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It happened up near Pasco, Washington. My aunt calls from Burns to tell me. “Jinella, I got some sad news. Kyrin laid himself down on the railroad tracks up near Pasco and got hit. Far as the cops could tell, he had his music plugged in his ears, you know how the kids do…and his… … more >>>
I FINISH MY READING at a Southwestern Writers’ Conference. I have spoken about crippling pain from a hiking fall and seeing a dust cloud from the Gobi Desert turn the sun moon-silver over the Black Rock, and how a volcanic out-cropping seen against sunset can become figures from a Javanese shadow play. A woman in… … more >>>
I walk the little social trail past the skeleton of a fallen Ponderosa and the big hollowed stump of what must have been an Old Growth tree. As always, I touch the wood of both corpses. As always, I say, “Thank you.” And tell them that I will be back. I don’t tell them that… … more >>>
You aren’t sure of what you are seeing. There is fog. There is dying light. But, you see the cop approach the heavy old woman in the torn jacket and realize you are already superimposing any one of a dozen stories in your mind – stories from the recent press, stories from your history, stories… … more >>>
The kitchen is two rooms away from the front door. You/s/he have just settled down at the kitchen table with a beverage. The doorbell rings. You put down your cup and stand. Move your character from the table, through the two rooms, to the front door. Hold your reader’s interest and let your descriptions of… … more >>>
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