All That Is Necessary Release Date and Book Signing

 At first I said All That Is Necessary would be out in 2013. Then I said January. Now I’m saying a date: Tuesday, Jan. 29. E-books will definitely be available then, and I believe the paperback version will be ready as well. That’s the paperback cover on the left, though the back jacket fonts still need some tweaking. I’ll be doing a book signing on Saturday, Feb. 16, at The Sacred Circle in downtown Staunton — probably starting at 10 a.m. HUGE thanks to Carey for having me. And — barring work-related craziness — I’ll be reading the opening interlude …

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Cross-Pollinating Among Writing, Art and Music

I already had plans to be in DC today, but after yesterday’s tragedy, it was a much-needed break. Updating the story online all day was difficult as more details came out and the story got worse. My original plans were just to have brunch with a friend and visit the National Building Museum to see two new photography exhibits there. The exhibits were stunning, especially the photo of birch trees growing out of rotting books on the top floor of the old (now crumbling) Detroit Public Schools Book Depository. I was going to spend the rest of the afternoon there, …

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Rory’s Story Cubes Challenge: Week 30

After a hiatus because November was an insane month, we’re back with the Story Cubes Challenge. For people who just saw the challenge on the Rory’s Story Cubes blog last week, welcome! Hope you enjoy the storytelling fun. If you’re new to the challenge, the idea is to write a story incorporating all nine images on the dice. I’m using a blend of Action and Original Cubes. Please feel free to post links to the stories in comments so we can all read.

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Historic Preservation in Staunton: Contemporary Loft Downtown

I’m looking forward to next week’s Historic Staunton Foundation holiday house tour, in part because I got a sneak peek at one of the properties for my latest preservation piece in today’s paper. Contractor and cabinet maker Tim Cox turned an empty bowling alley of a space into this funky, eclectic apartment, first for himself and now as a rentable hotel suite as part of a boutique hotel movement in downtown Staunton.  

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