I’m looking forward to Jessica Barksdale’s writing workshop in a couple weeks. I submitted twenty-five pages of my new novel, Norman in the Painting to her and the other attendees for critiques. This year’s two-day workshop will be the third one of Jessica’s that I’ve attended. She is one of the most inspiring writing teachers I had as a beginning writer and continues to be along my writing journey. Her on-line classes and her mythology class at Diablo Valley College were outstanding.