3rd Thursday Newsletter
Date: November 18, 2021
Each month, when I start working on the 3rd Thursday Newsletter, I get
excited about all the things I get to share! As usual, this month has been
very busy in so many amazing ways.
I want to share the work of a dear friend, Laura Lee Bond
https://www.lauraleebond.com/, who I had lost touch with a long time ago
and whose enchanting book I recently discovered. Finding her writing, and
having the chance to reconnect with her again, was a very happy series of
occurrences for me! The Love Around Us: some haiku-inspired essays to
brighten your day
pairs Laura Lee’s beautifully written essays with her powerful haiku,
creating a magical read that is truly her love letter to life. I highly
This month witnessed a new milestone towards completion of my
in addition to nearing the end of the story, I have embarked on a new
chapter in the collaborative phase of the project. I am very excited to
announce that Jenny Bartoy
a talented literary editor here in Tacoma, will be working on a manuscript
evaluation for the piece. I am so excited to get her insight on the
storyline and flow of the writing. This feedback, paired with the feedback
from my small-but-mighty writing group (The Page Turners, with Lisa and
Cameron) is going to help me so much as I finalize the story!
Another note about the title of the manuscript: when my friend Laura Lee
Bond (Writer & Haikupreneur) first saw the cover she discovered an Easter
egg in the title.
When I Was a Child
I Found the Entrance to Hell
To Be a Real Place
A surprise gift awaits the first five (or seven), no - five, who reply to
me with what the Easter egg is.
I am concurrently working on the storyboard of the illustrations for
Entrance to Hell. Based on conversations with wise counselors, I have
decided to combine my two styles, figurative
https://photos.app.goo.gl/GHMkD4v9nzKExZbT9 and expressive
https://photos.app.goo.gl/F8myAvThBYeQS1a59, in the linocut artwork. I
have even been toying with the idea of having expressive “masks
https://photos.app.goo.gl/EmTNUFZqHY9RQ6vX6” overlay the figurative
images of the characters (using onion paper), but I know that will drive
production costs up prohibitively. I’ll figure something out - stay tuned!
Speaking of linocuts, I have had a great time working on the
commission for Strange
Bird https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZvejDyy7USmdAW9G6. I plan to have the
originally commissioned artwork completed in early December and will have
prints available for sale (in series format) on my website
In Case You Missed It
In the beginning of November Jenny Bartoy (see above) facilitated a
workshop that I was able to participate in, called “Show & Tell”. In her
masterful way, Jenny shared ways to bring the reader into the story by
showing through language, instead of just telling the story. Jenny also
shared a very helpful resource guide at the conclusion of the workshop. I
will be on the lookout for other classes that Jenny facilitates and will
share them here!
An upcoming workshop (December 7) I am really looking forward to is Writing
(A) Present: Using Writing And Meditation To Make A Gift
https://fb.me/e/1UCdk9wTN, presented by Creative Colloquy
https://creativecolloquy.com/’s The Writer's Workshop Series.
Facilitated by Tamiko Nimura
and Allison Muir https://www.tacomacc.edu/directory/amuir, the workshop
is centered around creating written presents using forms of letters,
poetry, music, and journaling. The workshop will also involve guided
meditation, “being present to write a present” and I am really looking
forward to how the facilitators will combine the two disciplines.
Also in December, Blue Cactus Press https://bluecactuspress.com/ is
offering Book Production 101
https://bluecactuspress.com/product/book_production_101/, a half-day
workshop facilitated by publisher and author Christina Vega. This in-person
workshop will outline the critical components of book production and
self-publication for writers and artists. I am really excited about it
and, if you are interested in attending, there are still a few spaces left!
And lastly, I have been participating in NaNoWriMo 2021 (National Novel
Writing Month). This is the first time I have participated in this annual
activity (with the overarching goal to write 50,000 words in the month of
November). Although I will likely fall short in terms of wordcount, I have
surprised myself with the progress I have made in writing part two (or Act
3, not sure yet) of my manuscript. Another wise person recently told me
that you need to make NaNoWriMo work for you, not work for it, and I think
I have accomplished that task. I feel like I have been personally
successful and had fun doing it.
Until next month’s newsletter be well, and Happy Thanksgiving!
If you would like to read the prior issues of the 3rd Thursday
Newsletter, they’re available in the archive
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