Friday, March 29, 2013

Flash Fiction - The theme: IDIOT

Caution: BAD WORD in one of the 100 word stories. Also: NOTE volume setting on your computer.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

North Coast Writers reading

Subject: Reminder: Next North Coast Writers reading

On Tuesday, April 2, that notorious star of classroom, RV and international cruising presents his take on the alternative denizens of the North Olympic Peninsula.  Jim Fisher, aka J. R. Engels, will enthrall us with his imaginative and tongue-firmly-in-cheek tales.  Wine on the Waterfront in Port Angeles is the venue, his reading begins at 7:00 p.m. - be there or be square. (boy does that date ME!)
North Coast Writers celebrate April Fools Day with An Evening with Jim and J.R., a tongue-in-cheek look at lesser-known denizens of the Olympic Peninsula.Locally celebrated educator, writer and poet Jim Fisher will present his first novel, The Adventures of J.R. Engels in the Great Pacific Northwest, on Tuesday, April 2, at Wine on the Waterfront, at The Landing, 115 E. Railroad Avenue in Port Angeles.  The reading begins at 7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30.

The free public event will feature a contemporary view of some of the legendary figures coloring local lore.  J. R. takes a look at grandmotherly vampires, Sasquatch, gay cows, king salmon, Roosevelt elk and other phenomena in a humorous collection of improbable tales from the Pacific Northwest.

The Adventures of J.R. Engels is the product of twenty years of J.R. stories, now assembled into Fisher’s first novel.  “J.R. is a bit challenged when it comes to hunting and fishing, but is willing to try anything, no matter how clumsily he stumbles through the experience,” according to Fisher.


Jim Fisher is a self-described “semi-retiring sometimes prose writer and sometimes poet” professor from the English Department at Peninsula College in Port Angeles.  He was the long-time facilitator of First Tuesday readings promoting local and regional writing talent.  The series was the predecessor to the current North Coast Writers events. 


Fisher is a transplanted Californian who had a 25-year business career with Procter and Gamble in Long Beach. A plant closure allowed him to return to school at California State University, Long Beach and the University of Southern California for graduate work, followed by a 20-year teaching career.


Since his retirement, Fisher has devoted much of his time to travel with his wife, Ann Elizabeth.  They lived one quarter in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China, where Fisher was the exchange professor from Peninsula College to the Guilin University of Electronic Technology.  He has taught in Egypt, South Africa, Holland, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and the entire Mediterranean from Barcelona to Istanbul.  Their journeys bring color and additional humor to Fisher’s work.  When not traveling, the couple lives in Sequim and at nearby Lake Sutherland.


Tuesday’s 7:00 p.m. reading is open to the community.  Early arrival is encouraged for purchase of beverages and good seating.  For further information on the readings, contact North Coast Writers spokesperson Mary-Alice Boulter, (360) 457-6410 or e-mail

Friday, March 8, 2013

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines
We are seeking short stories that deal with horror (or anything creepy), Fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, young adult, humor, and general fiction.  Pretty much every genre will be looked at, to see if it's publishable in Writer's World Journal

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Robots that write stories

Journalist: A company called Narrative Science recently launched a software product that can write newspaper stories about sports games directly from the games’ statistics. The same software can now be used to automatically write an overview of a company’s business performance using information available on the web. It uses algorithms to turn the information into attractive articles. You can see how newspapers of the future will use these tools to generate stories and deliver them to you with customized content and in a bespoke format based on your preferences it gets from the browser logs of what other content you are reading and what social media posts you are sharing.[What's next?]