Dan Branch

Andromeda Romano-Lax: Making the Most of the Wait, Part I: Relationships and bridges

Many of my book coaching clients are currently seeking agens for finished manuscripts or, in the case of some pursuing hybrid publishing, already in the pipeline with pub dates set for their work. The most common comment I hear, whether a new author hopes to be published in 2022, 2023 or later, is “It’s so …

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A Mirror, Not a Portal

Most airplanes landing in Juneau pass by the Mendenhall Glacier with landing wheels extended. In this time of Covid, passengers flying from outside the state have to submit to testing and live quarantined until test results arrive. Government experts are expecting a new, post Thanksgiving rise in Corvid cases in our state, increasing stress on …

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Revisiting a Good Guest Post: Paths Not Taken by Rich Chiappone

I’m sitting in the back yard of our house in Phoenix, homesick for my wife and cats, but grateful not to be in Anchor Point too, because the 65 degree sunshine here makes the countdown of days to my impending neck surgery a little more pleasant than the January freeze/thaw cycle ongoing at home might. …

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Eight things to try while you’re waiting to get your post-election groove back By Andromeda Romano-Lax

This morning I spent one hour listening to a webinar about social media for writers. Don’t groan—it was time well spent. (More on that topic next month.) But somehow after that, beteen 11 am and 2 pm, I did little more than eat two rounds of toast, futz around with Instagram Reels, communicate with my …

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Guest Writer: Katey Schultz: Using Technology to Build Community

I’m a long-time advocate of using technology to build community and help writers feel supported. When COVID brought unforeseen changes and demands into all of our lives, I felt grateful that at least one aspect of my life–creating community via distance–could adjust with ease in the face of so many unknowns. Most of our work …

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“Every Atom,” A Good Book of Poetry by Erin Coughlin Hollowell

Gracie, my Irish-American grandmother, was the last child her mother delivered. Gram’s other six siblings left the home after school, believing that Gracie would stay with their mom until she died. That was the Irish way for the last born. They must have been angry when my Grandma Gracie took a winter train to Montana …

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Way to Kick The Demon’s Ass: Matthew Komatsu Remembering Sherry Simpson

Sherry Simpson died Wednesday morning. There. I put the words down on paper. I tried to think up a more clever way of writing it. Something flowery and poetic that somehow captures the essence of a human being, and her passing, and what she meant to those who knew and loved her. Something — I …

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Going Ultra: Thoughts on Endurance By Andromeda Romano-Lax

On a crisp fall day two weeks ago, my family and I hired dog sitters and headed away for the weekend to run thirty-one miles along a Vancouver Island trail called the “Galloping Goose.” Thirty-one miles, or 50K, is the minimum distance for an “ultra.” You may recall that according to legend, a messenger named …

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