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For Veteran’s Day

A fitting tribute to Vietnam Veteran’s Day by my friend and former Special Forces officer, Thomas Drinkard.

Pinnacle Writing

This is the first poem for Veteran’s Day.   This one is especially for Vietnam Veterans.  The Wall was paid for, not out of government funding, but from veteran’s organizations.  The poem tracks a soldier from his earliest days to his return to America.

The Wall

For the Vietnam Veterans of America

I. Roll Call

Arrayed in perfect ranks and files,
row on row,
gleaming metal and polished black,
sharp straight edges cutting the wind,
they stand
in static silent formation.
Only their nameplates speak…
a voiceless babble of American families,
no other speaks, or spoke, for them.

Soldiers should not make their own monuments

Away from this place of silence,
this place of unheard voices,
(where a limp flower hangs,
pushed into a crevice of the black stone),
the nation erected proper monuments of heroism:
sinewy white marble demigods with laurels;
or helmeted bronze men, thrusting a flagpole upright.

These…

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New Website by Novelist, Western Historian and Friend Julia Robb

Several months ago I interviewed my friend Julia about her book Scalp Mountain. I’m pleased to announce Julia 1012439_10200980573130615_20148056_nunveiled a new website and blog today. Many of you know Julia. This is a well designed site and it reflects well on her work. I’m honored to share it with my blog followers and visitors. Please check it out and feel free to comment. I know Julia will appreciate it!

Julia Robb — Novelist & Western Historian

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Guest post by Annie Neugebauer

Hello friends, fellow bloggers, authors and readers. I’m honored to introduce a friend and fellow officer of the Denton Poets’ Assembly, Annie Neugebauer. Today I’ll be sharing one of her posts on “Ways to Give Back to the Book Industry.” I know, that’s a bit self-serving, but so be it.

Ways to Give Back to the Book Industry

Annie is a short story author, novelist, and award-winning poet.

I had a wonderful birthday last week. I got many lovely wishes and some truly thoughtful and amazing gifts. It got me thinking about the act of giving, and how it’s really just a way of showing that we care. Big expensive gifts are great, but the ones that truly touch me are those that someone put time, effort, or consideration into. Really, when you break it down to its simplest form, it’s another form of communication.

And of course, since I work in the book industry, my mind took it there. I feel incredibly lucky to work in a job I truly love and in the special industry that surrounds it. It would be difficult (and sappy) of me to detail all of the many ways people in this industry have touched my life, so I’ll spare you that. Instead, I thought I would brainstorm some ways that I, and you, and all of us can give back to an industry that has given us so much.

And of course, since I work in the book industry, my mind took it there. I feel incredibly lucky to work in a job I truly love and in the special industry that surrounds it. It would be difficult (and sappy) of me to detail all of the many ways people in this industry have touched my life, so I’ll spare you that. Instead, I thought I would brainstorm some ways that I, and you, and all of us can give back to an industry that has given us so much.

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Continuation of Annie’s post.

Before I finish, I’d like to share more  information about Annie Neugebauer (Twitter: @AnnieNeugebauer) is a short story author and award-winning poet. She has work appearing or forthcoming in over two dozen venues, including Buzzy Mag, The Spirit of Poe, Underneath the Juniper Tree, the British Fantasy Society journal Dark Horizons, and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies’ prize anthology Encore. She’s also a member of the Horror Writers Association, vice president of the Denton Poets’ Assembly, and president of the North Branch Writers’ Critique Group. You can visit her at http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com for blogs, creative works, free organizational tools for writers, and more.

Use this link to view her Author Page at Amazon.

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Reblog: Participants – Crack Your Knuckles and Start Your Engines!

Guest post by Sandy Coelho

It’s that time of year when writers and authors take a deep breath, and step up to meet a challenge to join colleagues from across the globe and make a commitment to write a 50,000 word  novel during the month of November.

It may seem daunting but offers the potential for satisfying fulfillment. Sandy Coelho has written an inspiring article that gives all the information you need to get started. Many of the followers of this blog are writers. I encourage you to step up and give it ago!
Now I’ll turn this post over to Sandy 🙂 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Participants – Crack Your Knuckles and Start Your Engines!

NaNoWriMo is a week away. The event hosted by the Office of Letters and Light, is in its 13th year and has grown from 21 original participants to over 250,000 in 2011. The concept behind NaNoWriMo is to get people writing – anything; for 30 straight days. The objective is not quality, it’s quantity. Winners are the participants who reach the 50,000 word finish line. The aim of the OLL is to encourage writers and those who have always thought about writing to put their nose to the grindstone and just get it done!

 

 

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Get Your Facts Straight: An Interview On Research For Writers With Rich Weatherly

Guest post by T. James  from his blog,
The WordOnThe.Net

Today I would like to introduce a longtime online friend of mine, Rich Weatherly, a writer who specialises in poetry and short stories with a modern-day or near-historical setting. He may single-handedly be pioneering the literary thriller as a genre. As well as being an all-round “good egg” as we British like to say—because all non-British know we learn English from Mary Poppins-like matriarchs—Rich is also methodical and thorough. So when it comes to meticulous research, Rich can definitely “bring it”—who says I don’t cater for a broad cultural audience? Anyhow, he seemed like the ideal person to answer a few questions on research and its importance in the writing process, so without further ado…

The full blog post by T.James

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My Favorite Writing Advice ~ Trust The Story (Reblogged)

In the past I’ve reviewed SMALL AS A MUSTARD SEED, by Shelli Johnson. I’ve also interviewed Shelli to help my Award Winning Author, Shelli Johnsonreaders get additional insights into the background behind Shelli’s award winning book.

 

Shelli’s most recent blog post provides advice which I believe should be at the heart of every good story. Take a look at Shelli’s post and see if you agree! http://shellijohnson.com/2012/07/my-favorite-writing-advice-trust-the-story/

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‎”You Don’t Have a Real Job” — Setting the Record Straight.

Sandy Coelho is a friend and a very good writer. Being a writer, she has much in common with many of my followers and readers who, like myself, are also writers. Sandy found herself in a touchy, difficult situation but she is not the type of person to let misconceptions lie.

Her current blog post gives powerful arguments for why writers do in fact have a Real Job. Writers, I  hope you enjoy Sandy’s arguments.

For non-writers, I hope you’ll consider the points Sandy makes. Have you ever heard the parent of an artist or writer ask their son or daughter, “Why don’t you get a real job?” or “Why don’t you study to be a doctor or lawyer?” Here’s a counter to that logic.

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May 4, 2012 · 12:11 pm