column on untold pono stories launches
At work on a second novel. Shopping the first, having finished a series of stories set in
"Tara en Teguc" placed in Hawai'i Pacific Review
Awarded scholarship to join with Z.Z. Packer
"We Such Apostles of Mercy" placed in RE:AL Regarding Arts & Letters
Delve Readers Seminars - Scribe and Scholarship participant
Completed Bosnian tales
Final rework of novel manuscript . . .
"The Boy at the Embassy" placed at Necessary Fiction
Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop with Claire Vaye Watkins
Bosnian language classes
Story development on Bosnian tales continue...
Stories for first collection complete
The last note on a Season of the Arts: Sound Matters
Santa Rosa/Anderson Redwoods
Fiction workshop study with Yiyun Li
The Narrative of the Eye
Live table read of book's first 50 pgs.
"Their Language or Ours" placed in Spring 2013 The Waterhouse Review
Reader feedback on 5th draft of novel
A Story/Week completed:
- > 150 stories read/analyzed +
- > 45 books/collections &
- > 30 stories via workshops
Plotted 2013 Season of the Arts to augment writing practice, exploring narrative at a deeper level via word, body/performance, media/visual mediums, and sound
Novel workshopping/study, thanks to gracious financial & housing aid via:
- Squaw Valley Community of Writers Fiction Workshop working with range of editors, agents, writers including 1:1s with Victoria Patterson & Dana Johnson
- Aspen Summer Words, Readers Retreat with Francisco Goldman (Latin America & the Carribean)
- Napa Writers Fiction Workshop (Lan Samantha Chang)
Attended Pop-Up Magazine #6
Accepted to Napa Valley Writers Conference Fiction Workshop
"El Infierno" placed at Eclectica
Volunteer, Little Brothers
Novel rewrite (4th draft) complete; begin to embark on revisions
"Shangri-la" placed at The Rose & Thorn Journal
Chronicles The Experiment: Can one get from Thanksgiving to Christmas Ad Free?
Austin City Limits, South Padre Island TX
Sharon Arts Studio study
Completed two PT jobs, paying off student loans, moving the bar to freedom to write mere, elated millimeters
Troy Jollimore writing advice: "You don't need a program or a group. All anyone really has to do is write."
Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival & Readers Retreat with Mona Eltahawy (Modern Middle East)
Kick off Freewriter Film Fridays
UCLA Extension writing workshop
Nikki Finney life/arts/politics wisdom (as we dangled in a plane off the Rockies)
Derek Green wisdom amidst beer & Quiznos at DEN
First readers feedback for novel
Completed 2nd & 3rd drafts of novel
VAMOs novel workshopping begins
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy volunteer
Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato Mexico
Completed first draft of novel
Completed read of Monya B's manuscript
Sharon Bray workshop @ Stanford
Serious Amateurs workshopping
Attended The Writer's Studio workshop
Chinatown travel piece featured in Bay Area papers
Jennifer Egan writing advice: "Be willing to write really badly. And read writers you like."
Performed at Focus Gallery with Straight Arms
2010 Editorial Internship begins, TravelersTales
Joined National Writers Union
Received 1st Bat Mitzvah card
Continued SF Grotto courses
Writing workshops, various
Judith Van Gieson: "Find something that lets your time be freed to just write."
Janis Cooke Newman writing advice: "You don't want to just write."
Pam Houston writing advice: "Sure, you don't need a program. But how else is anyone going to give themselves two years to just write?"