words to hedge by

The other day, as I listened to myself jokingly refer to yet one more thing or circumstance as “awesome,” I realized that in using this term so frequently I was probably now sounding less ironic than moronic. Writers work with words. We paint word pictures. We use words to communicate ideas, describe a time and […]

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Northwest love stories: The Graebers

It took a few days — there was some confusion with the mid-week holiday about newspaper stories getting posted online — but this month’s Northwest love story is now up! Melvin and Carol Graeber have been married for 65 years and have had their share of ups and downs. Carol is currently is hospice. Working […]

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why writers should talk to people (and dogs)

Writers. We’re notoriously reticent in social gatherings, assuming you can drag us into a social gathering to begin with. For many of us, this earns a reputation of being self-involved and aloof, when in reality we’re just really awkward and shy. For instance, another writer?who comes across as extremely confident in his work and in […]

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author reading: 2 July 2012

From the “Oh, yeah, I should probably let people know about that” department: I’ll be appearing again at Authors in Pubs! This first-Monday-of-the-month event returns to the Jack London Bar this coming Monday, 2 July, at 7:30 p.m. to showcase Portland’s writers. [pullquote]The Jack London Bar 529 SW 4th Ave. (beneath the Rialto Pool Room) […]

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real people, real stories

I’ve blogged previously about a writer’s sphere of influence, but sometimes you really just don’t know what kind of impact you’ll have on other people’s lives. Last Friday morning while I was out hiking the banshee (husky dog), I received a call from the daughter of a couple I’d interviewed several months ago for my […]

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adventures with an iPad: more on Scrivener and Dropbox Elements

As I’d blogged previously, Scrivener is my main application for writing fiction and essays, and is my tool of choice for a host of other projects as well. As there’s not yet an iOS version of Scrivener, I’ve been working on my projects on my iPad using Dropbox Elements, and then synching to the Scrivener […]

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some advice on author readings

Last night, I gave my first author reading in far too long. Naturally, I was more nervous than I needed to be. It was a friendly crowd in a great venue, and the organizer has already (twice) asked me back again. I find I’m now looking forward to doing more of these events. Looking ahead, […]

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