Original Stories, Photographs and Artwork by Molly Anderson-Childers

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Using Photography to Inspire Writing

Readers, I'm thrilled to announce a new guest blog by Hank Kellner!  This article previously appeared on the Creativity Portal site.  I also featured it earlier this month on my blog, Stealing Plums.  I decided that Addictive Fiction needed a dose of Hank's photo-fabulosity, and posted it here on my Guest Starring page today!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Interview with Terri Conrad Online at Creativity Portal!

Stop the presses!  My newest interview for Creativity Portal is now online, ready to delight and amaze an unsuspecting world. An Interview with Terri Conrad is an in-depth look at the life, faith, and creative work of an amazing designer who's taken her career to a whole new level.

And that's not all.  This generous soul has agreed to donate some of her work for the Terri Conrad Designs Giveaway.  You can find out all the juicy details at Creativity Portal. Three lucky readers will win fabulous prizes, designed by Terri herself!

To see more of Terri's work, please visit her website, Terri Conrad Designs.  For up-to-the minute news and hot happenings, check out the Terri Conrad Designs Blog

Monday, August 30, 2010

Rainy Day Inspiration

What's your favorite way to celebrate a rainy day?  As the clouds threaten and my dog cowers in terror at the thunder, I find myself wondering how my readers like to spend their rainy days.  Email and let me know!  I'll print the most creative answers here, and will give a free half-hour creativity consultation to the winner.  To enter, just send your phone number and email contact info, along with your answer, to  Please note that this competition is only open to U.S. residents, and is void where prohibitied.

My favorite way to spend a rainy day?  Curled up in bed with a good book!  Right now I'm re-reading Marion Zimmer Bradley's novel, The Mists of Avalon... the perfect read for a stormy day.

Friday, August 27, 2010

On the Other Side of the Q&A

Check out my newest project!  Stealing Plums: An Interview with Molly Anderson-Childers was published today on Persist: The Blog

This site celebrates passion, inspiration, and all things creative.  The brainchild of author Peter Clothier, it is an amazing resource for creative souls. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Got Brew? New Edible Article Goes Live!

Feeling a mighty thirst?  Fear not.  I've got the down-low on some fun events for die-hard fans of the foamy stuff.  Check out my newest article, Got Brew? online now at Edible San Juan Mountains

What's brewing?  Three hot local events are jumping off this weekend.  First up, Grillin' and Chillin'- Ouray's own microbrew festival.  The festivities take place in Fellin Park, with live music, a barbecue, and a plentiful selection of microbrews.

Durango-bound?  No worries.  Stop by the Farmer's Market Saturday to check out the Iron Horse Chef Cooking Competition- our local take on the Food Network's Iron Chefs.  Local chefs will compete against one another- and the clock!  It promises to be quite a show.  Stop by and support your favorite grill-meister.

Saturday afternoon, Ska Brewing Company celebrates its Fifteenth Anniversary with live music by The Supersuckers, Farmington Hill, and The Beautiful Losers.  Brewing enthusiasts are in for a treat- Ska's invited fifteen of their favorite craft brewers to crack limited-release kegs of their finest beers.  The fun kicks off at 4:00 p.m. at Ska World Headquarters, at 225 Girard Street in Durango.  They'll be unveiling a new brew- Dementia!  This hearty ale had its humble beginnings as Euphoria; after aging in bourbon barrels, it emerged triumphant as Dementia- Aged and Confused! Stop by and raise a glass to the Ska Crew- celebrating fifteen years of brewing excellence!  Cheers to you!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Article by Hank Kellner Featured on Stealing Plums!

Check out the latest addition to Hank Kellner's series, Using Photography to Inspire Writing.  I just posted it on the Guest Starring page at Stealing Plums.  There's a new batch of photos by Kellner, along with a great new site to delight and inspire. 

For a hearty dose of inspiration and photoelicitation, please visit Hank's blog, English Education.  You'll see photos like these, along with links and resources for writers, artists, and educators.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Interview with Jennie Nash Published on Creativity Portal

Greetings, readers, on this rainy morning.  The perfect day to snuggle up with a warm keyboard and write...
I recently interviewed author Jennie Nash for Creativity Portal, and it was wonderful to reconnect with this talented scribbler. 

We chatted about her new novel, The Threadbare Heart, recently released by Berkley Books.  It's a great summer read, the captivating story of a family torn apart by tragedy.  Follow this link to read my Interview with Jennie Nash on Creativity Portal today!  For more of this talented author's work and updates on her career, please visit her website, Jennie Nash.

Friday, July 30, 2010

New to Stealing Plums... An Interview with Michael A Shapiro

Fab news.  I've just posted An Interview with Michael A Shapiro to the Guest Starring page of my sister blog, Stealing Plums.  I know you'll enjoy his fabulous photographs, and his thoughts on the creative process give you an inside look at the man behind the camera.  Here's a sneak preview...

Photograph by Michael A Shapiro

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fabulous Article on Pinhole Photography- Check Out These Pix!

Smashing Magazine recently published an amazing article on pinhole photography.  The photos taken with these simple cameras are smply amazing!  I was also stoked to see directions for making your own pinhole camera at home- perfect for you folks that like to get your hands dirty and learn a skill from the ground up. 

Here's what I've been photographing lately...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Story of a Selkie Wife" Published on Addictive Fiction

New to my Guest Starring Page...

Author Jessica Goody was so inspired by one of my Story-Starters in a recent Creativity Portal article that she wrote "Story of a Selkie Wife."  When she shared it with me, I knew I had to publish it here.  This haunting tale is thought-provoking, dark, and ultimately uplifting.  For more of Jessica's scribblings, please visit her blog, Much Magic.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Using Photographs to Inspire Writing... New Work by Hank Kellner

Fabulous news!  Photographer, writer and educator Hank Kellner is contributing a ten-part series of articles about photoelicitation- using photos to inspire writing.  His words and photos can be found on my Guest Starring page.  For a daily dose of inspiration, please visit his blog, English Education.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Looking for an Inspirational Summer Read? Look No Further...

My newest offering at Creativity Portal is sure to kick the writer's block blues.  Feeling stuck in the muck?  Got the blues, the blahs, or a combination of the two?  Check out the August article in my "Multicultural Muses" series,  How to Be Your Own Best Muse: 101 Ways to Delight and Inspire Yourself.  This juicy read is sure to get your pen moving! 

What's Blooming in Your Backyard? 
Lush Creativity, Juicy Words, and Wildly Colored Butterflies

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fabulous New Article Goes Live!

My newest scribblings have found a home online, at English Education, Hank Kellner's amazing blog.  My article, Irises Blooming in the Garden of Dreams, discusses ways for educators to help students get excited about writing. 

This article also shows writers how to create a writer's notebook, a sort of catch-all for ideas, plot twists, and inspirations.  Need some creative juiciness?  Check it out!

If you're interested in seeing my words and pics on your site, send an email to

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thinking About Starting a Writer's Group? Read This First.

Exciting news!  I recently contributed a new article, "Seven Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Writers' Group,"  to Chuck Sambuchino's blog, Guide to Literary Agents.  If you're thinking about starting a writers' group, this is a must-read!

"Seven Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Writers' Group" is the first in a series of articles dedicated to starting, growing, and maintaining a writers' group.  It is a practical, down-to-earth piece, based on my experiences as founder and facilitator of Durango's own Wild Women Writing.

Wild Women Writing is a group for emerging and established female writers in the Durango area, and is sponsored by the Durango Women's Resource Center.  I've been working with Wild Women Writing for nearly three years.  What a fabulous group of ladies...they inspire me every day.  I love watching those tender blossoms bloom and unfold. 

If you're at a point in your career where you're ready to give something back to the writing community, I highly recommend starting a group for emerging writers, or volunteering time to teach writing workshops geared towards new authors.  It's such an amazing way to connect with others, and there is truly no greater joy than watching that nervous shy girl in the corner blossom into a strong, confident writer who can bring the house down when she finally dares to read her work aloud.

Who's That Shy Bloom Amongst the Briars?
A Budding Writer, Aching to Tell Her Tale

Plunge Into Poetry Strikes Again!

Talented poet and educator Penny MacPherson has written a second lesson for her "Plunge Into Poetry" mini-workshop.  You'll find her contributions on my  Guest Starring... page.  This offering focuses on creating an acrostic poem- fun for poets of any age!  Click on the link and try it out.

Many thanks to my contributors for keeping my creative garden full of new blooms, wild seeds, and inspiration-trees!  It's been a lush summer season in the studio, with new projects growing wild!  Lately, I've been inspired to do some gardening, and to take a few new photos around the neighborhood.  I'll be sharing those with you here as the season progresses.  Here's a sampling of what's blooming on Durango's South Side!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Interviews Posted on Creativity Portal!

This month marks the end of an era.  For the past ten months, I have been interviewing Jill Badonsky's Nine Modern-Day Muses (and a Bodyguard!), in hopes of learning their secrets.  It must have worked some kind of magic on me, because I've finally made the leap from a day job to my dream job- and I'm loving it!  The insights gleaned during my interviews for Creativity Portal inspired me to leave the workaday world and strike out on my own as a freelancer. 

My Interview with Marge, the Muse of Okay-Now-Let's-Get-Started, is the latest in my exclusive series, "Multicultural Muses."  I love Marge's practical, no-nonsense energy- she fires me up to take the next step on my creative path.  What's brewing for next month?  A brand-new article about inspiring yourself, and using your own experiences as an inspiration for creative work.   Got a sticky problem to solve?  Need a little motivation, a laugh, or some inspired silliniess?  Visit Jill's website, The Muse Is In, for assistance with all your creative quandaries.

What's Blooming? New Interviews and Creative Excitement!
Photograph of Blooming Dogwood by Cynthia Staples

July's Interview with Cynthia Staples, the latest addition to my interview series, "Creating a Fun, Fabulous Career in the Arts," is an in-depth conversation about her journey as a writer and photographer.  To view more of Cynthia's amazing photos, please visit Words and Images by Cynthia.  Cynthia's been kind enough to share some of her photos here...

Robin's Egg
Photograph by Cynthia Staples

Dandelion Wishes
Photograph by Cynthia Staples

Boy and Bird
Photograph by Cynthia Staples

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Study in Contrasts

Great news!  I've been asked to contribute a photograph and some words of inspiration to Hank Kellner's amazing writing and photography blog, English Education.  Follow the link to my photograph and essay, A Study in Contrasts

I'll be contributing to other sites as I continue to grow my freelancing business and make new contacts, and I'll make sure to keep you in the loop.  If you'd like me to contribute to your website or blog, please send an email with the details to  I offer professional blogging services; freelance writing, art, and photography; copywriting and editing; and creativity consultations.  Too busy to blog?  Need a creative solution to a knotty problem?   I'd love to help.  Let's connect!

A Closer Look
Photograph by Molly Anderson-Childers

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Plunge Into Poetry Workshop Posted to Addictive Fiction!

Visit my Guest Starring... page for a fabulous mini-workshop by noted poet Penny MacPherson.  "Plunge Into Poetry" is an inspirational offering for writers and educators alike, with fun activities that can be adapted for any age or skill level.  Check it out!

I'm currently seeking submissions for my blogs from emerging and established writers, photographers, and artists.  If you'd like to see your work on Addictive Fiction or Stealing Plums, please send a query via email to

White Iris Reaching For The Sun
Photograph by Molly Anderson-Childers

Friday, July 2, 2010

Celebrating The Glorious Fourth the Edible Way...

Not sure what to do for the Fourth?  If you live in Southwest Colorado, check out my local events blogs at Edible San Juan Mountains for some sizzling ideas. 

Durango's got quite a celebration planned, and the fireworks display in nearby Silverton is always a stunner.  If you're a little further afield, check out Paonia's historic Cherry Days Festival, which is jumping off today.  Festivities continue all weekend with a full calendar of events.  Enjoy live music, an art auction, a carnival, street dances, and more in lovely Paonia, Colorado.

What's your favorite memory of the Fourth?  Got a great photo you'd love to share?  Send an email to and let me know, and I'll publish the best of the bunch here at Addictive Fiction.

Flowers Are Nature's Fireworks...
Happy Fourth of July!
Photograph by Molly Anderson-Childers

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Excellent New Resources for Educators

If you are an educator, writer, or artist, I hope you'll find resources and inspiration here.  I've worked as an art and writing instructor, and am well-acquainted with the difficulties and challenges faced by educators in today's classrooms.   Teachers are the great unsung heroes of our time.

If you are an educator, I salute you!  Since I can't give you all a shiny red apple, I wanted to offer up a few resources for you in this post. 

If you're in need of classroom materials that work in the real world, please visit Cottonwood Press - their site has a wealth of resources to make your job a little easier! 

For how-to activities, ideas, and inspiration, check out Creativity Portal

Looking for fresh new ways to inspire young writers?  Visit Hank Kellner's blog, English Education, for a look at his evocative, intriguing photos.  This blog helps educators use photographs to inspire their students to write poetry, fiction, and essays.

If you have a resource or link to share, please email me at and I'll post it here!

What Inspires You?
Photograph by Molly Anderson-Childers

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Guest Blog by Hank Kellner Dubbed a Hit!

Photograph by Hank Kellner

To view a poem inspired by this evocative photograph, as well as a few words of inspiration from the photographer himself, check out Hank Kellner's new guest blog on my Guest Starring... page. 

Noted photographer, writer, and educator Hank Kellner is the author of Write What You See: 99 Photographs to Inspire Writing, published by Cottonwood Press.  For a daily dose of creativity and fabulous photographs, check out Hank's blog, English Education.  This site is an amazing resource for writers, photographers, artists, and educators alike.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Call For Submissions!

Interested in seeing your work on Addictive Fiction or Stealing Plums?  I am currently seeking submissions from emerging and established artists, writers, and photographers.  You can see my "Guest Starring..." page for more information, or email me at for all the juicy details.

Desert Landscape
Photograph by Molly Anderson-Childers

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Interviews, News, and Creative Blooms

Everything's coming up many great creative projects are blooming, I barely know where to begin...
I've just posted some new blogs for Edible San Juan Mountains on some great local events.  This weekend, there's big fun to be had in Durango at the First Annual Four Corners Pride Festival. 

On Saturday, local foodies can treat themselves to a gourmet dinner at Fox Fire Farms.  The Dinner at the Farm event promises to be fun, with a five-course meal prepared from farm-fresh ingredients, and Fox Fire Farms free-range meat and poultry.  Each course will be paired with wine selections from Fox Fire's own vineyard, and Guy Drew Vineyards near Cortez.

What else is cooking in my creative kitchen?  Lots of marvelous ideas for new stories are blooming this summer- I can barely write fast enough to keep up with my characters.  I'll be sure to share my latest efforts here at Addictive Fiction when they're ready! 

In other news, I will be interviewing Cynthia Staples for my Creativity Portal exclusive series, "Creating a Fun, Fabulous Career in the Arts."  She is a phenomenal photographer and writer, and I'm honored to have had the chance to work with her.  She wanted to share some of her photos with readers, so I'm posting one here.  More of her photos can be found on her blog, Words and Images by Cynthia.  I've also posted a few pics on my blog, Stealing Plums, to get readers excited about our upcoming interview.

My biggest news?  I've made the leap from day-job to dream job!  I am now officially job-free, and am currently offering new clients my services as a freelance writer, artist, blogger, editor, proof-reader, and creativity consultant.  This is something I've dreamed of doing for years, and was always afraid to do.  Now that it's done, I can't figure out why I didn't do this years ago...fear kept me from moving forward.

And so, today, I say to you, be fearless.  Move boldly in the direction of your heart's deepest desire, its most secret ache.  Let your creative dreams outside to play!

Blooming Dogwood
Photograph by Cynthia Staples

Friday, June 18, 2010

"Honoring the Green Man" posted on The Pagan Arts

Hope you'll enjoy this creative offering... check out my newest article, Honoring the Green Man, posted online today at The Pagan Arts.  This article is full of ways to help make your studio a greener place, and includes ritual and sacred art-making project ideas- a perfect read for this sizzlingly creative summer season! 

What else is growing in my creative garden?  I just published a couple of pieces in Edible San Juan Mountains- the first print issue is hot off the presses, and you'll find yours truly on the masthead.  Look for it on the stands- it's a fabulous resource for anyone who eats, works, and lives in the San Juan Mountains region!

This week, I'm working on expanding my client base for my freelance writing services.  To this end, I'll be offering my guest-blogging services to businesses both locally and nationally.  I am also hoping to obtain new freelance writing, ghost-writing, and creativity consultation clients, and really make my business thrive. I'm querying new markets for my articles, poetry, interviews, guest blogs, and fiction. 

I've been taking photo-walks to snap some new photos for my blogs- so keep an eye out for some fabulous new images.  I want to invigorate my web-garden here with the lush, creative energy of summertime in the Rockies.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Who's Your Daddy?

Great news, readers!  I've just published another fabulous post at Edible San Juan Mountains.  This week, join me to get the lowdown on the Sixth Annual "Who's Your Daddy?" Street Festival.  It's all happening on Saturday!  Bring the whole family, and hoist a few brews for a great cause.  Games, live music, arts and crafts, and more! 

This event is a fundraiser for the Durango Discovery Museum, and is sponsored by a great local business.  Kudos to the folks at Carver Brewing Company for making it happen!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summertime...A Season of Inspiration!

Today, let something simple inspire you.  Lie back and watch the clouds, and do some daydreaming.  Follow a lady-bug's journey along the rose-vine; write a poem on your sidewalk in chalk and let the rain wash it away, knowing that all we do is transient and temporary on this earth.  Only our work will live after we are gone...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hot New Post on The Pagan Arts!

Greetings on this beautiful May Day!  Good news, faithful readers... there's a new article posted on The Pagan Arts for your artistic delectation.  Just follow this link to my newest offering... High Summer in the Garden of Dreams.  Drink of the sweet wine of inspiration!  Sip the nectar of delight.  Flutter from bloom to bloom like a butterfly.  Dance your dream.  Live your story.  Shine!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tantalizing New Blogs at Edible San Juan Mountains

I am now doing a weekly blog post for Edible San Juan Mountains, a site that focuses on the stories behind the food on our plates.  Check out my posts at Edible San Juan're sure to find something to tempt your palate!

Something Spicy on the Menu
Photograph by Molly Anderson-Childers

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Pagan Arts- Guest Blogs!

Greetings, readers! You'll be thrilled to know that I am working with Alane Brown, of The Pagan Arts, to further explore different aspects of spirituality and creative soul-work. To that end, I am contributing regular articles to her website. Please visit The Pagan Arts online at:

This site is a wonderful resource for Pagan spirituality, music, magick, art, and more. Much love to Alane for starting this amazing website, and giving me this opportunity to share my work with her readers!

The Hitchhiker: An Unlikely Love Story- New Page!

I recently created a new page just for my novel, "The Hitchhiker: An Unlikely Love Story." It will appear there in a new format- one document, rather than a series of posts- I anticipate that readers will enjoy it more than ever. The entire manuscript will eventually appear here in full; I've gotten a great start already, and added some new material- only available on the "Hitchhiker" page- to entice readers to check it out!

Jumping Fences

What holds you back from reaching for your dreams? What stops you, trips you up? What is fencing in your creative work, trapping it within a too-tiny space?
Take a closer look at this fence. It's old and rickety- it could fall down any second. All it needs is one swift kick! Jump the fences, or knock them down- don't let anything keep you from achieving your highest potential.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Desert Medicine...
As I prepare for a retreat in the desert with my sisters, I reflect on the healing energy of the desert, which simply is and so simply gives you the space to be, just as you are, imperfect, ready or not, in this moment.
If I could give you one thing to take away with you today, it would be the peace of sitting around a campfire with a family of friends, singing at the moon and watching the sparks spiral up into the night sky. If you could write from this present, open-hearted state, how would it change your work?
Go to the desert and pray; write; dance with the coyotes and fly with the raven.