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Up Near Pasco

It happened up near Pasco, Washington. My aunt calls from Burns to tell me. “Jinella, I got some sad news. Kyrin laid himself down on the railroad tracks up near Pasco and got hit. Far as the cops could tell, he had his music plugged in his ears, you know how the kids do…and his… … more >>>

The Map of How to Write

The Map of How to Write

I FINISH MY READING at a Southwestern Writers’ Conference. I have spoken about crippling pain from a hiking fall and seeing a dust cloud from the Gobi Desert turn the sun moon-silver over the Black Rock, and how a volcanic out-cropping seen against sunset can become figures from a Javanese shadow play. A woman in… … more >>>

Recent Postings

January 2022: Hope is only a story…

If you are hoping for a surprise, you will be disappointed. Surprises are always greater than hope. Story is greater than hope. Making is greater than hope. One of the wisest women I have ever known told me that hope is a con – while we are hoping, we are not taking action. I am… … more >>>

Kinship: Breakthrough Writing for Now, 1/6/2022

I invited all of you to write about the eerie Now for Breakthrough. Cin Norris responded:  The days are bleeding. There are some vagaries of wind and weather in Nature’s futile effort to break up the monotony, but frankly I don’t think She cares that much. I was distressed, at first, by my apparent inability… … more >>>

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