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Cowboy Poets and Storytellers On Stage

April 25, 2019

                Gatherings Cowboy poetry readings are usually called gatherings and may occur at any time of the year. For example, The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is held every winter (late January or early February) in Elko, Nevada at the Western Folklife Center. The get-together lasts for a long […]

Reviving Old Stories

March 2, 2017

Reworking and rewriting old stories can take you to new places.

Reading Old Short Stories

December 11, 2011

Paperback Collections of Short Stories Recently, at my place to stay, I came across a old much used paperback edition of short stories edited by the English writer, V.S. Pritchett. More formally known as Sir Victor Sawdon Pritchett, the British author was born in 1900 and lived until 1997, making th man an excellent chronicler […]

Short Story Revival

September 9, 2011

Short Story Revival There is a good bit of speculation and even some proof that the rise of e-books might rejuvenate the short story. One such piece of evidence are the single e-books now offered by Amazon on their Kindle format. Several months age Amazon started a program, where authors and/or publishers can submit medium […]

Revisiting Joel Chandler Harris

August 24, 2011

Biography Joel Chandler Harris was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1845. His father abandoned the family at an early age, so Joel was raised by his mother with some financial help from a local doctor. During the War Between the States, Harris worked on the Turnwold Plantation. It was during these years that the young, […]

Talking Animals

August 21, 2011

Past Use of Talking Animals From Aesop’s Fables to Grimm’s Fairy Tales and up to the present talking animals have played a small, but vital role in literature. In modern literature, perhaps CS Lewis’s novel the Chronicles of Narnia illustrates how the use of a talking animal can heighten a manuscript. In Chronicles, one of […]

My New Novel, Acadian Rendezvous

July 11, 2011

Simple Beginning This 80,000 word novel started out as a short story. The tale was originally entitled “The Art Critics”, but I changed the name to “A Night In Old New Orleans”. You can read the 6,000  word story here on Smashwords. After I completed the short story, I signed up from the November novel […]

Using Images As Prompts

June 22, 2011

History of An Image I snapped this picture, while wandering around Prague with an old Pentax viewfinder film camera. The year was 2003 and it was my first visit to the continent. Immediately upon encountering this real-life and surreal setup, I knew I had a memorial picture. In real life, some nursery (trees and plants) […]

Can A Writer Be a Literary Critic

June 20, 2011

Writer Beware In my opinion it is perfectly possible for a writer to dabble in literary criticism – after all there is probably nobody around who has a better working knowledge of the subject area. However, it may not be a good idea. This proposition is fueled by a recent visit to Edgar Allan Poe […]

Southern Gothic in Savannah

February 25, 2011

There’s definitely more to Southern Gothic than Roman statues and Greek columns. For it’s a writing style, or more specifically a genre that overlaps the much broader classification of Southern literature. According to most literary commentary, Southern Gothic originated from the Gothic-styled literature that was produced in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. Both […]

What Is a Novella?

February 10, 2011

A novella (or novelette as it is occasionally called) is a funny term. Within the literary world the art form occupies its own little niche, for it is longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel. The Free Dictionary defines a novella as “a short narrative tale, esp a popular story having a […]

Hooray For Ray

January 19, 2011

Ray Bradbury is a well-known for his full length literary works, such as “The Martian Chronicles”, “Fahrenheit 451”, “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked Comes This Way”. However, there is another side of Ray Bradbury, that the general public may not so be aware of. And that is his ability to put together a good short […]

A Good Man Is Hard To Find

January 16, 2011

Reading a short story that is widely recognized as an American classic is always a challenge. Such was the case when I picked up the complete stories of Flannery O’Connor at a local SC library and tackled several of her stories. The fact that as I read I am able to look out the window […]