In great tragedies we often look for heroes—they sacrificed and saved others who couldn’t save themselves. In the Donner Party story there are a few heroes among those families looking out only for themselves. One of my favorites is carriage-maker (or coffin-maker,...read more
Group Songwriting Workshop Taught by Alice Osborn Location : Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701 Room :IBM Rehearsal Studio Date : Saturday, February 23, 2019 Time : 10:00 AM-11:30 AM on Sat Level : Beginning Tuition: $30.00 Register HERE Class...read more
If I could blame one man for the deaths of 41 people in the Donner Party it would be Lansford Hastings, the creator, founder, director of the Hastings Cutoff disaster, circa 1846. Lansford was born in Ohio to wealthy parents who could trace their American origins back...read more
SPECIAL NOTE: this shortened version of this essay will appear in the anthology, Exploring: Discoveries. Challenges. Adventure. edited by Randell Jones, coming to you spring 2019. The Donner Party. Snow. Starvation. Cannibalism. Why does this tragedy from 172 years...read more
Why does the Old West fascinate us so much? Maybe because it’s America’s origin myth of ordinary people seeking a better life, new adventures, more money, and more freedoms, of course at the cost of the folks who were already there—the Indians and Mexicans. The Old...read more
Congratulations! You will have a published book soon—now begins the fun challenge of getting folks to buy your book and perhaps make it a best-seller! How do you go about doing this? First of all, take a look at your author brand. Who is your target audience? What...read more
Once you’ve finished writing and publishing your amazing book, you need to celebrate this important milestone with a book launch party! Many new authors are so busy trying to meet the deadlines of their first book, that they don’t plan for this or think it’s...read more
I’ve been a musician a short while, but I’ve been performing, giving talks/workshops and crafting my brand for over a decade. If you want a paying music gig, almost the same rules apply for seeking professional speaking opportunities, which include having a strong...read more
I recently received some feedback that I promote myself too much and that I should “tone it down.” I didn’t reply, but still wanted to thank the giver of that feedback. Why? Because if I’m promoting too much it means I’m doing something right and I’m getting out...read more
In 2017 I played more music, wrote less poetry, gave far fewer writing workshops, but gave many tours at the NC Museum of History. I continued writing and editing for Wake Living magazine. Two of my favorite stories I covered was about flooring and Operation Coming...read more
I was in love at twenty-three years old. With a red Mustang. Palmetto Ford in Charleston had the one I wanted. I drove a white Fifth Avenue Chrysler that broke down inappropriately in Church’s Chicken parking lots or at the Piggly Wiggly. With its terrible turning...read more
You feel like an imposter. You hear your inner voice whispering, “What makes you think you’re a writer? What makes you think you’re any good?” “Why would someone want to read anything I write?” How do you combat these voices and be the rock star author millions will...read more
Alice Osborn In support of the North Carolina Writers’ Network “Nobody Writes Alone” campaign, the NCWN recently asked me to weigh-in on what the North Carolina Writers’ Network means to me and I responded! Here's my testimonial--enjoy! Fourteen years ago, I declared...read more
As a kid, I did ballet and tap, but I wasn’t one of those girls who wore a bun at school or who did pliés while waiting for class to start. Back then, ballet and tap didn’t feel hard at all. I loved the once-a-year recitals because of the costumes, makeup, hair and...read more
When I first started my writing business back in 2006 I didn’t think about the kind of clients I wanted to attract. If they paid me, then they were great clients! I wouldn’t have thought it possible to turn away ANY client. These were the dark days of the Great...read more
As a kid I hated getting criticism—it would fill me with shame because I wanted to be perfect and I usually knew exactly what I had done to deserve that criticism. I hated sending thank-yous to my grandma and aunt in France (I’m half French on my mom’s side) after...read more
You Just Launched a Book: 8 Tips to Make Tax Day Less Stressful by Sylvia Inks, author of Small Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur Preparing for April 15 Tax Day is not always easy or fun, but what happens if you just launched a book and have book sales? The...read more
When I moved away from home after living with my parents for four years my mom gave me a variety of cacti and succulents as parting gifts. Mom figured I couldn’t kill a cactus, but I killed all of them by overwatering them or leaving them out in too much shade. Even...read more
While Alice Performed at Third Friday Durham at the Parlour in Durham she got on TV! Alice on TV January 20, 2017 WRAL video clip from Jan 20, 2017 Location: The Parlour, 117 Market St., Durham, NC 27701 Friday, January 20, 2017 Alice Osborn performed her...read more
Do you ask for the sale/opportunity? Every time? Or do you think, “That’s too much trouble and they’ll say ‘no’ anyway.” These last 10 days I’ve chosen to ask for the sale since I don’t want to be saddled with 15 cartons of Girl Scout cookies. You see, my third grade...read more
Speaking of Star Wars, I also loved going to the movies where I’d beg my father to sit through the credits so I’d know where it was filmed and who did the sound editing. He always complied and never told me it was a little weird. Well, he probably understood me since he always pointed out anachronisms. For instance, in Raiders of Lost Ark which was supposed to take place in 1936, they showed a 1942 Ford, and boy did that mistake bother him! My husband, Keith, a vintage car owner, also loves to point out these issues to me, which makes only one trait my father and husband share.
Going to the movies and to the comic book store with my dad turned out to be one of our favorite things we’d do together. Thanks to Dad, he also bought me and my brother several comic book subscriptions: Spiderman, G.I. Joe and Star Wars that would arrive in our mailbox in brown paper wrapping. My brother never read the comic books meant for him, so I became an enormous G.I. Joe fan by reading the comic book while playing with all of his action figures. Again, I loved the strongly developed characters and how they picked on each other while laughing in the face of danger. One of my favorite lines was, “You’re about as funny as a hand grenade.” No wonder I loved Predator and The Hurt Locker; both war dramas with strong characters and intense action. You know I’m also a fan of Lost for these same reasons and haven’t missed an episode since it premiered in 2004.
In college I majored in business and worked at Belk in several capacities for nine years. I dabbled in writing, but it wasn’t until I began grad school at NC State in English did I enter “editing world” through the tutoring portal. I tutored students in writing and speaking throughout my grad school stint, but I edited too much. That was OK, I’m not a tutor; I’m an editor.
One of my strengths is finding plot inconsistencies and working out character timelines in addition to performing the grammar, proofreading and line editing functions. I also love fact checking like my dad used to do at the movies. My clients love this about me and never get weirded out when I bone up on their subject and totally immerse myself in their world.
There was a time about eighteen months ago I was thinking about giving up editing so I could concentrate on my own writing projects. Editing others’ work does take up your life, not leaving much room for your own creativity. Then a friend of mine said, “Don’t quit; there aren’t many really good editors out there; we need you!” So I stayed in the game and began receiving stronger work to edit. I realized that I was not being picky enough with my clients since after all, I’m a very picky reader! My mother also told me that my grandmother, her mother, was an editor. Soon after, I found out my first cousin had a 20-year editing career! Editing is definitely in my blood and I must embrace who I am. Like Luke Skywalker, I found my true calling after a lengthy search.
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