It could be my Irish heritage; you know, that long-suffering tendency toward the suspicion that revealing a joy might bring down the wrath of someone divine. Or, perhaps I should blame the Yankee […]
Scholarship Available for “Pitch” Program at MWPA
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance offers a wide array of fantastic programming for writers, including “Pitch” which offers writers the chance to pitch their manuscripts or book proposals to agents from leading […]
Catch Island Authors at TEIA Event
The “Colors & Pages of Peaks” event is your opportunity to meet the talented people behind the published pages, to partake of wine and cheese (or pancakes, if you choose the morning time slot), and to revel in community spirit.
“Live in a storybook while you write one”: Faison Residency on Peaks Island
Prepare yourself for a virtual tour of a magical place, a stone house on a high point of land on an island in Portland Harbor: the Stone House of the Illustration […]
Memorial Day Weekend on a Maine Island: Reflecting on “Peek at Peaks”
It’s Memorial Day Weekend, the kickoff to summer, and the pivot point in the biorhythm of Peaks Island life. Leisurely strolls down the middle of the road must await late autumn as […]
How One Scientist Empowers Thousands of Others: Johan Erikson Publishes in Journal of Chemical Education
Politicians have been using science as a punching bag a lot lately. It’s hard to overstate the dangers of this, given that scientific thinking and the distinction of fact from fiction fuels our ability to cure diseases, invent new technology, and generally explain how the world works. Meanwhile, science educators shoulder on with preparing the next generation of critical thinkers and scientists, including Science Department Chair, professor, and author Dr. Johan Erikson who crosses Portland Harbor on the Peaks Island ferry each day and commutes to Saint Joseph’s College on Sebago Lake.
Writing in the Rain: A Tip on Notebooks for Travelers & Writers
Walcott’s mention of “each phrase go be soaked in salt” represented well my experience of trying to take notes on the wave- and rain-soaked deck so that I could document the specialized language used aboard the sailing ship and could write the magazine article the way the editor requested. There was no way that I could rely upon my memory for this detail. Given the volume of sea water sloshing about, I couldn’t use the Notes app on my iphone nor could I use a regular notebook. Each moment on the rocking deck and in the hold brimmed with characters, dialogue, and action. I needed a reliable note taking tool.
Beth Rand’s “ABC Gulls”
Beth Rand didn’t plan on writing a children’s book from her Peaks Island, Maine home, but she couldn’t be happier that Islandport Press is publishing her “ABC Gulls” in hardcover. Visiting Beth on […]
Tips from a Commuting Writer: Peter Bridgford and “Hauling Through”
You know all those articles about religiously rising early and sequestering yourself at a hallowed desk in order to achieve success as a writer? Nope, this is not one of those; consider this […]
Iterative Writing: How Scott Nash Put Shrunken Treasures into Our Hands
When you’re reading a book, have you ever wondered: how do writers translate their imagination onto a page? I a lways assumed that other writers work like I do by first conjuring, […]