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Dawn Drums for Reader’s Choice Award!

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Dawn Drums was just accepted by the Reader’s Choice Awards for 2017 in the historical fiction category. If you’re so inclined please go to the site (link below) and give my book a vote. It’s on page fourteen of the voting section.

https://www.tckpublishing.com/readers-choice-voting

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A Literary Evening!

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I thought I’d mention again that two of my stories will be presented at this event. I won’t be able to attend, but I’m sure curious about how they’ll be received!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, present our 6th Annual Northern Writes evening with new fiction by novelist Rod Williams and modern folklorist Robert Walton, Sunday, October 8, 2017 at The Federal.  The performance stars spoken word artist Sally Shore,with guest cast Patricia Belcher (Bones, The Guest Book), Kevin Brief (Supernatural, Criminal Minds) and Holger Moncada, Jr. (Futureman, Jane The Virgin).

The Federal is located at 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood 91601.  Performances begin at 7:00 pm, doors open 6:00 pm. for your dining and drinking pleasure.  Admission is $10.00-$15.00 with advance purchase, $20.00 same day cash only at the door.  Advance discount ticket sales close today at 5 pm! For tickets and program information,
Here’s a link to the tickets :  https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10199331

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Have a couple or drinks first!

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!

 

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Dogwood Dream, Charlottesville and Statues

 

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.

http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/the-unreal/short-story-dogwood-dream

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Aurora Wolf Publishes a Bogerd Story!

 

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!

http://aurorawolf.com/2017/08/gimps-daughter/

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The Bigger Picture: Reflections on the Great War

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.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bigger-Picture-Reflections-Great-War-x/dp/0992947332/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500480997&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=the+bigger+picture+save+as+writers

 

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Across the Rolling Waters

 

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:

http://www.fartherstars.com

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