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Do Not Rue the Month!

February is a month during which we honor Black History and consume too many "I love you, here's a box of candy" chocolates. It's the shortest month, even in a Leap Year. In some geographic locations, it's the tipping-point month between winter and spring. It's the month in which New Year's resolutions are conveniently forgotten. It's the month with the weird 'r' we rarely pronounce, and if we do, we feel just a bit pretentious.

Feb ruuuuuuuuuu ary!

According to a post in The Conversation, "While January takes its name from Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings, February comes from the word februum (purification) and februa, the rites or instruments used for purification. These formed part of preparations for the coming of Spring in the northern hemisphere." Click on The Conversation link to discover more bizarre rituals we never learned about in grade school!

Spring is coming. As I look out onto the disaster of a yard slowly sluffing off snow--the beautiful sugary coating that has heretofore hidden months of duck detritus--my thoughts take me to the garden beyond. Mike has great plans for our garden this year: more raised beds, an efficient watering system, trellises, and a place to sit while our ducks pluck bugs and weeds. I'm excited. Yes, there will be lots of work to do before we can reap our rewards, but there is joy in the planning and the anticipation.  

Spring is in the air, and so is hopefulness. The planet has endured a year like no other, and there are signs of healing. I hope this newsletter finds you prepared to continue the vigilance needed to stop the spread of the persistent pandemic, and even more prepared to welcome the surprises that spring will soon reveal (soooooo much duck "stuff" under our snow)! I hope you've found ways to learn new things, read more books, and reevaluate how you will choose to fill your days. 

And PLEASE (as always) post some positive reviews on Amazon for authors of books you've enjoyed, and tell your friends about them!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Upcoming (and maybe some past) Events!
  • February 27, 1-4:30 p.m.: CCWE's first workshop (on Zoom) led by California author, teacher, and writing coach Jane Anne Staw. Jane Anne will help you discover and explore the world of creative nonfiction in this half-day workshop. $20 for CCWE members, $40 for nonmembers. Questions? Ask me!

***Support your Local Public Libraries and Book Stores!***

(contact me if you'd like a personalized autograph of any of my books)

(please send me literary news you'd like to share)
  • Cam Torrens--recently retired Air Force Officer and new CCWE member--was published recently in The Colorado Sun after hearing about the online magazine from our CCWE President, Jean Gabardi! Here's a link to his piece: Pandemic Day 312. It's wonderful! Cam brings a memory from the past into the now in an unexpected way!
  • Have you written about your pandemic experience? Submit it to Write On, Colorado, and good luck!
  • Kathleen Kaska is a multi-genre author with a fun new book out for the amateur (and mature!) sleuths out there! The Sherlock Holmes Quiz Book is available now! Watch for my latest interview with Kathleen (I'll post a link in next month's news), and check out my previous visit with her where we discuss her murder mystery A Two Horse Town!

Check out each to see how they might help you advance your craft!

[photo credit by Elise Sunday; a fall day on the Arkansas River, Buena Vista, CO]

Have you checked out my  podcast Alligator Preserves lately? There are unique short stories and interviews and insights galore! I hope you'll subscribe!

Looking for hot Writing Tips? Check HERE
Please send me some of your own and I'll credit you in my list!

Please let me know if you're participating in any awesome writing contests and if you have any personal writing/publishing news you'd like to share! I do my best to publish this newsletter by the 15th of every month, so keep that in mind when sending me your literary news!

Until next month...
Be kind to yourself. Wash your hands . . . lots. And please wear a mask around others.
(here's a link to all of my books, available in paperback and Kindle and some on audiobook!)
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