Indie Author Day, 2018

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


Bigfoot Review Call for Submissions, 2018

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


Workshop: Author Platforms and Websites

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.

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Summer Lovin’

June . . . love is in the air.  It’s the traditional month for weddings.  The solstice is upon us and the days are filled with light.  The wedding month traces its roots back to Celtic origins and the story of a marriage which resulted in an unnaturally long day.

Celtic mythology states that Dagda and Danu loved each other so much that they married in secret and hid themselves on the Earth in order to make love away from the prying eyes of the other gods. Their marathon love-making session lasted nine days and nine nights.  When Danu finally climaxed a great rush of water issued from her, creating the Danube River.  From their union the goddess conceived.  To prevent discovery of her pregnancy Dagda harnessed the sun and held it in place until Danu gave birth, thus their son was conceived and born on the same day.

The marriage of Dagda and Danu represents the union of a tribal god and a mother goddess, uniting land and people, a concept that remained popular in the sacral marriages of kings to their goddesses in later generations.  If the king upheld the duties of a husband well, the land and his people prospered.  Fail to show adequate love, respect, and devotion to the Goddess and the kingdom would fall into disarray, just like the household of any unhappy marriage.  And that is the whole point of writing today: sometimes relationships stumble. Continue reading


Independent Bookstore Workshop

Are you a self-published author or published with a small press?

This workshop with Carol Price will cover what it means to be an IndiBound Bookstore and what independent booksellers want from local authors who self-publish or are published by smaller presses.  Carol will also cover the listing requirements for placing your book in her store, along with the services BookPeople of Moscow offers to local authors.

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Guns and Cats

I am a gun owner and a cat owner.  Judging from the reactions of the overly ferocious crazy-cat-lady NRA types out there, you’d think I owned neither.

Like the makers of this supper-cute video, I don’t want big mean strays in the neighborhood.  Especially not the big feral tom cat that terrorizes small children and dogs.  Nor do I want bump-stocks and AR 15’s in the neighborhood.  Especially not in the hands of the delusional man on the corner who also terrorizes small children and dogs.  Unfortunately, the gun-waving-crazy-cat-lady-NRA members of the world want you to believe people like me, who want regulations for guns and cats, want to eradicate all guns and all cats.  And that simply isn’t true.

I may never understand why some many people believe guns and cats are an all-or-nothing issue when there are clearly options in the middle.


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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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