Confessions of a San Francisco Writers Conference First-Timer

5 "Day-After" Reflections I just returned from my first writers conference, the four-day SFWC. As I mingled one last time in the gathering of more than 500 authors, writers, agents, editors, and publishing-types yesterday, I contrasted my pre- and post-conference self. I mean, like a memoir, the experience was transforming, and in atonement for last Wednesday's …

Why I write.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway It occurred to me on a cloudy Wednesday morning that I needed to escape. The kind of getaway akin to being so engrossed in a story I can’t help but cheat and flip to the end to …

Latest plans?

Five years ago we were halfway through our ski expedition on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East. In fact, we were getting dumped at the 208th kilometer on Kamchatka’s only highway – in the middle of nowhere looking for two things: Good weather and skiable slopes. (Check out the October 2008 issue of Backcountry …

On the Run

Exploring Portland's Forest Park Finding myself in Oregon's Portland with a morning free of commitments, I decided to explore. My nearly new copy of One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park was warped from earmarks I'd folded over the last couple of days. Each tag advocating a trail worthy of running. I always turn to running …