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At midnight tonight (Thursday) the publisher of #OutingTheMermaid is starting an eBook promotion that ends at midnight Sunday. As in, the eBook is free, just for those days. So you'll click here and accept the gift? http://tinyurl.com/pefz4km

It's got to be the best book blurb ever: "From the Jane Austen room at the Sylvia Beach Hotel--'Outing the Mermaid is Jane Austen with sex.'"--Goody Cable, Proprietor. The book is online now at http://tinyurl.com/pefz4km

Every time I go to a gathering of friends, people whose names have never appeared as a Like or a Comment here say, "Oh, your posts are so interesting," or "I really like the stuff you post." It's nice to hear but/and it would also be nice to know, at the time of a post, that it's being well received. Do you have any suggestions on how to get people to leave evidence they've read and liked what you post?

Heading for Hedgebrook's Equivox brunch soon. (Hedgebrook is a great retreat for women writers.) I'm hosting a table (Board members do that). And my guests are all guys--I'm calling it the Righteous Brothers Table. I may be seeing my book cover in my coffee. http://tinyurl.com/pefz4km

Sunday belongs to the Hedgebrook writers' retreat--I'm hosting a table at the fabulous annual brunch, Equivox, in Seattle. Without my stints on the Board, and my residencies there, there would be no book of poetry and no novel. Hedgebrook gave me the nudge and the launchpad. Ever grateful. And so delighted that the novel is now online at http://tinyurl.com/pefz4km

Outing the Mermaid: A Novel of Love, Fear & Misogyny

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“The prose is poetry, yet completely unselfconscious, and that ain’t easy.” –Robert Page Jones, Screenwriter & Novelist From the Jane Austen room at The Sylvia Beach Hotel: “Outing the Mermaid is Jane Austen with sex.” –Goody Cable, Hotel Proprieto...

The eBook of Outing the Mermaid is live on Amazon today. Happy Springtime, y'all. http://www.amazon.com/Outing-Mermaid-Novel-Love-Misogyny-ebook/dp/B00UMJBILO

Outing the Mermaid: A Novel of Love, Fear & Misogyny

amazon.com

“The prose is poetry, yet completely unselfconscious, and that ain’t easy.” –Robert Page Jones, Screenwriter & Novelist From the Jane Austen room at The Sylvia Beach Hotel: “Outing the Mermaid is Jane Austen with sex.” –Goody Cable, Hotel Proprieto...

The eBook of Outing the Mermaid is live on Amazon today. Happy Springtime, y'all.

Outing the Mermaid: A Novel of Love, Fear & Misogyny

amazon.com

“The prose is poetry, yet completely unselfconscious, and that ain’t easy.” –Robert Page Jones, Screenwriter & Novelist From the Jane Austen room at The Sylvia Beach Hotel: “Outing the Mermaid is Jane Austen with sex.” –Goody Cable, Hotel Proprieto...

The eBook of Outing the Mermaid has gone live on Amazon. Happy Springtime, y'all.

Faerie Magazine

Stunning! Image: William Jeffrey Jones Guitars

I've seen a lot of mermaids, but not on a guitar. #OutingTheMermaid is online tomorrow. It's a book I made, not a guitar—I've never made a guitar. #BooksThatMatter #BloomingTwig

Spiral collectors alert--the extraordinary nautilus on the cover of my book is a photo by Drew Bedo, a Texas photographer who works with large format, antique cameras. I think it's the most beautiful nautilus I've ever seen. He sells prints at www.quietlightphoto.com.

Reeeally soon--I'm in count-down mode--3.2.1--on March 21 Outing the Mermaid will be online.

The world had, I'm told, a momentous Pi Moment this morning: 3.14@9:26:53. Well, I forgot to bake a celebratory pie, but I do have the right pan.

Giraffe Heroes

A GIRAFFE HERO AT YOUR MOVIE HOUSE Fifteen years ago, we commended Coach Jim White as a Giraffe Hero. Now, his story is a new movie, McFarland USA, no doubt playing at a theater near you. The reviews are good, and it's certainly a great story. Here's his Giraffe profile... Jim White has coached so many state championship cross-country teams that he could have just about any job he wanted, like maybe a high-paying one at a cushy private school in a beautiful, rich town. But Coach White and his wife Cheryl are staying right where they are, in McFarland, where the high-school student body is mostly poor Latino kids from farm workers’ families. In the summer, his students may begin their days at 5 in the morning, harvesting fruits and vegetables until dusk. But when the temperature has finally dipped below 100° and the boys have finished their work day, they don running shoes, stretch their calves and hamstrings and, under the tutelage of the coach they call “Blanco,” they begin running, long and far. Seven times in 12 years, McFarland High School, enrollment 412, has won the California state boys’ cross-country championship. They’ve beaten the rich teams from Carmel, the surfer teams from Laguna Beach, the city teams from Los Angeles and San Francisco, the teams from prep schools and suburban schools and Indian reservation schools. They’ve beaten them all—repeatedly. No team in any sport from any California high school has ever had such a record. These winning athletes will tell you the secrets of their success are the coach and his wife. The Whites are surrogate parents to the team members. They visit the boys in the fields and in their homes. They counsel them on getting jobs, on going to college. The coach has worked in the fields with them to raise money for track shoes and for trips to meets. The Whites have taken the kids on weekend “vacations” with them and stood as witnesses at their weddings, and when a kid needs a place to go, he knows he can head for the White’s home. These days, alumni of earlier track teams assist the coach and act as mentors to the current team members. White turns down all offers from other schools, saying that McFarland’s kids need a chance to change their lives. He’ll show you a wall of trophies his teams have won and tell you, “A young kid can look up at that wall and dream.” As Blanco’s kids dream and win and move out into the world, they know how good they are and how right Jim and Cheryl White have been to believe in them. Age when commended: adult (20-64) Year commended: 2000 Occupation: Educator

Delighted to see the trailer for McFarland USA--Kevin Kostner makes a pretty good "Coach Blanco."

Giraffe Heroes

Giraffe Hero Itai Dzamara was abducted from a barber shop in Harare, Zimbabwe last night by four men in a white unregistered Isuzu truck. Dzamara, a journalist, has been an active critic of the Mugabe government and was seriously beaten by security agents last year, when he led a protest march against the president. His friends and allies are sure the men who abducted him yesterday were state security agents. YOU can help ensure his safety and his release. Mugabe is Chair of the African Union--he doesn't want a world-wide uproar against his actions. Add your voice. Contact rtchibuwe@zimbabwe-embassy.us and justice@justice.gov.zw. Tell them Dzamara must be released, unharmed. Let's rescue a hero!

This Giraffe Hero needs you to make some noise. Please send messages to the emal addresses below. His freedom--and his life--are at stake.

Learning to make memes and what better way to start than shooting a new acquisition? I've always wanted a Susanne Newbold gourd and I finally have one. Goes great with Kathleen Otley's sticks and feathers, and with Steve Roache's tiles.

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