year 2012 archives

Two of my favorite authors Anne Lamott and Cheryl Strayed discuss life and writing

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Every time I sit down to write, I feel like a failure. Check out this great video. It looks like I’m in good company!

Anne Lamott and Cheryl Strayed

 

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In between book signings, a quick trip to the coast.

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September and October are my favorite months in Oregon. This year it didn’t look like I was going to get to go, but we found a couple of free days and zipped over to see the ocean. Emily loved the beach, and so did we.

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Great time in Shoshone!

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We had a great time in Shoshone signing books at an event hosted by Claudia Reese, owner of a cool antique store, 2nd Time Around Antique Mall. We read from Hauntings from the Snake River Plain and shared local ghost stories. A special treat was to see my brother Ron, who stopped by to say hello.

We also made the local news. Check it out! http://www.kmvt.com/news/local/New-Book-Of-Local-Ghost-Stories-Released-For-Halloween-173629001.html?fb_action_ids=413100472076500&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=246965925417366

Thanks everyone for making this a special event!

Hauntings from the Snake River Plain — It’s here!

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At long last, Other Bunch Press is proud to announce its newest release,  HAUNTINGS FROM THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN. 

Pat, Dixie and I have spent countless hours compiling this anthology, which features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays by twenty-seven Idaho writers. In some ways the process has been a labor of love, in others, well, lets just say we understand why it takes a publisher so long to bring a book to the public. We love this anthology and hope you will too. Stories about the old Idaho State Penitentiary, Lincoln Elementary School in Twin Falls, and Stricker Ranch are only some of the tales you will encounter in this collection. For more information about the book and where to buy it, go to http://hauntingsfromtheplain.wordpress.com
Then lock the door, turn on all the lights, and enjoy these haunted tales.

Looking for Stories at Stricker Ranch

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We are fortunate to have one of the oldest buildings in Idaho nearby at Stricker Ranch. Old Rock Creek Store and Stage Station, located approximately sixteen miles southeast of Twin Falls, Idaho, sits on the original wagon trail to Oregon, and is a great place to reflect and listen to stories. Here I am at the pioneer cemetery west of the store contemplating those buried there. The Friends of Stricker Ranch conducted a tour of the ranch that night and plan to hold more in the upcoming months. What a fascinating way to step back in time and brush up on history.

Stricker at night.

Say Hello to Emily

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In May I flew to Portland to attend a writer’s conference and help my son celebrate his birthday. Little did I know I’d be coming home with my own “birthday” present, this cute little Morkie named Emily (after the poet Dickinson). We were looking at dogs for my son and fell in love with this little girl. Half Maltese and half Yorkie she has already brought many laughs and smiles to our family.

Coming soon. Hauntings from the Snake River Plain

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Busy, busy, busy. That’s what I’ve been the last few months, editing and laying out the latest book offered by The Other Bunch Press. Hauntings from the Snake River Plain is almost ready to go to print. As soon as we have a release date, we’ll let you know. A lost cave, a possessed canyon and a visit from mysterious strangers are only some of the stories you’ll find in this anthology by Idaho writers. Lock the door, turn on the lights, and get ready to enjoy these haunted tales.