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Make Way for Trolls in the PNW!

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Raised by 20 people in 18 months
Created July 7, 2017
I'm off to Washington State to finish my second novel in solitude! I'll be renting a small apartment over a garage in the country, northwest of Spokane. My plan is to take a break from teaching English and grading papers, work part-time, have plenty of energy to write, and stay out of debt. Moving out of state is more expensive than I expected!

See below for donation prizes.

My second book is very different than my debut novel, Glassmusic, released by Conundrum Press in 2014. Inspired by my family history in Norway, it was shortlisted for the 2015 International Rubery Book Award.



My second novel is a fantasy set in the Pacific Northwest, much closer to where I grew up in Seattle, and features trolls who have immigrated from Norway. While I am in charge of the writing, my brother Michael Snow co-authored the plot and is the creator and backbone behind the story. We are first generation Norwegian-Americans, so we love the idea of integrating Norse mythology into the book. The protagonist is a young female magician coming of age in the Cascade Mountains. 

I applied for a grant to work on the book, and though I didn't get it, the jurors gave me some wonderful feedback. From the Sustainable Arts Foundation:

“The troll mythology from your Norwegian background is really interesting. . . . This is strong speculative fiction. The action is clearly plotted and the pace is right on.”


My brother Michael and me in Kaupanger, Norway, August 2015.

Please help make this book a reality! So far, I have written about 25,000 words over the last few years inbetween semesters of teaching. To finish, I need to focus on writing the rest of it for an entire year while working a much less demanding job.

Thank you so much for your support!

For donations of $50 or more by the 11th, I'll send you a signed copy of my second novel (assuming it gets published, of course!).

For donations of $100 or more by the 11th, I'll send you a signed copy of my novel Glassmusic + a signed copy of the new novel.

If you dontate $100 or more after the 11th, you'll get a signed copy of the new novel.

See my website for more about my writing, www.rebeccasnow.co

Rebecca


My first reading and book signing of Glassmusic, BookBar , Denver, CO, 2015.
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Update 6
Posted by Rebecca Snow
1 month ago
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Hello, Dear Supporters!

I moved my financial needs section from last to first. Please read below for updates about Alaska and my writing!

FINANCIAL NEEDS
1. Food & basic bills
2. Housing. I finally gave in and applied for low-income housing here in Alaska, but it's a 12-18 month waiting list. I can't housesit forever, and I need a home. I'm on the list for a voucher so I can choose where I live (not, hopefully, in a noisy/smoky apartment). I've been stubborn all these years about applying for fear of being surrounded by drug-users and because I kept thinking my injuries from the car accident were on the verge of healing. Instead, I ended up with slum lords because of my low income and probably worse living conditions for myself and my son than we would have had if I had just applied. (I also tried renting a few nicer places, but ended up in too much debt and still had landlords who wouldn't fix basic things like plumbing.) I thought I had a great situation last year in the quiet garage apartment outside Spokane, but my elderly landlord started getting dementia or some other form of mental paranoia, and I could no longer tolerate living on her property. My family's homes are all overfilled with my dear nieces and nephews.
3. Seeing my son. I miss him! This will be my first Christmastime without him since he was born, because tickets are too expensive. He's in his third year of college in Colorado, and I'm really hoping to fly him up here for his spring break!

WORK & DISABILITY
I'm on the edge of a disability I've been striving to either accept or shed for 21 years. Right now, I'm having to accept it, though I still hope to be able to teach full-time one day. The silver lining is I'm able to spend time writing at my own pace. I could not make a living freelance writing at my speed, and it is SO much easier on my injured brain to work on my own creative writing than to write for someone else. I've tried things like copyediting. I've tried and I've tried. I'm good at it but very slow. Teaching, while it takes a lot of brain power, is what I know and what I do best when it comes to work. It's also more ergonomic. For the sake of my soul, my back, and surviving depression, I must save enough desktop time for my writing.

The college here in Homer, Alaska hired me this coming spring to teach my dream class--creative writing--which I was never offered to teach in Colorado (or anywhere else)! Provided the class fills, it will definitely help, but it's only one class and not enough to afford housing.

HOMER
This small town in Alaska is so stunning, I am hoping to find a way to stay here longterm. I will be housesitting here through mid-May. It's a great place for writing, and a lot of writers live here! I read at the local library this last weekend, and half the small audience were writers. Everyone who didn't already have the book bought a copy of Glassmusic. I also read a little from Molly & the Black Book and had fun discussing the writing process with the attendees after the reading.

NOVEL UPDATE
After finishing my first draft last year outside Spokane, I started sending it to agents, but then I sent it to a writer I highly respect, and she gave me incredibly helpful feedback. I was so excited to finish the draft, but I jumped the gun! It's not quite ready for publication, and I'm applying her notes to my second draft. I've been in Homer for a little over two months, and I'm about 1/3 the way through the novel. The cabin here is a little chilly, but so quiet! Perfect for focusing. And while I miss Pi, I have the good company of Luis the Corgi & Eomer the cat.

SO, donations of any amount are much appreciated! Thank you a thousand times, and Happy Holidays!

Hugs and love,
Rebecca
https://www.patreon.com/RebeccaSnow
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Update 5
Posted by Rebecca Snow
2 months ago
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Thank you so much to my sister Rachael for resurrecting support for my writing and my disability! I am now working on the second draft of my novel in Homer, Alaska while housesitting. More updates soon.
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Update 4
Posted by Rebecca Snow
11 months ago
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Dear Supporters,

Molly and the Black Book is now complete! I finished the first draft just before Thanksgiving, and I have now readied the manuscript for publication and am querying agents! Thank you so much again for helping me move to this perfect location for a writer. I wrote 65,000 words since moving here last summer, for a total of 90,000 words.

REWARDS: If you donated $100 or more by July 11th and would like a signed copy of Glassmusic, please message me your address (click on the envelope next to my name). I apologize for the long delay. Glassmusic has been out of stock while my publisher merged with another small press (Bower House Books) and switched distributors. Conundrum Press is now an imprint of Bower House.

If I owe you a copy of my new book once it is published (see original post with rewards), please message me your address as well.

WRITING NEWS: My poem, "Sestina for Adjuncts," was the most-read poem in Rattle last September. This was because my story as a former adjunct was featured in the Guardian that same month, and they linked to my poem!

Here is the Guardian article (note I was not one of the adjuncts that resorted to sex work; my story is at the end of the article--I'm the one who got away from teaching as an adjunct)!
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/28/adjunct-professors-homeless-sex-work-academia-poverty

And here is my poem in Rattle:
https://www.rattle.com/sestina-for-adjuncts-by-rebecca-snow/

The photos below are by the Guardian photographer, Rajah Bose, who photographed me at my apartment out in the country.

Last but not least, I launched a Patreon page today! While I am now working part-time as a nanny, I hope to keep my four days off to focus on writing. Even a $1 pledge per month would be so appreciated! https://www.patreon.com/RebeccaSnow

Me and my landlord's dog, Pi.
Pi loves playing with the water hose!
My writing office :)
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Update 3
Posted by Rebecca Snow
16 months ago
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So much of the country seems to be either burning or flooding. While my home isn't destroyed, unlike so many others', the wildfire smoke from Montana filled the air here in eastern Washington at hazardous levels for several days, and we have dealt off and on with week-long bouts of haze from wildfires in Canada and the Cascades as well. We were surrounded. Sometimes I couldn't see the lake out my window, the smoke was so thick. It's finally getting better now. I'm grateful for cooler fall weather.

And I wrote 3200 words today! Just think if I wrote that many words every day--I'd be finished with this novel in a couple of weeks! Unfortunately, I have to keep job-hunting, and I have another interview on Saturday. I'm at almost 43,000 words, with a goal of at least 80,000 words to complete a young adult fantasy draft. I moved to Washington with about 25,000 words, so I've added about 18,000 words so far.

Thanks once again for your support!

Hugs,
Rebecca
Hazardous smoke levels haven't been fun.
Smoke obscuring the lake
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