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I had hopes of forward motion on this website, but instead I am mopping up from a malware invasion and a forest fire that came mighty close. Hence a huge gap since my last post.

Quick news, not elsewhere on this site:
I have been enjoying the great good fortune of being one of Jack Straws Writers, 2017. A cohort of writers whose work I look forward to reading and hearing.
My next event with other Jack Straw Writers:

Jack Straw: Authors of Fiction
at Lit Crawl Seattle
Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM PDT
Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar
1508 11th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

For more about the entire Seattle LitCrawl Event:

I also wrapped up the manuscript of my latest history book High Voltage Women: Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light.

This means I have a limited amount of time to focus on fiction. Which means ISOTOPIA will (finally) be ready to find its audience and perhaps a publisher.
When I come up for air in later November, I will add a bunch of things read, witnessed, and stumbled upon.
Holding on in these hard times,

     Time has definitely whirled by while I was hunkered over my desk.
Like many, I have been regrouping after the November-election outcomes and attitudes, rethinking my place as we all move forward. Days get shorter. I watch the moon get bigger, and I begin, again, to perform a personal alchemy: to see truly, to find a place to stand,  to acrescent-moonct upon what I perceive and what I believe, seeking the council and companionship of others.
Since before that, last summer to now, my main occupation has been researching and writing a history of some of the first women to break into the  electrical trades. Seattle City Light (SCL) started a training program for women in 1974, but it was more to meet affirmative action requirements than to change anything at the utility’s workplace.
What lionesses nine of these ten women were!  What a horror of hideous harassments, blatant discriminations, and legal nightmares they waded through while trying to learn their craft. More details about this book will soon be appearing on a new page, under “History and Community.”
I have also been retooling my latest novel, Isotopia, and poking at some new fiction.

In a dark time, the eye begins to see…
Theodore Roethke, “In a Dark Time,” (1964)


Since spring, I have been working like a banshee to revise and get ready to market two novels: Tahoma, and Isotopia.
The future looks bright! Come fall I will be out and about with enticing samples. Check back soon, please!

MayDay-3 sml

On May 1, 1886, Chicago unionists, reformers, socialists, anarchists, and ordinary workers combined to make the city the center of the national movement for an eight-hour day.

This coming May 1, I will be presenting at the opening reception of two great events: the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association’s 2015 Conference, AND MayWorks.
The fun begins at 6 PM at the IBEW Local #77
19415 International Boulevard
SeaTac, WA 98188-5308 206-323-4505

MayWorks is a month-long festival throughout the month of May celebrating labor culture and history in Washington State.  Festival events also focus on working class issues and labor arts such as music, poetry, photography, dance, drama, and the visual arts.

2015 PNLHA Conference May 1-3, 2015 : “Celebrate, Honor, Act”
The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA), founded in 1968, is a non-profit association of trade unionists, students, academics, and others dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of workers in British Columbia, Oregon and Washington.