Kim Jorgensen Gane

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So nice to hear someone from the medical community publicly voicing a concern parents have been having for years.

Moving Autism Forward by Team TACA


By: Dr. Bob Sears – Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member

Welcome to part 2 in my series of blogs that will continue to be written until someone at the Centers for Disease Control and PREVENTION gets on the ball and says “Yes, we have an autism epidemic! We are now very concerned and will do something about it.”

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics just released a study today entitled “Changes in Prevalence of Parent-Reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-aged U.S. Children: 2007 to 2011-2012.” (1) Their findings:  1 in 50 children ages 6-17 have autism.

I will ask again: Why is nobody alarmed? Why is nobody at the CDC issuing a press release saying, “Parents, we hear you, we are just as concerned as you are. We now realize there is an epidemic that continues to worsen year after year and we are dedicated to determining…

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#JudyBlumeProject Anthology CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS thru end of JUNE

Judy Blume, AuthorThe Judy Blume Project is a collaboration between blogger, Dana Talusani of The Kitchen Witch, and author/blogger Kim Jorgensen Gane of West Coast Posse.

We are compiling any manner of written works in honor of the prolific and iconic author’s contribution to juvenile/YA fiction.

The details (as well as some fabulous submissions, via participating blog posts) can be found on The Judy Blume Project Facebook page, by following us on Twitter (@thekitchwitch, @KimWCPosse), by following along at #JudyBlumeProject (please use this on your relevant Tweets to help spread the word to other authors and bloggers), and of course on either of our sites, as noted above.

Our mission is to send Judy Blume one great big, beautiful thank you from those of us who couldn’t have gotten through the turbulence of adolescence without her.

Judy’s work has been a gift to so many; this is the least we can do to honor her.  We would LOVE to have YOU on board!

If you’re working on a submission, please consider also tagging #amwriting, to help further our cause.

What we’ve seen so far has been incredible; touching, poignant.  But it doesn’t have to be.  Funny works, too, and you don’t have to be a *writer* by any means to participate.  You can submit via e-mail on either of our sites, whether or not you have a blog.

Dana and I can’t wait to see how it all lays out, and we can’t wait to hear from YOU!

Wow, from a fellow former … ok, WIP … flake, this from @KristenLambTX & #WANACon Mama, is spot on.


Yes, I’m working through that perpetual starter behavior and truly-in-a-meaningful-way-with-a-specific-goal finishing my novel, Bluebirds, in order to pitch it at the Chicago Writers Conference in September 2013. It’s right across the lake. Flights, hotels, finances won’t stand in my way. The only thing that could stand in my way is me. Afraid to fail, afraid to succeed, only my own personal brand of paralysis will keep me from achieving this goal, if I let it. And I won’t.


With amazing mentors like Kristen and so many others on Twitter, and on Facebook, and in *real life* … the cautiously optimistic among my posse … with my wonderful business coach, Nancy Kaye, and my PR guide,, with my monumentally hopeful and supportive husband, and with Grampa making his feathery appearance from time to time, I cannot fail.


Like a breathing thing, #Bluebirds has taken flight, and it simply must be. A starter no more. I’m growing up, and a finisher I will be.


Here’s a back cover blurb about Bluebirds:

“Author Lynette Bower, six years into a battle with infertility, is wrestling with the idea of adoption versus continuing to fight her body to do what it’s supposed to do. Her husband wants her to stop all infertility treatments and pursue adopting an Asian baby. We meet her on the table, receiving her third and final in vitro procedure. As she’s about to leave, a chance meeting with a NICU nurse, who appears (and just as quickly disappears) suspiciously old-fashioned, puts her on a path to meet a terminally ill little boy who will change the course of her life and the way she looks at it forever.”


My main blog site:


My post about Gramps and the bluebirds:



Kristen is very generously picking a winner a month to receive a critique from her of the first 20 pages of a novel, a query letter or synopsis, and I wish like heck that included a copy of her book, We Are Not Alone. It’s definitely on my purchasing wish list!

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Starting is easy. It’s exciting, fun, new and shiny. Anyone can start something. Heck, The Spawn starts at least ten things before 7:30 in the morning. When we start something new, we are pumped. We have people around us cheering. Everything is fun. We seem to have boundless energy.

Starting is necessary, but starting needs to become habit and become focused. The world rewards those who finish. We can start a new book, but once the “new idea smell” has worn off, we must transition into the mature artist’s version of starting, which is Just Do It.

Stick to what you are doing. Get started every day. When the project is weary and tired and so are you, then start again and again and again. Mature professionals ignore their feelings. They know feelings lie and feelings are our inner three-year-old who is easily bored or distracted.

I’ve worked with some…

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