Monthly Archives: May 2012

Fund a Children’s Book, Help a 2-Year-Old Boy

The amazing Shasta Kearns Moore–author, journalist and mom of identical twins–has written an innovative children’s book, and she needs your help to produce it. Dark & Light: A love story for babies features engaging black-and-white images and an uplifting story … Continue reading

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Your Dream Book Reading

What’s your dream book reading like? Mine is pretty darn close to Kristy Athens’ Get Your Pitchfork On! event at Powell’s Hawthorne last Thursday. First of all, it was Powell’s, Portland’s legendary independent bookstore. The Hawthorne location specializes in home and garden topics–perfect … Continue reading

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Success Story: Matt Love Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Stories about the Oregon Coast Filming of a Paul Newman Movie

Matt Love, arguably the most important documentarian of Oregon’s social history, has just released a new book about the filming of Sometimes a Great Notion.  Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel focuses … Continue reading

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Interview: ‘Pitchfork’ Author Kristy Athens Digs into the Rural Experience and Offers Stories, Tips and How-Tos

Reading Kristy Athens’ new book is like settling in for a long fireside chat with an old friend. In Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living, she tells you everything she knows about rural life while peppering … Continue reading

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Line of the Week

It’s time for another Line of the Week! Please share a line (or paragraph) you’ve worked on in the past week. Leave your selection in the comments, or if you respond with your own blog post, come back and share … Continue reading

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Random Act Of Kindness Blitz!

Kindness is contagious. I see that all the time in this writing community. We respect each other’s thoughts about the writing process, discuss challenging scenarios and act as beta readers. Even commenting on someone else’s post is a lovely kindness! … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I read that Mother’s Day isn’t Mothers’ Day because we’re supposed to acknowledge our own families, not mothers in general. It’s amazing how grammar works, and how an extra letter can change the scope and meaning of a word. My … Continue reading

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Editing and the Chicago Manual of Style

I recently finished line editing a novel for a writer friend of mine. It was so exciting to work on her story in a professional capacity. And it gave me a reason to do something that was long overdue: buy … Continue reading

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The Joy of Sunshine

Maggie Madly Writing has passed the Sunshine Blog Award on to me. Thanks, Maggie! I’m especially glad to receive this award because, here in the usually rainy Pacific Northwest, I’ll take any extra sunshine I can get! Here are the rules: Include … Continue reading

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Success Stories: Two New Releases

I always love sharing good news here. Two regular blog visitors released ebooks last week. Dalya Moon launched SMART MOUTH WAITRESS on April 26. It’s the latest volume in her Life in Saltwater City series. You can read more about … Continue reading

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