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Second Novel Moving Along

My second novel is moving along nicely. I have a good draft and now working slowly through the draft to tighten it up, make sure it is cohesive and so forth. The new book is a prequel of sorts to BAXTER'S FRIENDS. Although the book features Jerry Baxter and Hugh Ferguson as teenagers, they are not the main characters. The protagonist is another boyhood friend. I'm more...

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Lonesome Dove Storytelling at its Best

I've not kept up with commenting on the ten books that influenced me most, so here goes. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry impressed me as an example of storytelling at its best. Mr. McMurtry's book is a work of historical fiction, based upon true stories he heard as a youth in Texas. The fictitious cattle drive from Lonesome Dove to Montana is based upon an actual cattle more...

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Poetry Mafia Redux- The Poetry Guild System is Alive and Well

As I pointed out in an earlier blog post, creative writing programs have a virtual stranglehold on publication in literary reviews and journals. Moreover, spots in readings are doled out to those who either teach in a graduate writing program, or take a degree from a graduate writing program. As a tangible example I just received a listing of speakers/readers for the more...

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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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