“Thank You!” For a Fantastic Writing Community

Today, over at Forward Motion Writers, is a surprise event. A thank-you day from all the users of the site for the person who keeps it going and makes it possible.

And so, we the writers and users at Forward Motion Writers do hereby declare this Monday to be:

Zette Appreciation Day

Forward Motion Writers has a long history. Founded in 1998 by Holly Lisle, it has been the social and support home of any writer wishing to be with other writers who are working towards becoming better at their craft and business/career. It was founded with the Pay Forward principle, which is that, in exchange for the help you get there, you then go out and help others.

Today it is owned and run by Lazette Gifford and she has continued that tradition. The site is home for writers at all stages of their careers from award winning multi-published through traditional writers, to multi-published Indie writers, to beginner writers, and writers at all levels between.

It is a place where writers don’t just talk about writing, but they DO it. They go from thinking about writing a novel or a short story, to writing it, revising it, and then finding markets for them. There are workshops and classes, challenges, dares, marathons, critique boards,  and prompts to help writers get there (some of the links require sign-in, which is free). The site offers forums, live chat, web rings, and other resources to help writers accomplish great things. And it’s great fun doing it!

Zette has had a hard few years, but she’s kept Forward Motion going despite it all. Along with the site she also owns and is the primary editor of the free emagazine “Vision: A Resource for Writers” for over ten years. In the past and starting again this coming January, she will conduct the free “2 Year Novel Course” at Forward Motion. Oh, and then there is the free guide she wrote many years called, “Nano for the New and the Insane” which she continues to give out free to anyone participating in the crazy but fun event in November to write 50,000 words in 30 days called “National Novel Writing Month.”

In other words, she loves to help other writers and continues to do so all these years later despite how life crashed in on her.

So, Zette, today I want to say thank you for keeping such a wonderful free, beneficial, supportive, positive, helpful, thriving writing community open to all writers. To keep it going when it might have been easier for you to shut it all down and concentrate on your own life. Forward Motion is a special place, and THANK YOU for continuing to make it available.


J.A. Marlow

The String Weavers (The String Weavers – Book 1)

Kelsey Hale thinks she’s just a typical mixed-up teenager. Everyone feels that way, her teachers assure her. Yet, strange things happen to her, like food disappearing before she can eat it and hearing music no one else hears.

Then a giant flaming bird drops an alien at her feet. Well, good grief, how can you ignore something like that?

Abducted from Earth, the only planet she’s ever known, Kelsey finds herself thrust into the middle of a deadly conflict among alien worlds and parallel universe. She must not only survive herself, but also find a way to rescue her father from a dangerous group with unknown motives.

In the process, she’s confronted by a hidden secret about herself which will shake the very foundation of who and what she thought she was.

And connecting it all are the mysterious Weavers.

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