Storyknife at Anchorage Rotary

Storyknife Writers Retreat

[My remarks at Anchorage Rotary yesterday, as follows, and my thanks to Jon Deisher for making it happen.]

I have to start with a story, because you know that’s what I do. A guy walks into a bookstore, the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona. He tells the owner, Barbara Peters, that he left his book on the plane, and it was really good and he wants to finish it. Great, she says, thinking instant sale, what was the title? He can’t remember. Who was the author? He can’t remember that either. What was the story about? Well, it was a mystery. Finally she says to him, can you remember anything at all about this book that you loved and can’t wait to finish? Well, the cover was red.

This is my job. I’m the one who wrote the book the only distinctive thing about which this guy can…

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