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Sunday, May 16, 2010

THE 4-1-1 FOR MAY! Extra! Extra!...

Hi Friends, Fans, Followers, and Fellow Bloggers!
I hope that this day finds you doing well from your corner of the
world--wherever you hail.

May has been a month of many things.
I've had some good experiences, some bad, and some that have truly been "Ripley's Believe it Or Not!"

Still, I'm looking forward to new projects, new horizons, and new growth--both personally and professionally . And did I mention that my birthday is around the corner? :-)

Here are a few things that you should know for May and June.

1. There's a writing project that a friend of mine shared with me that seems kinda' interesting. And for those of us who still love the art of writing letters even amidst the era of Emails, it can be both thrilling and therapeutic. It's called "The Things Unsaid Project". See details.

2. Chicago Writers Association will participate in the Printers Row Book Fair on June 12th and June 13th. If you love books and/or you love networking and hob nobbing with some cool intellectuals, stop by the tent and make a connection. Check out the specifics.

3. Coffeehouse for Writers, which is a great online community that offers online classes, critiquing avenues, discussions, and all things creative, will start new classes in May. This is your opportunity to learn more and earn more! Register today.

4. And last but not least...the winner of my "Twitter Jitters" contest is...drum roll please---Robyn-Dale Samuda! Though all the entries were fun and fabulous, his had a lot of compelling points. Thanks so much for all of you that took the time to enter!

Now I'm off to make my Sunday dinner (baked chicken, cabbage, and Black eyed peas) and watch Joel Osteen.:-)

Your turn. Do tell. What's going on in your business? Your neck of the wood? Your blog? Feel free to share it with Pen and Prosper readers.


  1. Jennifer, Thanks for the 411 @ Pen And Prosper! A lot of stuff going on in and away from the blogosphere...know you're sending out an invite to your annual BD Bash:

    BTW...Your choice for winner of your Twitter/Jitters is spot on. Great guy and awesome blogger! Thanks for stopping by clara54 as well...


  2. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 16, 2010 at 2:54 PM


    Be there or be square. The annual Poetry on the Patio to take place at my house in backyard, as usual. Spaghetti? :-) Look for details in June!

    More exciting stuff at Pen @Prosper to be announced in next few weeks! Keep visiting for the details to be released soon. Peace!

  3. Hi, Jennifer. Thanks for another great blog post...I think I will drop by Chicago the weekend of the book fair.

    This week, on Thursday the 20th, my book blog will host Rene Colato Lainez and his book 'The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez' for children ages 4-8.

  4. Hi Erin,

    Thanks for weighing in today. Cool, I really hope you can drop by Chicago, and maybe attend the event. It's a good time for all.

    Congrats on your blog success and hosting the author of the The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez.

    I'm sure it will be well received!

    I appreciate your time and your thoughts here at Pen & Prosper.

  5. Oops! I see I have (1) too many "the" in the above comment. :-) Rewind...

  6. Hi Jennifer:

    Great post -- as always.

    "Your turn. Do tell. What's going on in your business? Your neck of the wood? Your blog? Feel free to share it with Pen and Prosper readers."

    I just finished up two dining pieces, MAY be starting a book project, and will officially resume my book reviewer career this week.

    As for my blog (www.sgswrite.com/blog), I haven't missed a Saturday post yet.

    A good thing...

    Thanks for your posts and guidance,


  7. Good to hear from you, Steve!
    Looks like you've got some exciting projects going on. I look forward to hearing more about them as they develop.

    As far as book reviews are concerned, is this for one client or multiple sites?

    Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by. I value your input.

  8. It is always a pleasure reading your “thoughts” Jen.

    “The Things Unsaid Project” is intriguing; it reminds me of a similar site called Common Ties (http://commonties.com).

    Have a terrific week! - Nikola

  9. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 17, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Thanks, Nikola. I remember Common Ties. Matter of fact, I sent something to them, I think.???
    Glad to have you here today.

    U have a great week as well!

  10. Thanks for the update. I may just write a letter for the Things Unsaid. Gotta lot to say to a lot of people starting with the media.

  11. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 20, 2010 at 11:59 AM


    Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm sure you'll give them some serious food for thought.:-) Good luck!