Category Archives: Essays

State of Grace: The Art and Process of Grace Rachow – by M. Talley

Grace Rachow is known at the “Queen of the World” at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She has been helping out in one way or another with SBWC for the past 25 years and recently acquired the related title of … Continue reading

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Call Me Vicki

My father was the first to call me Thumbelina. I adored it as a young child. It sounded like a term of endearment to an attention-hungry middle child of seven sibs, wedged in a family where kind words were handed … Continue reading

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Intro to The Long Fadeout crime/suspense novel

  Intro: September (by Max Talley) Keith Bender hated the desert. He had always despised it: a hot and dry wasteland where people withered to brittle husks before reaching perdition. Bender awoke slouched on the caked Nevada soil with his … Continue reading

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Papa at the Window

20151110_145423 (1)Some think that death is the end, that there can be nothing without the brain, the portal of all our sensations and the maker of all our perceptions. There are no lingering spirits to guard with watchful purpose those left behind. No restless ghosts rattling chains in the night… Continue reading

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