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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Error 707- Failure To Load

Ever click on a URL in an e-mail and get redirected? Did you ultimately find out the link had some fatal error in it or that the page had moved? That is sort of how I feel today.

There are many things I could be doing. In all actuality there are many things I should be doing today. I keep taking the initial steps to getting things done, but I keep ending up someplace else. It has been a tough couple of days out here in no man's land. The entire family, myself included, has had a nasty virus. Between fevers and tumultuous tummies there has been little room for fun. I did pull out some older work and polish it up (read formatted) for the Arkansas Contests. The Oklahoma Writer's Federation Conference is just three days away now. All manner of difficulties have cropped up surrounding that whole thing. Sudden shifts in band practice and work schedules have put my needs and the family's needs at odds. In the end it will all work out, but it keeps everything interesting in the mean time.

I've been winding down work on the "Misty Moon Drive" manuscript. I have sent off letters seeking permissions for the various concepts I want to use in the book, mostly for things related to areas outside my personal expertise. I am hopeful that those queried will be happy to contribute to the work and so earn themselves a copy for their libraries when the book is done.

I have been debating the publication options for the manuscript. I had originally thought to do a limited run of self published copies and then, quite likely a downloadable e-book. After all it is a work of poetry and not something I have dreams of making money on. It is an artistic endeavor marrying poetry, painting and the desire to help others to help themselves. Friends have been very encouraging though and suggest trying for something more than self publishing. I am not sure yet how I feel about it. Comments are welcomed.

Well there now, I have accomplished a little something today haven't I? And it is only noon, so who knows what the day will hold. Hope you all are having a wonderful day.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Counting Down

In just seven days I will be attending the Oklahoma Writer's Federation Conference where I am hoping to make some contacts that will lead to representation for "Legacy of Silence". I wonder how many others feel the kind of pressure I am feeling about the whole thing? I have friends who talk about relaxing and having fun, but this is business to me. I have carefully chosen every outfit down to the last accessory, practiced my tag lines and polished my manuscripts. I've even found the motivation to lose 15 pounds. Maybe I am making too much of it, but if I don't take my work seriously who will?

On another front I guess I better get off my rear and get some submissions ready for the Arkansas contests. I challenged dear friend Robyn to enter (and win) and since she is following through, that outs me on the hot seat doesn't it? So I think I am going to enter the essay contest. The topic is "A Family Member Who Impacted Your Life". Last year I entered an essay on Fatherhood and won second place with "The Velveteen Daddy". The win surprised me because I think they were looking for essays about "Leave it to Beaver" type dads and my essay had none of that. This made the win feel that much better. It had to be the writing. Of course last year I had the advantage of the wise eyes of friend Hambil who could edit every bit as well as the pros. He has fallen ill and is not up to that task this time around, so we'll see how I do all on my lonesome. I'll keep you all updated when the word comes in on the winners.

Thursday, April 14, 2005


This gravestone located in a rural cemetary in the Oklahoma Panhandle is the point of inspiration for my latest novel length project which has a working title "Mabel's Grave" Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Hat's Off. A Ramble

The news is, as usual, full of vile things. Three high profile cases of child murders and one very high profile celebrity trial involving molestation have me absolutely convinced of two things. First off, that the people who say that fiction involving child abuse is outdated are insane. Art after all, should mimic life and hopefully shed some light on the deeper meanings therein. Second, that anyone who puts out work that has the potential to benefit from such tragedy owes it to society to give something back.

To that end I have made the decision to seek publication for my novel Legacy of Silence, which tells the tale of Hannah Finn who is slowly loosing her grip on reality. Her husband is too ashamed of her to seek any assistance even though it leaves his children in danger. Her father suspects an old trauma holds the key to saving her, but revealing it will incriminate his wife and cost him the love of the only people he truly cares for. Time is running out as Hannah's sanity fades and her father's health declines. Who will break the Legacy of Silence? And will they be too late?

Expect to see it in bookstores in 2006 if the Hat Lady has her way.

In addition I have decided to give a portion of any proceeds, including any advance against royalties of this book to charities aimed at helping survivors of childhood abuse not only at the time of incident, but also in adulthood when old scars tend to wrap themselves around your limbs and paralyze life itself.