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When I’m in fast first-draft mode, I use up ink cartridges like an undiagnosed hypergraphic. Nothing stops me quicker than running out of ink and having to dig through the drawers for more. So here’s my solution. It looks kind of like an assault weapon with extra rounds. Not very elegant. There’s got to be a be a better way. Post your ideas below! Please!

a sub heading to Bremerton…the bottom of Mt. Rainier in the distance.

Well, there’s good news, and bad news. The San Francisco Writers Conference is sold out.

The GOOD news is, they have just launched an SFWC PRECONFERENCE Day. Please check out the press release below and join in on the 11th. This is an amazing line-up of speakers. Please feel free to forward this info.

San Francisco Writers Conference

1029 Jones St. San Francisco, CA 94109

Event Dates: Preconference February 11, Main February 12-14, 2010

Location: InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel

CONTACT: Barbara Santos (925) 560-1403

San Francisco Writers Conference Adds a PRECONFERENCE Day With In-depth full & Half-Day Sessions ON Feb. 11th, 2010

Small Classes, In-depth Topics Taught by Top-Rated Presenters Allows Writers to Learn Even More at One of the Country’s Best Writers Conference!

If you want to start attending the SFWC a day early (or for those who can’t attend the full 3-day main conference), the San Francisco Writers Conference has launched a full day of sessions on the day BEFORE the conference officially starts. “Several of our most popular presenters have agreed to launch the San Francisco Writers University with special SFWC PRECONFERENCE sessions on Thursday, February 11th,” said Elizabeth Pomada, SFWC Co-Director. For details and online registration:

What is different about THESE sessions? They are intimate…about 25 people getting to interact with the presenter for more project-specific help. These sessions will be in-depth—full day or half-day in length. As you can see below, the preconference day will feature a wide range of the most popular topics from the San Francisco Writers Conference.

The preconference sessions are open to the public. They are stand-alone sessions and attendees can chose one or more depending on their schedules, budgets and interest. Attendance at the Main Conference is not required.

Donald Maass—Imagine a FULL DAY with this top New York literary agent as he conducts this intensive session on “Writing the BreakOut Novel”. Much more personalized attention than any other session Donald gives. Full day session

Sheldon Siegel & Robert Dugoni will be “Putting the Thrill in Thriller Writing” during their session.Two (yes, TWO!) N.Y.Times bestselling authors show you how it’s done…so you can do it, too! Half Day- Afternoon.

Katharine Sands—One of our most popular sessions…ever…“PITCHCRAFT!” You MUST know how to pitch your book in order to get it sold. Katharine is the one to get you and your book pitch-perfect. Half Day- Afternoon.

Stephanie Chandler—knows all about using all the online tools available to writers, so learn from the master. “Creating Your Online Platform”. Half Day-Afternoon.

Lisa Rector Maass conducts this intensive session–“The 3rd Draft—Giving Your Novel that Last, Final Polish, after You Think It’s Finished”. Lisa will work with you to give your manuscript clarity and make it irresistible. It’s just what you needed! Half Day Morning.

Julie Salisbury, founder of Inspire-A-Book will conduct “DRESSING YOUR BOOK FOR SUCCESS: How to Make Your Nonfiction Book Unique”. Julie will share proven techniques and lots of feedback on your project. Half Day Morning.

Michael Larsen—He wrote the bible for nonfiction writers—“How to Write a Book Proposal”. He knows what it takes to present your book project and this session will help you finally get that proposal written. Half Day-Morning.

A ‘Full Day’ Registration fee is $300.00 and a ‘Half Day’ Session Registration is $149.00. Morning sessions run from 9AM until Noon. Afternoon sessions run from 1PM until 4PM. Lunch is not included. All 2010 San Francisco Writers Conference attendees get to deduct $50 from their Preconference Registration total. For more details on these sessions or the San Francisco Writers Conference, go to

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Short blurb on the San Francisco Writers Conference: (50 words)

2010 SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE & PRECONFERENCE. February 11th-14th at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Enhance your writing and writing career! Limited to 300 attendees for extraordinary interaction with literary agents, editors, publishers and bestselling authors including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Steve Berry and Tamim Ansary. Event and contest details available at


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today’s sunrise…I love this new 18-250mm lens. Click the thumbnail to see the glory!

I dog-sat my friend Sonny today. He was not so keen on working on the next chapter of my book…

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fyi – this is such an inspiring place! Susan

Cannon Beach Oregon Coast - Oceanfront

Author Susan Wiggs and ArtistMary Marquiss Visit
The Ocean Lodge in February

Two weekend events bring Northwest cultural icons to Cannon Beach.

CANNON BEACH, OREGON – January 13, 2010 – The Ocean Lodge and Cannon Beach Books welcome guests the weekend of February 5–6, 2010 to listen and learn from New York Times best-selling author Susan Wiggs as she showcases her newest book, The Summer Hideaway.

Friday, February 5th from 5:30–7:00pm, join The Ocean Lodge for a light reception and book signing in the library, where author Susan Wiggs will introduce her new book, The Summer Hideaway. This event is free to the public.

Saturday, February 6th from 2:00–4:30pm, attend an English tea and writing workshop conducted by Susan Wiggs called “How to Write a Love Letter.” The workshop is $15.00 for non-hotel guests.

Overnight Packages: The Ocean Lodge is offering an overnight package for this event starting at $199 per night (2 night minimum required), which includes an autographed copy of one of Susan’s books.

Watercolor Classes with Mary MarquissThen from February 26–28, 2010, renowned artist Mary Marquiss will teach beginning watercolor classes in Cannon Beach. The weekend will begin with a wine tasting, art exhibit, and class overview at the beautiful Ocean Lodge on Friday evening at 6pm. The art classes on Saturday and Sunday will take place at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Cannon Beach. Marquiss, a Bend, Oregon artist, brings sixteen years of teaching experience in watercolor and an emphasis on individual style.

Overnight Packages: The Ocean Lodge is offering a “Watercolor Weekend” lodging discount. Book by February 15 to get the best available room rates, starting at $199.00 per night at The Ocean Lodge, or $169.00 per night at the Inn at Cannon Beach. Each class is $75.00, or sign up for both for only $125. Each class is limited to 12 students to allow individual guidance, so register early.

For more information, and to sign up for classes and lodging, visit The Ocean Lodge online at For additional lodging options, visit the Inn at Cannon Beach at

About The Ocean Lodge:

The Ocean Lodge offers the ambiance of a 40’s style beach resort with private decks and porches to enjoy sea mist and moonbeams, dramatic ocean views, and the ebb and flow of crashing breakers as they come to rest on the pristine sands of the beautiful, scenic Oregon Coast. All this, within steps of our 45 well appointed guest rooms that include Jacuzzis, fireplaces, mini kitchens, and easy chairs. The Ocean Lodge provides a generous complimentary continental breakfast in the mezzanine fireplace room. Warm home baked cookies offered around the clock, many pet-friendly rooms, complete amenities, and concierge services create a unique getaway destination for romance and relaxation. HGTV’s Fine Living network has listed The Ocean Lodge as having the Second Best View in the World, second only to the Hotel Amarvilas Agra, which overlooks the Taj Mahal. The Ocean Lodge is owned and operated by Escape Lodging Company.

For more information, contact:

The Ocean Lodge

Wendy Higgins, General Manager

2864 South Pacific Street

P.O. Box 1037

Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110

Toll Free: 888-777-4047

Local: 503-436-2241

About Inn at Cannon Beach:

Cannon Beach has long been a favorite destination for travelers from near and far. Staying at the Inn at Cannon Beach you can experience quality accommodations at exceptional rates. You’ll find the Inn at Cannon Beach a relaxing change of pace and a welcome addition to the town of Cannon Beach. The Inn has a garden setting and is beautifully landscaped with a pond in the courtyard and viewing area throughout. One short block off the ocean, it’s an ideal location for relaxing retreats, and family getaways. Inquire about designated pet-friendly rooms, all rooms are 100% smoke free and include a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast in the art gallery. Inn at Cannon Beach is owned and operated by Escape Lodging Company.

For more information, contact:

The Inn at Cannon Beach

Terri Ferguson, General Manager

3215 South Hemlock Street
Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Toll Free: 800-321-6304

Local: 503-436-9085


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B. Sinclair Public Relations

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