Presenting Patti Marxsen’s “Archaeologies”

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Patti M. Marxsen’s essay “Archaeologies” as an Ashland Creek Press Short.   In this haunting essay,  Marxsen explores the discoveries and losses of a family shattered by divorce. “Archeologists know,” Marxsen writes, “that something precious is always at risk of being lost forever.”  In this essay, Marxsen is …

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Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to celebrate — so we went to the Oregon Caves National Monument — literally, into the earth. It turned out to be the perfect way to celebrate the treasure that is our planet. Located in the Klamath-Siskiyou mountains, the caves were discovered in 1874 by a man named Elijah Davidson, …

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Ask the editor: How to create authentic characters

Q: How do you write a first-person character whose voice doesn’t sound like the writer’s own? At some point does the character just take on his/her own life and you, the author, disappear? — J.W., Seattle A: Many writers choose to write in a first-person POV because this voice comes naturally — it’s similar to …

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The definition of irony

So, we recently returned from a lovely trip down the coast of California. One of the highlights for me was discovering a lovely vegan wine from Girasole Vineyards of Mendocino. Here’s the ironic part: While the wine is vegan, the descriptions on the back don’t exactly reflect this. The chardonnay, for example, is said to …

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