Margaret Harmon

The Genie Who Had Wishes of His Own--21st-Century Fables

Twenty-two brand new heroes, villains, and earnest strivers go after health, love, and fulfillment. These are fables we read when the children are asleep.
* Idealistic architect Zoe creates a building so green it might save the Earth--if she can protect it from the people living in it.
* Health food expert Myrna decides to rescue her husband from a nutritional wasteland. But Stanley's a big man who likes ice cream.
* Roger makes himself a multibillionaire by exploiting workers, squeezing expenses, and stretching loopholes--until he accidentally explodes his world.
* Nina, who knows exactly what she wants, finds a genuine genie, who discovers what he wants.

Endearing and determined, these trapeze artists, juggler, caterpillar, song sparrow, ballerina, and the rest are exactly who we want them to be: us. Our favorites walk beside us as private guardians and powerful allies.

--Ray Bradbury

"There is something hedonistic and luxurious inherent in these fables. . . . Look around for this book. You'll find it useful in countless social and literary ways."
--Carolyn See

"Very clever."
--Barnaby Conrad

Margaret will read "They Ate the Street People First" at UCSD's open-mic TALES FROM THE MOTHERSHIP on Tuesday, October 17th. The event is free and open to the public, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Seuss Room in the Geisel Library on the UCSD campus.

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On Monday, October 23rd, Margaret will lead Literary Games: PLOTTING TO SUCCEED at the San Diego Writers & Editors Guild meeting

What if we could vaporize writer's block and rejection fears? Have fun creating back stories? Know our characters' greatest desires and hidden fears? Write dialog so natural readers think we overheard it, yet so memorable they can't forget it? Design believable plots that surprise? We can--at technique workshops using "Literary Games" to empower ourselves, whether we're starting new projects or perfecting masterpieces.

On October 23rd, Margaret Harmon will lead us in three new Literary Games, using the enormous power of PLAY to crash through fears, writer's block, and procrastination while building writing technique. These games are individual and non-competitive, like Solitaire; we win by playing. PLOTTING TO SUCCEED, October 23, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at San Diego County Health Services Complex, 3851 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92110.

Just won! Best anthology, San Diego Book Awards Association

Selected Works

A New Book of Modern Fables
An American Aesop's newest fables help us become who we want to be --alone, together, or in a mob. Perfect for troubled times, fables are problem-solving tools.
Birding Humor
Birders watch birds--and other birders. That's the premise of Margaret Harmon's laugh-out-loud parody in classic field guide format. It identifies our favorite companions on the trail--and the few we'd like to strangle. "[It shows] why birding is so much fun." BIRDING Magazine
Modern Fables
explores life's most serious issues--by playing with them. These sly tales, surprising and rich, empower as they amuse."Hedonistic and luxurious"Los Angeles Times

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