Bruce Rettig is the author of literary short stories, creative non-fiction, essays, and flash fiction/nonfiction. Many of his short stories have won awards, including the Peralta Press YK3 Contest for Best in Fiction, and an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction contest.

Bruce’s narrative nonfiction/memoir, Refraction, won first place at the 2018 San Francisco Writing Awards, first place at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Awards, and first place the 2017 International Chanticleer Book Awards. The piece is based on his years of working as a merchant marine in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the shipping hub for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Refraction is being published by Homebound Publications with a November 15, 2022 release date. 

Bruce lives at South Lake Tahoe, California, and writes in the early hours of the morning. During the day he manages his advertising and graphic design agency, Charter Advertising, and serves as a travel writer/photographer for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and tribal content developer for its website, He enjoys living in the beauty of the high Sierra, exploring Nevada’s high mountain desert, and traveling the Pacific Northwest. 

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Refraction recounts the experience of working in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, a remote Arctic outpost and home to the largest oilfield in North America. It provides an intimate insight into the power of Big Oil, the dangers of an industrial environment, and living with fellow laborers in an isolated work camp. The official release is November 15, and the book is published by Wayfarer Books, an Eco-Lit imprint of Homebound Publications. Homebound is a partner of One Tree Planted, and for every book they sell in their store (not every order, every book) a tree is planted.

Yes, the book will be available at large retailers and Amazon, but if you’re interested in purchasing, please buy directly at the Wayfarer online store and continue to support independent publishers and bookstores.

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Changing Tides Blog

Below are the most recent posts from the Changing Tides blog. 
Blog posts are written by writer Bruce Rettig, and all comments are welcome.

Someone to Ride Shotgun

Someone to Ride Shotgun

Long, solo road trips not only offer the opportunity to enjoy new landscapes and people along the way—they also provide ample time to explore uncharted territory within one’s own head. It’s self-reflection “quality time” and a chance to allow thoughts to...

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When it All Goes Up in Flames

When it All Goes Up in Flames

Emotional and Financial Impacts of the "New Norm"     WE HAD SOLD the family home, and twenty acres it sat on, shortly after our parents passed away. My mother and father had bought the land and built their dream home after years of working and living in the San...

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