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Searching for Sasquatch

Bigfoot of Stevens County's Will Ulmer investigates
Bigfoot of Stevens County’s Will Ulmer investigates

For some reason, I get chosen to cover all the Sasquatch stories for my local papers. I’m not sure why no one else seems to want to write about this, but now it’s kind of my “thing.” Luckily, the people I’ve met (okay, except for a couple) have been completely reasonable and skeptical in their approaches to investigating the mythical creature. Is it real? I dunno, but I’ve sure enjoyed following others along as they’re trying to find out.

Searching for Sasquatch

What do Sasquatch researchers talk about around the fire? Stories of finding footprints, hearing screams, and other mysterious encounters. I get a feeling that there is a little bit of competition in some cases, but for the most part, they all want the same thing: to know if Sasquatch is, in fact, real.

Of course there are the groups that already believe it is real and want to see it with their own eyes. There are others who are skeptical and want to prove — either way — whether it is real or not. Then there are the people who think there’s definitely something out there and want to know what it is.

Being invited on a Sasquatch expedition may sound strange to some, but to me, it was an honor because of the level of trust involved. I agreed to camp overnight at an undisclosed location. Eventually, I was told the address and asked not to reveal it in order to preserve the wildness of the place. Don’t bother asking me where. I won’t tell.

Will Ulmer of Bigfoot of Stevens County greeted me when I arrived. He had just returned to camp with visiting experts Stephen Major of Extreme Expeditions Northwest LLC, Larry “Bean” Baxter of Kenai Bigfoot Research Group, Amy Bue of Project ZooBook, and Josiah Martin of Martin Media. The group had brought thermal and infrared imaging that was really impressive. Their film crew — Josiah — had one of the most advanced drones available. If Sasquatch was out there, they felt pretty confident they’d be able to pick up on him or her…..

From the December 2019 edition of the Silverado Express newspaper. You can read the rest here. If you like it, please give it a clap. Thank you.

Buried Alive

Avalanche Rescue Dog Copyright KS Brooks
Avalanche Rescue Dog from Columbia Basin Search Dogs. Photo by K.S. Brooks

It’s white, but it’s dark. Your arms are pinned. You can’t move your legs. Are you up or down? You can’t tell. Muffled voices filter down through the packed snow, at least you think that. Do they know you’re there? You want to scream, but you don’t want to waste precious air. Terror overrules logic, so you scream bloody murder. Your heart is pounding in your ears so loudly that you’re not sure you’ll be able to hear anyone answer you. Tears pour down your face.

You jerk when something pokes you. “I’m here!” you yell.

“He’s alive!” you hear.

The sound of shovels cutting into the snow brings even more tears. “Hold on, we’re coming! Hang in there!” they call out to you.

From the March 2020 edition of the Silverado Express newspaper. It also was picked up in a January edition of the Chewelah Independent newspaper. Read the rest here. If you like it, please give it a clap. Thank you.

LOCAL FLAVOUR: The Farmer

Levi Seitters at the NE Washington Fair
Levi Seitters at the NE Washington Fair. Copyright K.S. Brooks

When I arrived at Seitters Farms, a side-by-side sped past me and slid sideways to a stop on the icy and muddy driveway as if guided by the skill of a professional dirt track racer. When I put my truck in park, I looked over to see Levi Seitters behind the wheel of the UTV, a bright, toothy grin from ear-to-ear.

“That was pretty awesome,” I said.

“She said I should beat you here,” Levi spouted, referencing his sister, who was seated next to him….


From the January 2020 edition of the Silverado Express newspaper. Read the rest here. If you like it, please give it a clap. Thank you.

Gluten-Free Living: Upcoming Classes, Spring 2020

The Community Colleges of Spokane will be hosting Gluten-Free Living classes at the following dates, times, and locations:

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Magnuson Hall, Room 121, from 9-11 a.m. (parking fee required)

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at the Colville Campus, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (free parking)

Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Magnuson Hall from 12-2 p.m. (free parking)

Registration in advance is required – classes must meet a student quota or will be cancelled 1 week prior to class date – so make sure to call and get yourself a spot! Classes cost around $7 per person. Call 509-279-6030 or 800-845-3324 and choose option 1 to be connected to a registration agent. All ages are welcome.

ACT 2 Program classes

April 2019 Newsletter

Good morning!

Things have been busy here in my little corner of the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been working on a number of different projects, including producing my own indie film, working for four area newspapers, and doing a lot of teaching.

Lights, camera, action!

In 2011, my short story Dark Alley was rejected by my publisher for publication. That was the start of my indie author career as I went on to self-publish for the first time. That same story is now the catalyst for my first indie film production on which I have been working diligently for the past two months. I became a member of the Spokane Film Project and actually was the only person from my district to lobby at the State Capitol to keep incentive funds for films in Washington. That was a very interesting experience. The Keep Film in Washington trip was a great networking opportunity, and I met with many established filmmakers from around the state.

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If you’re interested Odd and odder rev4 webin reading Dark Alley, it is currently part of a collection that is free across all retail booksellers in eBook form. You can read more about it here. The collection is a combination of my works and those of my friend Newton Love, and we keep the eBook available for free to introduce people to our wide variety of writing styles. Be forewarned, Dark Alley does contain adult content, but it is not graphic.

Recent events

I was honored to be invited to present at the recent PechaKucha night here in Chewelah back on March 13. PechaKucha is an interesting concept developed by the Japanese; it’s a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. So basically, close to seven minutes of sheer terror for the speakers. Ha ha. I decided to present on different instances where my photography took a turn for the worse, also known as stupid photographer tricks. I titled it Don’t Try This at Home, and you can watch the video here for free. If you want to know more about PechaKucha or find out if it’s in your neighborhood, you can go to PechaKucha.com.

Upcoming events

2nd Annual Chewelah Library's Flash Fiction Contest
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Once again I’ve been invited to team up with the Libraries of Stevens County to host to the second annual Chewelah Flash Fiction Contest. I’ll be teaching a workshop on April 17 to help people, not just participants, but everyone to hone their writing skills whether that be fiction or nonfiction, business writing, etc. I’m a huge advocate of flash fiction to polish your writing and even teach a course called Using Flash to Tighten Your Writing for the Community Colleges of Spokane. This is all thanks to my dear friend Steve Hise who got me involved in flash fiction writing when I claimed I couldn’t write anything shorter than 400 pages. I am planning on putting my flash fiction course online through Udemy.com, but I have not had the time to do that at this point. The workshop will be April 17 at 6 PM at the Chewelah Library. The winning story will be published in the Chewelah Independent newspaper as well as the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Anthology for 2019. You do not need to be a Chewelah resident to participate.

Win something….

Because… what would a newsletter be without the chance to win something? Everyone who can tell me what kind of dog Mr. Pish was will be entered to win a free book! I get to pick the book; but you get to pick whether you receive an eBook or an autographed print book. Print books are available to U.S. fans only – eBooks are available worldwide. Just reply to this email with what kind of dog Mr. Pish is, and you’re entered to win. It’s that simple! We’ll do the drawing on April 26, so don’t forget!

Stevens County News Bureau

newspaper front pagesThe joke amongst people around here is that I should be known as the Stevens County News Bureau since I basically write for every news outlet here. That has kept me incredibly busy because, as I like to say, “The news never sleeps and neither do I.”

I am currently chief copy editor and photojournalist for The Chewelah Independent, staff writer and chief copy editor for The Silverado Express, chief copy editor and freelance writer for the Loon Lake Times, and freelance writer for the Deer Park Gazette. I usually produce between seven and 12 stories per month for The Silverado Express, and if you’d like to subscribe to that, it’s free other than the cost for postage depending on where you live. I have been republishing some of my stories to medium.com here. Please feel free to subscribe to that if you want to read the stories electronically. Currently, The Silverado Express does not have a website, but we are working on it. While it is a lot of work, it has been an absolute blast working for all these papers. There is a certain level of celebrity that comes with that in this area, so it has definitely allowed me to access to people, places, and things that I normally would not have.

Mr. Pish

The adorable Mr. PishOn April 9 of this year, Mr. Pish would have celebrated his 22nd birthday. He has been gone for six years now, but I still think of him every day.

Mr. Pish was my best friend, my inspiration, and my, for lack of a better word, fur baby. I still miss him dearly. Those of you with pets know how that goes. I get asked a lot if I am getting another pet, and the answer is no. I don’t want to say never, but I really feel like never the answer. Mr. Pish’s eBooks will be on sale for $0.99 for the next couple of weeks to honor his birthday. You can find them all on his Amazon Author Central page here.

What’s next?

I am hoping to have a couple of new book releases in the next few months. I’m working on a book about gluten-free living because I’ve had my students ask for these in class, and I’m also working on a book on how to produce a professional book because my students ask for those in class as well. These will be available online amazon.com and in print at all my classes.

Speaking of writing and publishing

Indies Unlimited Square Logo 300dpiSome of you may not know that I am the executive director of IndiesUnlimited.com, which is a site for anything and everything to do with writing and publishing. Everything on the site is free; we do not sell advertising, so we’re never trying to get anyone to give us money. If you know someone who is writing and needs help, please direct them to that site. We were touted in Publishers Weekly as one of the top six sites for others, and the acclaimed site No Shelf Required said, ““I realized I had found that single, reliable resource that I needed to help novice indie authors. Enter Indies Unlimited.” Don’t believe me? Check out our brag page here.

I hope you all are enjoying your spring and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Fondly,

Kat