next door, and competing with the Elite Eight (then Final Four, now in the championship game) Badgers, we had an impressive turn-out. It was a great experience and I think…

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In Print is proud to announce WORD OF ART TWO!
We are now accepting Word submissions.

Author Guidelines:
Word submissions are open from Feb. 14 – March 21, 2015.
Work can be any genre– fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.
Subject matter is at your discretion, but please, nothing of a graphic nature.
Stories must be original and previously unpublished.
Stories must NOT exceed a 200 word count, poetry limit is 16 lines (20 max with breaks). Submissions exceeding the word or line count will not be posted.
All submissions must have a title. This will be the title of the accompanying art piece as well.
You may submit up to 3 pieces, but no more than two may be published.
Submit your work to in the body of the email, no attachments.
Multiple submissions should be sent separately.
Include name, address, phone and a brief bio, 50 words or less…

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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!