Saturday, October 14, 2017

Harbor House Writing Center and Harbor Books & Gifts Fall/Winter Happenings

Since we are one entity under Harbor House Writers LLC, and since we don't yet have a functioning website for HB&G, I'm combining the calendar for the two businesses here.

October 22-30 at the bookstore: Half-Price Halloween Book Sale! All books on the Halloween display table will be half off the price marked. Enjoy a hot beverage (coffee, tea, cocoa or cider) while you browse. And we'll have the candy for the kiddies.

October 29 at the writing center: Ghost Stories: Spooky Halloween Readings, 7-9 p.m.; writers are invited to read (family friendly, please) and the public is invited to attend (ages ten and up, please). The event is free and refreshments will be served.

November 4, 11, 18 at the writing center: NaNoWrite-ins all day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., free coffee, tea, hot cocoa and cider.

November 20 at the writing center: Writers' Fellowship, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome. Free.

November 21-26: CLOSED

November 27 at the bookstore: CYBER MONDAY MADNESS! Buy Local, not online; spend your money where your family lives! All Christmas books will be 20% off the price marked; all used books will be 10% off the price marked. Green Tag Sale: other select specials will be offered. FREE Coffee, Tea, Cocoa and Cider. FREE holiday cookies and entertainment. Local Author Book Signings. Last minute book orders (for delivery by Christmas). FREE Gift wrapping, too!

December 2 at the writing center: How to Publish YOUR Book with CreateSpace for Little or NO Money. Now that NaNoWriMo is over learn how to put your work into book form. Teacher: Gregory E. Zschomler, publisher of 14 books through CreateSpace. Cost: $30

December 18 at the writing center: Writers' Fellowship, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome. Free.

December 22 at the bookstore: LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS SALE! (gift certificates available, too)

December 23-28: CLOSED

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Be Scandalous: Read a Banned Book this Week

Authors from Judy Blume to Mark Twain have had their books banned. 

Mark Twain being one of the oldest on the USA list (for Tom Sawyer due to language and discussions of racism). Everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and Fahrenheit 451. too. But the oldest of all has been The Bible.

For a good list of banned or challenged books click here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Now You'll Be Able to Shop for Books on the Harbor!

Soon. The countdown is on. Just 18 days from this post's date (Aug. 29) until the Harbor's ONLY bookstore opens their doors! Saturday, September 16 marks the GRAND OPENING of...

The only bookstore withing 39.5 miles of Aberdeen/Hoquiam. And it's about time!

Of course we're working hard to bring it to you. We won't be anything the size of the major bookselling chains you may have been in before they closed up. And our store won't be as big as some indies either, but we will provide excellent service, a good assortment of new and used books--especially fiction. We'll also feature the best of the Pacific Northwest's Indie Authors, local interest books, and great gift items (many handcrafted by local artisans).

I think we'll be worth checking out. ALL books (even new releases) are discounted and there's no postage so we beat Amazon hands down there. Walk in, walk out with a book. Can't do that on Amazon either.

Come in and smell the books, touch them...

We open September 16 with a big party.You can learn more about that here.

Hours will be: Fri/Sat 12noon - 8 p.m., Sun/Mon 2 - 6 p.m., closed Tue - Thur.

Our new website will be active very soon; from there you can access either the bookstore or the writing center with one click.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Exciting Announcements and Updates

You know about the upcoming bookstore, Harbor BOOKS & Gifts. That's looking like mid-September for the Grand Opening (Sept. 16) and Harbor House Anniversary Open House (celebrating a year in business and 100 years for the house that was built in 1917).

Right after that we'll be starting up our fall workshop series which will include re-offering Ruth's praised "Everybody's Got a Story" Memoir Workshop and my informative "What Publishing Path is Right for You?" seminar as well as our "Five Keys to Successful College Papers" for the new school year. We're also looking forward to bringing in world-renowned speaker-teacher-author Gideon For-mukwai for his "The Art and Science of Story-selling" presentation. And then there's this (which you will NOT want to miss):

Finally, look for our newly revamped website/blog on September 9.
Fall Hours: Fri./Sat. noon-8 p.m.; Sun./Mon. 2-6 p.m.; Closed Tue.-Thur.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Coming Late Summer 2017: Harbor BOOKS & Gifts

I keep thinking I'm crazy and I hope it works. The plan is to open a bookstore in the Twin Harbor area.

There really isn't a bookstore on the harbor, though a few places carry books, and a lot of people keep lamenting the fact. So, we're hoping to fill a niche.

Our first 300+ books came in earlier this week and we brought in another 100 yesterday, but we're going to need a lot more. We've also begun to slowly remodel now that we have a plan (right).

It's going to take us most of the summer to ramp up to an opening as there is much to do. We're HOPING for a soft opening by August sometime and no later than Sept. 5.

We're planning to carry and feature:

Select, bestselling, popular fiction; new books and gently used; books by local authors; and a good lineup of Christian books as well as art books and art supplies and gifts (for readers, writers and visitors).


May the Fourth Be With You

Greetings and salutations! Here's the newest information from Harbor House:

Please note that we are currently closed for drop-in times and are meeting clients ONLY by appointment only through May 12.

STAR WARS and literary geeks came on by on May the 4th for reading from William Shakespeare's STAR WARS: Verily, a New Hope by Portland Oregon's Ian Doescher. (It really is quite amusing.) We had a brief negotiation with our lightsabers, ate death star cookies, and watched some relative media. In other words we had a blast.

Beginning May 15, we'll be back to our regular winter/spring daily operating hours of 9 a.m. until noon. That's Monday through Friday; we're closed weekends. There will be no workshops in May.

Monday, May 15th is our monthly (third Monday of the month) WRITERS' FELLOWSHIP meeting. We begin at 6 p.m. and finish at 8 p.m. All writers are welcome. This is NOT a critique group, but we do share our work and talk about the craft.

We will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

SUMMER HOURS: begin Tuesday, May 30 and run through Thursday, August 31. Hours TBA; open Monday through Thursday; closed Friday through Sunday except for announced workshops (which we are currently working on for June). It's always best to follow our Facebook page for up-to-date information and last minute closures.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Whole Kitten-Kaboodle

Did you know there's a cat at Harbor House? 

It's quite aloof, but, on rare occasions, has shown herself just to tease. Penny is her name. She does not respond to the name. She is, after all, a cat--a cat that doesn't like strangers.

Penny likes to sniff the bookshelves, but she doesn't really like books. She has never been seen reading. (But then you see what that cat, upper left, is reading? Reading can be dangerous, so maybe that's a good thing.)

The Cat's Outta the Bag

If you saw our previous post you know we intend to open a retail bookstore at Harbor House. We are still in the planning and assessment process. In other words: a feasibility study. Nothing is yet set in stone, but we'll know for sure sometime in June with an eye to open in August. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Cat Napping

Meanwhile, we're working on other changes and improvements. This means that there will be times that we'll be closed for business. The best place to stay up on that is through our Facebook page. However, here are our currently forecast closures:

  • Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1
  • Friday, April 7 through Monday, April 17
  • Friday June 16 through Sunday, June 18

The Cat's Pajamas

Here are some exciting events that ARE happening over the course of the next few months:

  • Sunday, April 2: The premiere of  the locally made DOGumentary film A Chance of Sunshine, 3-5 p.m. at Harbor House.
  • Monday, April 17: Writers' Fellowship meeting, 6-8 p.m.
  • Monday, May 15: Writers' Fellowship meeting, 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20: Spring Quarter Reading Salon and Book Fair, time TBA

And that's all the mews...uh, news, that's fit to print. For now. Here kitty-kitty.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Here's That Reveal We Promised

In a word: BOOKSTORE.

We're currently doing a feasibility assessment and making a business plan. We're hoping to carry select new books and some used.

Since we can't carry it all (and it wouldn't be prudent to try), we'll specialize in local interest and authors, books for writers, a few special interest subjects and some popular titles.

We'll also carry an array of gift items for writers, readers and tourists.

We're looking at a late June or early July opening. Stay posted for more info and other changes at hand.

Monday, February 27, 2017

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ― George Bernard Shaw

We are pleased to announce some exciting revisions coming to Harbor House. we're announcing them, but not exactly spilling the beans...yet. 

We CAN say this: We've taken a good, hard look at our business and decided to make changes that will enable us to better connect with a more specific, targeted clientele. Rather than a shotgun approach to the author/writer market at large we will be focusing on a niche market as well as appealing to a broader public.

"How's that?" Hmmm. How do I let you in without giving away too much? 

Well, I've already hinted at our marketing focus--that it will be more specific. Now, that "broader public" thing is another avenue. The two will be separate branches of our business and yet work together symbiotically. Complementary. It's so exciting I'm bursting to tell you, but I'm not going to. Suffice it to say, this is something a lot of us (especially those of us on the Harbor) have been waiting for!

Note that these changes will allow us to hereafter offer our comfy drop-in space (with free wifi) free of charge. That's right, no more daily use fees! Wow! (But we'll still be offering low-priced, high-quality seminars, workshops, classes, discussions and more. And we'll still have free public readings, writers' fellowship meetings, book clubs and more.)

Finally, there's a third area of business we've pretty much neglected up to this point that will certainly be helpful to many.

All this will break June 1, 2017. 

Meanwhile, we'll be getting all of our ducks in a row as we prepare over the next three months, take a week's vacation in mid-April, and then finish the final touches by mid-June (we hope) when we'll do the big reveal. Unfortunately, that means we'll be scaling back temporarily while we focus our energies on making the new us.

One more little hint: The reason we're scaling back for a bit is because the changes will require time and effort to do some remodeling, revamp our website and printed materials, create our new marketing campaign, and a few other surprises.

So, stay tuned and stay with us. And watch our Facebook page for up-to-date closures and hours of operation.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

What's Up, Doc? Happenings at Harbor House

Here's what's happening at Harbor House:

Saturday, January 14, 7-8:30 p.m.: WINTER SALON READINGS by local authors, poets, writers. Writer-readers welcome to read from their work. Public welcome to listen. Light refreshments served. FREE!

Monday, January 16, 6-8 p.m.: WRITERS' FELLOWSHIP for all local writers who want to share, fellowship and encourage one another. NOT a critique group. Third Monday of each month. Light refreshments served. FREE!


Saturday, January 21, 1-3 p.m.: WRITING the MOUNTAIN MAN with author and renaissance man, Andy R. Bunch., $32, advance registration required.

Saturday, February 4, 10-11:30 a.m.: 5 SECRETS to WRITING SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE PAPERS with Greg and Ruth Zschomler, MFA. $10

Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 hours of instruction and exercises) Everybody has a Story MEMOIR WORKSHOP with Ruth Zschomler, MFA. $50, includes lunch. Reservations required.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Dear Fellow Local Writers/Authors,

Here are a few things we have coming up at Harbor House just for you.


Wouldn’t it be great if we all got to know one another? Wouldn’t it be grand to have each other’s backs? What if we got together once in a while? What if we shared our minds and hearts? We could learn from and encourage one another and probably grow as writers. Maybe we’d get more done? We could discuss craft, whine about the industry (lol) and, through cooperation, maybe even sell more books, too.


We have this cozy place to meet and share, and we want to help make all that happen. We’re not proposing a critique group—who needs more of that? We’re talking about a support and fellowship network that will meet once monthly (the third Monday of each month) from 6 to 8 p.m. [This is a proposed meeting time, but we can adjust to make it as user-friendly as possible.]

Our first meeting will be 6-8 p.m., Monday, January 16 at Harbor House, 510 W. First St. in Aberdeen. Please join us and bring a copy of each of your books (or other writings) so that we can become familiar with you and your work. There will be light refreshments. We’ll spend time fellowshipping and talk about ways we can support one another and more.

Winter Quarter SALON READING:

Once a quarter at Harbor House we have a salon reading event where we invite the public to hear readings from local authors and poets. This is a chance to share your work (new or old; published or pending) with the public. The idea is to help you sell more books, add to the culture of our community, practice your presentation skills, learn about other’s work, and get some much-needed applause.

Our next salon is 7-8:30 p.m., THIS Saturday, January 14 at Harbor House. Each reader will have six or twelve minutes to share (depending on the number of people who sign up). You are welcome to invite family and friends (ten years of age and up) and light refreshments will be served. [The following salon will be April 15.] Please sign up to read and help us make this a community cultural event.

Twin Harbors BOOK FAIR:

Not having a bookstore in town, sucks. Wouldn’t it be nice to connect more with hometown readers? This is another opportunity to do just that. We’re in the process of developing a local bi-annual book fair where all of us can come together to celebrate with and sell our books to readers who’d like to meet us. [We’re also knocking around co-op and other sales avenue ideas.] 

Signings can be disappointing because they often have an expensive tabling fee, low traffic, and poor advertisement. You don’t sell enough books to make it worth your while. We want to make this different and we need your ideas and feedback to make it a very special event.

We’re looking at Saturday, April 15 (like 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for the spring event (and October for a fall event). If you’d be interested in participating please let us know right away (this is one of the things we’ll talk about at the Writers’ Fellowship).


We also have classes, seminars and workshops twice monthly at Harbor House. Some you may be interested in attending, so please check out the postings below and follow us on Facebook.

We’re also looking for authors, poets and writers—like YOU—interested in teaching. It’s a great way to hone your presentational skills and earn a little money. Pitch us with your idea.

If you support these ideas please come and, if support them but can’t come, let us know that too and why? Thanks, we’re here for you.

Greg and Ruth Zschomler, Harbor House

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year Plans at Harbor House

Good News! We're open again! Yay!

After "a long winter's nap" (ha) we are back at it in more ways than you can imagine. Oh wait, you're writers, you can imagine a lot. "I will explain, no there is too much, I will sum up." (Look at that both a book and movie quote in the first paragraph.)

WINTER HOURS: 9 a.m. to Noon, weekdays.


"The Art and Science of StorySELLing" with best-selling author and award-winning international speaker Gideon F. For-mukwai, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, January 7, $32. Advance Registration Required. All registrants get a FREE Harbor House mug.

Winter SALON Reading, 7-8:30 p.m., Saturday, January 14, FREE and Open to the Public. All authors, writers and poets are welcome to read a portion of their work (please sign up in advance). Light refreshments will be served.

Inaugural Harbor House WRITERS' FELLOWSHIP Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Monday, January 16. All writers are welcome. The new group will meet every third Monday of each month.

"Writing the Mountain Man" with author and Renaissance Man Andy R. Bunch, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, January 21, $32. Advance registration required.

"Five Secrets to Writing Successful College Papers" with Greg and Ruth Zschomler, MFA, 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 4, $10.

One-Day MEMOIR WORKSHOP with Ruth Zschomler, MFA, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, February 25, $50. Advance registration required. Lunch included.


We plan to offer a day-long March Marketing Seminar. We'll post details when we have them finalized. We're pretty pumped about this because we believe we have just the right teacher lined-up to bring you all the answers you've been asking for. Probably March 18, so reserve the date.

We'll be sponsoring a TWIN HARBOR LOCAL AUTHORS BOOK FAIR this spring (probably April 15) and we're now planning. Interested authors should contact us.

Summer WRITER'S SAIL on the Lady Washington. Probably in July. Avast! Keep yer watch out.

All that and Greg has Beyond Insanity (a book of personal essays, poems and pictures) coming out February 14, and Ruth and and Greg (editors) hope to publish Another Load of Chicken Poop on My Sole this spring. We're now taking submissions of humorous and/or inspirational short stories about farm life or country living.