Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Author Jessica Barksdale Inclan Retreat

Jessica with book You Are Never Alone

Author and teacher Jessica Barksdale Inclan

Jessica Barksdale’s writing retreat starts tonight. I haven’t missed her annual event in about 5 years. It’s close to home so no airplanes, buses, or trains to get there. She’s a great cook, has a lovely home among the trees, and has a great sense of humor. She gives us new writing information and time to process and write. I enjoy the other writers who attend, reading their work, plus sharing supportive critiques.

Jessica was one of my first creative writing instructors at Diablo Valley College about fifteen years ago. I learned short story writing that led me to win awards in contests and acceptances in several anthologies. She also teaches novel writing at UCLA, edits manuscripts, and has traditionally published over 15 contemporary fiction books.  Click here

 

 

Jessica in flowered top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Mary Mackey’s New Post From My California

Mary_Mackey head shotMary Mackey is a best selling author and has written seven volumes of poetry. She and I  are  members of Women’s National Book Association. Mackey has posted an interesting article from her anthology called My California (Angel City Press).  Click here

 

 

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Self-Published Books At Bookstores

Barnes and Noble on one lineGood news for self-publishing. Click here .  I plan to take Written Across the Genres to B&N and see if they will put it on a shelf.

 

 

Rakestraw consignmentRakestraw Books in Danville, California will take self-published books on consignment.

http://www.rakestrawbooks.com/

 

 

 

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Chapter Twenty-Three Of Hada’s Fog Is Posted

Flame mtedChapter Twenty-Three of Hada’s Fog is posted. See menu above.

 

In this chapter, Hada shifts away from her devotion to Samuel and defends her granddaughters instead.

 

 

hada cover with young

Which Three U.S. Presidents Died On July 4th?

Jefferson and Adams on July 4th deathsOn July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both passed away. Six years later on July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the fifth president died at the age of 73. Newspapers reported about the remarkable coincidence that three revolutionary presidents passed on July 4th.

New York’s Journal of Commerce noted: “Thus three of four ex-presidents have died on the memorable Fourth of July and two of them on the same Fourth of July. A coincidence so extraordinary is scarcely to be found in history.”

An excerpt from Margaret P. Battin’s research concerning the same day deaths of Adams and Jefferson included “different criteria, ranging from mere coincidence and divine intervention to men’s willingness or desire to die on the anniversary day.” She concluded that the possibilities are “the very questions about death and dying that are so controversial today.” (She did not add Monroe to her study.)

Daniel Webster’s eulogy for Adams and Jefferson in 1826 had made the point “that something other than coincidence was involved.”

To read more from this article in Constitution Daily click here.

Adams and Jefferson were at odds about policy-making. Although previous friends, their deep-rooted political differences  turned them into bitter enemies. When their presidential terms were over, they renewed their friendship and corresponded with each other for fourteen years.

“On July 4, 1826, at the age of 90, Adams lay on his deathbed while the country celebrated Independence Day. His last words were Thomas Jefferson still survives. He was mistaken: Jefferson had died five hours earlier at Monticello at the age of 82.”  Click here.

James MonroeWhat do you think? Coincidence or not?

 

 

 

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog