Friday, December 23, 2016

Have a Harbor House Happy Holiday

Can you imagine typing with no L?

We hope your season is bright and your writing is tight. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Note that we are closed until January 2, 2017

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Harbor House Heads-Up

The Christmas Tree is up and the SNOW is coming down. Time to come in, warm yourself and curl up with a book or do some writing.

Harbor House is open through December 16th to help you with your NaNoWriMo editing or whatever. We'll be closed from the 16th until January 2, 2017.

Also, keep in mind these exciting classes and activities we have coming up: 

Best-selling author and International Speaker Gideon F. For-mukai will present his The Art and Science of Storyselling, 1-3 p.m., Sat., Jan. 7.

Author and Renaissance Man Andy R. Bunch will present Writing the Mountain Man, 1-3 p.m., Sat. Jan. 21.

Cost for either presentation is $32 and advanced registration is required. Bring a friend and you each get $2 off.

We're having our Winter Readings Salon the evening of Sat. Jan. 14. Watch the blog for details and drop us an email or Facebook message if you want to read your work. The event is FREE and open to all (ten years of age or older); refreshments will be served.

Students: Don't miss 5 Secrets to Writing Successful College Papers, 10-11:30 a.m., Sat., Feb. 4! Only $10 and worth every cent of it!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Holiday Halls of Harbor House

As of last night we began decorating Harbor House for the holidays. We should have the interior finished by the weekend when the tree will go up in the front bay window. We also got the exterior lights up today.

What will you see when you come by? More than a dozen nativity scenes for one. Plus nearly 50 nutcrackers in the library and more.

We have hot chocolate (dark and milk), hot pumpkin-spiced cider, cranberry-vanilla wonderland  and gingerbread-spice teas for your enjoyment along with all the other regular choices.

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving. 

Come by and make us a part of your Christmas and remember our Poetry Workshop with Laura Schaeffer from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday, December 3. Also keep in mind that we are here to help you with your NaNoWriMo project now through Dec. 16 when we will close until Jan. 2, 2017.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Season of Change at Harbor House

I guess we all know that change is in the air. And at Harbor House we have a few changes of our own.

Firstly, our hours have changed. We are now open from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, Monday through Saturday until further notice. That is in general; we could change our minds (LOL). Please check our Facebook page for up-to-date hours before stopping by.

We will be OPEN SPECIAL NANOWRIMO HOURS Saturday, November 12 for twelve hours straight (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), as well as Wednesday, November 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6-10 p.m. for those final moments

Secondly, Teen Tuesdays have bee suspended for the time being due to lack of interest/use.

Thirdly, in case you hadn't heard, we will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving weekend and from December 18, 2016 through January 2, 2017.

Fourthly, We have discontinued our phone service. Please communicate by Facebook message or the email listed at the bottom of the blog.

Finally, we are now requiring advance registration for all classes and workshops. Our next class is "What Publishing Path is Right for YOU?" from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 19, cost is $$10. December 3 we are offering a very special, not to be missed POETRY WORKSHOP with Seattle poet Laura Schaeffer from 1 to 3 p.m. for $32.

Coming next year: "The Art and Science of Story Selling" with best-selling author and award-winning international speaker Gideon F. For-mukai on January 7, and "Writing the Mountain Man" with author and renaissance man Andy R. Bunch on January 21. Once again in February we'll be offering a Memoir Writing Workshop. And there's even more to come in March (think Marketing)!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This Just In: Harbor House NaNoWriMo News

We've talked about it and have decided to waive all drop-in fees at Harbor House for the entire month of November for NaNoWriMo. So, come on in for one of our daily write-ins!

This is a great opportunity for you to try out the writing center free of charge. And speaking of free of charge we have free charging stations and free WiFi! It's a great place to write, relax, read and meet other writers. We have local art on the walls, too.

One caveat: Our normally free hot beverage bar is not included in this offer, but you are welcome to bring your own or purchase the $1 beverages of your choice (coffee, a variety of teas including chai, spiced cider, hot chocolate). Snacks are also available for purchase.

We're generally OPEN Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. And Saturday, November 12 we'll be open for 12 hours straight from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We're CLOSED Sundays and November 24-27 for Thanksgiving. On November 2, 3 and 7 we'll close at noon.

Note that after Dec. 17 we'll be closed until January 2 for Christmas break, but we'll be open daily (except Sundays) from Dec. 1- 17 to help you edit that NaNoWriMo project you knocked out like a champ.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


We are sorry to announce closure of our Writing Center over the weekend. 

Taking our cue from the Timberland Library System and in consideration of the NWS forecasts we have canceled today's hours and TONIGHT'S SEMINAR "What Publishing Path is Right for YOU?"

The class has been rescheduled for November 19. Please see our Sessions tab for other updates.

PLEASE use caution and stay safe.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Treats for Tricks at a Halloweened-up Harbor House

A gross and ghoulish Halloween welcome from Harbor House where we work our fingers off to bring you great workshop content and events.

At left: Elliott, our old and outmoded Underwood, greets guests at our entryway. Looks like someone has worked their fingers to the bone.

You're invited to come on by and  see the fantastic array of fall offerings we have for you. [Though it occurs to me a class in ghostwriting might be appropriate this time of year (LOL) we're offering everything but.]

Yes, we have a slew of treats to help you learn a trick or two, hone your craft or celebrate this thing called writing that we do.


  • What Publishing Path is Right for You? taught by indie author Gregory E. Zschomler, 24-6 p.m., Oct. 15, $10.
  • Everybody has a Story: Introduction to Memoir Workshop taught by Ruth Zschomler MFA, 3-6 p.m. Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 (one class, two parts), $60.
  • Ghost Stories: Spooky Halloween Readings, all ten and up are welcome to this FREE event. Cider and doughnuts will be served. 8 p.m., Oct. 30.
  • 12 on 12, twelve-hour NaNoWriMo Write-in, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 12, FREE.
  • Writing the Mountain Man taught by author Andy R. Bunch (On Becoming a Man and Suffering Rancor), 1-3 p.m., Nov. 19, $32.
  • Poetry Workshop taught by lyric poet Laura Schaeffer MFA, 1-3 p.m., Dec. 3, $32.
Space is limited to 30 students for all classes; we can accommodate a few more for readings and no more than 16 for write-ins.

For more information click the sessions tab of this website, see our Facebook page, or call us at the number below.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Indie Author Day

During the Inaugural Indie Author Day on October 8, 2016, libraries from all across North America will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team.

In addition to these local programs, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital gathering at 2 p.m. Eastern featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders. 

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for libraries and authors to connect on both local and global levels! To find out more and if a library near you is participating click here.

Fall into Aberdeen's First Friday for Fun

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, (Day of the Dead) by stopping by to check out all of the fantastic new Dia de los Muertos art at the Aberdeen Art Center (just across from the Post Office).

Ten local artists along with artists from Oregon and Washington states are included in the unique exhibit. The art display showcases a "theatre of the macabre."

Then meet your tour guide outside of Cortese's Restaurant (212 S. "I" St.) for a special one hour version of the Murder, Madams & Mayhem Walking Tour! There will be TWO time slots available for the tours: 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. No reservations needed! 

The cost is a discounted $10 (cash only) and will still cover all of the exciting stories from Aberdeen's historic past! So, prepare to step back in time to the days when Billy Gohl still roamed the streets. (Participants will also receive a coupon for 15% off entrees at Cortese's Restaurant upon completion of the tour. Walk rain or shine.)

Then swing by and see the photographic works of Will Glessner and Ruth Zschomler at Harbor House (7-8 p.m.), 510 W. 1st St. We'll have snacks and sparkling cider as well as hot coffee and cocoa on to end your evening in Aberdeen.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Changes and Firsts at Harbor House

Harbor House programming and technique isn't set in stone. We're always open to change and ready to morph with the needs of our clients. 

Right now we're trying out different hours to see what people use. For the time being it has become apparent that the evening hours we first set are not required. So, we have decided to close in the evening and expand our morning offering.

Our hours were: 8 a.m. to noon and 6-10 p.m. Our NEW HOURS are: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will further adjust as we see needed. Please let us know what hours you would find accommodating.

In Other News:

Saturday's Salon Set-up

Saturday, October 1st we'll be offering our first quarterly Salon Reading. Local writers are joined by readers and those who love story.

Our featured reader is poet Dwight Johnson.

The event begins at 7 p.m., should last an hour to an hour and a half, is free and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Writers are welcome to come by and read from their work. While there is no need to sign up in advance it is recommended to assure a spot.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Harbor House Writing Center Offers First Public Reading Salon

Photographer Will Glessner's "Muted Colors" on exhibit.
Aberdeen, Wash.— Harbor House Center for Writing and the Arts will stage their first ever quarterly Reading Salon since opening Sept. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. on October, 1. The event, featuring local poet Dwight Johnson and other writers, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Two photographers, Ruth Zschomler and Will Glessner, have their work on exhibit in the center’s library gallery through October. Zschomler’s showing of three black and white prints is titles “Sea Scenes” and Glessner’s collection of seven prints is titled “Muted Colors.”

There is still room for other writers to join in the reading and Harbor House is always looking for local artists to display. Contact Greg Zschomler at 360.532.2676 or at to sign-up or get more information.

Monday, September 26, 2016

"We're Harboring Writers" Contest; Enter to Win

About to begin Day One. And we're going to be giving away lots of stuff. I will explain. No, there is too much. I sum up.

To win you must play and to play you must come by. Entry tickets are $5 and include a daily admission to the writing center. See, you've won already! Your ticket will be entered into the...

"We're Harboring Writers" Contest

And there are even more prizes! Each entry/admission gets you a ticket and every fifth ticket garners an extra sixth ticket (6 for 5). The contest is on now and continues through December 16, 2016. Winners will be drawn on December 17, 2016 and you do not need to be present to win.

Prizes Include:

  • Grand Prize: One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate good for any one Harbor House class, workshop or seminar this year plus the boxed, collectable, illustrated hardback folio trilogy of  Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" --which includes "The Golden Compass" (valued at $225+).
  • Two lucky winners will receive a 10X Punch Card (good for ten daily admissions; a $50 value) and a voucher good toward $10 off any one Harbor House class, workshop or seminar offered this year.
  • Three lucky winners will receive a folio collector's edition of a classic book [either:, "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe (value $41), "The Prince and the Pauper" by Mark Twain (value $54.), or "LIFE" by Richard Fortey (value $25).] Each comes in a slipcase and shrinkwrapped and would make an excellent Christmas gift.
  • Four lucky winners will receive Harbor House Mugs (a $12 value).

But wait! There's more!

Soft Open: Come on down during our Soft Opening (now through September 30) and get a FREE $10 Off Voucher good toward any one Harbor House class, workshop or seminar offered this year when you pay for two daily admissions.

Our Hard Opening is October 1, 2016 and features our FREE Salon Reading (see our calendar or previous post for more information).

Friday, September 23, 2016

Harbor House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We were blessed today by so many from the Aberdeen business community who came out to show their support. Angie and the Greater Grays Harbor Chamber along with the Ambassadors made us feel so warmly welcomed.

It was a pleasure to meet everyone and feel the encouragement. Thanks to all who were able to make it from a council member and college president to those representing the financial and insurance agencies and others.

We look forward to serving the community and being a part of making Grays Harbor not only a great place to live, but to visit as well. Together we can.

The short version video of the actual ceremony follows.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

So It Begins

Harbor House officially opens Monday for business and the Grand Opening festivities will ensue over the weekend. As in tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 23) through Saturday. 

Here's the breakdown on all the activities:

  • Greater Grays Harbor Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, noon, Friday.
  • Open House, 2-6 p.m., Saturday
  • Grand Opening Gala, 7-8:30 p.m., Saturday (by invitation only)

Monday, September 19, 2016

HARBOR HOUSE First Rate Update with New Photos!

The day draweth nigh. Less than one week away from the Grand Opening of Harbor House Center for Writing and the Arts!

An' here be yer sneak peek, matey. Sorry, eh hem, today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day (I just slipped into that).

Yes, here is your sneak peek of the salon (great room), but it's better in real life, so plan now to come on out and celebrate our Grand Opening with us.

Open House details can be found below at the end of this post.
Because I've included so many photographs, I've made them small, but you may click on one to go through a full size slide show of them all.

Be sure and check out previous posts to see the foyer and the library.

And be sure to tune into the Morning Show on KXRO Radio tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8:40 a.m. to hear Ruth and I share with Kyle Pauley about Harbor House. You can listen live at the link above.

GRAND OPENING OPEN HOUSE: 2-6 p.m., Saturday, September 24. Tours and light refreshments will be offered. Informal.

I'll post photographs of friday's noon ribbon-cutting ceremony then and I'll also post Open House and Gala photos over the weekend.

And, finally, please note that our first quarterly Salon Reading, which is FREE, will be 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1. Local authors and poets will be reading from their work. All are welcome to attend, and we still have room for those who would like to read; just give us a call or drop and email (contact info at the bottom of this page).

Friday, September 16, 2016

Here's a Sweet Treat: A Sneak Peek at the Harbor House Snack and Beverage Bar!

Click on the pic for an up-close and personal look at the goodies.

We're soon to open our doors here at Harbor House and we're excited! 

Just one stinkin' week away (as of today) to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony (noon, Friday, Sept. 23).

Our OPEN HOUSE will be 2-6 p.m., Saturday, September 24, then we open for business on the 26th!

Of course, you're ALL invited to the Open House. We'll be giving tours and serving up light refreshments.

And what type of refreshments, you ask? 

Basically, any beverage from our beverage bar as well as selected cookies will be free. (Other items you can see will be for sale daily at the center.)

Beverages include a selection of ten teas (two are chai, some herbal), pumpkin spice apple cider, milk and dark hot chocolate, and, of course, coffee (both full tilt and pansy) with a variety of additives (flavored creamers, sweeteners). We'll even have water.

And that, my friends, is all you get for now. Stay on the lookout for information on our upcoming radio interview and for photos of the Salon (big room) early next week. And scroll down the blog if you missed the pics of the library.

Be sure to check out all we have to offer on the other tabs above--especially news about the upcoming salon and workshops.

Hope to see you soon.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Holy Smokes! Harbor House Foyer Finally Finished!

I just HAD to share these photographs with you. I took them because a local paper, wanting to do a story on our renovation, asked for them. Yes, today, we finally finished the foyer!

The library (two photos, left) is also done, decorated and dedicated (named for Brooks A. Jenkins, Ruth's passed father and former Clark College librarian).

Cozy, comfortable and colorful; you'll find it just the place to read, write and relax. But, to borrow a phrase from Reading Rainbow, "you don't have to take my word for it," come out and see for yourself. [You may enlarge the photos by clicking on them.]

Our Open House is 2-6 p.m., Saturday, September 24. We'd love to show you around!

The main room is very close to completion, as well. Only a few more details. (Its looking so cool! I'll have that photo early next week!)

Featured Library Gallery Art: Photography by Will Glessner.

READINGS: The Harbor House Fall Salon

Authors, Writers, Poets: Sign Up NOW to Read (and sell your books)!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

We're Too Legit to Quit Now

Wow! Are we blessed! Yesterday our incorporation papers came through (legally we are now Harbor House Writers, LLC) and today we got our city business licence. Yay, we're all legit! Then today...

Ours are blue and gray.
We went to a surplus sale at the college and picked up two dozen stacking chairs for twenty-four bucks! Great shape and they retail new for $25 each.

Considering we were set to buy the cheapest folding chairs on the market for $10 each, we got a steal of a deal (at a dollar apiece)!

We also picked up our podium for five bucks, a hurkin' whiteboard, a big bulletin board, another bookcase and several other smaller useful items (and all the chairs we needed) for $200 less than our original chair budget.

Thus, we were able to buy our printer (which we didn't think we would be able to do quite yet).

I'd say that things are coming together quite nicely and that the Lord is looking out for us. In closing, I say thank-you to the great friends who supported us with start-up funding. We've really been able to stretch your gifts while being frugal and good stewards.

We still need a computer to serve as a server, a smart TV and signage.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What is CoWork Space? How Does it Relate to Third Place?

One of the services we're trying to provide through Harbor House is a comfortable and productive "third place." 

The concept of the  third place is defined by Ray Oldenburg in his influential book The Great Good Place, (1989, 1991) as "the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home ('first place') and the workplace ('second place'). Examples of third places are environments such as cafes, clubs or parks. Source:

For the writer these are places of both work and social interaction with peers. Coffee shops are often the catch-all go-to for such a place and they can work for some, but we all realize they aren't ideal.

Author Andy R. Bunch, writing about Harbor House, put it this way:

"This is the great white whale folks. Spoken of in guarded whispers whenever writers gather in darkened coffee shops. Dreamed of by Indies around the globe, '...what if there was a place to write that actually catered to writers and artists...what if there was a place you could meet other writers and workshop ideas without a coffee shop employee checking their watch and giving you dirty looks...what if you could get feedback from a peer on something you're not sure about without paying for a full edit...what if writers and artists could meet new, like-minded peeps casually because they had a place to go...'"

What we're talking about is a place (a shared creative space) to carry on the entire business of writing within a framework or setting that encourages and facilitates productivity. It's a model that is working across the globe--especially here in the states.

In an article for Forbes Patrick Hull writes about shared work spaces. He's not the only one to have addressed this phenomenon, but his article is a good introduction. Here's another explanation:

The concept can be even better understood by looking at one or more of the firms that offer cowork space to business people in general, such as CoLab of Port Townsend, Wash. A quick peek at their website will have you in love with the idea (but maybe not with the price).

Harbor House will provide a very similar, but "homier," experience for writers, illustrators and other artists at a fraction of the cost. Our seminars, workshops and other gatherings will also be offered at much less than most other (what we feel are overpriced) writing centers.

So, this is great news! If you're near enough to Aberdeen, Wash. to take advantage of what we have to offer. We only wish we could be everywhere.

To find out more about what we have to offer browse this website.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Monkey Business? Are you joking?

We've got our noses to the grindstone here at Harbor House as we prep for the Grand Opening coming Saturday, September 24, 2016. 

And we're excited, too! Things are taking shape and looking good. However...

Ruth and I are taking a holiday this weekend (for our 33rd wedding anniversary), but come Tuesday we'll be back at it. The paint work and renovation are almost complete! Soon we'll be posting more photographs. Stay tuned so you don't miss out.

Meanwhile, check out our Sessions page to see what classes, workshops and seminars are just around the corner. It's time to think about signing up as classes are limited in size.

And if you homeschool your children and want to see them tutored in or taught English composition and/or grammar, spelling, etc. be sure to drop us an email or give us a call (the info is at the bottom of this page). We're checking the interest now and are considering adding this to our offering.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendar for our Open House on September, 24 from 2-6 p.m. There will be tours and light refreshments.

Grand Opening Gala

We have a very limited number of tickets available for our Gala at 6:30 that evening. The event begins with a thirty minutes of socialization and touring during which light snacks and beverages will be served. At 7 p.m. we'll have a short formal dedication and  address followed by a light meal and sparkling cider. There will be door prizes given away at this time. The evening will conclude at 8 p.m. The tickets are $20 per couple.

So, don't monkey around. Plan now to join us.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Our Final IndieGoGo Campaign Fundraising Report

So, here, finally, is the report you've all been waiting for:

Our goal was $4,300. We raised $1,000; just 23% of our goal. We were backed by 13 contributors. 

Our IndieGoGo campaign page was visited by 350 persons over 21 days. 

Roughly 60% of those visits came on Aug. 13 the day after I was on KXRO radio (and after those backers visited our website).

IndieGoGo Funds Breakdown

Funds raised to date: $1,000.00 [PayPal ($670.00); Credit Card ($330.00)]
Indiegogo fees deducted: -$50.00
Payment processing fees: -$12.00
PayPal fees estimated: 3-5%
Total takeaway: $938.00 (minus PayPal fees)

How We'll Use the Funds Raised

Promotional                                $235.00
Incorporation/Business License $200.00
Brochure Printing                       $150.00
Beverage and Snack Bar           $150.00
Folding Chairs (10)                    $100.00
Gala Event                                 $100.00
                                      TOTAL $935.00

Awaiting Funding*

Wireless Network Printer ($200)
40" LED Flatscreen Monitor for Training Video/Powerpoint ($300)
20 more folding chairs ($200)
Signage ($300)
Lectern ($150)
6 Folding Tables ($360)
Additional Library Resources

*in order of priority. We would love to receive these as in-kind donations.

Notes: Part of the funding request ($1,540 value) was for paint, some library resources, insurance, and furnishings. These have been paid for out of pocket.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thirty Days in Da Coolah!

I know that dates me, but I remember the TV show Hogan's Heros. The line comes from Col. Klink and it basically meant you get a month in solitary.

Well, I'm writing at midnight so that kind of strange headline and lead are what you get.

Truth be told, what I mean to say is: 

Today marks the thirty day countdown to our Sept. 24 opening! Yeah! Yikes! It also marks the last two days of our capital crowd-sourcing campaign on IndieGoGo. Thus far we've raised but 10% of our goal (thus compromises and corner-cutting will be made, barring a miracle).

At any rate, we are going ahead with plans and will open on schedule as the song says, "if the good Lord's willin' an the creek don't rise. " All are welcome to our open house. So come on out. Put on your waders if you have to.

BTW: We were in the Daily World. Here's the link.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Quick Post, Quick Reminder, Quick Request

Our IndieGoGo campaign to get the Harbor House Writing Center doors open is a week old. We're at 5% of our goal. We have two weeks left to bring in the rest of what we need.

We're giving away some nice perks to our contributors (like the mug on the left). So, please, please, please check out the campaign page and consider a gift...whatever you can (every little bit helps).

Please click the link below to begin.

Friday, August 12, 2016

My Recent Radio Ramblings

Well, that experience was interesting. I don't believe I've ever done live radio before. It was a little tense for me, but host Kyle Pauley put me at ease.

I stumbled a bit, but did okay. If you want to hear the interview it will be repeated next week (I hear it will be around 6:30 a.m.). I'll also post it here when I get a chance to convert the recording.

Also, stay tuned for next time. I've been invited back.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NEWS: Harbor House Interview on KXRO

I'll be sharing about Harbor House on radio, 7:40 a.m., Friday (08/12). 15-20 minute segment.

I'll be joining Kyle Pauley, along with News Director Daniel Hargrove and Pat Anderson for an interview on the Morning News Show.

For those out of the area you can tune in live on the Internet at this link above (play button is at the top, near the the menu bar).