Sometimes, you need the help of friends. Like Sarah who came to keep me company among the inflatables and the cotton candy stands while we registered US voters at an elementary school summer fair. Thanks to her, we got the love from the emcee and with that four new voters. Yeehaw.
I owe a debt as well to two more friends who inspired this week's blog post. I was already feeling fairly Zen after last week's rumination on Mindfulness. Then one friend allowed me to read her novel manuscript, thus introducing me to the world of marker trees. The other shared his harrowing experience involving a tiny tree and some power tools. You'll see how those two topics intersect with my manuscript editing in Bonsai.
Last but not least, there's this thrilling piece of news. I get to teach a master class! Courtesy of the International Writers' Collective, I'll be talking about the craft techniques used in The Dancing Girl and the Turtle, the perils of researching historical fiction and the hard choices to be made when depicting violence. Check it out, sign up and see you there!