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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Meet the Monterey Cypress: Ashland Tree of the Year 2004

During a break in the rain today we snuck outside and captured a few photos of Ashland’s Tree of the Year from 2004, the Monterey Cypress: This tree has been around since the early 1900s and it appears close to outgrowing its yard. Here is a closer view of the trunk: You can see the …

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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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