Pat's blog

Laugh Until You Pee

Dahlynn and Ken McKowen of Publishing Syndicate launched their Laugh Until You Pee blog in October. The McKowens post humorous stories from their Not Your Mother's Book anthology series. For lots of laughs, sign up today at You'll see why you should purchase all the books in the series! Available at and from your favorite online bookseller.

WordFest Writers Meet

WordFest meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6-8 p.m. in Longview, Washington. At this time, the group meets at Cassava Restaurant. Writers and anyone who likes to hear a good story fill the restaurant to hear the night's sheduled readers. Book launches are held and portions of works-in-progress are tried out on the audience.

Family Newsletter for Disabled Boy Includes My Column

Each year, the family of A. J. Patnode sends out a newsletter about their teenage boy who has been severely disabled since birth. This year's newsletter featured unique photography by A.J.'s father Mike Patnode and the way A.J. helped create the beautiful artwork. The family also included a copy of my The Valley Bugler column about Mike Patode's art.

Workshop: Writing for Anthologies by Pat Nelson

The Pacific Northwest Gift Gallery in Castle Rock, Wash., is offering writing workshops with Pat Nelson, Mary Ellen Stone and Carolyn Caines. Topics include "Writing for Anthologies" (Nelson), Crafting Dynamic Dialogue (Stone) and Journaling/Writing Memoirs (Caines). Cost is $15 per class and advaned registration is required. Nelson's workshop on anthologies will be held November 15 from 11 A.M. - 1 P.M.

The Gift Gallery at 1316 A Mount St. Helens Way N.E. Castle Rock, Wash., features the talent of 66 local artists, artisans and authors. For info call 360 274-8583.

Are You Kidding Me? Stacey Gustafson's New Book is on a Blog Tour!

I first became acquainted with Stacey Gustafson online. Then I met her at the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshops. She's as funny in person as she is on her blog and even funnier in this book because she doesn't give you a chance to recover before going on to another humorous story. I was honored to be asked to be a part of the blog tour for Stacey's new book Are You Kidding Me.

Jo-Ann Carson Posts Excerpt From Lisa Lange's Story

One of the story contributors from my Not Your Mother's Book . . . On Being a Parent was interviewed by Jo-Ann Carson ( Lisa Lange told Jo-Ann she has been writing for 10 years and  has been published in magazines, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Not Your Mother's Books. Read Lisa's story Parenting Lessons I Learned fro Apollo 13 in NYMB .  . . On Being a Parent. Lisa was great to work with. Thanks, Jo-Ann and Lisa!

House Parties Promote Books

With 11 books in the Not Your Mother's Book anthology series (and yes, I co-created two of them!), I'm always trying to think of ways to promote. Last year, friends asked me to do some readings at their house for a group of people.

That gave me an idea! When I was asked for a donation for a fundraiser auction, I offered one hour of readings and two books from the series for a house party or event. That way, those bidding learned about the books, and so did those attending the book reading. 

Writers' Month at Pacific Northwest Gift Gallery, Workshops and More

March is Writers' Month
Pacific Northwest Gift Gallery
1316A Mount St. Helens Way NE

Writer Bobby Barbara Smith Promotes Books

Here's what writer Bobby Barbara Smith said about her December 22 book signing in Mountain Home, Arkansas:

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