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Book Signing Saturday, December 22

Gift Shop Kowalski's Stillwater, MN

11am -1pm

Limited Books for Sale

Orders will be taken

Works in Upcoming Show

the St. Croix Galleries

 runs November 28th-December 22 

opening reception on Wednesday, November 28th from 6-8 pm

hot chocolate open house on Saturday, December 1 from 9:30am-4pm.

I will be part of this show with a few sculptures, photography, and books.
to visit the event click here

Radio Reading

A community radio station in Northern Minnesota is broadcasting one of my poems today. It is on their website for all of you to far to pick up the signal. 
I feel honored to be part of their literary efforts.

The poem is about my favorite park in Duluth right by Lake Superior- Echoes

click to visit

Twowolvz Creations LLC

I am now the administrative member of Twowolvz Creations LLC.  
The parent of two cooperative run art and literary publications.
The River Journal and Twowolvz Press

My MS Story- video

Around a month and a half ago, I entered a contest where you told your MS (Multiple Sclerosis) story either by written essay or a 3 minute video. I chose to do video. I did not win. But now I have a video to share with all of you.

WOS Book Tour

Schedule Women's Obsession with Shoes: Real Stories Straight from the Sole to stop by your blog in September or December. There are Open Dates for guest posts, interviews, and reviews.

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Calendars and contact info

Win one of my Books

Your choice of which one
Simply follow Writings by River (this website)
A number has previously been chose  to be the winner.

Opportunity.... fingers crossed

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"Over the next five months, Everyday Matters will feature the stories of real people meeting some of the everyday challenges that multiple sclerosis can bring on the path to one's "best life" - and provide tools for you to travel along too!......."

WOS Book Launch: The Winner....... & details of the next contest.

The Winner.... of the WOS book contest/giveaway is........  Marnee Forbort.

CONTEST/Giveaway: Win a copy of WOS
Rules: follow 'Writings by River' to enter
The winner will be the person that lands 
on a previously chosen number 
between 10 and 40.
ends June 26

June Issue of The River- Edition 2 ~ Issue 1

We begin our second year with an batch of interviews in Beyond the Surface with Helene Fischman, JohnnyK, and some of our team. Helene Fischman’s photo-poetry is featured along with the poetry of Brigitte Goetze.

Twowolvz Creations Presents the WOS Book Launch Party

excerpt from WOS-
“Give a girl the correct footwear
and she can conquer the world”

                                        -Bette Midler                                click to enlarge
WOS is a collection of twenty-one stories from women that River interviewed over a three year span. Every story is written with the woman’s voice as if she was sitting next to you telling her story. Some will spark memories while others will be entertaining in their own way.

There are two ways to enter the Book Prize
Enter to Win
LINK UP with Mr Linky with the URL from your blog, website, or facebook account.

I have chose a winning number already. Will it be you?
A woman’s love for shoes has no boundaries. Million’s of women from all lifestyles and ages, crossing borders around the globe, love shoes. Many of these same women along with countless others enjoy reading stories they can relate to or that entertain them. Women’s Obsession with Shoes encompasses true stories, women, and shoes.
Some Story Titles:
The Case of the Platts
Stiletto Standoff
Bellies and Heels
book excerpt-

Boot Swap with a Queen

Footie Porn Princess
My All in Ones
Cures of Laughter

My relationship with shoes has been a lot like my motto for life,

“It’s an exercise in endurance.”
Wouldn’t you know it turns out there are comfortable shoes out there.
Women's Obsession with Shoes   on Amazon  or Goodreads (please rate WOS on either site when you have finished - Thank You - reviews are greatly appreciated.)
Prizes: When a prize is found I will erase it below
-    -   40%  -  ecopy  -  print copy
  • print copy of WOS- I will contact the winner on Saturday June 2.
  •  ebook copy of WOS- When you find the shoe send me an email at ziibi(at)live(dot)com
  • Sales- When you find a percentage off (20%, 30%, or 40%) email me at ziibi(at)live(dot)com
 Twowolvz Creations
A Design & Publishing Company

    An Interview with River- WOS Book Launch

    Memoirs by Women
    Life through a pair of Shoes

    Tea with River Urke,
    author of Women's Obsession with Shoes

    An interview conducted by Thomas Blackwolf from Twowolvz Creations.
    Twowolvz Creations is an emerging Design & Publishing Company
    TB-  Today, we sit with River Urke, the author of the new book Women's Obsession with Shoes: Real Stories Straight from the Sole. A unique nonfiction of true stories from women encompassing their lives and shoes. First, I have to ask how you came up with the idea behind WOS?
    River- The idea came one day while I was daydreaming in a shoe store about dancing in heels again when by chance two of my passions in life came into my thoughts and the idea of WOS was born. I love dancing in heels and listening to people tell their stories. It made total sense to bring them together to form a book
     TB- I see! River, I read that you have the training to collect people's stories through your Anthropology degree. What was the process of compiling WOS?
     River- Yes, I focused my degree towards the field learning the tools to gather and document people's stories. I began by interviewing women about experiences in their lives that involved a pair of shoes. I taped the interviews on an old tape recorder then transcribed  them the old fashion way. It took forever but I don't have a transcriber. The stories were transcribed forbadum and edited just enough to be concise while still keeping the woman's voice. The introduction entailed a lot of research. It was a project in a half for many years.
    TB- I understand you did much more than just write and compile WOS, that you designed and formatted the book as well, self-publishing the book. Is there a reason you chose that direction?
    River- Oh yes, no one wanted to pick up the book. The market was either too flooded or the stories to raw. I decided to self-publish to get the book out and then look for a publisher to grab it up. A bit backwards but I didn't see any other way. I put myself in a self taught book building class and learned the ins and outs of formatting and marketing.
    TB- WOS is a one of a kind book. Can you explain?
    River- There are no books exactly like WOS out there in the book world. I designed it to be a coffee table book where someone could pick it up here and there, read a story or two, and catch a chuckle from a quote. The book is divided into four styles of shoes with quotes from the women scattered around the book. The majority of the stories are half a page with a couple over a page. They are all funny to me in their own ways.
    TB- There are twenty-one stories in WOS. Do you have a favorite?
    River- There are many I love but if I had to chose one I would say Moccasin Blues.
    To purchase
    Womens Obsession with Shoes: Real Stories Straight from the Sole (Volume Two)