Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Point of View - Illusion

Toni Morrison is so much in the news these days, especially with her new book coming out. Here's a quote of hers that's worth noting:

There should be the illusion that it's the character's point of view, when in fact it isn't; it's really the narrator who is there but who doesn't make herself known in that role. What I really want is the intimacy in which the reader is under the impression that he isn't reading this; that he is participating as he goes along.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Fun and Productive Writing Workshop on February 21, 2015

You are invited to come and join my workshop at Edmonds Community College on Saturday, February 21, 2015:

Teasing the Muse
Edmonds Community College
Saturday, February 21, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Can't get started writing your fiction or non-fiction? Are you stuck on a page? Sign up for this workshop to incite your muse and end writers' block. Interactive exercises will put you at ease and let the words flow. Simply put, this class works. Bring a brown bag lunch.

For more information:
Phone: 425-640-1243
Email: or

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year: Read and Write!

Happy New Writing and Reading Year!

I had little trouble spending a gift card yesterday.  Nothing like finding writers I have never read.  Here are my purchases:

Suspended Sentences (Three novellas), Patrick Modiano, 2014 Nobel Prize winner  

Honeymoon, Patrick Modiano

Hopscotch, Blow-up and Other Stories, We Love Glenda So Much and Other Tales, Julio Cortazar

Vanessa and her Sister, Priya Parmar

How to Be a Victorian, Ruth Goodman

What an eclectic selection, not related in any way that I know so far, except perhaps that Vanessa and her Sister is about the Bloomsbury group, rebels of  the Victorian era.

Reading and writing are so intertwined. When I'm reading, I'm thinking about writing and the reverse holds true as well.

Hopefully, I'll finish the first draft of my novel in 2015.  Then put it aside for a while and concentrate on short stories I might include in a new collection.

My new short story class at Edmonds Community College is scheduled to start Tuesday night, Jan. 6. 

Starting a busy literary New Year!  

I hope the same for all my fellow writers.

Progress On My Second Novel

The main problem in my second novel is drawing out the female protagonist. She is 21, admitted to a psych ward of a hospital after a suicide...