All the hard work has paid off and now it’s time to celebrate! The SFCC Pullman Creative Writing Club is proud to announce the publication of their anthology, DYSTOPIA. Authors will be at Thomas Hammer Coffee on Wednesday, June 6th to read sections of their work and be available to autograph copies for the public. Coffee and munchies will be provided.
Copies of the book are available for purchase from Bruised Books in Pullman and BookPeople of Moscow. On June 4th copies will be available from And Books, Too, in Clarkston. In addition, Aunties Bookstore and Giant Nerd Books in Spokane have agreed to sell the book just as soon as I can get a few copies to them. Bookworms can read for free by using their library card. Print copies of the book have been distributed to libraries in Whitman, Asotin, Latah, Nez Perce, and Spokane counties.
Books are available for sale on Amazon for $9.99 or $2.99 for a Kindle version. Continue reading
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.
My story about treating Bruce to dinner in Harrison for his birthday is featured in the May 2018 issue of IDAHO Magazine. You can read the whole story for free by following the link. (I suspect the free read will only be offered for a short time, so if you’re curious, read it now!)
IDAHO Magazine rules state that authors cannot mention businesses unless they are advertisers, so the restaurant where we dinned is not specifically mentioned in the story. However, I am please to say that we dinned at The Landing. The proprietors, John and Shawna Nelson, out did themselves to provide a perfect evening and I look forward to dining there again, when Bruce returns the favor and treats me for my birthday in June.
More pictures from around the area are below, I hope you enjoy them.
Often times, reading and writing seem like lonely endeavors. Fortunately, they don’t have to be. The Palouse and the LC Valley have a plethora of opportunities for readers and writers to come together, share their hobbies, and improve their crafts. Below is a sampling of area events this spring. Continue reading
My story, Zucchini Bandits, won a Judges’ Choice Award in the 2018 IDAHO Magazine fiction contest.
Zucchini Bandits is a short story about an unlikely pair. Delfred Long was forced into an early retirement after surviving a heart-attack. Ronnie is a precocious seven-year-old. Neither are looking forward to spending the summer together. Over the course of the story the grandfather and granddaughter duo bond while engaging in zucchini related mischief and mayhem.
I have considered writing a series of short stories involving the adventures of Del and Ronnie, then compiling them into a chapter book. Who knows what mischief the pair will be up to next?
You can see other award winning stories on the IDAHO Magazine website.
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.
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.
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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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
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.
Bring your laptop and all files associated with your project, including any graphics. In just 3 hours you will learn how to format your text, upload a cover, format the spine, and discover the importance of ISBN numbers and bar codes. Continue reading