Ann Patchett reading event for her newest book, This is a Story of a Happy Marriage

 Ann Patchett reading event for her newest book, This is a Story of a Happy Marriage

Enjoyed lunch at Rakestraw Bookstore to hear Ann Patchett talk about her anthology, This is a Story of a Happy Marriage. She is a skilled writer and engaging speaker. I’ve read all her books and it’s hard to choose a favorite; they are all terrific.

My Writing Class at Towne Center Bookstore

My Writing Class at Towne Center Bookstore

Here are members of my afternoon writing class at Towne Center Bookstore. Everyone has entries in my anthology, Written Across the Genres.

From left to right: Reme Pick, Art Tenbrink, Marilyn Slade, Blanche Wacquier, Me (Julaina), Linda Todd, Sharon McCracken, Gary Lea, Haihong Liao.

The settings of their stories, essays, and poems range from war-torn Philippines, Indonesia, China. Some plots are scary, sad, reminiscent, or humorous.

We will have a book signing at the store in late February. I will post interviews with the writers who submitted to the book including this group.

Stay tuned.

San Francisco Bay Bridge January 19, 2014

San Francisco Bay Bridge January 19, 2014

After the San Francisco Writers Conference volunteer meeting, we went to dinner at the Delancey Street Restaurant with a view of the S.F. Bay Bridge.

Nice dinner with enthusiastic talk about the up-coming S.F. Writers Conference, February 13th through the 16th. Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada work hard to provide the best writers conference for attendees and volunteers.

Check out their website for the 2014 events and speakers. I’m at the registration desk and welcome you to introduce yourself as an on-line contact.

Friday afternoon I will be speaking on an anthology panel with Barbara Santos, Kate Farrell, and Camille Cusumano.

http://www.sfwritersdotorg

Written Across the Genres

We are very close to ordering the galley proof for Written Across the Genres. Another step closer to publishing by February 1st.

One section toward the end of the book has several name tag mini shorts. The object was to write in one hundred words, a mini short with the sentence, “I have rain in my name tag.” The sentence could not be changed but could be anywhere in the piece. Of course, no two stories were the same, not even similar. I read about half of them last night at our open mic gathering. Most of the mini’s were humorous so we had many laughs.

You will be able to read them all when Written Across the Genres is available for purchase very soon.

Poet Laureate 2013-15 Sandra Harrison Kay

Pleasanton Poet Laureate Sandra Harrison Kay came to our open mic night for the first time. She  read her excellent poem  about a woman who said a man she knew recently passed away in his 80’s and that he was such a nice person. The ending resonated with me on many levels. She also read a shorter poem about one ant.

I hadn’t seen Sandra for several years. I met her at the Pleasanton Poetry, Prose and Arts Festival Conference where I took her workshop on how to blog. I thanked her last night for not only showing me how to blog, but with her enthusiasm, inspired me to start right away. I used blogspot for a year or two and then changed to wordpress.

So timetowritenow would not exist if it hadn’t been for Sandra.You can got to her website and blog at http://www.writeousmomdotcom

Anthology is in Final Review

The anthology title is now confirmed, Written Across the Genres, and it is at Luminare Press. I’m working with the cover designer for the finishing touches and Linda, ace copy editor, is helping me scan the PDF file to check for possible corrections. Then we get a galley proof and look the whole thing over again.

I hope to have the book published by Feb. 1st to take copies to the San Francisco Writers Conference. February 13th.

Amazing how many details to address at the end.