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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230


I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Teen Writers Club

I moderated a meeting of the local Teen Authors Club at the Blaine Public Library yesterday. The turnout wasn’t huge, but all of them were bright kids and good writers, and more to the point, all of them were writers. Meaning, they were all people who actually write. All of them had written something within the past twenty-four hours.

We talked about the difference between an “aspiring writer” and a writer. (An “aspring writer” is someone who wants to write but doesn’t. Someone who wants to write and does is a writer. Claim it.) We talked about story, the magical quality that makes what we write stand out from laundry lists and directions from point A to point B. We generated the basic skeletons of five stories in five minutes. We talked about the new publishing world, and the old publishing world, and how they’re the same world.

Had a blast – wish you were there!

2 comments to Teen Writers Club

  • Interesting idea. I have always believed if someone says they want to be an author they don’t want to do the writing; they want the trappings and lifestyle of a successful author. If someone says they want to be a writer they are acknowledging the fact that there is writing involved.
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  • As I told them yesterday, there are plenty of things you can aspire to. You can aspire to finish your first novel, you can aspire to make you living from writing, you can aspire to have a movie made. You can aspire to being the fist astronaut on Mars, but you don’t have to aspire to writing.

    You just have to start writing.