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Deer in the Headlights.

She caught my attention when I entered the cafĂ©, a young woman dressed in layers on a muggy day. She sat on a high stool in the corner, her bulky jacket, worn, dull and out of place surrounded by businessmen, parents, and the kids from the tennis facility next door. Beyond that first glance, she…

Publications open to submissions May ’16

Once a month, I try to list publications with open submission calls, most with deadlines in the next few months, if not weeks. These make great goals if you need writing motivation. I post this on the Thursday before the Short Story Writing Challenge meeting for Rainier Beach Writers. Join us on Sunday, May 1,…

I’m offended that you’re offended!

When people get offended, when they make a fuss about things, we should take note. There are a few people who like to cry wolf, but most people don’t want the conflict or difficulties associated with speaking up. It takes courage and guts to stand up and say something when you feel in your heart it is wrong.