SFCC Creative Writing Club Creations, June 2017

It’s been a busy quarter at the Spokane Falls Community College Pullman Center.  I’m the advisor of the Creative Writing Club, which undertook a joint venture with Film Club this year.  The Creative Writing Club produced a screenplay, which the Film Club then produced.  The final product was released at an end-of-quarter showing on June 8th.

When the script was complete, the club decided that they wanted to try their hand at comic strips and came up with a couple of fun ones.  Those were displayed on the big screen in the foyer, enabling them to share their creativity with the rest of the student body.  I received permission from some of the students to display their work here.

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We made the Paper, June 2017

It’s always nice to see your name in print, even if it’s not on the cover of a book!  This morning one of the writing groups I belong to made the paper again.  The story, “Locals find their writing zone at the coffee shop” was featured on the front page of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to buy a copy of the paper to read the whole story.  In addition to quotes from yours truly, the story also features quotes from fellow writers, Sonya Bramwell, Leona Ahles, and Jay Dearien.

You can learn more about this group, as well as other groups around the Palouse by visiting the Palouse Writers’ Guild Meet-up Page.


Idaho Climate Science Curriculum

Education officials unveiled updated climate science curriculum standards on Friday, May 19th, after collecting more than 1,000 public comments. The new revisions to Idaho’s K-12 science standards downplay the impacts of human activity on climate change in order to appease Idaho’s Republican-controlled Legislature.

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Wishing Upon a Star

So far, May has been full of good news.  After hosting a successful workshop for the Palouse Writers’ Guild, the Guild received a favorable write-up in the Inland 360, which ran in both the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Lewiston Tribune.  Then I received an Honorable Mention Award for a short-story I entered in the 2017 Idaho Writers’ Guild Writing Contest.

Wishing upon a Star is a work of short fiction that explores the far reaching effects of child abuse and examines how it can be a catalyst for events that occur well into adulthood.   You can read the story here:  Wishing upon a Star.  Other award-winning short stories can be found under the Short Fiction tab.


It’s Official: SFCC Pullman has Moved!

Sasquatch is on the move in Latah and Whitman Counties . . . In the days following the SFCC Pullman Center’s move to the Washington State University campus, Bigfoot was sighted in nearby Latah County where a motorist swears she saw Bigfoot chasing deer along the highway just north of Potlatch.  Perhaps Skitch invited a few friends over to check out his new digs and they tried grabbing some food on the way.

Skitch’s new stomping grounds will be the Math Annex located on the WSU campus.  Approximately 200 students will start classes in the new building on April 3, 2017.  Being on the WSU campus will expose SFCC students to university life and enhance their college experience. There isn’t enough classroom space in the Math Annex, so some students will have classes across campus in Krugal Hall. Continue reading



It’s Springtime on the Palouse, 2017

I was available to photograph the Palouse River as it crested this morning at just over 17 feet.  The pictures are below.

 

 


I’ve Been Offered a Book Contract

Exciting news!  A publisher has offered me a contract for the trilogy.  I wanted to wait to share the news until after it was signed and I had a publication date, but the person I’m working with had a family emergency.  His mother has been hospitalized, so he’s taking time off to care for her.  Also, many of the authors I’ve contacted say it can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months to work through negotiations.  I don’t think I could keep quiet that long.

I’ll be sure to post an update as soon as the details are worked out and all responsible parties have signed.  Here’s to hoping everything works out.



Imbolg Blessings 2017

This Imbolg is special to me.  Not only does it fall on Groundhogs Day, but it marks the one-year anniversary of my blog.  For those who love the snow, bask in the knowledge that you still have six more weeks to be outside playing in the white stuff.  And if you’re struggling with cabin fever, take heart, spring is only six weeks away!