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UPDATE CHAPBOOK

My consistent readers,

I have many projects currently in progress. I am writing another novella with Elmo as a reappearing character. The first time I’ve used a character twice, but I really like him. I’m also rewriting some old short stories and see if I can find them a home. Also, there is The Beast Awaits, my second novel which I hope to publish, someday.

But I figured ‘what the hell’ I’ll start something else, something where, for the most part the work is already done. I’m thinking of publishing a chapbook of poetry. A chapbook is more of a pamphlet than a book. The reason I am discussing this with you is that in the past some of the busiest days on my blog was when I was sharing my poetry. So for any that enjoyed these poems, could you please go to both of my poem areas, Published Poems and Unpublished Poems, and select the poems that you enjoyed or said something to you. I know this will take time but I would really appreciate the effort. I’ll get back to you with the poems that made the cut.

Thanks for your time,
Walt

February 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

WALT’S OPINIONS

WALT’S OPINIONS

INTRODUCTION

I know that this blog, up until now, has dealt with my writing and helping others writers in publishing their works and readers with finding sites where free books are available. But looking at the world around me, I often exist on the verge of explosion. For what it’s worth, this series will be my take on the world around me. I will also explore, to some extent, society’s use of words and the hidden poetry around us.

To give some prospectus to my comments, let me tell you something of my history. During my youth credit cards did not exist. People bought what they could afford or lived without. These days, that concept would destroy our economy.

When I went to college to study biochemistry, I carried a slide rule. How many today even know what a slide rule looks like. It’s a mathematical antique.

While in the air force I knew someone who bought one of the first calculators. It could add, subtract, multiply and divide. That was it. No memory, no other functions and it cost over one hundred dollars. I now have a solar powered calculator that can do a lot more and I got it for free for renewing a magazine subscription.

I wrote this introduction to give you some ideas where I am coming from, but you may be surprised about some of my attitudes towards music. We’ll start to deal with that in the next piece. And don’t get me wrong. I am not against progress and innovation. I feel we should embrace the future, but keep an appreciative eye on the past. But I also feel we should not embrace every current trend or word use only in order to keep up with social acceptance; not without some thought and analysis.

This is what I hope to accomplish, to get you thinking and introduce music and a little literature. I hope you join me along this road of thoughts and await your comments. Good or bad, it doesn’t matter.

One final note, my opinions may not agree with the current standards or the most accepted, but they are mine. Today in the time of political correctness, we must walk carefully as not to step on anyone’s toes. To some extent I feel that is robs us of being an individual. I feel we should respect all around us, but at the same time have an opinion and speak up when someone else’s opinion rubs us the wrong way. All too often I have witnessed how one lone voice can change the lives of the silent. Examples will follow.

Once again, whether you agree or disagree with me, speak your voice. I want to hear you.

February 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm 1 comment

UPDATE SPELLBOUND 2011 REVIEW

My consistent readers,

Here’s another review of Spellbound 2001.

 

http://blackpetalsks.tripod.com/blackpetalsissue58/

February 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

UPDATE TRAVEL

My consistent readers and new-found friends,

My wife, Joni, and I recently returned from a cruise on the Allure of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean International ship which is the largest cruise ship in the world. This was our first cruise; nothing like starting at the top. We visited Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martin. St. Martin was our favorite and the island we would like to revisit. While on St. Martin, we caught a glimpse of an island (I forget its name) that served as Skull Island in the filming of King Kong. If only we could have visited and sought out those huge footprints.

We were accompanied on this adventure by my sister, Shirley and her husband Matt, along with many couples from their retirement community. If any of those that we met read this blog, I want to say we had a fantastic time in your company and you made the cruise experience all the more pleasant.

Now, back to writing.

Take care my friends,
Walt

February 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment


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