Working back to the future…
Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day. We hosted two parties with one on Sunday afternoon and the other yesterday. But party time is over and it is time to get serious about being serious.
I have real life news to report. My good friend Dr. Lynn has a new project called Words for Warriors. It is a compilation of letters to wounded Veterans. She asked if I would write something and of course I was honored to cobble together some 3rd grade words. It has been published and she was kind enough to send a copy. It is the first time, I saw my written words in print and to be a part of this project is humbling. As I leafed through the book I saw another letter written by our good friend Koji about three pages behind my page. What a wonderful surprise and his words about a WWII Veteran named Jack is simply moving.
You can check out Dr. Lynn’s site at this link: http://lifeinthegym.wordpress.com/ and the Words for Warriors project here: http://words4warriors.com/ This is the kind of project that is inspires me as Dr. Lynn is doing this on her own dime, from the ground up, using her contacts in a true grassroots project. She is a true patriot, full of honor, dignity, and class. She is taking submissions for the next book, please check out what she is putting together and if you are so moved send her something.
The second piece of news to report is that I am almost ready to send out the opening section of my book for review. Ideally, I would like about ten or so people with all different backgrounds, ages, and genders to review it. This first section is exactly 100 pages in length or almost 35,000 words. This is the complete and total re-write that I decided to do some time ago. After the re-write, I went on to clean up the entire work. It is important to know if this section works because everything flows from it. There are a couple of things you should know before you commit. I really need your blunt honesty in your comments. If it is boring and makes a paint drying race look fun, I really need to know that. It is better to know it now, than to be surprised when it goes out to real publishers. Secondly, there is no pay for reading this. I will formally thank you in the acknowledgements section and you will receive your very own signed copy of the book when it is published. Third don’t hold your breath on that last promise, I am six years into this and if you can’t hold your breath for another year or two then you should continue to breathe. If you want to join the team send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you some additional information.
The final piece of news is that I am giving up my amateur status and turning pro. I have been offered and accepted a freelance reporter position for the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. I will write a bi-monthly column that focuses on Veterans. I’m not sure if I am going to get rich writing this, but I have already interviewed on Veteran and I know it is going to be wonderfully enriching for me.
Now, I have four really important writing projects and I will not take on any more continuing commitments for the foreseeable future. You can find me over at the Magill Review on a bi-monthly basis and starting in July, I will link you over to the Herald-Dispatch. I will continue story time here and the big project is always in work. Lot of words on the burner and I really hope that the master plan is starting for solidify.
Before I get to work, I have a very strongly worded letter for a local West Virginian politician who is bringing some negative attention and the always unwelcome media spotlight to a group of professionals that I call brothers and sisters. Go here if you want to take a look at the article: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140511/GZ01/140519960/
Until next time, keep on rockin.