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One Man’s Patriot- my 100 word story is now available

My 100 word story One Man's Patriot is available for reading online at 100 word story.org (100wordstory.org). It was a challenge to fit a coherent story into the 100 word more...

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Short story WILD BILL appears in Red Earth Review, July 2014

My recent short story WILD BILL appears in the July, 2014 edition of Red Earth Review. WILD BILL is the story of a disabled Iraqi war vet and his relationship with his stodgy old neighbor. There is a lot of good work by other writers as well. Here is a link: more...

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Reading/signing on Saturday, Sept. 6th

I've been asked to do a signing/reading at the Morrison-Talbott Library, Waterloo, Illinois on Saturday, September 6, 2014. I will have copies of BAXTER'S FRIENDS and RUNNING AT NIGHT to purchase. Hope to see some of you more...

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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Continuing my comments on books that influenced me most, I can truthfully say Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier contained the most beautiful use of language of any novel I've read. The book is lyrical, poetic. It is well known that Hemingway eschewed adjectives. Recently, I read a quote attributed to Twain, the essence of which was if a writer is unsure about the use of more...

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Two pieces of writing due out in July

I will have two pieces published in July. The first, ONE MAN'S PATRIOT, will be published by 100 Word Story. It was an interesting exercise writing a complete, coherent story in 100 words. The second is WILD BILL, which will appear in Red Earth Review. WILD BILL is the story about the uneasy relationship between a retired, middle aged accountant and his neighbor, more...

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Interesting review of Running at Night

I had a curious experience today while reading Ned Randle's recent collection, Running at Night. The poems first came to me on kindle as I waited for the hard copy to arrive. In the electronic universe the words in Ned's poems were fleeing, much like the fleeting world of Facebook where everything grows old in an instant. The package opened, the paperback in my hands, more...

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Review/Analysis of BAXTER’S FRIENDS by O.Victor Miller

Dear ned, So many times since I read your wonderful novel I have wanted to write you, tell you how much the that book and your book of poetry has touched me where I am to help me know myself, a moving target. That’s, of course, what poignant novels do, seek fictive truth about ourselves too stark and personal to bear the light of self reflection. I’m at the age of more...

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Books That Influenced Me The Most

I've read a number of interviews and blog posts in which writers comment upon, or list, books you should read if you want to write. They are interesting, but I wouldn't be so presumptuous to prescribe a reading list for others, particularly a list of books you should read if you want to be a writer. Instead of offering a list of "must read" books, I prefer to list more...

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Posting a Review

For those of you who've read my books, or may read my books in the future, and enjoyed them, I would appreciate a review on Amazon or Goodreads. There is not a lot of promotional support behind books published by small publishing houses and we depend upon word of mouth. Reviews on these sites really are appreciated. more...

East St. Louis Writer’s Series

I've been invited to speak at the East St. Louis Writers’ Workshop on Feb. 27th at 9:30 a.m. The series is in its thirteenth semester of bringing writers to Southwestern Illinois College’s East St. Louis site to exposes students to excellence in writing in the metro area. The one-hour workshop consists of the writer reading from his/her works, discussing more...