Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Grace Paley, a “combative pacifist and a cooperative anarchist”



In an interesting article written by Leora Skolkin-Smith, she states: “Grace Paley was a known pacifist and, also, a famous short story-writer. She enjoyed being referred to as a “combative pacifist and a cooperative anarchist”.

“Grace Paley was not extreme in either her pacifism or her sense of government as reliably unreliable in the governing of the “Little Disturbances of Man” (the title of her most famous short story collection). She lived within the law, gracefully and with moral direction, though she protested and therefore refused to pay war taxes at times.”

To read more about Grace, click here.

Thanks to John Clarke for sharing this article on Facebook.


To the members of my writing class, don’t you love the description of a “combative pacifist and a cooperative anarchist”?  Can anyone think of other contrasting adjectives to describe a character?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog (soon to be released in early 2017)

Hada’s Fog Chapter 25 Is Posted Today

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Hada’s Fog Chapter 25 is posted today.




heart with flame handsHada’s love deepens and her loyalty shifts away from Samuel to someone else. The fog in her perception clears. Will it last or will doubt make her take a step backwards?

The People We Met in Las Vegas Were Friendly and Helpful

Las_Vegas Me foot on hydrant  2016 (30)As a writer, the people I met in Las Vegas impressed me with their friendliness. I’ll remember them and might use some of their characteristics in my writing.  At The Fashion Show Mall close to our hotel, I met three young women at a kiosk who became instant friends. Kate from the Philippines, Helen and Suja from Korea The three are around 30 years old, and took care of me when I had walked the ten miles on the strip in 115 degree heat and dragged myself through the air-conditioned mall on my way back to the hotel. They noticed I was over-heated, sat me in one of their chairs, Helen rushed to get me a glass of water, and  they chatted with me until I cooled down. A couple of afternoons, I returned to the mall to have lunch at the food court  and stopped by for visits with my three new friends.

At Caesar’s Casino, Mitchell and I met Michael who told us about what shows to see while we were in town. We ran into him again on another day and it was like seeing an old friend. I have to admit, one day I wanted to see the statues that perform by the huge aquarium at Caesar’s. I became lost and asked for directions several times, inevitably ending up where I began. A woman selling skin care products at a kiosk noticed my confusion, invited me to sit down, and told me tips about navigating the sections of the huge casino. We traded business cards and intend to keep in touch.

My favorite casino/hotel is New York. Winding streets with delicatessens, restaurants and little shops decorated like the ones we’d find on the  streets in New York are quaint and fun, like a setting in a novel. In the photo above, I’m waiting for Mitchell to take a ride on the roller coaster.

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Mitchell’s sister and family live in New  Jersey and didn’t know we were in Vegas. We texted photos in the New York Casino and had her guess where we were. This Greenwich Village coffee cup puzzled her but she didn’t fall for the idea we were actually in New York.






Las_Vegas Me typing kitchen background2016 (2)Back at our hotel, I took notes about the people and settings to use later for stories. Since we have a Hilton timeshare, we were given a suite free for our stay at the Trump Towers which is now owned by Hilton. The shuttle driver from the airport pretended he wouldn’t take us to the Trump Towers. I convinced him we were there because it was free, not for political reasons. He gave us a broad smile and let us on board. (Timeshares offer free days if owners go for an hour presentation on what’s new so we might upgrade.)


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Visiting Las Vegas in 115 Degree Heat

heat thermometerVacation time for me meant I’d accompany my husband to Las Vegas where he’d attend a conference and I could read, write, walk, and be spontaneous. Our plans materialized except we didn’t anticipate over 100 degree heat each of the five days we were there. Fortunately, the heat is dry and tolerable. I’m amazed to say I could function in those temperatures since anything over 90 in the Bay Area sends me close to heat exhaustion. I even walked ten miles one day. I’d walk through the air-conditioned hotels along the strip until I had to go outside to enter another one. Not all of them are connected. I enjoyed the adventure. And people watching gave me several ideas for new characters in my writing.

I’ll post more about the trip in the future.

For those of you who are reading Hada’s Fog, I will post another chapter soon.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Hada’s Chapter Seventeen Part 2 Is Posted

Tear, oneHada’s Fog Chapter Seventeen Part 2 is Posted.  See Menu above.


In this chapter, Hada and Samuel have dinner. Hada, as usual, adored Samuel until he started complaining about Abe.

“Hada listened, but couldn’t shake the tattling tone from years ago. She was too tired of it to bother with a response.”


Whether Hada is aware of her reaction or not, it’s one of the first times the reader hears an annoyance with Samuel.  Later, frustration with the situation between Bira and Samuel makes her blame Bira and deny that the firstborn could be lying. Their previous strong relationship is deteriorating. Bira needs her support, but Hada has mixed emotions based on beliefs drilled into her by an abusive, cold mother who didn’t tolerate tears. The traditional belief that a wife’s duty is to her husband increases the internal struggle about her envy of modern women’s independence.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog