Previews of Attractions Coming in December

Coming in the December Quarterly, here’s brief highlights of just three of the things you will see.

It’s not nearly done yet—lots to do in fact, but look for excerpts from the short story collection coming for the 2016 holidays. Without deadlines, how can anything get done?  Here’s a small snippet from a story in the collection.

Fumiko covered clamshells in kimonos every few days. She wrapped beautiful fabric around the shells, silk that might otherwise be worn on formal occasions by people. How many she completed depended entirely on how many customers ate steamed clams from her family’s restaurant. Unlike fish served raw as sushi or sashimi, shellfish are most often cooked in Japan. Some days few patrons were in the mood for clams; other days many ate them. But why put a kimono on a clam? It’s not as if modesty required the attire. Of course, clamshells are not among the loveliest of things to be found in a kitchen. No, it’s not about the clams themselves but about a relatively inexpensive souvenir of Japanese culture easily carried to a tourist’s home. Far less expensive and easier to transport than the many yards of fine fabric that went into human-sized  couture.


The final part of our series on Politics, Policies and Pragmatism. Will it be an analysis of the U.S. Presidential Debates or the election returns? That might be a timely thing, but we’ll all be tired of politics by then, won’t we? I’ll have another article in the works in the meantime.  Feel free to let me know your thoughts on which one to feature. I’ll need your comments sometime before November 10th  if you want to weigh in.

An introduction to another of our recommended web links, this one D.G. Kaye Writer. She curates many helpful articles on writing, while occasionally offering some hints of her own works in progress. Here’s a sample from a recent post. 

I was compelled to share this most beautiful post I came across from Purple Clover . It’s a wonderful article reminding us all to take a moment and savor the small moments in life, as told by a dying woman.

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