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!
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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!
I’m grateful to Alexis Williams Carr for sending me word that my story “On the Road to Vitebsk” reached the final stages of judging in the 43rd flash fiction competition. I’m not sure where it came from, but I like the story and will share it when (I hope!) it is eventually published somewhere! Here’s the link to my certificate.
Honored poet Hardeep Sabharwal offered a review of Dawn Drums on his blog. I’m most pleased to share it with you!
Abraham Lincoln speaks with Chalone Peaks students.
Source: Dawn Drums ( A must read book)
Brad Watson, Vice President of Saturday Writers had this to say about Make My Day: “Congratulations, you won 1st place in the Saturday Writers’ ‘Sounds of Writing’ contest.” He included this note from the contest judge: ‘The voice was strong, the pacing excellent and the character spot on. I loved it.” I’m most pleased to let you know that this story was included in the 2016 contest anthology and that anthology is now available on Amazon. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Sense-ably-Anthology-Saturday-Writers/dp/1541298888/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486005662&sr=1-1&keywords=saturday+writers+anthology
Little Big Man Speaks just won the Fall 2016 Three Cheers and a Tiger short story contest. I thank Ana George and the folks at Toasted Cheese Literary Magazine for choosing to honor my story. I’ve long believed that Native American cultures and values will contribute to the saving of our planet. That the pernicious tar sands Keystone Pipeline still threatens Native American lands is an indication that their wisdom has yet to reach corporate America. I hope that Little Big Man Speaks will offer a small push toward environmental sanity. Here’s the link: http://tclj.toasted-cheese.com/2016/16-4/little-big-man-speaks-by-robert-walton/
I like to speculate on what might be just around the corner. I did so in my story “Make My Day” and the Saturday Writers fiction contest judges found my speculations (an app for your smart phone that offers classic movie lines?) interesting enough to award it first place in this year’s competition. You’ll have to wait until November or so for the story to be published, but my interview in the Saturday Writers newsletter is here: http://www.saturdaywriters.org/newsletter.html