with a detour into Stephen King's writing process, and (surprise!) birds
I got hooked on the Kopp Sisters series, and then found out about the rest of your books which are also some of my favorites because of the story-telling along with factual information. The newsletters are fun to read while waiting for more books. Thanks for sharing both in writing and illustrations!
New to Substack myself and found you here. Agree this is an amazing space to find good reading. I've read everything you've written in book form. The art is a delight. And since I'm a sucker for a contest, I'm leaving a comment in the off chance I get lucky in your drawing of the illustration. (I submitted a ms. to Tin House and finding the drawing of this drink is the kind of serendipity that makes a girl believe in wishes.)
I can't hear the word huckleberry without thinking of Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday. Even after all these years. And as for The Shining, I'm just about done with the book. Saw the film a number of times, and I have to say, there are some elements to the film I like better, while also preferring some things in the book.
Please tell me you have audio of the swift-watching pop-up. Tipsy writers insulting raptors must have been hilariously brilliant.
That illustrated tale about the swifts was lovely!
I love to paint and I love a good cocktail. I took a class from you a few years ago thru Etchr and really like the loose style you make look so easy. My main jam is pastels but if I want to stay clean I love to do watercolors. Also up until a few years ago was a long time PDX resident.....so I love your references and delightful watercolors of that wonderful city. I now live in Seattle so I feel still close to the Rose city.
Well, this was a lovely way to begin a week. Thank you. And your piece reminded me of the time I was touring some prospective parents at the school where I work. It was a gentle Saturday as I remember it and we were strolling and chatting on the playground about children and childhood when a resident red tailed hawk dove and grabbed a young squirrel. They then perched on a nearby phone pole glaring and eviscerating. I turned to the parents and said, “The hawk has yet to pick up a child.” I think I had a Maple Old Fashioned that night and read On Writing by Stephen King.
As always, love these newsletters. So here's where I'm stuck on huckleberries. I keep hearing they can't be cultivated commercially, but I grow them (technically, if not always successfully). I'm blaming BIG HUCKLEBERRY for their very successful PR campaign.
I bought several plants from...hmm...maybe it was Raintree Nursery and Farmington Gardens? (Vaccinium Ovatum) Anyway, when the stars align, they do produce blue-black berries that taste just like huckleberries. So I'm confuzzled on the idea that they can't be cultivated. Maybe I unknowingly have some illicit plants smuggled from WSU? It's a mystery.
love your newsletters. the stories, the art, and your perspective! Thanks!!
It's lovely hearing about the swallows and seeing the drawing.
I wonder sometimes what huckleberries really are and I look it up from time to time and then forget, so when I read this, I looked it up again in Pojar and MacKinnon, as Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast is fondly known. It confirmed that what we consider huckleberries (basically the red ones, as opposed to the blue ones) really are huckleberries: Vaccinium parvifolium. They grow all over our lot along with blueberries. And we are nowhere near 3,000 feet, but apparently there are quite a few plants with the common name of huckleberry. Last year when my grandson and I were picking, we started opening up the funny-looking berries, which seem to be a majority of them, and there were always worms in these. This may be another reason for the high price.
Our local independent movie theater just announced a drive-in showing of The Shining. I had always had the impression that The Shining was a horror movie, and that's not my thing, so I wasn't interested, but the venue promised to be great - watching it outside on a dark stormy night, so I did watch the trailer. The trailer sounded instead like it was a very sweet little movie. Google implied that the trailer was a spoof. Or maybe there is a movie that is a spoof of The Shining. I'm a little confused about the whole thing, but it was a coincidence to hear about it from you, also.
It's always fun to read your posts.
Thank you for the recipe, look forward to tasting!
I really like how you weave story into art and art into story...and into a great newsletter!
Like your Kopp novels, I enjoy reading your news letters. I had just seen Laura's pictures from the Tin House booksellers event. Lovely to see your swifts and Shining-related paintings.
Thank you for your news letters, yours is the only one I read
I've never eaten a Huckleberry. Now I know how pricey they are I doubt I ever will! Interesting to hear about their habitat though.
I love your newsletters ❤️