I'm excited to return to the Index Arts Festival this Saturday, August 1, to participate in the spoken word portion of the program. I'll read from new and unpublished work, between 11am and 1pm. Join me for a day of art, food, outdoor beauty, and joyful music in the sweet and salty town of Index, … Continue reading Spoken Word as Art: Index Arts Festival
Research shows that practicing gratitude brings deeper and more lasting happiness than, well, just about anything else. Among the many things, people, and experiences for which I am grateful this year, a few strike me as worth sharing. Terrific local, independent bookstores like Jerrol's and A Book for All Seasons, whose support for local, independent … Continue reading Grateful new year
Thanks to Village Books in Fairhaven, Washington, and Books Inc for this inspiration: "The shortest distance between two people is a story." Read a banned book today, and celebrate our connections.
Long and Short Reviews (LASR) does terrific work supporting authors of all kinds, and giving readers a place to go to learn about new books. So I'm quite pleased to help them celebrate their anniversary this week, in a virtual bash filled with prizes and fun galore. They asked authors to share thoughts on the … Continue reading LASR Anniversary Bash – Let Summer Be Different
The good people at Grammarly offered a chance to participate in fundraising for literacy. As a result of this post, Grammarly will make a donation to Reading is Fundamental. The only thing I have to do is write a piece on the importance of literacy. Easy-peasy. Except my first few attempts resulted in seriously boring … Continue reading Without literacy…
The good folks at Long and Short Reviews (LASR) are solid supporters of authors and readers, so I'm especially pleased to participate in their anniversary party. Coming up on August 25, they'll be giving away all kinds of fun stuff, including grand prizes of $100 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards. Add in gift … Continue reading Long and Short Reviews Anniversary Bash – Teaser
It's Banned Books Week. As an avid reader of all kinds of books, I find it tremendously disturbing that any one person or group would seek to control what I choose to read. As an author, I would consider it a high compliment if my work sparked an attempt to ban it. That means its … Continue reading Read a banned book today
World Book Night 2013 is over, and it was sheer joy from start to finish. Here are some reflections on the day in Ellensburg, meeting people and giving away books at the senior center and food bank. Volunteers gave away something close to 200 books in our town yesterday. An old man plays "You Are … Continue reading Because of books.
In a couple of hours I'll meet up with a group of other book lovers from my town to give away free books as part of the World Book Night event. Thanks to our wonderful organizer, we have several locations around this community to visit today: our senior center, food bank, student union building at … Continue reading It’s World Book Night!
First, the thank-yous. To J. Ellen Smith, owner and publisher of Champagne Book Group, and Judy Griffith Gill, for seeing the potential in this story and being willing to support it. To author liaison Kat Hall for all her answers. To editor Virg Nelson for adding encouraging notes where the story made her giggle, even … Continue reading An Alien’s Guide to World Domination: Launch Day!