I write fiction (novels and short stories) and non-fiction (primarily personal essays). I hold a law degree and an MFA in creative writing. I dream of the day people can stay fit without expending energy. While I wait for that to come about, I swim (swallowing more pool water than I displace), and try to kayak in a straight line. Skiing with my husband is an activity I no longer pursue — I haven’t, ever since his cajoling to “just point them downhill” threatened to become grounds for a divorce. I’m fascinated by the many absurdities of life, addicted to chocolate and caramel, crime fiction and mysteries, sunshine, white sand, crisp fall air and Alberta’s blue skies.
Many things in life rile me. Like dirty laundry blocking the path to the wine cellar. Bad wine. Weak coffee. Rain for five days straight. Lost luggage. You get the idea. So I recognized a fine opportunity when I was invited to write the occasional post for Morganti Writes. I mean, seriously, what grumbler wouldn’t want to let her gripes have a little air. Breathe like a bottle of good red. I was all over it. Then the head honcha of this blog tells me to restrict my posts to the topic of writing. Restrictions rile me. When I told her as much, she responded, “It’s my blog, my rules.” It’s just like Charlotte to play the “it’s my blog” card. That rankles me too. But there’s much about the way people today treat the English language that riles me more. Like using rotten grammar. And I wouldn’t mind expressing my views. So I’ll play by Charlotte’s arbitrary rules. For now.
Claire Gebben holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. During her research in Germany for her novel-in-progress, she was featured in the RheinPfalz newspaper. Her article about learning the ancient art of blacksmithing was published in the Washington State Historical Society’s ColumbiaKids e-zine. She speaks at history clubs, genealogy groups and school classrooms on 19th Century German immigrant history and on Writing Your Family History. Claire blogs at Harm’s Way: A Blacksmith’s Journey.
Grier Jewell is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, where she earned her MFA in creative writing for children and young adults. She writes playfully dark, bite-sized stories for kids of all ages and blogs her many thoughts on children’s literature at http://fizzwhizzingflushbunker.blogspot.com