I’m here in Tacoma, spending Valentine’s Day/weekend with my lovely wife, Dona, and checking out the area that will eventually be my new home (if Michigan ever lets me go). We’re staying at the home of one of Dona’s associates, and I’m writing this while looking out the kitchen window at a panorama that includes Mt. Rainier and the Port of Tacoma.
So far so good.
First thing we did after I landed at SeaTac was head down to Tacoma’s waterfront, where there are no less than 15 restaurants that overlook Puget Sound. We wound up at Duke’s Chowder House, where Dona got spotted by one of her board members, and the staff found out we were moving in and went out of their way to welcome us.
Friday we did a little house hunting, always a fun sport. More of that in the next few days.
Aside from that it’s been a couple of days of relaxing and writing. Amazing what a view can do for your inspiration. Oh, and wondering how I ever got used to Michigan’s permafrost—I hadn’t seen grass for almost three months. It has snowed once in Tacoma in that time, and it melted in a few hours.
Yeah, I think this is gonna work.
Finally, a few program notes. You can skip these if they bore/offend you.
- The Tahoma Literary Review web site is now live. See what we’re all about.
- I’ll be interviewed next Wednesday, Feb. 19, on Sylvia Hubbard’s Michigan Literary Network internet radio program at 5:45-6pm. Talkin’ about TLR, my book, this blog, and more.
- I’m moderating a Friday morning session at the AWP conference on Feb. 28. If you’re attending, please come on by.
Sorry for the shameless promotion. It’s a necessary evil of the writing business.
 The topic of next week’s blog.