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~Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Hi everyone,

So, I decided to hop back into the blogging world. I used to run a great blog, "Chimera Critiques" with the amazing Zellie Blake. We had a lot of fun on that site together and Zellie had some great ideas for what she wanted to do. When Zell lost her battle with cancer--two years ago today--I no longer wanted to blog. But now it feels like it's time. So, here I am again. This is our Chimera--a nod to Zellie and the old site.

I'd like to use some of Zellie's ideas for this blog. She was such an amazing girl and she was so excited about the opportunity to connect with other reader's/writers. One of the things we did on Chimera Critiques was offer query and chapter critiques. I did a ton of critiquing during my time with our site. I'll be offering critiques again. For those of you wondering what qualifications I have, let me start by saying up front that I haven't gotten an agent yet. But I do have a lot of articles published with our local paper, I've been published in Woman's World Magazine and I've run a homeschooling writing group with teenagers where we studied critiquing in depth. I obviously hope to get an agent and land a book deal, but I also just love writing and helping other people. I find critiquing is an excellent way to stay on top of my own writing.

I also really like doing crafts that are book related. I have a few, along with tutorials, that I plan on putting up on the site--hopefully to inspire other people or just to have fun. I hope to do some author interviews, fun contests, book reviews, writing tips and whatever else occurs to me. So, that's about it for now. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you come back!!


  1. Well, let me be the first to say, "Hat's off to you" for all you do! Incredible. You find the time, with your four kids, to help them with homeschooling and help us writers in Writerland, too! Nice.

    I know it is hard sometimes to move on, and I'm glad you are moving on with us, taking us, and cheering for us, too! I didn't get to know Zellie or Chimera but I'm sure they will always be with us.

    I like crafts, too, and would love to see your Shares on that. Is that little furry creature a craft? Multi-animaled!


  2. Tamara, glad you decided to blog again. I'll subscribe by email, as I don't see any other way to follow you. Good luck with gutgaa.

  3. Yeah, I found your followers list. You might want to turn off the captcha. Your followers will appreciate it.

    1. Hi,

      Just wanted to say I figured out what Captcha is/how to turn it off. Thanks for the heads-up on that, I appreciate it! And thanks again for coming by.


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