Here they are: the originals at the Oregon State Hospital. These copper greenies and the beautiful installation as tribute to these lost souls are what provoked me (yes, I meant provoked) into writing King of Boys. My version was more like the hospital in Eastern Oregon with only 400 canisters of the dead. In Salem, there are over 3,000 canisters with these bodies of unclaimed patients.
As I send my second book into the world, I wonder what it is to be an artist. I’m working two jobs and sometimes I feel like I’m being held by my ankle over a river: you want this? You want THIS? I don’t feel like I have the option to quit. Even if my bank account says, UNCLE. Should I wish for something different? Should I guide my girl into this harsh and subjective world? I have tried my feet at dancing, my hand at writing. I’m on this artists brush tip. I can’t think of how I could experience life differently.Whipper Will, egg cracked, crow on squirrel, baby yawn, the arch of parent’s shoulders. I want forgiveness for not being able to capture it all. For wanting to spend my life trying.
The Historical Novel Society 2017 Conference Readers Festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017!
This afternoon event offers readers the chance to mingle with their favorite historical novelists, enjoy a panel discussion, and attend an interview moderated by All Classical announcer Ed Goldberg with guests of honor Pulitzer-Prize winning Geraldine Brooks and David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl. The Conference Book Signing features 120 authors, including Ms. Brooks and Mr. Ebershoff. Authors’ titles will be available for purchase, and readers may have them autographed on-site. Online preregistration is $15 in advance HERE. The event runs from 12:30 to 5:15PM at the Portland Hilton (621 SW 6th Avenue). Space permitting, participants may pay $20 at the door. The book signing from 3:45-5:15 is free and open to the public.
If you don’t have your tickets, you’ll need to wait for the podcasts. We sold out in one day!
I wanted to post this Portland Monthly Article after our first sold out show: https://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2016/9/21/liars-league-takes-portland-by-storm
Next up: Fires & Quakes theme submissions due on July 31. Our event is on September 23 and tickets will be available on September 1. Find out more here: http://www.liarsleaguepdx.com/
Short Story Structure
Thursday and Friday: September 7-8
Autumn Weekend Retreat at Oceanside
Time: Friday, October 6, 2017-Sunday, October 8, 2017
Location: Oceanside, Oregon
Cost: $50 nonrefundable registration fee
$225 for Saturday & Sunday sessions
$25 for additional Friday evening session
- Two breakfasts, Saturday dinner, and two lunches included in cost
- Sleeping accommodations on your own. We’ve compiled a reference list for you here.
Irene Goodman’s message on how to write the perfect query letter is spot on.
Our January start workshops are online!
Still time to submit your short story to Liars’ League PDX! This event’s theme is East and West, the window closes on August 19. Check out details here: www.liarsleaguepdx.com/submit/