Blog of the Week: Julie Musil, Blogging Between Carpools

julie musil Julie Musil’s writing blog is a lovely mix of writing craft, personal examples, and creative ideas, all with Julie’s lovely personality shining through. I smile every time I visit her site—and usually learn something as well. But be warned: reading it may give you a craving to purchase writing books by the wonderful James Scott Bell, from which she draws frequent examples.

If you haven’t discovered Julie’s blog, what are you waiting for? Go! Here’s a sample from last week:

4 Ways to Recycle Dusty Manuscripts

You’d think I would suggest using dusty old manuscripts as doorstops or paperweights, but no. There just may be a happier resting place for an unpublished piece of work. Here are four suggestions:

  1. Unpublished picture books–Consider cleaning them up and sending them to markets like Stories for Children,Knowonder!, or My Light Magazine. These e-zines are free, and you’d get paid little or nothing, but kids could enjoy your stories!
  2. Unpublished nonfiction–If it’s short nonfiction for kids, like a nonfiction picture book, consider updating the data and sending it to Imagination Cafe or the educational market, Viatouch. Again, you wouldn’t get paid, but this is such a great way to practice writing and earn publishing credits. And you’d be helping kids in the process. If you write for adults, FundsforWriters is a great place to search for markets. [Click here to continue reading...]

This May and June, we’re taking a look at this “new” buzzword in the writing industry, transmedia storytelling–what it is, how it works, and how you can use  transmedia storytelling techniques to reach more readers and provide readers with a deeper, richer story experience. Posts will share plenty of examples, as well as ideas for ways to incorporate a […]


What’s your avoidance strategy? Last week I wrote about my tendency to stay “busy” in order to avoid writing (and other potentially uncomfortable tasks!) Staying busy certainly isn’t the only writing avoidance strategy out there. It’s probably not even the most common. Others that come to mind include: Chasing after shiny new ideas Reworking the same page […]


  1. says

    Cheryl, you are SO sweet! Thanks so much for saying such lovely things and for highlighting my blog. I truly appreciate it!

    • says

      Hi Julie–My pleasure! Thanks for such a great blog, and for sharing the ups and downs of your writing journey. You’re so encouraging!

  2. says

    Julie’s blog rocks. I never leave a post of hers without renewed energy and inspiration. And YES, I did buy a JSB book because of her.

    • says

      Love it! Me, too. And it’s just as good as she promised.

      Thanks for the kind words about my blog, too. So glad to have you hanging out with me here :)

  3. says

    Thanks, Theresa & Leslie! And Leslie, you’re right about Cheryl’s blog. Awesome!

    • says

      (((Hugs))) You’re the best! Complimenting me when it’s supposed to be your party!!

      ***raises glass high in a toast to Julie*** (okay, it’s only a glass of diet Coke, but it’s the thought that counts, right?)

    • says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I was worried that everyone who reads my blog might already know of HER blog, so it’s great to hear that isn’t the case.

  4. says

    I always enjoy Julie’s posts! Thanks for highlighting about her!

  5. says

    I visited Beth’s blog, and it was so nice to meet someone new in the blogosphere! And Sarah and Nas, it’s so great to “see” you again. Thanks for your kind words :D

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