Category Archives: writing

Searching for Research

I’m writing a book that is a collection of short stories that are all centered around a small town on the Oregon coast.  I know this town because I used to live there, many, many years ago.

So I went back last week to reaquaint myself with the area.  It had changed.  But everything changes.  Although I have to say Garibaldi, Oregon hadn’t changed much.  It’s still a small fishing village and Coast Guard base situated in Tillamook Bay.  And it’s interesting that Tillamook on one side and Rockaway Beach on the other side are both tourist towns, Garibaldi is not.

And that’s what draws me to it.

I got a lot of great pictures of the small town with a population of approximately 700, and talked to some warm and friendly inhabitants of the community.  Garibaldi holds a lot of secrets, some of which will soon spill onto the pages of my book!

Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous

As a board member of the Idaho Writers Guild, I get the privilege of working on one of Boise’s premiere writing events each year, the Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous. This year it was held at the Boise Centre May 2-4, 2013. If you didn’t attend, you missed out. But if you did attend, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

The thing I enjoy the most about conferences and writing workshops, is the heightened sense of enthusiasm that fills the air and increases in intensity as it travels from person to person, and room to room. I have attended so many writing conferences over the years, I begin to think “There’s nothing else new to learn, what can I hear that I haven’t heard before?” And yet, every year, I am astounded at the new revelations and ideas that I receive. This year was no exception. In fact this year, was more amazing than I thought possible! Connections that I made sent my writing career around the next corner on the path to success. And I learned that it’s not about forcing what you want, but letting go of what you don’t want, and that opens the door for your destiny to unfold!

I also had the joy of meeting and hearing some amazing speakers, like David James Duncan, who was so incredible I went right out and bought two of his books for him to autograph. I can’t wait to read them! I also heard Ron Carlson, a very entertaining speaker and teacher that enriches the lives of so many writers.

If you can mark your calendars now, I hope you do for next year’s Rendezvous, here in Boise on May 1-3, 2014. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it!

Where do ideas come from?

It’s a question that is always asked of writers.  It’s not like we go to the grocery store and stroll down the aisle with the baking, spices, and ideas.  There’s no shelf with neatly packaged inspiration just below the pancake syrup.

Some say it’s the collective conciousness.  Perhaps.  To me it seems the more I write, the more ideas come into my head.  Where do they come from?  Something we saw or heard?  Where did George Lucas see or hear a wookie?  The imagination is grander than we can measure.

Ideas come when we are open to them.  Open your heart and mind, and just let them in.