Thursday, September 27, 2012

CapeWomenOnline and ABWA

  Join Us at the October Meeting of the ABWA! 

ABWA logo

Date: October 9, 2012
Time: 5:30-8:00 pm 
Cost: $27 (includes dinner)
Members $22
Location: NEW DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Cod (former Radisson) at 287 Iyannough Road, Hyannis on Route 28

Nicola Burnell, Publisher, and Katie O'Sullivan, Editor of CapeWomenOnline, will be the guest speakers at the October 9, 2012 meeting of American Business Women's Association (ABWA) - Cape Cod Chapter.  

This is a fabulous opportunity to network with members of our local chapter, who meet monthly to bring together business women of all ages and stages of their careers. This diverse group of women works hard to provide opportunities to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.

Our presentation will contain a brief overview of our expanding online and offline community, and will invite YOU to ask us questions about anything relating to the magazine. This is your chance to talk directly with us, to share your ideas and learn how you can become involved in our dynamic community of exceptional women.

Networking begins at 5:30pm. The meeting starts at 6:00pm and will adjourn at 8:15pm.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

 Please reserve by Friday, October 5th, 2012


Monday, September 24, 2012

The Write Way - a new column debuts!

In the current Fall Issue of CapeWomenOnline magazine, I debut my new writing column, entitled "The Write Way." (My publisher named it, so don't give me grief.)

I'm the editor of the magazine, and I do freelance editing on the side, and the publisher thought it might make for an interesting regular feature. I remain skeptical, because really, the only people who appreciate editors are authors who are in the midst of the editing process. Well, once the authors are done cursing and moaning, then they are appreciative. Usually.

In my first column ("Commas Save Lives") I talk about the importance of editors, proper punctuation, and why you shouldn't rely only on your computer's spell check program. And I ask for questions from readers - what is something you'd like to know about editing? Or punctuation? Or word usage?

I'd also love to hear from other editors - what are some of the biggest mistakes you've had to catch and correct? I've read that editors of romance novels frequently have to make sure that there aren't too many hands in a scene ("he hugged her tightly to his chest to comfort her, while caressing her cheek and dialing 9-1-1 on his cell phone.."...?), or double checking that body parts can move the ways in which the writer describes, without the character being a cast member from Cirque de Soleil...

Over the weekend I got into quite the email discussion with a friend over "past" versus "passed" - mistakes like these annoy readers and make them focus on the words instead of the story, as it did with my friend. As a reader I run across things like this all the time, as well as minor copy edit mistakes (words that push together without a space between, unclear dialogue tags, run-on dialogue without paragraph breaks...)

Do editing mistakes bother the average reader as much as they bug me? As a writer, what's the worst mistake that an editor saved you from making? Please weigh in - and if you have an editing question, you can leave it here in the comments, or send me an email at:
Katie @ 
(just take out the spaces, obviously.)
And thanks for your help!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What are You Reading?

In the Fall Issue of CapeWomenOnline, reviewer Pat Bertschy tells us about MEMORY PALACE, and why she thinks this memoir one of the most compelling books she's read this year.

Check out her column, The Armchair Critic, in the current issue of CWO or by clicking this link:

Do you have suggestions for Pat's TBR list? Write to us at the magazine and let us know! Pat's always looking for her next good read!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cranberry Fest! Crafts and Cran Jam!

The annual Cranberry Festival is going on in Harwich this weekend! Music in the Hollow and crafts in Brooks Park - a perfect recipe for a fun weekend! It's one of our CWO recommended festivals for fall - and we were there having fun!

Although CapeWomenOnline magazine didn't have an official booth or anything, Katie and Nicola enjoyed the music and talking with the various craftspeople on Saturday afternoon - and Nicola got some great story ideas for the Holiday Issue.

If you're looking for something fun to do Sunday, the craft fair opens at ten, the parade starts at noon, and the music begins soon after that. Enjoy a fun, free, classic Cape Cod fair! And check out our other CWO recommended festivals for fall in the Fall 2012 Issue of CapeWomenOnline magazine!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Have you seen the Fall issue of CapeWomenOnline?

If your summer was crazy (whose wasn't?), you're probably ready to slow down, simmer cinnamon on the stove, (try saying THAT fast!) and bring your focus inward. We hope you take a few minutes to check out the fabulous stories Cape Women have shared in this new issue. We are delighted to announce that we have launched two new columns, by Maggie French and Katie O'Sullivan, designed to educate and inspire you. Keep reading...  

Life Coach Maggie French debuts her new column, Living Whole, with a discussion on finding balance in life, and a response to a reader's query about how to make time for ME. 
Our Literary Women section has some very useful advice for writers; Katie O'Sullivan shares her editorial wisdom in her new column, The Write Way, and Nicole Bouchard discusses how to develop your writing career in Part Two of The Ripple Effect

If you're not ready to head indoors just yet, why not join your neighbors at one of the many Fall Festivals, or read Jackie O'Hara's article about why she created an outdoor Zen Garden.
Our Living the Dream story features Tracey Crowell, who is Embracing the Magic of the Masjah Studio while also working with Sarah Ciampa to create the Masjah Center.  

Treat yourself to the subtle humor of Katharine Dalton, who introduces us to the wonderful women of the Chatham Council on Aging
 Check out the new titles by local authors on our CWO Bookshelf. 
It's no secret that this magazine is a community effort - with every issue we are reminded of just how creative and supportive our contributors are. So we'd like to thank YOU, for all your hard work, and let you know that we truly appreciate you! We also appreciate our advertisers, and everyone who takes a minute to forward this link on to friends who may not know about our magazine. By spreading the word you share the wealth of community and inspiration that IS CapeWomenOnline magazine. 

If you would like to submit articles, artwork or photographs, please follow this link to our Submission Guidelines.  
We hope you enjoy the new issue of CapeWomenOnline.
Have a very festive Fall. 

Nicola Burnell, Publisher
Katie O'Sullivan, Editor
Jane Schaller, Web Princess 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall 2012 Issue of CapeWomenOnline Magazine Available Now!

The new Fall 2012 issue of CapeWomenOnline magazine is available NOW online - check it out! So many great stories and articles to read - visit to see for yourself!

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Walk into positive life changes this Fall!
Dock Join us for a FREE Fall Classes & Events Presentation
at Masjah Studio  
181 Rte 137, East Harwich, MA 

Saturday, September 8 from 2-5pm  

Nicola Burnell, publisher of CapeWomenOnline magazine, will present her Fall Series of block-busting, life altering workshops and classes that are designed to help you discover your inspired, authentic Self.  
Nicola has been teaching creativity, writing and personal growth classes for over fifteen years on Cape Cod. This informal event gives you the opportunity to discuss her dynamic programs and meet some of her students. From artists, to writers, to women going through major life transitions, you will be inspired by their stories and how these programs have helped them move through fear and into action and empowerment. Attending this event will give you a good sense of what to expect in each class and help you decide which program is the best fit for you. 
Programs to be discussed include:

Discover the Artist's Way           

"The Artist's Way class was a lifeline for helped me relocate my core, the unique qualities that make me "me"...During the course, I gradually regained my strength and vision. The Artist's Way reset my compass and helped me get back in touch with my hopes and dreams." Allison Argo 

"When I started the Artist's Way I was looking for clarity and direction, trying to answer the question 'what now, what's next?'...We ended the program by displaying our work in an art show at the Guyer Barn. It was a feeling of joy and accomplishment, individually and collectively. Our creative fires were lit and our journey had just begun. Naturally, I couldn't end there. It seemed to follow that I then take Nickey's "What's Your Story?" class." Johanne K

What's Your Story? If you don't like it then let's re-write it!               

"Nicola provided us with possibilities. In her class she empowered us, encouraged us to stretch beyond our old confinements. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" Dianne McD 

"I am two weeks away from completing this program. Last week I realized my total energy had shifted. At some point, I let go of the fear, self-doubt and cloudy view that had blocked my path. I now feel empowered, centered and confident." JK 

Stop Talking About Writing A Book ~ Just Write It!        

"This writing class is such fun - all that laughter! Thank you, Nicola, for your comments. You called my piece 'inspiring.' I think you and this group are inspiring....Joining this group may just be one of the best decisions I've ever made." Katharine D

"Nickey works so hard to bring out the best in us as writers. Equally important, she does this in a non-threatening, constructive manner. Classes are a safe haven, filled with much humor, in which to hatch our creative talents. I always look forward to our classes and I can't recommend them enough to anyone who has a desire to write."
Paul F

Every Life is a Story Waiting to be Told             

Mapping Your Future

What's the buzz about the Cape Women in the Community Events? Come and learn about these FUN events that honor our culture, our history and our friendships.

Space is limited!

Please RSVP by emailing or call 774 212 2270

Monday, September 3, 2012

Bringing the "Office" Outdoors

It's the long Labor Day weekend, and the weather on Cape Cod is gorgeous. Couldn't be nicer - clear skies, temperatures in the 70's... perfect days for yard saling or beach walking or just about anything except working on the computer to put together the new issue of CapeWomenOnline....

...except if the "office" is portable. Yes, this is an actual photo of the publisher's temporary Labor Day Weekend office, set up in her garden. Because even with the Fall issue looming on the horizon, who can pass up a chance to enjoy such a wonderful weekend?

Hope everyone is taking advantage of these wonderful days...