“Is writing in itself a kind of spiritual practice, and if so, how?”

Little while back when I was so snowed under with writing and advising and teaching and having bronchitis and being so busy I was not talking to anyone who wasn’t an immediate family member, I was able to speak with to this amazing and inspiring writer, Shozan Jack Haubner, for Hunger Mountain’s website. Our interview is here. Shozan Jack has gone from being my favorite Buddhist writer … Continue reading “Is writing in itself a kind of spiritual practice, and if so, how?”

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On Publishing…and Procrastination

Champlain Publishing is helping Alumna Colleen Rooney publish a collection of essays written by Champlain students. It’s called Publishing: Digitized and Personalized, and it’ll be out in the world Feb. 3. We’re going to have a big party at Champlain that day. You’re invited. So last month, as is apparently my way, I sat back down with the manuscript at the last possible second to … Continue reading On Publishing…and Procrastination

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Ann Hood, My Ego, and Sheep: An Ireland Thank-You Note

  I never really learned about thank you notes. Some families do it, some don’t. I just don’t remember anybody in my family talking about it much. Then I married into a family of people for whom they are very important. You’d think that nearly three decades of being expected, and often gently reminded, to attend to something might tip me off to its importance, … Continue reading Ann Hood, My Ego, and Sheep: An Ireland Thank-You Note

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I Used To Be Known As a Hot Italian

This video shows my Dad, Fred, helping me kickstart (in the pre-2000s sense of the word) my cookbook project. Fred and I filmed this clip at my friend Chuck’s house in 2016. I’m writing an Italian cookbook-with-essays, I said. Film with me, I said. And so he did. My mom followed up by sharing her own book of recipes she developed with Fred’s mom, my Grandma … Continue reading I Used To Be Known As a Hot Italian

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Let’s talk about craft

Or, actually, to put it more directly, let’s listen to this fab radio interview with me and Shelagh Shapiro as we talk about craft. Shelagh is a novelist whose first book, “Shape of the Sky,” blew my mind. She’s also the owner/head honcho/producer of the fantabulous radio show/podcast “Write the Book” for which she recently interviewed yours truly. What I like about the show, and Shelagh’s … Continue reading Let’s talk about craft

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Gannett “Resets” and the Vermont Way

They did it again. I read about the latest layoffs at Gannett last night while I was cooking dinner. I had a glass of wine and then I coughed up this really vitriolic post about how I was going to warn the undergraduates I work with to boycott their papers and never, ever go to work for Gannett. I used the words “disgusting,” and “cheating” … Continue reading Gannett “Resets” and the Vermont Way

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Tired now.

Me: I don’t know what to write.Cindy: Seriously?Me: Yeah. I’m really tired.Cindy: Ok. We spent the summer busting our butts to publish books for Champlain students to use in class (including the amazing Larry Connolly’s new collection of student work, “Best Student Creative Nonfiction”), and we just sent the first title that we built from the ground up (Tim Brookes’ “First-Time Author”) to the printer … Continue reading Tired now.

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Looking for us?

Barnes MacQueen Publishing Resources officially opened for business January 1, 2014 in the Karma Birdhouse, 47 Maple Street, Burlington, Vermont. We are Cindy Barnes (president) and Kim MacQueen (vice president). We are consultants and counselors to indie authors and are developing curriculum and events covering a wide range of publishing topics. Some of the niceties, like our website, are in development now. In the meantime, … Continue reading Looking for us?

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The word of the day is AGOG

How was my week? Thanks for asking! It’s been a little mind-blowing actually. On Saturday, I led a workshop on self-publishing for six lovely people with six interesting fiction and nonfiction projects in the strangely named but absolutely gorgeous Karma Bird House offices of the Renegade Writers’ Collective (which, if you’re a writer in Vermont and you don’t know about the amazing Burlington-based world they’ve built … Continue reading The word of the day is AGOG

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Eat the Monkey

I’m teaching a section of the publishing class this semester. This class of a dozen students will break up into four groups of three to work on client projects for Champlain Publishing. They’ll have to assign tasks and make plans and keep deadlines and wow their clients and stretch their minds and do stuff they’ve never done before. Why do we do this? Because all … Continue reading Eat the Monkey

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