I recently attended the birthday party for the Sitting Room, a unique library housing works by women writers from around the world. The event also doubled as the launch party for The Sitting Room’s 2018 anthology, which features original takes on myths, fairytales and folklore. The stories and poems in the booklet are delightfully diverse.
It was a beautifully sunny day in the Sitting Room’s backyard, where many of us read the stories and poems we contributed to the anthology. I felt privileged to read my work to such a receptive audience, as well as delighted to be part of that audience when other writers read their work.
I also enjoyed seeing my friend Mona Mechling again, and made a new friend, too: Tina Deason. Here we are enjoying each other’s company. Tina is on the left, I’m in the middle and Mona’s on the right.
A wide-ranging interview
Charlene Jones of Soul Sciences interviewed Laura McHale Holland on her evolution as a memoirist and novelist.
Laura talks about the differences between recounting a child’s experience and that of a teenager, the joy of participating in a program that focused on each student’s creative process, the power of live storytelling, and more.
Here’s the link: https://soundcloud.com/cloudgirl-1/laura-mchale-holland-interview-soulscience?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook
I’ve just joined Bublish. It’s a place where authors can showcase excerpts from their work in a pleasing format and share their thoughts about them. I’ve posted two excerpts from Resilient Ruin, my National Indie Excellent Awards winning memoir. You can find my latest “bubble” at https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/15836.
Some authors also share works in progress at Bublish, which I just may do with my novel in progress when I begin work on the second draft. The idea is a little scary, though.
Here’s the link to “her last day,” a new poem written by Laura McHale Holland in response to the murder of three women in Napa County yesterday by a military vet with PTSD. He barged into their place of work, took them hostage and wound up killing them and himself.
Photo titled “Inside Glass of Tea” by Ali Almazawi
Good news! The two poems I submitted for publication in the Redwood Writers 2018 poetry anthology were just accepted. One of them, to go on, is posted on my personal blog. Click here if you want to read it right now. I wrote a first draft of the other one, my grandmother’s flat, during a presentation by Albert Flynn DeSilver at a Redwood Writer’s conference a couple of years ago. He lives in Marin County, and his presentation was on poetry for prose writers. I highly recommend him as an inspiring workshop leader.
I don’t know yet when the club’s 2018 poetry anthology will be published. The theme is alluring: Out of silence … and then … The editors are whipping the manuscript into shape right now, and that always takes time. This may inspire me to write more poems. Maybe I’ll prepare a chapbook to share with people at the Bay Area Book Festival coming up in April. When you go to book festivals, what types of books are you drawn to? Let me know at email@example.com.