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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Could you be a Killer Nashville scholar?

cj Sez: SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for Killer Nashville:  Deadline July 5, 2019. 
“The annual Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 as a way to give back to the writing community and educate/empower writers in all stages of their careers. In that spirit, and thanks to generous donors, Killer Nashville is offering several scholarships in 2019.” 
   For more information and to apply, go here:

   Mobile has had wind gusts reaching fifty-plus miles an hour and (yesterday) two inches of rain in a forty-five minute period. Yep, there were trees and limbs down and flash-flood warnings for a lot of city streets because of this storm. On the plus side, the temperature dropped from 94 (heat index of about 100) to the high 70s.

   Thunder and lightning is not good for my writing progress, however. “I have to shut down the computer when lightning starts marching in with the rain,” says the procrastinator. Actually, I’m doing okay. One short story submitted, another in process, and a novel rotating in that endless edit cycle I seem to go through. I also have two other stories percolating (i.e., a few chapters written).

   Are you aware there’s a story arc that readers/agents have come to expect?

According to author/editor Ramona DeFelice Long, 
    "For a 400 page MS: 
          Act 1 is 1/4 of the story, so 100 pages
       Act 2 is 1/2 of the story, so 200 pages
       Act 3 is 1/4 of the story, so 100 pages 
                (Act 3 includes a denouement)
     You can adjust the math, but the 1/4 + 1/2 + 1/4 is the guiding formula."
   Have you ever analyzed a story, yours or someone else’s, to see how they fit into that three-act arc?

   On July 4, 2019, the United States of America celebrates its 243 rd birthday. It started with a revolutionary war and a constitution: 
     We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

   When you celebrate the holiday this year, please take a moment to remember the great personal sacrifices that made us a free nation and have kept us free for more than two centuries.

   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.


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In the midst of prospectors, treasure hunters, and shoot-outs in the old West, there is a love story in“Bad Day at Round Rock,” my short story in the Western anthology THE POSSE. Excerpt:  Seventeen-year-old Lilly Malmstrom thought morning calm was the best time of any day—before the sun burned away the cool of the night, before hot winds drove the fine Texas sand under the windowsills, before the town of Round Rock fully awakened. By seven a.m., when she stood on tiptoe to twist the key in the wall clock to wind it, she had the doctor’s instruments scalded and air-drying on the table and fresh-washed huck towels hanging on the line behind the building. To mark the end of the work week, she drew an “X” through the date on the calendar with the stub of a lead pencil and sighed.

“July 19, 1878,” she said, pronouncing the month as ‘yulie’. “One year. One whole year.”

It’d been exactly a year since she’d left Sweden, but her new life hadn’t turned out exactly as she’d planned. Now she had a new plan.   
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