My article, “History of the Camp Grizzly Area, 1859 to 1907” appears in the December 2018 edition of the Latah Legacy. The article focuses on the Hoodoo Mining District and discusses how Camp Grizzly got it’s name. Anyone wanting a hard copy of this issue can pick up a copy from the Latah County Historical Society.Continue reading
There is nothing like bawdy, irreverent, and satirical drinking songs to put you in the holiday spirit. This year’s edition of Laughter and Libations includes more songs and new recipes for favorite winter drinks. Those interested in trying their hand at culinary delights will also find two alcohol infused recipes for “Figgy Pudding” which are sure to be crowd pleasers.
In addition to the new recipes, revilers will find three categories of songs: Continue reading
My article “Who Swiped the Dishrags?” appears in the November issue of IDAHO Magazine and talks about many of the wonderful surprises my neighbors have gifted me with over the years. IDAHO Magazine can be purchased at BookPeople of Moscow. Also, copies are available for check out from the Potlatch Public Library and the Moscow City Library. If you somehow missed out getting a copy at any of those locations, you can always buy a copy online directly from the publisher at:
If you enjoyed this story you might also enjoy “Zucchini Bandits.” Continue reading
In honor of Indie Author Day, October 13th, I would like to introduce eight outstanding local authors who will be available to sign books for Indie’s First Day in November.
Indies First was first conceived by Sherman Alexie, who asked fellow authors to “be a superhero for independent bookstores [and] spend an amazing day hand-selling books at local bookstores.” Fittingly, the day falls on Small Business Saturday. This year BookPeople of Moscow has teamed up with the Palouse Writers Guild to bring in a fantastic line-up of local authors. Continue reading
The SFCC Pullman Campus Creative Writing Club is pleased to announce the theme of this year’s anthology: MONSTERS!
Whether they hearken from myth and legend, the evil side of religion, fantastical or sci-fi creatures with beastly traits, warlords or mass murders, or are the stuff of nightmares, we want you to bring us your monsters. This anthology explores monsters, their roles in our lives, and ours in theirs. Submissions are open to fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, however, all works should adhere to the theme. Authors whose work is selected for inclusion will receive a copy of the book and have an opportunity to participate in a reading in May 2019. Continue reading
Hooked from the first sentence!
“Sometimes one has to dream very hard to keep oneself sane.” From the moment I read the opening line in the prologue, I was hooked. As the book progressed I wondered, who is really doing the dreaming? What reality is she trying to escape? Is this a futuristic dystopian SciFi novel or an exposé on mental illness? And who is that dead girl?
Snow City is the creation of Echo Japonica, a reclusive guitarist, who strives to live in a perfect world. A world that she created. Unfortunately, the nightmares of reality spill into Echo’s dream of perfection for Snow City. Those nightmares threaten to cause the entire system to collapse, taking Echo with it. As Echo puts is, “Here [at the Blue Rose] I can be the simple, black-garbed and blonde-braided guitarist I was months ago, before gangsters and lost ghost have entered my life. But gangsters and lost ghosts have entered my life . . .” Continue reading
This is the second part of a workshop I hosted for the Palouse Writers Guild on Saturday, July 28, 2018. To see the first part of the workshop, click here: Building An Author Platform.
ESTABLISHING YOUR AUTHOR PERSONA
Even introverts publishing under a pen name need an author website and that’s why it’s absolutely vital to contemplate your author personal at the onset. Some people are wholly themselves online, while others may use a pseudonym and have an online persona different from who they are in real life. It is essential that authors figure out their persona BEFORE beginning to build their website; the website becomes the author’s identity.
When editors, agents, and publishers receive queries from prospective authors one of the things they do is Google the author because they want to see the size and scope of platform, prior works, etc. Readers also look for author websites. The whole point of a website is making yourself and your work easy to find. Without a website the author simply does not exist. Continue reading
I presented the following information at a workshop hosted by the Palouse Writers Guild on Saturday, July 28, 2018. The second part of the presentation will appear in a separate blog post.
WHAT IS AN AUTHOR PLATFORM?
Author Platform Definition: The ability to sell written content (books, short stories, magazine articles, etc) because of who you are or who you can reach. Simply put, a platform is your visibility as an author in the communities in which you participate. Continue reading
Do you find the concept of promoting yourself as an author a daunting task?
Khaliela Wright will demystify the concept of an author platform and provide real world examples authors can employ to promote themselves and their work. Her talk will cover avenues to publication, the importance of networking, effective use social media, publicity, and the necessity of an author website. Judah Wright will lead a hands-on workshop in which authors will purchase their domain names, discuss options for website hosting, and build their own WordPress website, including choosing a theme, customizing your website, adding widgets and plugins, and building content.