Tomorrow night is the annual reception of Clatsop Community College’s RAIN Magazine. The reception is open to the public. It takes place on the second floor of Columbia Hall, beginning at 6 p.m., and usually lasts three to four hours.

Writers from all over the area will be reading their work aloud. I love to hear the authors read the poems and stories themselves. I have two short poems and a short story included in this year’s edition, and I’ll be reading the short story, which comes in at just 840 words, and that includes the title—Killer Clam Tide.

Yep, that’s the same title I used for my one-act play a couple years ago. Titles are not copyrighted, and I really liked that title, so I used it again for an entirely different piece of writing. I invite you to come hear me read it. It’s loosely based on an event that transpired in my fertile imagination one evening 30 years ago during a night clam dig.

That my ex still lives speaks well of the fact that I don’t have to act upon every thought that runs through my head. But I do get to write about it.

Hope to see you there!