Growth

I attended the Chuckanut Writers Conference this weekend and pitched my book, The Parting Glass, to 3 different agents. All three expressed interest. Two requested a couple of sample chapters via email and one wanted a completed manuscript. So, now I have the challenge of actually finishing my book. I've been so focused on perfecting …

Optimism

The skies are still overcast here in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm not entirely sure what the sun looks like anymore, but I'm feeling optimistic anyway. I have plenty of reason to be hopeful this week. The Chuckanut Writers Conference begins on Friday morning and runs through Saturday, and I'll have the opportunity to pitch …

I Read Banned Books

Today marks the end of Banned Books Week (BBW), "an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment".   The American Library Association's Website provides some background: "Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books …

Finish Me

I have this problem.  I pick up a book, enjoy it for a short time, and then end up perusing the shelves at Village Books and buying more before the current read is finished.  Now I have this stack of half-finished novels that cover everything from African refugees to parents with cancer.   This doesn't mean I'm …