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Eugene critique group Wordos seeks more fiction short stories

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Wordos, the long-time Eugene short fiction critique group, currently has no waiting list for critiques and is seeking new stories. The group meets Tuesday nights at Tsunami Books from 7-9 p.m., and is open to new members and observers. Eligible genres include:

  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Horror
  • Erotica
  • “Just about any other type of fiction for which someone will pay”

Wordos are a group of writers who meet once a week in Eugene, Oregon, to critique stories and discuss the art, craft, and business of writing. The goal of Wordos writers is to help each other produce fiction that will sell, and to continually improve their writing abilities even after we’ve achieved that initial goal. Wordos has been active since 1987.

For more information, contact Wordos.

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Marny Copal releases new self-published novel, Freeblood

Freeblood, by Marny Copal

About the book

Secrets and lies have surrounded 21-year-old Quinn Zauber since a vampire killed her mother and brother a year ago. Jo-Jo Huang, her best friend and roommate, has offered steady support, even going along with Quinn’s crazy ghost-hunting schemes. Now Jo-Jo has been kidnapped, and clues point to an audio recorder the roomies placed in Portland’s notorious underground tunnels.

With her naïve cousin Kasey riding shotgun and an old attraction, paranormal investigator Del Whelan, imposing his own brand of help, Quinn searches for Jo-Jo, fights supernaturals, and strives to keep her horrible secrets under wraps.

What Quinn doesn’t realize is that her witch bloodline makes her of special interest to one of the deadliest vampires around.

This urban fantasy novel is aimed at YA and older, with mild profanity, light romance, and some violent content. Freeblood was professionally edited by Lorin Oberweger. Natalie Marino created the cover art.

About the author

Books, school, and farm animals kept Marny Copal busy as a kid in Central Oregon. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon, she worked in archaeology, the newspaper biz, and freelancing. She lives in Eugene with her husband and cats. Freeblood is her first novel.

Availability

Freeblood is available as a Kindle e-book and a paperback on Amazon.com.

Portions of the novel can be reviewed with the “Look Inside” feature at Amazon and at the author’s website.

Contact the author at marny.copal@gmail.com. Visit her on Twitter @MarnyCopal.

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Richard Adrian Reese releases new book WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE: REMEMBERING OUR WAY HOME

About the book

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE: REMEMBERING OUR WAY HOME has been independently published by author Richard Adrian Reese

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE: REMEMBERING OUR WAY HOME has been independently published by author Richard Adrian Reese

A hurricane called Peak Everything is rapidly approaching, and we are not prepared for it. Looking through doom-colored glasses, the future appears turbulent and chaotic, for obvious reasons. But when we switch to rose-colored glasses, it’s thrilling to see that dawn is breaking out all over.

A dysfunctional way of life is dying, and this opens up a wide variety of new possibilities, some of which could lead to a genuinely sustainable future. No matter what we do, the Earth will heal. It will heal if we self-destruct, and it will heal if we remember healthy values and lifestyles. Are we capable of intelligent change? Yes. But problems that took centuries to create will not be resolved in a single generation.

The purpose of this book is to encourage the healing process, to propose important questions, and to examine our reality from a different perspective. One thing is certain: the future demands a radically more intelligent worldview and skill set — and a genuinely healthy future will have little in common with the way we live today.

The four directions of this book are sustainable population, sustainable worldview, sustainable food, and reconnection with our past, our ancestors, and our non-human relatives — the living world. Subjects discussed include ecological history, domestication, voluntary simplicity, collapse, materialism, peak energy, peak food, peak population, antibiotics, aquaculture, and agroforestry.

About the author

Richard Adrian Reese (Rick) was born in Pontiac, Michigan. He spent his 20s and 30s searching for bliss in the corporate world, but failed to find it. In his 40s he lived alone in the forest near Lake Superior, an experience that was exceedingly blissful. His 50s were spent bouncing around California and Oregon. He has recently published WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE, the fruit of 20 years of study, writing, re-writing, and re-writing. More information at Richard’s blog, What Is Sustainable.

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David Ozab article appears in new CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: DEVOTIONAL STORIES FOR TOUGH TIMES

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CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: DEVOTIONAL STORIES FOR TOUGH TIMES includes a story by Eugene writer and Mid-Valley member David Ozab

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: DEVOTIONAL STORIES FOR TOUGH TIMES includes a story by Eugene writer and Mid-Valley member David Ozab.

Eugene writer and Mid-Valley member David Ozab is among 101 writers selected for the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book, DEVOTIONAL STORIES FOR TOUGH TIMES. His article, “Truth at the Benefit Sale,” is Ozab’s first published-in-print article. The story begins:

“Cleft lip.” The words had rung in my head since the ultrasound. At twenty-two weeks, a shadow on our unborn child’s lip shattered our dreams of the perfect baby. We were facing surgeries, possible feeding problems, and other unknown complications. How were we going to handle this? We prayed every night, desperate for an answer, but the question still haunted us. After two weeks of anguish, we needed a break. That’s why Julia suggested we go to this benefit sale.

The story is drawn from Chapter Four of Ozab’s non-fiction book, A SMILE FOR ANNA. “The book tells the story of my daughter’s life from the womb to about age four,” says Ozab, “including her cleft diagnosis and surgery, her difficulties with speech and her incredible outgoing spirit through it all.” Ozab is currently working on the manuscript and is seeking representation.

The Ozab family was previously featured in local media in 2007, when they arranged a fundraising drive together with a local church and area hospitals. They raised over $2,000 to buy special bears through the Cleft Palate Foundation for children undergoing cleft surgery. David has also appeared on Eugene KEZI TV to discuss his book and childhood speech issues.

About the author

David Ozab is a father, writer, and one of the wonderful member volunteers who assists the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers. He also maintains the Fatherhood Etc. blog, and is seeking additional freelance opportunities. He is a Contributing Editor at About This Particular Macintosh and a Guest Contributor at MyEugene. Ozab has also worked as a composer, a college instructor, and a web designer. He lives in Oregon with his wife Julia, his daughter Anna, and two lop rabbits named Jellybean and Oreo.

More information at his website, www.davidozab.com.

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Lee Darling releases new novel JUST OUT OF REACH

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Just Out of Reach by Lee Darling

JUST OUT OF REACH has been independently published by author Lee Darling

After a painful divorce, Jessie Lochwood retreats to her hometown on the Oregon Coast. Her plans for a week of quiet reflection are blown apart when she finds a leather jacket on a lonely beach.

A letter in the pocket swirls her into her past and into a dangerous search for the missing brother of a childhood chum. A recovering alcoholic, Jessie comes face-to-face with ghosts from her past as she pursues a violent, abusive man and the woman he controls.

About the author

Lee Darling has lived in Oregon since 1961. She has received awards for non-fiction essays and for poetry. Her personal essays have been published in the Write On! column of The Register-Guard. JUST OUT OF REACH is her first novel. More information at Lee’s blog, Scattered Bumps.

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Free Travel Writing Workshop with Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart, author of the memoir Gringa, leads a travel writing workshop

Melissa Hart, author of the memoir Gringa, leads a travel writing workshop

Free Travel Writing Workshop at the Eugene Public Library, Aug. 4, 2011

The Downtown Eugene Public Library will host a free workshop on Travel Writing taught by Melissa Hart.

In a lively session, get expert advice on how to pick topics and craft travel articles and essays for magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. Plus, get tips on how to sell your work.

Melissa Hart is the author of the memoir, “Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood” and a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine. Her essays have appeared widely, including in The Register-Guard, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Woman’s Day, and The Advocate. Hart also teaches for the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon and U.C. Berkeley’s online extension program.

The workshop is part of Summer Reading 2011 at Eugene Public Library, a series of events for all ages with the theme “One World, Many Stories.”

Sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Friends of the Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation.

Details

  • Instructor: Melissa Hart
  • When: August 4, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Eugene Library, 10th & Olive
  • Cost: Free
  • No pre-registration required

For more information, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or online.

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Marlene McCormack commentary in Eugene Register-Guard

A commentary by member Marlene McCormack was published in the July 17 edition of the Eugene Register-Guard:

Pioneering spirit fading from view

“The final space shuttle mission brings back memories of a nation once bolstered by optimism and pride” Read more…

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