Laughter and Libations, 2017

It’s that time of year again.  Beaten down by rampant consumerism, we’re all left wondering how to balance work and pleasure.  Laughter and Libations is a  survival guide of sorts, helping people to drink and be merry during a season over-powered with puritanical messages.  This year’s edition includes recipes for favorite winter drinks along with three categories of songs: Traditional Treasures, Simple Substitutions, and Ridiculous Rewrites.  Traditional Treasures can be traced back to a less than pious origin whereas Ridiculous Rewrites takes an originally pious hymn and alters it to appeal to our most base and carnal instincts.

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ISBNs, Copyrights, and Barcodes, Oh my!

What is an ISBN?

An ISBN is the International Standard Book Number.  It uniquely identities the book, publisher, and edition. The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title (or edition) from one specific publisher, allowing for more efficient marketing by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors.

Parts of the ISBN

Each 13 digit ISBN consists of 5 elements separated by spaces or hyphens.
The five parts of an ISBN (13) are as follows:

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Bigfoot Review, Call for Submissions 2017

For Monday FUNday this morning, the SFCC Pullman Creative Writing Club unveiled the cover of the 2017-2018 Bigfoot Review.  The students will be working on this all year, with the expectation of having a book in hand in May 2018.  Authors whose work is selected for inclusion will receive a copy of the book and have an opportunity to participate in a reading on May 23, 2018.  Submission information is listed below:

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November is Coming, 2017

NaNoWriMo is about to descend on Moscow, Idaho.  Helmet wearing Scriblerians will invade coffee shops to plunder the page.  During NaNo, writers take no prisoners, it’s a manuscript or bust.  Below is a calendar of local writing opportunities for the Palouse and Lewis-Clark Valley.  (Unfortunately, I have yet to discover where the Pullmanites plan to park their posteriors while putting pen to paper.)  And once the budding novelist have completed the great American novel, they can learn how to publish their work by attending the Build A Book Workshop.

NaNo Rebels looking for opportunities to avoid working on a novel, look no further!  A Confluence of Writers is hosting a Read-In at the Blue Lantern Coffee House in Lewiston, Idaho at 7 PM on Friday, November 3rd.  Writers are encouraged to bring something to share (reading time limit is 5 to 7 min.) or just enjoy a warm beverage while listening to others.  Continue reading


Build A Book Workshop

Have you longed to see your work in print and feel the heft of a book in your hands?  Now is the time to turn dreams into reality.

The Build a Book Workshop, hosted by the Palouse Writers’ Guild will walk you through the steps of self-publishing from start to finish.  Whether you long to publish a collection of short stories or poems, a memoir, novel, or other work, by the end of the workshop your manuscript will be formatted and ready for printing.

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Book Review: This Darkness Mine

This Darkness Mine.  A novel by Mindy McGinnis.
Price: $17.99
Set for release October 10, 2017.

A blind date gone bad . . .

This Darkness Mine is the story of Sasha Stone, a highly disturbed over-achieving teen.  Mental illness and medical malady turns Sasha’s well organized life into chaos as she tumbles from grace.  She manipulates her parents, makes friends and enemies while waiting for a heart transplant, and manages to cost a social worker her job.  Absolutely no character growth occurs in the novel, so that in the end, Sasha is just as twisted as she was at the beginning of the book.

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Book Review: A Culinary Journey through Time

A Culinary Journey through Time: A Cookery Book with Recipes from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages,
by Sabine Karg, Regula Steinhauser-Zimmermann, and Irmgard Bauer.
Price: 20 euros

A Culinary Journey through Time is a must have for adventurous cooks, European history enthusiast, and period writers.  The recipes in the book are based on actual archeological finds and analysis of food remains found in cook pots and the charred food remains found near hearths during archaeological excavations.  All recipes are marked by period: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman Times, Viking Age, and Middle Ages.  Also, recipes are color coded by season according to when ingredients are naturally available.

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