My “Dogwood Dream” and “Black Maggie’s Secret” are to be dramatized and presented at a literary evening in Hollywood on October 8th. If you’re in Southern California and are interested, I’ve put the official announcement containing pertinent details above. I won’t be able to make it, but I’m most interested in how this turns out. Both stories are personal favorites of mine.
P.S. If you know somebody in L.A. who might like to attend, please send this link to them!
Should the Confederate statues go? That’s an easy one for me. I visited Northern Alabama in 1964 when still a teen and learned a great many things. Among them was the fact that the Civil War had not ended when I thought it did. It still hasn’t. Dogwood Dream is fiction, but its facts are true.
Interested in Viking Berserker stories? My Bogerd is a berserker, but a decent one and a grandfather, too – perhaps something like Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd in his declining years? I thank editor Michael Pennington for including it in this issue of Aurora Wolf!
No American soldiers offered greater courage or suffered worse conditions than those who fought in World War I. Our country suffered 320,000 casualties (116,500 killed) in little more than a year of combat. Those sacrifices are mostly unremembered now, tragically so. Stern lessons, dearly purchased, were learned in the trenches and recorded by great writers: Rupert Brooke’s poems, “Good-bye to All That by Robert Graves, Remarque’s “All’s Quiet on the Western Front”, Vera Brittain’s “A Testament of Youth” and Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”. More recent writers have also shone light on the conflict’s darkest ditches: Mark Helprin’s “A Soldier of the Great War” and – especially for me – Paul Fussell’s “The Great War and Modern Memory”. I wish Americans would read these books. I wish Americans would learn from what others have sacrificed to teach. I wish Americans would learn to remember.
The United Kingdom lost a generation of young men to The Great War. That loss is suffered still and several years ago many ceremonies and activities commemorated the hundredth anniversary of its beginning. Among them was a writing competition conducted by the Saveas Writers’ Group. A story of mine about World War I was awarded a prize and has at last been published in the competition anthology. The Bigger Picture: Reflections on the Great War is now available on Amazon. It’s worth your time.
A very short SF story of mine was published today in “Farther Stars Than These”. I’ve found that human beings will suffer much and risk a great deal to peek around the corner, even if the corner is light years away. Please peruse my tale and let me know what you think of the starship Billie Holiday. Here’s the link:
Editors of the Scarlet Leaf Review, a Canadian publication, graciously included my short story Well of Souls in their July issue. This one is a favorite of mine, though I’m still trying to puzzle out what it means! Here is the link: http://www.scarletleafreview.com/short-stories1/category/robert-walton
I just received word from Editor Carol Wright that my “Tag Team” won honorable mention in competition for the 2017 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award. Ever since I watched the original “Topper” – Cary Grant, Constance Bennett and Roland Young – I’ve been enamored of humorous ghost stories and have written several such. “Tag Team” has a silver lining, though it’s not in the “Topper” category. I’m pleased and honored by this award and look forward to seeing the story published in the Roundtable this fall. Don’t worry – I’ll let you know when it comes out!