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On Writing

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

Thank you, writers…and here is Hurricane Jack:11/20/2020

I wrote last week:  “Write about your post-American-election world – and let us know we are not alone. If I receive at least three pieces in my personal email:, I will illustrate next week’s Breakthrough with a photo of Jack, the new and very very busy ginger kitten.”  Thanks to Lis Venetiou, Cin Norris,… … more >>>

Refuge: Wrap your writing around you

Take refuge. For now. Imagine your writing as a shawl, a cape, a beat-up hoodie. Enter this image and explore. Move through the layers. What time is it? Where are you? Who scrawled “Meow” across a window? Was it you? Were you alone? We have been told to isolate. Some of us fight the act.… … more >>>

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