Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 9.30.48 PMWWW member Gail Jenner released her historic cookbook, Sourdough Biscuits and Pioneer Pies on November 1, 2017 with TwoDot Publishing.

With over 120 vintage/historic recipes, sidebars relating the history of settlement in the West, plus vintage and color photos, this cookbook is a call-out to our WWW membership. Many of the recipes came from WWW members as well as bakers/cooks from all over the West. And though many of the recipes are from history, they’re fully adapted for the modern cook and baker.

Sourdough Biscuits and Pioneer Pies shares the baking secrets of Native American ranch house cooks, chuck wagon chefs, and wagon train homemakers. Laced among classic baked goods recipes such as Sourdough Biscuits, and Wild Grape-Apple Pie are dozens of anecdotes and fun facts on how our ancestors were so successful with so little, which likely calls to the hearts of many of our members!


About Gail
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Gail lives with her rancher husband on his family’s 150-year-old, original homestead near Etna in Northern California. The author of ten books, Gail is also an avid cook and gardener and has had recipes published in Better Homes & Gardens, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Country Woman, and A Taste of Home.
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A Writing Break & Stocking Stuffer Call!

Sometimes we all get so caught up in writing and creating that we need a breather from one world in order to see what we’re working on a little more clearly. Or we just need reminders where to get social and find joy.

If you are a WWW member and still have not joined the Yahoo Listserv, please contact Alice Trego at to get set up. It’s a wonderful private forum (much like Facebook, but a little more private and personal!) where everyone discusses their triumphs and trials, congratulate each other and crow over particularly joyful news. Be part of the discussion – don’t miss out on this perk of WWW membership!

In other news, f you’re a little overwhelmed by all the writing advice and craft information out there lately, take a break from thinking too hard about putting words on the page and want to dive into a more philosophical place, hop over to WWW member Robin Gainey’s blog, where she waxes eloquent about higher consciousness:

As the holidays approach, don’t forget that many WWW members write holiday themed novels, novellas, poems and other pieces that reflect on the spirit of giving, love, and sharing holiday cheer. If you have a holiday book (no matter how long ago you published it!) post it in the comments below with a link so we all know where to find that perfect stocking stuffer for our friends and family!

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A Wild Place: Sabino Canyon

Right on top of the heels of conference response, WWW member Mary Trimble has written us a post about the Sabino Canyon in Tucson, which she enjoyed while at the conference!


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Saguaro Cactus

While recently attending a Women Writing the West conference at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort near Tucson, AZ, fellow writer Heidi Thomas and I took a little side trip to Sabino Canyon for a narrated 3.7-mile tram ride. As we rode in the open-air tram, our driver pointed out the various sites of interest including views of rocky outcroppings, craggy trees, and tough, hardy plants including a variety of cacti: cholla, prickly pear, ocotillo and the great saguaro. We learned that the saguaro can grow to be more than 40 feet tall and that many of the specimens we saw could possibly be 200 years old.

Nine stops along the way allow riders to get out and hike a variety of trails, or have a picnic, then catch a later tram, or riders may stay aboard for the entire trip. We happen to take the last tram of the day, so we stayed aboard for the entire journey. The tram turns around at Stop 9 and heads back down to the Visitors Center.

On our tour, I was surprised to see pools of water as late in the year as October. In spring and summer visitors can even see waterfalls. The Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in the Coronado National Forest. Sabino Creek gives life to the riparian and desert flora within the canyon. We saw a variety of trees including the Arizona state tree, the palo verde, plus willow, sycamore and ash.


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Sabino Canyon

Although I scoured the landscape as we slowly drove by, I didn’t see any wildlife, but the area supports abundant birds, mammals and reptiles. Our driver said that he has seen mountain lion on numerous occasions. Bobcat and coyote have been spotted, along with quails, roadrunners, lizards, and rattlesnakes.

In 1905, the Forest Service began overseeing Sabino Canyon.  During the Great Depression, the bridges over Sabino Creek and the Sabino Dam were constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corporation (CCC).

The Sabino Canyon Tour was a highlight of my stay in Tucson. Tours are available seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call (520) 749-2327, or visit

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About Mary

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 11.41.55 AMMary E. Trimble, award-winning novelist, has written two memoirs, four contemporary western novels, and over 400 magazine and newspaper articles. Her past is peppered with unique experiences, including positions as purser and ship’s diver aboard the tall ship, M.S. Explorer; two years with the Peace Corps in West Africa; and a 13,000-mile South Pacific sailing trip aboard a 40-foot Bristol. She recently retired after serving 20 years as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and lives with her husband on Camano Island, Washington. For more on Mary, visit

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WWW 2017 Conference Response! (and if you didn’t make it, read more about it here)

Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 2.17.53 PMOur members had an absolute blast at the 2017 WWW conference as all the chatter on the Listserv and subsequent personal/writing blogs can attest. What a wonderful conference thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and the board, as well as the organizers, Carolyn and Jan.

If you were unable to get to Tucson this year (I wasn’t able to attend either, to my chagrin!) you can read all about our members’ reactions, take-aways and favorite moments on their blogs. Check out some of the links below to relive the fun or get a taste of what will surely come in Walla Walla next year!

Sydney Avey has a great post that offer two sides of writing in tidbit recap divided between “right brain” aka creative and “left brain” or business/marketing sides of writing. You can view her blog about the conference here:

If some of you wanted to get off location but never made it, Pamela Tartaglio (one of the past presidents of WWW) did a post on the Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone, complete with great original photographs and history. You can check it out here:

Looking forward to seeing you all next year, and congrats to all our Willa and Laura winners and finalists!

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New Release: LIGHT OF THE NORTHERN DANCERS by Robin Gainey

Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 10.43.14 AMOn November 7th, Robin Gainey’s second novel, Light of the Northern Dancers, will be released with her publisher Untreed Reads. With a touch of wilderness poetry, a revelation in the grit and rawness of Wyoming Territory, and a heart-rending glimpse of the intimacy brought by the need for finding joy, peace and acceptance as well as survival, Gainey delivers another beautiful book to the WWW landscape.

Light of the Northern Dancers circles around two bright and strong women – the fiery Eden Rose and her equally vivacious best friend Maddie True – and the constant battle the women must overcome to save their children, their families and to find an even deeper well of strength within themselves in the light of tragedies that come in all shapes and sizes. The novel has already garnered many accolades and is optioned and currently in development for a television miniseries.

To pre-order in paperback, hardcover or ebook before November 7th, you can visit: or on iBooks.

Robin will also be at book signings in Washington, Idaho, Montana and California beginning November 8th. If any WWW members want to pop over, she’ll be speaking about the joys and trials to take a novel from written word to screenplay and beyond. In fact, one of the producers will attend the signing in Spokane on November 10th with Robin. If you’re around, stop by and say hi! Events link:

About Robin

Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 10.46.27 AMRobin comes to WWW from a very varied background: founding Santa Barbara’s American Institute of Wine and Food with Julia Child, partnering to create California’s Gainey Vineyard, breeding and showing Arabians, and is an active trustee of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She lives in Seattle now. You can learn more about Robin at her website,


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“Some Thoughts on History”

WWW member Doris McCraw has recently written about the depth of history and its quotes left to us from snippets in time, through the eyes of important people around the globe. She is willing to share with us a very well-researched list of historical quotes, some a bit unique and not very common.

From Churchill to Confucius, this quick read helps us to remember, perhaps, that we are all of us living a bit of history in the making. Let’s all write our hearts out, so maybe in 100 years it’s our quotes on a list of historical moments and thoughts! Many cheers!

To read Doris’s post on “Some Thoughts on History” please click through to her blog here:

About Doris

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 10.25.43 PMDoris writes under the pen name Angela Raines and lives in the Rocky Mountains where she writes, acts and teaches, as well as enjoys time researching bits of history. She is also an avid photographer and haiku writer, combining both art forms together on her haiku blog. You can learn more about Doris and like her Facebook page here:


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New Release: THE SHEEP WALKER’S DAUGHTER by Sydney Avey

Syndey Avey is a new mScreen Shot 2017-10-09 at 11.29.47 AMember of WWW and her first novel, The Sheep Walker’s Daughter has just been re-published by The Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevade, Reno. A general trade publisher, Torchflame, an imprint of Light Messages, re-published the digital version.

The Sheep Walker’s Daughter was originally published in 2013 by Hope Springs Books and is an incredibly rich and diverse novel that unwinds mystery after mystery. When a Korean War widow’s mother dies before revealing the identity of her daughter’s father and his culture.

Dee uncovers more questions than answers as she searches: Why did her mother send money to the Basque Relief Agency? What does that Anglican priest know but isn’t telling? Seeking the counsel of a spiritual advisor and searching for fulfillment is just the start of the journey for Dee in this 1950’s Californian historical fiction.
About Syndey
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Sydney lives half her time in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, CA and the rest of the year in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Her background includes a degree in English from Berkeley and writing news stories for non-profits and large corporations and many of her pieces have appeared in magazines across the country. You can find her writing her blog or just more about Sydney, at


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