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I am feverishly putting the final touches on my Tahoe Blues submission for Bona Fide Books. It’s been a true labor of love, going through numerous writer-friends’ hands (special thanks to Laura Read, Karen A. Terrey, and Ali Gray), and some five revisions and counting. I have certainly never spent this much time on 500 words. I hope it makes the cut in the end, but if not I’ll post it here for your reading pleasure. The animals pictured are a sneak peek of the characters (besides me) in my personal narrative. Can anyone guess what the bird is?

And it’s not too late to submit. The only requirements are that its 500 words and about Tahoe. You have until this Sunday, May 1, so get writing!

photos by Dan Pancamo/Flickr and fiskfisk/Flickr

Oh happy day! The Permanent Vacation official book launch party is set, for Wednesday May 4 at Lake Tahoe Community College. No offense to all the other books I’ve edited through the years, but Permanent Vacation is my favorite. Such a joy to copy edit and proofread, it barely felt like work!

The launch celebrating Bona Fide Books’ inaugural volume includes a reading from the Tahoe locals whose work appears in the collection: Joseph Flannery and Janet Smith. Event is free so come! 7pm in the Aspen Room at Lake Tahoe Community College.