Monday, August 7, 2017

Less Is Less These Days

I usually don't share Facebook posts in my blog, but this one caught my attention. I rearranged the original version and added several lines. The resulting "poem" captures my thoughts, using one simple suffix.

Feeling Hopeless

Over heat that's fireless
we cook food that is fatless
while cars that are keyless
ride on tires tubeless.

Today's work week is sweatless,
and hospitals are germless.
Highways may be bumpless
but all progress isn't harmless.

Wearing tank-tops sleeveless
using cell phones wireless
complain youth who are clueless
as to why they are jobless.

In a country godless,
relationships are meaningless
leading to babies fatherless
who become children mannerless.

Attitudes careless and
feelings heartless
produce education valueless
and leaders who are shameless.

We've forgotten fearless,
selfless, and guileless,
and with a government that's worthless
I'm left feeling hopeless.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wild Gold

Below is a poem I wrote in the form called pantoum. With its repeating lines, it's a challenging word and rhyming puzzle.

Wild Gold   
She lives but for an hour,
a lioness resolute,
this gold that is a weed that is a flower
with healing in her roots.

A lioness resolute,
she grows in impossible places;
with healing in her roots
produces hardy, sun-kissed faces.

She grows in impossible places.
Her wind-borne mane takes hold,
produces hardy, sun-kissed faces
that turn white when they grow old.

Her wind-borne mane takes hold,
making summer rife with riches
that turn white when they grow old,
and then soar on children’s wishes.

Making summer rife with riches,
she lives but for an hour,
and then soars on children’s wishes,
this gold that is a weed that is a flower.
                        Ginger Dehlinger
                             May 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Press Release for Never Done

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

Contact: Ginger Dehlinger
Address: 20725 Blacksmith Cir.; Bend OR 97702                        Phone number: (541)771-3213
               Email address:
               digital photos available by request


(April 21, 2017)—Bend, Oregon) In Never Done, a novel, Ginger Dehlinger writes with insight and compassion about the life of a girl named Clara who, at the age of twelve, leaves a pampered life in Philadelphia for a world of work in southwestern Colorado. A family drama, the story follows Clara as she matures, marries, and moves from the grasslands of LaJara and Naturita to Norwood when it was called Wright’s Mesa, then to Durango, Gunnison, Ophir Loop, and finally Montrose. Clara and her story were inspired by the author’s great-grandmother who followed a similar path from wood stoves to electricity and from herding cattle to running a hotel where she took care of guests stricken by the flu epidemic of 1918.

     When Ginger’s great-grandmother was eighty-two, her children convinced her to write her life story. Like most women of her generation, the great-grandmother didn’t openly discuss personal matters. For example, all she wrote about her widowed father’s marriage to a sixteen-year-old girl was: “Our life was not so pleasant with the new young wife.”
     “Unpleasant?” Not only was “the new young wife” considerably younger than her widowed father, she was her only friend in the sparsely settled San Luis Valley. So Ginger expanded her great-grandmother’s understated expression of annoyance into a highly fictionalized stormy relationship that takes place between two women from their teens (roughly 1885) until 1919 when one of them dies during the Spanish flu epidemic.
     Published by The Wild Rose Press, the genre for Never Done is historical fiction/women’s fiction. Of special historic interest is the author’s treatment of the Spanish flu—how it affected the novel’s characters as well as the people of Colorado in general. The hundredth anniversary of this pandemic takes place in 2018, and the final chapters of Never Done are a good source of information for people wishing to know more about it.

     Never Done is available in both print and digital formats through Amazon, Goodreads, and The Wild Rose Press. It is also carried in digital format through Barnes and Noble. This novel is well-suited for book club discussions. Signed copies are available from the author at a reduced price.     

Never Done has received many five-star reviews such as the one below.

ByReading ELFon May 4, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
     I love stories that are based on historic truth and Ms. Dehlinger had a clear window to history, when she acknowledged the extraordinary life of her great grandmother who lived to age 98, leaving behind a hand-written memoir. The result is a well-written fact-based fictional view of one family’s survival in Colorado in the latter part of the 19th century.
     Survival was always tenuous in changing times, and particularly hard on women with agendas that were “Never Done.” Heroines Clara and Geneva are teenage cousins whose friendship is shattered when one becomes stepmother to the other. Both grow up fast in times that most of us can hardly imagine. Ms. Dehlinger paints a realistic picture—with prose to match—about their troubled relationship and double coin of survival over thirty plus years. 
     I was brought to tears when the drama climaxes in the 1918 flu pandemic that killed more people than WWI. “Never Done” is a vivid testimonial to the indomitable spirit of all ancestors who struggled to survive while holding family together. I look forward to reading more from this talented author who seamlessly blends fact with fiction in a well-told relatable and thoroughly entertaining story.


     Never Done
is Ginger's second novel. Her first, Brute Heart, is set in Oregon. Also a family drama, Brute Heart reflects her experience as the child of an alcoholic father. It also deals with assisted dying, a subject that required research and gentle handling.    
     The author writes in multiple disciplines. Her feature articles have appeared in the Small Farmer’s Journal and Horsefly. A nature essay “Last Ride” won first place in a Pacific Northwest writing competition. She also received an honorable mention from Writer’s Digest for her poem, “A Bar Stool’s Lament."     
     Ginger was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon. A University of Oregon graduate with a BA in history, she lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, Richard, and a cat named Kiki.

Never Done by Ginger Dehlinger
-The Wild Rose Press                                    
-Print ISBN: 978-1-5092-1372-6        
-Price: $17.99
-Pages 381
-Digital ISBN: 978-1-5092-1373-3
-Price: $5.99
-Pages 290                                          
Address all inquiries to:
Ginger Dehlinger 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ginger's Ginger Snap Recipe

My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, does not sell to book stores, so I've planned two book signing events to get my novel Never Done into the hands of a few people. I'll bring my homemade gingersnaps to both events.

Bend--Tuesday, June 6th 6:00-8:00 pm at the Central Oregon Collective 62070 27th Street. Use the Schlotzke's/Wilco entrance off Greenwood and park behind the large building south (to the left) of Schlotzke's Deli.

Klamath Falls--Third Thursday June 15th 6:00-9:00. I will be there with both of my novels, Never Done and Brute Heart. I haven't been assigned a space yet, but look for me behind a 6-foot table in the middle of Main Street.

I plan to bake ginger snaps for both events, as refreshments for the Bend event and as a gift with purchase for those buying books from me on Third Thursday. Below is the recipe I use.

Ginger Snaps

2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 c. vegetable shortening
1 c. sugar (brown or white)
1 egg
1/4 c. molasses

Sift dry ingredients together. Blend shortening and sugar until creamy. Add egg and beat again. Blend in molasses. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Chill dough for one hour. Form into 1-inch balls, roll balls in white sugar, and place 2"apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 ° for fifteen minutes. Yield: 35-40 cookies.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Brown, Anyone?

Woe is brown, orphan of the color world, at best its foster child. Like the last kid chosen for the softball team, brown rarely gets picked as someone’s favorite color. It never shows up in a rainbow; almost never on a color wheel. Winston Churchill once said, “I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.”

Brown is almost as common on planet Earth as water and grass. It's the color of soil, tree trunks, animal hides, mountains, and the skin of most human inhabitants. So why is that blue and green get all the juicy adjectives? Writers avoid calling brown by its name, preferring descriptions such as rich, dappled, fawn, or purple, even "purple majesty." Let’s face it, brown is the color of dirt--dry and dreary as “the long brown trail before me.”

Those of us living in central Oregon’s high desert are surrounded by brown. Countless shades of it make up the fault-block mountains and rimrock mesas that rise above us. It’s found in thunder eggs, agates, dust devils, and on the branches of tumbling tumbleweeds. Rattlesnakes wear it. So do pronghorns, elk, deer, coyotes, and hundreds of species of birds.

Being the color of the ground we walk on, brown represents stability. It signifies something natural rather than manufactured, as in paper vs plastic at the checkout counter. On the other hand, brown can also indicate decay, the bad parts we cut off fruits and vegetables. If there’s too much of it, we throw the food away. We’re told the most colorful fruits and vegetables are healthiest, and to make sure we get the message, advertisers photograph vibrant arrays of fresh carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, and eggplants. Brown rarely makes an appearance in these pictures unless mushrooms or raisins are included.

Poets tend to ignore brown, preferring to immortalize green as in “Trees” by Joyce Carol Oates or “In the Green and Gallant Spring” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Novelists often pair romantic moments with rose gardens, bluebirds, and meadows. Even authors from countries like Ireland, where it rains so much it’s always green, place their characters in leafy environments.
When poets do use brown it’s to describe something autumnal or made of wood as in “a belfry old and brown” in Longfellow’s “The Belfry of Bruges.” Rarely is the color used romantically, although “my love is like a brown, brown rose” might be appropriate when sending a bouquet of dead flowers to an unfaithful lover.

I try to focus on “feel-good” associations when I describe something brown. Coffee, for example; toast, bronze, suntanned. Warm-blooded animals also evoke cozy correlations like foxy, fawn-colored, cashmere, and buckskin. I once worked for a cosmetics company where part of my job was to name each season’s makeup colors. Something new and compelling for brown eye shadow was imperative, since it was one of our best-sellers. Sienna, amber, and hazel had been used to death, thus I preferred food or animal-related names like “Hot Mocha” or “Sorrel.” Now I see browns called “Scandaleyes” or “Vamp,” names reflecting image rather than a familiar color.

I am a fan of brown. I have brown eyes, tortoise shell eyeglasses, and I wear a lot of camel, beige, and brown clothing. However my favorite browns are the ones that go in my mouth: steak, fried chicken, stew, French onion soup, chocolate, pie crust. Most brown foods get their color from frying, braising, caramelizing, or baking. Without some form of browning, we’re left with meals that are boiled, steamed, or poached. These cooking methods are healthier than frying, but health-food advocates can have their rice, asparagus, and poached salmon. I’d rather have a burger, fries, and a Coke.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Never Done Released Today

I thought this day would NEVER COME, but The Wild Rose Press released my novel NEVER DONE today.

If you have an e-reader, you can buy NEVER DONE from my publisher for $3.00 today VS $5.99 on Amazon, B & N, etc.

 Link to Never Done in The Wild Rose Press catalog

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Author Peggy Jaeger's Interview March 5

Today I’ve got a treat – and another first. Recently I had a week of author blog visits from some amazeballs non-romance writers. Today, I can add one more name to that list, Ginger Dehlinger. Ginger is a Wild Rose Press sistah who enjoys writing about the American West. So cool! Today, she’s visiting me and giving me a glimpse into her writing process, plus she’s brought along a little something extra: an excerpt from her soon-to-be released new book, NEVER DONE. So, sit back and get to know Ginger.
Ginger, The Writer
  1. What drives you to write? The pure pleasure of writing, the sound and rhythm of words, and the amazing number of different ways they can be combined. I’m always thinking of situations or topics to write about. When I run across something interesting, or an idea pops into my brain while I’m on my daily walk, I quickly add it to my list of future projects. I’ve been compiling the list for years. I don’t think I will ever get to the bottom of it.
  1. What genre(s)  do your write, and why? My genre is actually historical fiction. Once in a while a bit of romance sneaks into my stories, but it plays a small role.
  1. What genre(s)  do you read, and why?  I prefer historical fiction. The last book I read was Temperence Creek, a memoir written by a woman who herded sheep (along with her boyfriend/later husband) in the Snake Canyon region of Oregon during the late 60’s and early 70’s.
  1. What’s your writing schedule? Do you write every day? I try to write every morning from about eight o’clock until noon.
  1. Give us a glimpse of the surroundings where you write. Separate room? In the kitchen? At the dining room table? I have converted our small third bedroom into a den. In it are my desk and chair, two tall bookcases, a recliner, and a hide-a-bed, just in case we have an extra guest or two. On the wall I face is a burl clock my cousin made for me, and the wall next to me has a framed collage made from my first novel, Brute Heart.
  1. Are you the kind of writer who needs total quiet to compose, or are you able to filter out the typical sounds of the day and use your tunnel vision? Unless I’m working on a deadline, I keep the door open. The TV is usually on in the living room, but it is just background noise.
      7.Do you listen to music while you write, and if so, what kind? If not, why not? I don’t listen to music because I find it distracting. Either I want to sing along or dance to it. ( Peggy here: so do I!!)
  1. How did you come up with the plotline/idea for your current WIP? It came to me while reading my great-grandmother’s handwritten life story. Like most women from my great-grandmother’s generation, she didn’t openly discuss personal matters. For example, all she wrote about her widowed father’s marriage to a sixteen-year-old girl was: “and things didn’t go well with the new young wife.” Well, I wanted more than that, so I made up a story about it. I took what I saw as a terrible situation for a girl of fourteen and fictionalized it into a stormy relationship that takes place between two women from their teens (roughly 1884) until 1919.
  1. Which comes first for you – character or plot? And why? Plot. I have to begin with a story or message that is emotional and meaningful. Otherwise, why waste my readers’ time?
  1. What 3 words describe you, the writer? straightforward; detail-oriented; sensitive
Ginger, The Person 
  1. Tell us one unusual thing about yourself – not related to writing! I used to play the guitar, and one night I sang for my supper at a bar in lower Manhattan.
  2. Who was your first love and what age were you? When I was five years old, I told everybody my boyfriend was the movie cowboy Roy Rogers. According to my mother, I  used to include him and talk to him while I played house.
  3. If you could relive one day, which one would it be? Think GROUNDHOG DAY, the movie for this one – you’ll have to live it over and over and… It would probably be the day I spent touring the ruins of Machu Picchu
  4. If you had to give up one necessary-can’t-live-without-it beauty item, what would it be? my eyeliner pencil
  5. What three words describe you, the person?loyal; organized; curious
  6. If you could sing a song with Jimmy Fallon, what would it be? “A Train Called the City of New Orleans” 
  7. If you could hang out with any literary character from any book penned at any time line, who would it be, why, and what would you do together? Cheryl Strayed from Wild. We would climb Mt. Hood together.
I love the Actor’s Studio show on Bravo, so this is my version of it:
  1. Favorite sound: the ocean
  2. Least favorite sound: squealing tires
  3. Best song ever written: “You Raise Me Up” (Pop); “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (Country); “Treat Her Like a Lady” (Rock)
  4. Worst song ever written: There are way too many to list.
  5. Favorite actor and actress: Today—Bradley Cooper and Emily Blunt From the past—Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Taylor
  6. Who would you want to be for 1 day and why? ( It can be anyone living or dead) Joni Mitchell before she changed from folk music to jazz. She was an amazing songwriter and musician. I would have loved to spend a day inside her head.
  7. What turns you on? Il Divo
  8. What turns you off? talking heads trying to talk over each other during a TV program
  9. What’s your version of a perfect day? Waffles and Jimmy Dean sausage for breakfast, three hours of quiet to write, a two-mile walk along the Deschutes River, Mongolian chicken with brown rice for lunch, a pedicure, a movie like “Emma” or “The Joy Luck Club,” a glass of white wine with shrimp scampi and a green salad for dinner, a game or two of cribbage, hot bath and massage before going to bed
Clara, fourteen and Geneva, sixteen are close friends until Geneva secretly marries Clara’s widowed father. Feeling betrayed by her pa and a girl she idolizes, Clara wants nothing to do with her new young stepmother. Geneva retaliates, beginning a clash of wills that lasts from 1884 to the flu epidemic of 1918.
Years go by without them speaking to one another. Geneva, bolder of the two, lives a life of ease in elegant homes with piped water and domestic help. She shops for the latest in women’s fashions and plays pinochle with lady friends.
For spite, Clara marries a handsome cowboy Geneva fancies, but ends up living in a freezing cold cabin and a house infested with bugs. She takes in ironing and feeds miners to make ends meet, discovering love and purpose in the process.
It takes a tragedy to bring her and her family together again. Can she and Geneva see this as an opportunity to put aside the past? Can they salvage a relationship that was once the center of their world?
Pa wasn’t supposed to get married again. He hadn’t  promised that; however with her and Lily to take care of him, he didn’t need a wife. Besides, cousins marrying cousins,  one of them much older than the other, was a complete  muddle of how life was supposed to be.
With a sudden start she realized she would be seeing Geneva every day. They would be living in the same house—the one Pa built for his family—and her best friend, her only friend in this place with no neighborhoods or schools was now her stepmother.
Ginger Dehlinger is a native Oregonian who enjoys writing about the American West: poems, essays, short stories, and two novels, one set in Oregon, one in Colorado. On her blog she writes about the process of writing or posts short pieces she’s written.
She has received kudos for her writing, although, as she tells people, “I’ll never be famous.” Her first novel, BRUTE HEART, was a runner-up for the 2012 Big Al’s Books ‘n Pals People’s Choice Award. “Last Ride,” an essay starring a tumbleweed, won first prize in the 2011 Rising Star contest for Pacific Northwest writers. A short story, “The Embroidered Sheets,” was a finalist for the Women Writing the West Laura Award in 2013.
Her poetry has also been honored. She received a Writer’s Digest honorable mention in 2010 for her poem, “A Bar Stool’s Lament.” “Sleep on the Lam” (2013) and “Ghost Trees at Midnight” (2016) were finalists in a local writing competition, and another poem,”If I Wore Sensible Shoes,” was published in the 2012 edition of the Gold Man Review.
Ginger is an active member of the Central Oregon Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, and the executive committee of the Lake of the Woods Oregon Historical Society. She also participates in a small critique group. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, and travel.
Born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon, she attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, where she majored in history, minored in English. She graduated from the U of O with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Phi Beta Kappa key. A few years after graduation she went bi-coastal, living in New York City, Norwalk and Westport, Connecticut, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles, California. She now lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Dick and a cat named Kiki.
You can connect with Ginger here:
Peggy here: Ginger it’s been a pleasure getting to know you. Much luck with NEVER DONE and thanks for visiting!