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here. Bonnie discussed a variety of topics, from the writing process to her involvement with The Other Bunch. She also read several of her works.On March 10, Bonnie Dodge was interviewed by Amanda Turner, host and producer of The Writers’ Block, on Boise Community Public Radio based in Boise. If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to it
Please join Amanda Turner, host and producer of The Writers’ Block and me as we discuss my books and writing this Thursday, March 10 at 1 p. m. MT. Listen live at http://www.RadioBoise.org. If you miss the broadcast, you can find it soon at http://www.RadioWritersBlock.com where you can download previous shows.
We are pleased to announce that you can now find our book, Voices from the Snake River Plain, at the Herrett Center Store on the College of Southern Idaho campus. Stop by and check it out!
Read Bonnie Dodge’s great blog on that very topic. It’s entitled Alice Hoffman, Taylor Swift and Me.
Enjoy it. I did.
— Patricia Santos Marcantonio
The Other Bunch Press has become a new member of the Magic Valley Arts Council, which has its new home on the Snake River Canyon rim.
How do I connect with my reader?
Recently I connected with an author through the eons back to a prehistoric time. The ancient story, written an estimated 10,000 years ago, was etched onto a group of boulders by an Indian or Indians known as Pahranagats (one of several Southern Paiute groups). These petroglyphs were in an archaeological park located about 5 miles south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 93, Nevada State Highway 375 and Hwy. 318, on the east side of Hwy. 93 at mile 45.5 in Ash Springs, Nevada.
Whether the prehistoric writer was trying to immortalize a kill, invite potential game to a future hunt or record everyday life in his village, the subject matter was unmistakable. Although I do not speak the same language as those ancient people, the alphabet/writing system is different and a lot of time has passed since the writer pecked those symbols onto rocks — that author communicated the idea of snakes, four legged animals, birds, insects and humans to me. He gave me a glimpse into and an impression of his life in that location. I was temporarily transported to his time and village. I visualized his kinsmen, friends, neighbors and family laughing, joking and going about their daily life on a warm January afternoon in what would eventually become southern Nevada. I could see hunters returning with game over their shoulders, women grinding grain on their matates and children fighting around their mother’s feet. It was a magical moment — that ancient author had connected with this reader.
How wonderful would it be to have some person read my words 10,000 years in the future? Even if my name, like his, was lost in time — some of my message, life and impressions would be remembered. I would make a long term connection. Wow! Isn’t that what we writers are after?
If you want to see more petroglyphs go to my blog.
-Dixie Thomas Reale
It’s a new year, so it’s time for what you would expect.
Of course, we all want to lose weight and exercise more in the coming months of 2011. But as writers, we need to add to that list.
One of my writing friends is fond of saying, “It’s time to put the butt in the chair.” Hopefully you’re not offended by the term used to describe our backside, but the course is clear for our No. 1 resolution of the year.
And that is to sit in the chair and write.
During the coming months, we will have many excuses why we won’t be sitting, from housework to day jobs to family issues to self-doubt about our writing. This will be the test of whether we are writers or just someone who just wants to be a writer.
Writing is damn hard. It takes discipline and sacrifice. We may work years on a book or screenplay and it may not sell to publishers or producers. We may be tempted to take our computer and dump it into the street. We may wonder if we are any good at writing, or whether we do have anything to say.
What can we do?
Put the butt in the chair.
There, we can build up the discipline we need to finish a project. We can learn what we are willing to sacrifice to tell our stories. If our book doesn’t sell, we can self-publish and get it out there. If our screenplay doesn’t wow Hollywood, we can shoot our own movies. We can improve our writing craft with instruction.
Writers do have something to say, which is why we write.
So in 2011, eat a few less calories, walk more steps, and put the butt in the chair.
Patricia Santos Marcantonio