Esse-a-Go-Go: The Live Chat!

I hope you enjoyed last week’s blog posts, where I traded stories with my friend and fellow writer Karan Ireland.  This week we are at it again, with Karan writing on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and I will write this week on Tuesday and Thursday.

If you missed Karan’s posts, you can click here: A Hard Day’s Write and Ash Wednesday

Tonight, Karan and I will both be online starting at 8 PM EST to talk about writing, blogging, and life.  That covers a lot of territory, so we hope you will jump in and have some fun with us!  To join the chat, simply click on the link for Esse-a-Go-Go under Daily Mail Live Chat at the top of the left hand menu on the home page here.

If for some reason that doesn’t work when the time comes, you can go to and you should be able to connect with the chat from there as well. Logging in with a Twitter or Facebook account is one of the easiest ways to participate.

Please share this with writing and blogging friends, we would love to have a good turn out for the conversation.

Special thanks to Charleston Daily Mail’s managing editor, Brad McElhinny, for supporting writers in our community, and for consistently encouraging both digital-first journalism and creative initiatives in Charleston.

Hope to “see” you tonight!

Image credit: Marketing, Coffee & Pretzels

2 Women. 1 Town. 10 Stories.

If you love to write, then you know how it goes.

One day you’re writing, drinking French wine and smoking imported tobacco in a garret, showering the village with sheets of your glorious thoughts and tales.

The next thing you know, Old Jed’s a Millionaire is about the most brilliant thing you can think of and you find yourself hiding from your own blog and taking pictures around town of things like this:

What to do….what to do….you love to write. You love your blog. You need inspiration.

I say try what my friend Karan and I just did. Go to lunch, talk about everything under the sun, maybe even talk about writing, but don’t over-analyze it.  Then drive home from lunch while the sun shines, listen to some music, blur the mind’s eye and — ta da! Receive a gift of energy and inspiration.

Karan and I both cherish writing, and we both find ourselves thinking and talking about writing a whole lot more than we are actually WRITING.

So here’s the deal: Starting on Monday, we will trade stories about life in Charleston, West Virginia. Our writing prompts to ourselves will be simply our experiences around town. Those experiences may be sad, happy, funny, enraging, or anything at all.  What they have to have in common is that they are real.  One of us will post, then punt to the other writer. We will share each other’s stories with our networks and encourage your thoughts on our posts.

We are going to tell you some real stories, and we hope you will come along for the ride.  We call it Esse-a-Go-Go.

Are you ready?

Let’s go!