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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Readers Against Prejudice and Racism describes itself as follows.
“Hello everyone! This is a group dedicated to people who want to see a more peaceful world and who enjoy learning about other cultures with respect and gratitude. Feel free to join this group if you believe in peace and harmony.
“The goal of this group is to understand about the dangers of prejudice and racism around the world and hatred can come in many different forms. Anyone who believes that prejudice against homosexuality, different cultures, different races, people with disabilities, or anyone who are different from society is wrong, are free to join this club to discuss about how we can prevent racism and prejudice from spreading across the world.”
Sunday, November 04, 2012
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Sunday, August 26, 2012
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Monday, June 25, 2012
Pamela Mae Willard must learn to love herself. Still, she can’t resist laughing about her problems, and about the adventures of the colorful characters in Acorn, Texas.
This irreverent, politically incorrect tale reveals a woman finding joy in life, no matter what happens to her and no matter who mistreats her.
Categories: humor, comedy, short story, fiction.
Keywords: Duane Simolke, fat diary, weight loss, fat, humor, comedy, satire, West Texas, Texans, Lubbock authors, writers, politically incorrect, e-books, eBooks, fiction, fictional towns and cities, short stories, Sordid Lives, Tuna, gay, ex-gay, exgay, small-town, small town, rural, chick lit, women’s fiction, Acorn.
Blog entry updated 9/28/16.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
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The writers who joined me in donating their writings made it a memorable collection. I also want to acknowledge the memory of John Mudd, a blog innovator who both helped the project happen and helped it find an audience.
Best wishes to you and your loved ones this Mother’s Day!
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
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Monday, February 13, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Their description of the play:
In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. He died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was assaulted because he was gay. Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from over 200 interviews of people from Laramie and their own experiences after the beating and death. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
I previously saw The Laramie Project performed at Texas Tech University, and saw the HBO movie version. Both were good.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
A new documentary by the director of The Butch Factor explores gay male relationships, from the perspectives of single men, couples, matchmakers, and relationship counselors. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com. The DVD arrives on Valentine's Day.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I’ve posted a few blog entries about my work on the sequel to Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. You can read the other entries by clicking on the Sons of Taldra tag at the end of this one.
The draft I finished slowly changed from 31 to 21 chapters, because of combined chapters and cut or combined scenes. Quite a few scenes provided nice interactions between certain characters, but really added nothing to the overall novel and slowed it down unnecessarily. Other scenes went by too quickly and needed expanding or combining.
I know from experience that the novel’s final draft will look nothing like the first one. Even the ending has changed with revision, and one scene that occurred in the middle of the book now occurs during the final chapter! Actually, though, it looks like the opening will see the most changes from here, with a long action sequence that will expand some more.
For this novel, I keep working one chapter at a time, printing new drafts of an individual chapter when needed. The printed chapters often become hard to read, because of the insertions, cross-outs, and arrows (“move this part here,” etc.).
My past novels started as short stories that I slowly expanded. Sons of Taldra started with some ideas and an outline, spawned in part from the memory of a character I created for the first book but never used. I had written a scene for him before realizing it wouldn’t quite fit into the narrative. Still, he helps bring together some ideas I had for the sequel, along with a few passing references that occurred during the first novel. (I won’t say any more about that. Spoilers!)
I plan to completely revise all the chapters again, creating a new draft that comes closer to a finished work, and then focus on polishing the complete novel from there.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The Fades premieres on BBC America this week, in its Supernatural Saturday timeslot, which is usually occupied by Doctor Who, Primeval, Being Human, or Bedlam.