The Spontaneous Pen, March 2012

 One jump line.  Ninety seconds to write.  Go!

This month’s jump line is:

I wish…

  • I wish to mix a formula that everyone could taste where instantly the heart perceives, the ruthless pursuit of pointless wars are mankind’s senseless waste. -Dale Angel
  • I wish and blow the dandelion seeds into the breeze.  I watch their parachutes carry them into the blue and I remember days of picking fistfuls of dandelion puffballs for my mother.  She said they were beautiful and placed them in vases around the house.  She always had a way of seeing flowers instead of weeds. -Alicia McCauley
  • I wish you could see me now! You’d laugh right along with me! You always said I’d be able to laugh at anything and make something funny outta nuthin’! -Laura Hernandez

Take 90 seconds to finish the jump line and then post your response in the comments section.  All online comments will be posted here.  Due to limited space only, selected responses will be published in next month’s newsletter.

All About Books Welcomes Local Authors


Richard Lucas, owner of All About Books, will proudly continue to feature local authors at the new location, 1301 Court Street.  All About Books showcases an entire section devoted to the published works of local authors.

All About Books will now be a part of Second Saturday Art Night on the second Saturday of each month.  They’re looking for local authors to read and sign books during Second Saturday Art Night.  Authors wishing to participate would need to be in attendance from 6-9pm.  If interested, please contact Richard Lucas ASAP, as spaces are limited.

Richard Lucas, All About Books

(530) 605-4848

Thank you, Richard and All About Books, for your continued support of local authors!

Write Your Own Biography Workshop with Dr. Victoria Morse

At our March meeting*, author and lecturer Dr. Victoria Morse will present a workshop on how to write your own biography. Attendees will want to bring pen and paper for segments of writing and sharing.

Here’s what Dr. Morse has to say about writing an autobiography:  “Even our fiction writing may include some memory or assorted combined memories that we draw from real life experience. It is well to acknowledge the value of writing one’s memoirs, perhaps during barren pauses when creative juices need a catalyst to be revitalized. By tapping in to reveal some of our past, inextricably we come to know ourselves more intimately. The common theme is to leave something of our life and thoughts for our children and grandchildren who may not know the history of the family tree. More than this, we are honing the writing skills and searching for fresh ways to rediscover our own purpose.”

Dr. Morse teaches classes on writing biographies, and lectures on a variety of topics. She has written The Handbook for Happy Living and Glimpse of Light, among other titles.  Her upcoming class, Write Your Own Biographystarts Monday, March 5 and runs through April 2 at 6:00 p.m. in Redding Library. Sign-ups are taken through Redding Recreation at 225-4095. The cost for five weeks is $31.

We look forward to seeing you at our March meeting!

*Monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 am-12:30 pm in at All Saints Episcopal Church in the Memorial Hall.  Doors open at 10:00am and the meeting begins promptly at 10:30am.  All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA.  For more details about monthly featured programs and other Writers Forum events, please visit our Calendar Page.