Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

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I’m thrilled to be starting a two-week residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.  The building is gorgeous and set up so well to support artists — writers, visual artists and composers.  The staff has been so gracious with us.  The town is historic and tree-lined and just bursting with spring boughs of flowers.

While I’m here, I plan to complete the current draft of the novel.  There is really nothing in the way of me just writing and walking and writing some more, here.

www.khncenterforthearts.org

Stop the Deportations

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An op-ed I wrote about the deportation of Central American women and children fleeing violence was just published in the Contra Costa Times.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/opinion/ci_29386608/guest-commentary-u-s-policies-could-be-deporting

I’m so happy this was picked up.  The New York Times editorial last week was even more pointed on this subject: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/08/opinion/a-shameful-round-up-of-refugees.html

See also http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/opinion/sunday/the-refugees-at-our-door.html

 

I am thankful to the Op-Ed Project for tips on writing and placing op-eds.

Daily writing – this time for real

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In 2016, I will take a sabbatical from my teaching duties at City College of San Francisco, both to develop some new curriculum materials and to dedicate more time to my fiction.

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My promise to myself – made public here (even if in a small way) – to write every single day of the sabbatical that I am physically able to.  A few caveats – I mean that I will write for projects close to my heart and not only for my job (although there is quite a bit of overlap there), and that the bar is low for both minimum time (10-15 minutes) and quality (no writing is too awful to count) – but emails and personal letters don’t count.

Yesterday I put over 6 hours into writing, working on the novel, so that was a good start.  Today is mostly about grading papers and exams and doing some holiday cooking – but I have some ideas about what I wrote yesterday so I’m going to put in 30 minutes at least, polishing that.

Here we go!  To my most productive year yet!

 

Image borrowed from Grays Harbor College Learning Center.

Tangle

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My short story, “Tangle,” was published by Main Street Rag in their anthology Law and Disorder: Stories of Crime and Conflict in fall 2014.  Amy Locklin is the editor.  I’m pleased to see my work in such a fine anthology!  So many different takes on the theme.

This story could take place in any country plagued with police misconduct and counterinsurgency activity.  It was inspired by an anecdote I heard some 20 years ago in Colombia, of a body placed at the scene of an accident when the person had died by other means.

Read more about the anthology at the Publisher’s website: http://mainstreetrag.com/bookstore/product/law-disorder/