Show. Me.

Wait, I'm hosting a what now?

It’s official – my first episode of Social Media Circuit, a webshow I’m hosting on The Businews Channel, has dropped on to the interwebs!

After months of secret meetings, photo shoots, video tutorials, script writing, and scheduling,  the 20 hosts of The Businews Channel are off and running in all directions. From social media to travel to fashion and everything in between, our motto is ‘where business meets entertainment,’ and we’re already living up to the moniker.

Check out our uber-formal group shot, for instance:

Fabulously Attractive.

Social Media Circuit airs every week on Thursday and stays online in perpetuity. Watch and share, and if there’s anything you’d like to see covered on SMC, drop me a line here or over at Twitter – @writerjax.

Use Your Words: Berkshire Festival of Women Writers New Media Night

I was finishing off a cup of chowder at my favorite pub when my iPhone dinged me out of my creamy reverie.

In a move apropo of the request, I had received a text message asking if I might be interested in speaking as part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, more specifically at their New Media Night. I followed a supplied link, replied quickly with a more professional version of ‘Hell, yes!’, and moved on to Tweet the news of my inclusion.

New Media Night was hosted at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and focused on how the production, publishing, and marketing of writers’ work is evolving. To cover as many bases as possible, a panel of five speakers representing various types of writing and strengths at different stops in the publishing process was formed.

The event was organized and hosted by Courtney Maum , an author, short-story-writer, and wunderkind, among other things. Her collection of short stories Small Things in Big Places is available here.

Courtney emceed and began with her thoughts on using new media to find a community of colleagues, and in turn to practice her craft as well as promote her work. Dubbing it ‘Operation Literary Community,’ she presented an alliterative four-pronged plan: Spend (i.e money and time, with literary magazine subscriptions, books from bookshops, etc.); Stalk (follow your favorite writers & publications on social networks); Socialize (online or on terra firma, such as through writers’ workshops), and Share (your work, through online writers’ workshops, readings, and self-publishing).

Using Courtney’s base as our jumping-off point, my fellow panelists and I were off to the races, discussing our various areas of focus and how new media — any combination of traditional media with emerging technology — affects our lives, professions, and final product.

The panel:

Eugenie Sills, publisher of The Women’s Times, a print publication that has just published its last issue. Eugenie is moving full force into the new media realm, calling the transition “bittersweet, but more sweet than bitter.”

David Lamb, owner of Vantage Press, the oldest vanity publisher in the U.S. David’s experience in media runs the gamut from media banking to overseeing the sale of some of the most recognizable tabloids in the country, and now he’s spearheading a new imprint at Vantage that will act much like a traditional publishing house on a more intimate scale.

Alana Chernila , an author, mother, and selectman who submitted her final manuscript for a cookbook speckled with personal stories the day before our presentation. Alana started her publishing journey as a foodie blogger and progressed into a bidding war over her soon-to-be-released book.

…and me. I hang out here.

After taking our turns at the mic, we fielded questions from the audience, which ranged in topic from facebook privacy concerns to Google bombing as a tactic of Guerilla Poets (check out Poncho Peligroso for more on this phenomenon).

The common bond binding everyone in the room together was the written word, but I was also surprised to hear more than once during the evening sentiments like “I’ve never identified as a writer, but…”. Surprised, because of the breadth of talent in the room, but also because even though I am as far removed from ‘traditional writing’ as I have ever been in my career, my identity as a writer has never faltered.

For writers, perhaps owning this identity is a piece of our personal growth. For some it’s ingrained, for others it blossoms. I hope our conversations during New Media Night helped fertiize some budding ideas.


Katy‘ left this comment on 7 Apr 11
Ugh, this took multiple password attempts, two Firefox relaunches and a Safari switch just so I could leave a comment that says….Woohoo!!! Way to go! Speaking is awesome and speaking on a panel is a huge accomplishment. Very impressive Jax!

A visitor‘ left this comment on 7 Apr 11
Oh my God, Jax that’s so freakin’ awesome. I love being able to speak to groups (must be the former teacher in me), but a panel would be crazy. Way to go!!

Grr! It’s been so long since I’ve left a comment here that my password isn’t working…had to give it up after 5 attempts

Suzi Banks Baum‘ left this comment on 24 Mar 11
Well captured Jaclyn. I loved hearing you at SRC and the whole panel. The photos are really good. It was a very inspiring night. Pancho will be assisting me in setting up my Twitter account. I am super motivated to connect with other writers in my area and continue the conversations. And to write. Today is a perfectly wintry spring day, which, like writing, started out cold but is warming up fast. I look forward to reading more by you! Love and thanks, Suzi

A visitor‘ left this comment on 23 Mar 11
Brava, Writerjax! For those interested in further discussing how writers can use social media to advance their career and build a literary community, ask to join the Facebook group “Berkshire Writers Web.”

In other news …

“Sir; I’m a Lady.”

“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.” ~Elizabeth Taylor, 1932 – 2011


London, National Portrait Gallery, 2000


Annual Oscar Party, 2004

Published: Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Picture PodCamp: Winter Wonderland and a Flurry of Ideas

SocMed for Small Business and Freelancers Roundtable

The SocMed for Entrepreneurs Roundtable at PCWM3

Yikes, three days post-PodCamp and I still haven’t written a wrap-up post? I’m so behind!

Thankfully, many of my fellow campers have been picking up my slack. PCWM 3 was Saturday, Feb. 5, and despite New England winter-weather, we had a packed house. You can check out what’s been blogged, vlogged, and posted here, and here’s Pat Brough’s awesome montage to wet your whistle!

More later!

PodCamp, Strangers, and Tea Parties

Hello, Hello, Hello!

SocMed for Small Business and Freelancers Roundtable

The SocMed for Entrepreneurs Roundtable at PCWM3

Yikes, three days post-PodCamp and I still haven’t written a wrap-up post? I’m so behind!

Thankfully, many of my fellow campers have been picking up my slack. PCWM 3 was Saturday, Feb. 5, and despite New England winter-weather, we had a packed house. You can check out what’s been blogged, vlogged, and posted via

More later!

Published: Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Thematic Photographic: Strangers

This week’s ThemPho theme is Strangers, and as the founder of this online photography exercise explains, it’s a rare ‘rule-breaking’ subject for photogs.


“Since I began shooting, I’ve stayed away from pointing my lens at people I don’t know,” says Carmi. “I couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of obtaining permission, of explaining why, of being accused, in this litigious age, of being a stalker.”


But he found himself on a trip recently that presented some unique ‘stranger photo’ opportunities, and as such, a new, fun theme to work with came about. Plus, shooting strangers doesn’t always need to be a stealthy operation; sometimes just a wave before pressing the shutter button is enough to secure an interesting shot without any hard feelings. Photos in that vein are what I’ve chosen to showcase today. What are your favorite ‘stranger’ photos?


‘Peek,’ London, England



‘The Usual Suspects,’ Dublin, Ireland

The Usual Suspects


‘Dijon Mustard,’ Dijon, France

Dijon Mustard

Published: Friday, 11 February 2011 Tags: thematic photographic

No, not that kind of tea party.

…the old-fashioned kind, with tea and finger sandwiches and big pots of honey. Ladies sitting around the table dishing. Those little cookies with the chocolate filling.

Scenes from my latest tea party are below. Have your own … it’s very calming. And there are cookies.




Published: Friday, 25 February 2011


A visitor‘ left this comment on 25 Feb 11
Love tea these days…nice spread!