Episode 188 – Whitney Keyes Propels Us!

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Whitney Keyes


Over the past 20 years, Whitney Keyes has worked as a senior Microsoft manager, strategic adviser for American Express and a marketing consultant to thousands of individuals and organizations around the world. She is the winner of the Small Business Administration’s 2013 Women in Business Champion of the Year Award for Washington State and author of the book, Propel: Five Ways to Amp Up Your Marketing and Accelerate Business (Career Press).

Whitney received three grants from the U.S. State Department to empower women leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs and youth in Malaysia and Africa (Kenya and Namibia). Her most recent program work in Malaysia was selected among thousands of other initiatives funded by the U.S. government to be included in U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry’s briefing paper on successful public diplomacy programs.

Whitney writes for business publications and produces content for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Biz Bite Blog. She co-produced and hosted over 50 episodes of WhitneyandWyatt.com, a weekly, online web talk show. Based in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A, she can be reached at

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Tortured Sentences:

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Where “WWW” means “Wretched Writers Welcome”
Winners of the 2014 contest (Grand Prize, a pittance of $150)
Dishonorable Mention: Purple Prose

  • The Contessa’s heart was pounding hard and fast, like an out-of-balance clothes washer, which can get that way if you mix jeans with a lot of light things, though the new ones have some sensor thing to counteract that or shut off, but the Contessa’s heart didn’t have anything like that, so she had to sit down and tell Don Rolando to keep his hands to himself for a while. — John Hardi, Falls Church, VA



Weather most definitely affects our moods. Does it affect your writing? Do you need a perfect temperature or perfect weather to write? Is there an ideal day that inspires you? Write about inspiration weather. Write about deadly weather.

Word of the Week:


with Anu Garg





noun: A figurative, usually compound, expression used to describe something. For example, whale road for an ocean and oar steed for a ship.


From Old Norse kenna (to know). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gno- (to know), which is also the source of know, recognize, acquaint, ignore, diagnosis, notice, normal, prosopagnosia, gnomon, anagnorisis, and agnosia. Earliest documented use: 1320. Kennings were used especially in Old Norse and Old English poetry.


“The hero, Beewolf (a kenning for bear, named the ‘bee wolf’ for its plundering of hives), heads to the Golden Hall.”
John Garth; Monster Munch; New Statesman (London, UK); May 30, 2014.


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