- April/May/June 2014
- Pat is scheduled to read at the Bethesda Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD, on September 12, 2014 as part of the annual Fall For The Book Festival. Fall For The Book, which began as a two-day literary event in 1999, organized by George Mason University and the City of Fairfax Virginia, has expanded into a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival.
- The launch party for Pat’s novel “Dream Chaser” has been scheduled for September 4, 2014. More details to follow.
- Pat’s story “Whelping”, finalist for the 2013 Rash Award, has been published in the 2014 Broad River Review.
- Pat worked with Brad Kuhn & Associates, LLC to develop the Dream Chaser book trailer. Special thanks to singer/songwriter Grant Peeples for the use of his evocative song, My People Come From the Dirt.
- Pat’s short story “From Day One” is forthcoming in the anthology titled Law and Disorder scheduled for publication in June 2014 by Main Street Rag.
- Her short story “Whelping” was a finalist for the 2013 Rash Award (January 2014)
- Her short story “Stranger At My Door” received honorable mention in the 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story competition. (February 2014)
I sit back. Exhale deeply, a shot of wonder pumping through my writer being, and I’m convinced every word was perfection. Then I read back over what I have written, and my mood fades with the same sudden mystery of its onset.
Oh, no, it’s that thing I hate, the bigger part of my brain (I’m being generous) that screams rule worshipping acquiescence over creative risk taking. It seemed such a great idea at the time. And yes, I did it again. I wrote myself into that … that writers’ corner: the one that requires more, not less from me.
I don’t read the works of others during the time I am heavily into writing. It’s a habit I’ve developed over the years and I am not sure why, or even that it needs to make sense. Maybe it’s as simple as I don’t multitask easily. A second part is that I write, revise, revise, revise, etc., so I’m a slow writer. I do this with both short and longer pieces. For this reason, good books are on the shelves for years before I get around to reading them. Then I like knowing there’s always a good book waiting. I read some books multiple times. Conversations with Dorothy Allison is one that I go back to again and again, as a way of settling the unsettling nature of writing.