Inspired Mixers Connect Creatives and Audiences!

Mixer details and submission dates are announced in my monthly Lift! newsletter.

Testimonials from Reader Participants

So fun to be a character in a story! J. Bea obviously not only loves writing. She loves her readers and is very interactive! If you're looking for something to brighten your day, this is the place for you!

- Sherry, Inspired, April and June 2023

The story based on my "Wedding Bloopers" prompts turned out very fun and cute! I just love what J. Bea is doing with these Inspired contests!

- Laura, Inspired, June 2023

I enjoyed offering a story premise and getting my idea featured in a short story. J. Bea goes above and beyond by providing a PDF of the story and acknowledging the winner in her newsletter. It’s a fun contest with a rewarding end.

- Sarah, Inspired, July 2023

Testimonials from Creative Participants

Participating in J. Bea's Inspired contest was full of surprises for me, including how satisfying it is to write short stories. Working with a prompt provided an intriguing challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed the helpful and instructive edits with J. Bea. Give it a try!

- Janet Joanou Weiner, featured Inspired author, March 2023

My participation in J. Bea's Inspired contest was an exercise in craft! When I worked on the short story, I implemented skills I use in my WIP but with her readers' constraints. Actually, the constraints pushed my creative boundaries for the better. But the best benefit of this experience was working closely with J. Bea in the editing process. She is a proficient and gifted editor, so I gained wisdom on maximizing my story for full effect as well as insight on craft. And I valued how she ensured changes would be mine, reinforcing my agency as the author. I highly recommend that authors, especially those building their writing portfolio, participate in the Inspired contests.

- Sarah Soon, featured Inspired author, April 2023

Short stories were never on my radar till J. Bea's newsletter popped up with its Inspired feature. Then suddenly I was, well, inspired! Deciding on a theme and working from someone else's prompts was a challenge and so much fun. J. Bea is a joy to work with and made me look good even before the story came out! The Inspired contest is one of the most original and enjoyable newsletter highlights out there. Give it a go!

- Susan Marie Graham, featured Inspired author, June 2023

Creatives, would you like to be Inspired?

Are you a writer, artist, crafter, or musician seeking connections with a new and inspiring audience? I’d love to feature your creativity in a future Inspired mixer. Please use the Inspire Me survey to tell me more about yourself and your creative projects and why you’d like to join the Inspired fun!

The Inspired Journal

Descriptions of the creative responses inspired by Lift! readers appear in the Inspired Journal below. Except as shared by mixer participants, full access to creative responses go to Lift! readers only.

Guest Feature - Susan Marie Graham

Guest Feature - Susan Marie Graham

Dec 04, 2022

Guest author Susan Marie Graham wrote a sweetly hilarious account of "doing Wedding" from the point of view of best man (and French bulldoggie) Jimmy, whose antics inspired by "Wedding Blooper" prompts from Sherry Craig and Laura Joy Lloyd leave him certain he is a Very Good Boy.

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Guest Feature - Grace Boze

Guest Feature - Grace Boze

Jul 02, 2023

Floral designer Grace Boze created a fun, unique arrangement to accompany a sweet note of encouragement written by children's author Sonia Amin.

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Guest Feature - Sarah Soon

Guest Feature - Sarah Soon

Mar 31, 2023

Guest author Sarah Soon took Inspired to a new level by writing Lift! reader Sherry Craig directly into the short story "Worth Every Penny."

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Guest Feature - Janet Joanou Weiner

Guest Feature - Janet Joanou Weiner

Sep 04, 2023

The very first Inspired guest feature, from the creative pen of historical fiction author Janet Joanou Weiner, explores an intriguing Mona Lisa mystery.

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*Navigational note: To see additional pages of the journal, click a page number, then scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Inspired features.