Pearl's lead short story "The Dancing Companion" was published in Ship's Log: Writings at Sea , Eugene, Oregon: Triple Tree Publishing, 2004. A new short story "Hawk's Wings" is featured in Lies and Limericks: Inspirations from Ireland, also from Triple Tree Publishing, 2006. When twenty-five writers converged on the Emerald Isle, imaginations ran wild!
Pearl welcomed a crowd to her book signing on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at Barnes and Noble on University Avenue in West Des Moines. Yes, we celebrated St. Patrick's day with green tea, snacks and glitter. We might even have glimpsed a leprauchaun!
The adventure began May 11, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland, with a new set of Challenges. Faculty consultants for this workshop included Elizabeth George, Terry Brooks, and Chris Keane. Editor John Tullius and Publisher Elizabeth Engstrom have created another fascinating anthology of essays, stories and poems.
Another story written for the Ireland workshop, "The Kiss," is posted on the Fiction page of this website.
Brisk sales of Ship's Log and Lies and Limericks have benefited not only the Maui Young Writers Scholarship Program, but also the Literature Scholarship Program of the Des Moines Womens Club.
Pearl has been busy traveling, including a cruise on the Baltic Sea in August and September of 2005, where she was able to visit with young people from the former USSR and East Germany about recent changes in their societies. Pearl also visited hurricane-ravaged Grand Cayman and Cozumel in February of 2006.
Las Vegas for New Year's 2007 with the family was. . .interesting. Everyone should do it once. The firewords were magnificant. The best part was a gondola ride early on New Year's morning while the crowds were still in bed.
Pearl is a founding member of the Literary Society of Tucson, a part of the Literary and Prologue Society of the Soutwest. Writers who have visited with the group include Chris Bojalian, Gail Tsukiyama, and Elizabeth Berg.
Pearl presented the closing program of the 2005-2006 year at Des Moines Women's Club. She spoke about "The Short Story: Women Writers on Women's Lives." Excerpts from Dorothy Allison's story "Nice," which also appears in Ship's Log, Edith Wharton's "Roman Fever," and Dorothy Parker's "Here We Are" highlighted the defining characteristics of the short story.
Pearl's on-going projects at Salisbury House and Gardens museum in Des Moines included a gala honoring Nordic Voices a Capella choir from Oslo, Norway in October of 2005; and acting, production, and fundraising for a full-length production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night's Dream," directed by Lorenzo Sandoval, in July, 2006. Pearl participated in the University of Michigan Residency program seminars with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, November, 2006.
Some Updates About Writing Activities:
The end of August and beginning of September brought the annual Maui Writers' Retreat and Conference, with more hard work, bonding with other writers, and useful information about changes in the marketplace. I had to skip this meeting in 2005.
Never again! Without a doubt, MWC 2006 was the best writing conference ever. I watched my scriptwriting Retreat classmates Pitch to America" for Jay Leno on the green, green lawn in front of a sparkling waterfall. Where else can you meet a Pulitzer prize winner, a Pulitzer nominee, and two Academy Award winning writers in four short days?
I confirmed that screenwriters do know things I needed to learn about writing action and dialogue. My fiction improved from the experience. Because film is a collaborative medium, everybody knows going in that their work will be adapted by others -- writers, producers, directors, or actors -- eventually. The oversensitivity to feedback and possessiveness for each word I have sometimes encountered in fiction groups did not exist in this group. They just keep working to make it better. Refreshing.
I loved it so much that I'll be off to Scriptwriting Expo in LA right after my oldest son's wedding in Ann Arbor. This one will be a mob scene -- no quiet dinners with the hoi poloi under the Maui stars -- but will undoubtedly keep my learning curve soaring.
The Challenge group will gather again in February, for a return to the Caribbean Sea. Maybe this time we'll see some pirates?
Meanwhile, the toughest part of being a writer is packing up the computer, the printer, and all the peripherals .
One More Update, August 2010 --
The Caribbean cruise was wonderful -- especially the Mayan ruins -- but I didn't get to see the pirates until I visited Cabo San Lucas in January of 2010 at the end of a full transit of the Panama Canal. My workshop on this cruise, with business and self-help publishing legend Sam Horn, continues to bear fruit.
And I have so many great travel notes -- there are just not enough hours in a day to turn them all into stories! I keep thinking one of these days I won't be able to travel anymore, and THEN . . .I'll get ALL these stories written . . .
You will find a few new pieces posted here on the website. Enjoy!
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Life keeps happening so please come visit again soon!
Blessings to you,