The In Crowd

by wjw on September 30, 2023

Standing before one of the secret doors in the library, it’s this year’s Rio Hondo workshop: Walter Jon Williams, Kim Jollow Zimring, Rosemary Claire Smith, Diana Rowland, Michaela Roessner, Barbara Ferrer, Alan Smale, Alex Jablokow, Rick Wilber, David D. Levine, Oz Drummond, Rachel Swirsky.

Together we survived high altitude, high tea, and a week’s worth of critique. Thanks to the Truchas Peaks Place for the lovely scenery and the fine hospitality.


Truchas Sunset

by wjw on September 29, 2023


Getting High

by wjw on September 28, 2023

Rio Hondo I think may fairly claim to be the only writers’ workshop to offer high tea.

Nor was this my idea. Oz, Alan, Barb, and Rosie put this together while I paying attention to other things. We had scones, cucumber sandwiches, crumpets, and trifle, accompanied by various teas, clotted cream, double cream, jams, and other fine things. Later there was Chicken Kyiv for those feeling deprived of protein.

My taste buds offer thanks to the chefs.

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Wilt Thou, Walter, Take This Library . . .

by wjw on September 26, 2023

This week is the Rio Hondo workshop, and we are at Truchas Peaks Place in Truchas, NM. The top floor is composed of a library, complete with hidden doors and secret rooms.

Perhaps I am in love.


Starr Time

by wjw on September 22, 2023

The other night we went to see Sir Richard Starkey, MBE, and his charming little orchestra.

He achieved worldwide headlines by tripping and falling during his final song, but I blinked and missed it. I hope I’m that spry when I’m 83.

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I Am At Bubonicon

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