The Conference, Day Zero

Wednesday, August 5: I’m on my way the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. For me, it’s part conference, part retreat and part vacation, located on a beautiful stretch of Northern California’s glorious coast.

I’m looking forward to another class with David Corbett, who is among other things an excellent teacher; I’m looking forward to seeing writing friends and making new ones.

The conference starts tomorrow, so today is technically Day Zero – or is that C minus 1? I came up yesterday and spent the night in Gualala. My big takeaway from yesterday was the discovery that river otters are perfectly happy swimming in the ocean. This guy came up out of the Gualala River, loped across the spit and went into the ocean without any hesitation. Since the mouth of the river is closed and has been for months, I’m guessing the food supply’s a bit thin; river otters will eat birds, but the pickings in general have to be better out there in the Pacific.

river otter 1


river otter 02


river otter 03



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3 Responses to The Conference, Day Zero

  1. Donna Banta says:

    Wish I was there with you guys! Crossing my fingers for next year. Have a great conference!

  2. Great otter pics! Thank you for your sharp, incredibly useful comments at Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. I hope to hear more from you. You’ve got a great novel in the works!

  3. Marion says:

    It was great meeting you Theresa, and I look forward to seeing your great historical novel in print! Or, you know, whatever they call it on Kindle.

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