Love It or Leave It?

Author Archives: Tammy Ditmore

Love It or Leave It?

When I was a kid, the nightly news was filled with images of the Vietnam War and the ugly protests against the war that were raging around our country. Although the pictures were disturbing, I would sit and watch the evening news with my dad any chance I got because I enjoyed the way my […]

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Your Words Still Matter

A little more than six years ago, the second post I wrote for this blog came after a mass shooting that targeted a congresswoman, Gabby Giffords. Six people died in that attack, and Giffords suffered serious brain damage. Today, a man in Alexandria, Virginia, opened fire on a group of congressmen and congresswomen who were practicing […]

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Honoring a Dream

A couple of months ago, I got the chance to spend the day at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. It’s beautiful, fascinating, troubling, and inspirational. And it reminded me that the battle for justice has been long and brutal — and that it continues. Today, on the day that our nation has set […]

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Two Opportunities for Ventura County Writers

Two opportunities for Ventura County writers to learn more about the craft and the world of publishing are coming up in the next couple of weeks. In the first, editor Dennis Mathis will discuss his working relationship with author Sandra Cisneros. Mathis will speak at an October 27 dinner/lecture co-hosted by the Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network […]

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Want To Be an Academic Editor?

Freelance editors can find many opportunities to work with academic writers and publications. But if you don’t have multiple advanced degrees, you may wonder if you have anything to offer a scholarly writer. Or you may be reluctant to tackle academic projects because you find the writing exasperating and mystifying. If you’ve been passing up academic job listings for those reasons, I […]

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Losing More than Memories

I was privileged last week to participate in an intimate meeting with Julia Brownley, the woman who represents my area in Congress. It was an honor to be able to shake hands with Rep. Brownley and then sit down with five other women to discuss an issue that is near to our hearts: the true toll […]

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Talking Shop with Write Now Editing

I admire writers and editors who diligently update their blogs and keep adding fresh material. I know how hard regular posts can be, which is why I’ve not been nearly as active on this site as I planned to be when I launched it a few years back. Karin Beery at Write Now Editing maintains the […]

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An Editor at a Writers Conference

I was fortunate to get a chance to hang out for a few hours on Saturday at the 2016 AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference and Bookfair at the Los Angeles Convention Center. AWP is like Disneyland for writers and writing professors and writing students. I spent most of my time there extolling the […]

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Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2016!

I’m grateful for the more than 30 authors, publishers, and organizations who allowed me to be a part of their story in 2015! I’m looking forward to a great 2016, and I hope that you are too.    

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Merry Christmas, 2015 Style

The stockings were never hung this year; the ornaments I’ve carefully collected on vacations and memorable occasions didn’t make their annual trek from my garage to the living room. Neither did the ceramic Christmas tree my grandmother made for me a few decades ago or the nativity set we began collecting when we lived in […]

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