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Nose pressed on the window of a rumbling jet
a snowy November glide from Seattle to Anchorage
sitting on the right for the best view. Gazing on endless mosaics,
bleached rose crags and cerulean glaciers, where
Pacific turquoise holds them in place. You know they move
you know they kill. Ogling ceaseless alpenglow, windswept peaks, jagged crevasses
transfixed on faraway landscapes
like orbiting Neptune for the first time...
The Montana copper mining town of Butte, perched a mile-high, next to the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains, is fondly known as Butte, America. It’s famous for its rough-and-tumble mining culture, ethnic diversity, and its boom-and-bust history; its residents are fiercely proud of its unique eccentricities. “A bar and a church sits on every corner in Butte,” was an often heard comment in the 50s and 60s.
We follow a young girl as she narrates a humorous, naive perspective growing up in Butte. She finds her life is a challenge in kid-survival, and how it takes a town to ‘grow’ a kid when life’s tragedies hit at an early age. Kids can’t control their environment of endless empty beer cans and whiskey bottles, abandonment, and neglect. This story shows what happens when children have nothing to cling to when their unstable, unpredictable world doesn’t make sense; and how kids find hope no matter what the situation, as a resilient tribute to the human spirit.Find out more »
Presenting my debut novel, OTTER ROCK in a meeting with a literary agent at the Kachemak Bay Writer's Conference in June! Fingers crossed for publication!Find out more »
Watch for my story about whale watching in Southcentral Alaska in the July issue of Alaska Magazine!Find out more »
September 15 and 16 in Anchorage. Lois will be moderating breakout sessions for the keynote speaker, Jane Friedman, former editor of Writer's Digest!Find out more »
September 29th through October 1st at Alpine Rose B&B. Going to go hang out with my writer-tribe! Do some heavy lifting for OTTER ROCK novel!Find out more »
Attending the Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop in Dayton Ohio in April 2018! I made it in, looking forward to meeting some funny writers! http://humorwriters.org/2018-workshop/Find out more »