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May - 2016: Upcoming, I'll be participating in Desert Sleuth's Donald Maass Workshop. I'm afraid it sold out months ago, but if you have questions, contact me.

Apr - 2016: A 2nd Kami Short will release in the Malice Domestic anthology in Bethesda MD. I'll also be moderating a panel with authors Karen Pullen, Sue Cox, and Gretchen Archer. Don't miss the fun! I'll have special edition signed copies of the 1st Kami Short from the SinC - Desert Sleuth anthology to hand out for free.

Apr - 2016: An adult short story, Big Horn Mountain Carnivores, was selected as the adult category winner in the Tempe Community Writing Contest loosely associated with Arizona State University! The e- & print release where I read a portion of the story was the greatest fun. Thank you everyone who came by! Free download here (scroll to bottom): 

Aug - 2015: Politics of Chaos was released at an event attended by the awesome NYTimes best-selling author Sara Paretsky! Also, a flash fiction entitled, "Lightning" was 3rd runner up in the national 2015 Writers Police Academy's contest.

July - 2015: NYC FBI headquarters. Many thrilling authors were there, the presentations were fantastic, and the experience was a solid 15 on a 10 point scale. Thank you to the International Thriller Writers for inviting me. Thank you to the men and women of the FBI.

MAY - 2015: The Poisoned Pen submitted Chaos Theory for the 2015 Edgar's young adult novel award. Please note that submission is NOT a nomination. Still, it is an exciting development.

MAR - 2015:Tucson Festival of Books booksigning! Great time by all.

FEB - 2015: CHAOS THEORY, released by The Poisoned Pencil, an imprint of The Poisoned Pen Press - one of the nation's largest publishers of hard-back mysteries.

MAR - 2013: Meg was honored to receive a year long mentorship from author Jan Blazanin through the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Iowa. Ms. Blazanin praised Meg's multiple characters' distinct and age appropriate voices.

Her writing blog is located at megevonne.blogspot.com contains reviews and writing craft tools.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Inspiring the Writer's Mind

After a submersion writer’s conference weekend (in this case Desert Nights Rising Stars at ASU), I never know what bit of information will become part of my internal life. In this case, it was Daniel Bosch’s short lyric poetry book entitled Octaves bound in three sections that are separated by three spines. Remember those thin magic wooden pieces tied with ribbons that you flip one end and the entire thing reverses itself? This doesn’t reverse itself with clever ribbons, but reading it is accomplished in a variety of ways reminiscent of it.

Out of these lovely to touch and interesting to turn pages, several poems teased and pulled my muse out of hiding. One line haunts me. It is now four days later and this line never leaves my thoughts.

The past is present now. And now. And now.

That pinpoint of time he isolates like a stop motion photo from the stream of life. I love the ticking of the life clock with ‘…now. And now. And now.’ We are reminded that we are always on the precipice of the present and of the past. Both reside within us in the space of a second, the beating of a butterfly’s wings, or the blink of an eye. In the last line, I've not remembered exactly, he reverses it.

The present is past and is now. And now.

What draws my muse, however, is the continuance of the assumed:

And the future is the present now. And now. And now.

There is comfort in that present moment filled with breathless anticipation and also sweet memory of what has passed. My basic premise in life has been: “The future enters into us long before it arrives.” What comes to us on the rebus strip of life has been a part of us unrealized until the present reveals the past and the future connections. This says it in a far more memorable and haunting way.

Thank you, Daniel Bosch, for inspiring my muse.

I fear that I’ve not gotten his words perfectly. I left the work in my Arizona writing studio, never imagining that I would live with this particular line etched in my mind. I will correct when I’m back in there.