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Fw: Wrex's Wreading Gnuz for February 12th - WEDNESDAY, Feb 13th - Stacey Waite at SMASHTEETH Slam, at Panic! Bar - 7pm ; FEB 14th - Poetry & Dance Benefit - Gratitude Cafe', Lincoln ;

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  • Susan Donahue
    Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8:22 PM ... ;WEDNESDAY, Feb 13th - Stacey Waite at SMASHTEETH Slam, at Panic! Bar - 7pm ; FEB 14th - Poetry & Dance Benefit -
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 13, 2013
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      Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8:22 PM

      HOT NEWS :

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      ;WEDNESDAY, Feb 13th - Stacey Waite at SMASHTEETH Slam, at Panic! Bar - 7pm
      ; FEB 14th - Poetry & Dance Benefit - Gratitude Cafe', Lincoln
      ; FEB 14th - Poetry and Music - OM Center, Omaha -
      ; FEB 16th - Sarah McKinstry Brown and Dominique Garay at Museo Latino, OMAHA - 1pm
      ; FEB 16th - Author Fair at OMAHA Downtown Library - over 24 authors!! 1-4pm

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      We are proud to announce the 2013

      Louder Than a Bomb

      Lincoln High School Slam Poetry Team

      (there will be four individual performances, and a four-person group slam piece)


      In alphabetical order:


      Lillian Bornstein

      Reagan Myers

      Rawson Ngoh

      Elaine Samsel

      Itahi Sanchez

      Paul Schack

      Katherine Stangl

      Natalie Wiebelhaus


      Alternates:

      Charlie Curtis-Beard

      Bobbi Dyas


      Thanks to our judges:

      Jen Davis-Korn, Eric Holt, Charlene Neely and Rex Walton

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      Rex Walton has left the helm at Crescent Moon Coffee's 10-year reading Series, Poetry at the Moon.  NOW, Crescent Moon Coffee is continuing the series as a weekly Open Mike, with occasional themes and guests, but THE OPEN MIKE CONTINUES!!!!! 

      WHAT CAN YOU DO?

      1. continue to drop in, listen, read, and spread the word about a place to congregate as writers -

      2. VOLUNTEER to be a once-in-a-while MC for the event - contact Melinda at Crescent Moon to be put on a list:  crescentmoon@... 

      3. GET OUT IN THE community, and use your writing skills to promote active movements in intellectual circles, social needs, political moves, ...

      4. Keep Writing, talking, thinking as an aspiring ACTIVE citizen of our city, county, state, country - Democracy works when WE work to keep it active - if you can read and write with a thinking, critical eye, YOU can make a difference - I cite the current wave of activists such as (but certainly NOT limited to) Mary Pipher, Ben Gotschall, Mike Flood, Jane Kleeb, Dave Kramer, Chuck Hagel, Kate Witek, Kim Robak, ... and, you add to this list

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      other book announcements AND 

      PUBLISHING NEWS

      at the bottom of this page !!!

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      The Lincoln Underground Magazine 

      is accepting submissions NOW!:

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      Click HERE 

      for the latest info on Music and Poetry at

      CRESCENT Moon COFFEE

      8th & P sts, LINCOLN!!!!

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      Pictures, Pictures: Go to this address for many, many Readings pictures --

       https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051

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      check out more info at: 

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      Prairie Moon Reading & Music News: 
      http://moonreading.blogspot.com/ 

      Matt Mason's Poetry Menu: 
      The Nebraska Poetry Menu at www.poetrymenu.com 

      Brett Spencer's Nebraska Center for Writers
      http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/NCW/ 

      YouTube page at Creighton: 
      http://www.youtube.com/user/CreightonCCAS 

      Nebraska Center for the Book: 
      http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/index.asp 

      Reynolds Series , UN - Kearney :

      http://www.unk.edu/academics/english/UNK_Reynolds_Series/

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      THE DAILY SCHEDULE: 


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      Wednesday, February 13th -- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007.

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      Wednesday, February 13th -- 11:45am-1pm, "Wednesday Words," at The KANEKO's KANEKO-UNO Library (1111 Jones St., Omaha) featuring award-winning NE poets and fiction writers as well as the winners of the Individual Artist's Fellowship Awards from the The Nebraska Arts Council, as part of our "Braided River" series. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show. 

      Today features Aaron Zavitz, NAC Individual Artist Fellowship Playwright. 
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      Wednesday, February 13th -- 7 pm, 

      the Smash Teeth Poetry Thingy 

      at the panic! (18th and N St., Lincoln) 

      tonight!! 

      Stacey Waite will 

      sock your knocks off!! 

      (really!!)


      STACEY WAITE is a poet originally from New York and received a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. She is currently Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. 


      Stacey has published three collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O'Hara Prize in Poetry), Love Poem to Androgyny (winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition), and the lake has no saint (winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press). 


      Stacey’s individual poems have been published most recently in Bloom, Cream City Review, The Rattling Wall, Black Warrior Review, and The Pinch. Stacey will have a new collection of poems entitled Butch Geography forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2012.


      hosted by Oracle Jones. 21 and over.


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      LOVE SONGS AND POETRY: 

      A VALENTINE'S DAY CONCERT

      February 14th, 7:30 pm

      Come share an enchanting evening of beautiful music laced with poetry under the stars at the Om Center!

      $15/person

      MUSIC: 4 Strings of Swing
      GUEST POETS : Matt Mason & Sarah McKinstry-Brown


      OM Center : 1216 Howard st, Old Market, Omaha

      www.4stringsofswing.com
      www.poetrymenu.com
      www.OmahaHealingArts.com
      FACEBOOK PAGE

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      POETRY  READING &

      DANCE BENEFIT


      LAURA MADELEINE

      WISEMAN

      LUCY ADKINS

      BARBARA SALVATORE

      JUANITA RICE


      7:30-9:30 V-DAY- JOIN  US

      FEBRUARY 14

      (NEW) GRATITUDE CAFE

      1551 N. COTNER ST (66TH/HOLDREGE)


      WE'LL BRING POETRY;  YOU BRING

      DANCING RISING STRIKING SELVES.


      DONATIONS FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

      THAT FIGHT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!



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      LETRAS Y VOCES: 

      SARAH & DOMINIQUE READ at Museo Latino
      Saturday, February 16th, 1pm til 2pm


      Come hear Sarah McKinstry Brown and Dominique Garay  perform their poetry at the inaugural reading of Letras y Voces, a new reading series brought to you by UNO's Writers Workshop and El Museo Latino. 
      rehttp://www.elmuseolatino.org/letras_y_voces.html

      Museo Latino is at 4701 S 25th, Omaha


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      Saturday, February 16th, 1pm til 4 pm

      at the Downtown Omaha Library (215 S 15th):

      an Author Fair:
      Meet local authors and publishers at OPL's 2nd annual Author Fair! We have over 40 authors participating.


      Are you a writer? Be sure to attend our publisher's panel from 2-3 PM. Get advice from the experts about your next project. Panelists include Cindy Grady, WriteLife; Lisa Pelto, Concierge Marketing; Erin Reel, LitReactor; Sally Deskins, Les Femmes Folles and Ellen Wheeler Scott, Bookworm.

      Authors participating in this event include Victoria Alexander, Jeff Beals, Leo Adam Biga, Brian Bogdanoff, Jennifer Castello, David Catalan, Marilyn Coffey, Charles Collins, Sally Deskins, Robin Donovan, Laura Felleman, Marcia Calhoun Forecki, Savannah French, Anne Fuller, Ean Garrett, J.P. Hansen, Laura Hansen, Vern Hauger, Stacy Heatherly, John Hlavacek, Marian Kaiser, April Kelly, Janet Laird, Barb Malek, Mark Manhart, David Martin, Christopher McLucas, Donna Miesbach, Barbara Mohrman, Molly Moore, George Morgan, David Mullins, David Murphy, Mark Musick, Janet Nitsick, Tunette Powell, Chris Raabe, S. Senden, David Shurter, Thomas Sibbitt, Max Sparber, Connie Spittler, Cheryl St. John, Karen Watson, and Peggy Williams.

      Find more Omaha Public Library events at http://tinyurl.com/ALL-OPL-EVENTS

      FACEBOOK page for this event


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      Monday, February 18th, 7pm, 

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents Melissa Breazile, with open mike to follow


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...

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      Wednesday, February 20th -- 8pm, Travis Davis invites you to "Poet Show It" at 1122 D St. (Lincoln). Local writers come and read. Local people come and drink. Coffee, Booze, Poetry, Fiction. Discovery. Discovery. Discovery. 


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      Wednesday, February 20th -- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007.

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      Humanities on the Edge presents: E. Patrick Johnson

      Date: Thursday, February 21st

      Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

      Description:


      E. Patrick Johnson is Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University.


      Location:

      SHELDON MUSEUM of ART

      Additional Info: SHEL


      Contact:

      Marco Abel

      mabel2@...




      Monday, February 25th, 7pm:

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents 

      Laura Madeline Wiseman and Fran Higgins,

      with open mike to follow


      Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, the full-length book Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), the letterpress books Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), andFarm Hands (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), and the chapbooks She Who Loves Her Father(Dancing Girl Press, 2012), Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Ghost Girl (Pudding House Publications, 2010), and My Imaginary (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She is also the editor of the anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence forthcoming from Blue Light Press in 2013.

      Her poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Margie, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, Thirteenth Moon, American Short Fiction, Cream City Review, and elsewhere.

      She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, a Will P. Jupiter Award, a Susan Atefact Peckham Fellowship, a Louise Van Sickle Fellowship, several Pushcart Prize nominations, and grants from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Focus for the Arts, the Center for the Great Plains Studies, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.


      Fran Higgins says:

      I'm a writer, singer, songwriter, musician, mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandma, student, employee...damn, I'm busy. I play piano and guitar and love to harmonize. I released a solo album a few years ago -- "The Stuff of Dreams," and used to play regularly around Omaha, Nebraska, but have been focused on writing (memoir) as of late.


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@... 


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      Wednesday, February 27th -- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007.

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      Plains Writers Series

      Thursday, February 28th, 2 pm

      Wayne State College, Wayne, NE


      Sam Renken
        and  Shelly Clark

      Wayne State College’s Language and Literature Department, the School of Art and Humanities and the WSC Press are pleased to hold this spring’s Plains Writers Series on Thursday, February 28, 2013. The Plains Writers Series is held several times a year in an attempt to bring attention to the prose and poetry of local Great Plains writers through reading and interacting with area audiences. 

      This spring’s Plains Writers Series will highlight two writers, Samuel Renken and Shelly Clark. The authors will share selected pieces of their recent works in the second floor lounge in the Humanities Building at Wayne State College at 2:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public. 

      AUTHOR BIOS:

      SAMUEL STENGER RENKEN lives in McDonough, GA. He and his wife, Maggie, are parents of a 5 year-old daughter, Zuri, and a three-year-old daughter, Ella. Sam received his M.A. in Literature from Clemson University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming. Sam’s poems were chosen for a Wyoming Arts Council grant in 2010 and have been published in Harpur Palate, Main Street Rag, The Pinch, Plainsongs, South Carolina Review and Xavier Review. His first collection of poetry, “Where to Start,” won the Holland Prize and was published by Logan House Press. Sam is a Financial Advisor for Mutual of Omaha, a cowboy, a poet, and therefore a man of at least three costumes.

      SHELLY CLARK is a poet, an educator and speaker. She is the author of “The Cockroach Monologues, Vol. 1,” (Zero Street Books, 2011), a chapbook of insect persona poems. Shelly was born and raised in rural southwestern Nebraska and spent most of her life there before moving to the eastern part of the state. She now resides in Omaha. Shelly is the co-editor of the anthology of interviews and works of Nebraska writers: “Road Trip: Conversations With Writers,” (Backwaters Press, 2003). The book was selected for two Nebraska Book Awards, Best Anthology and Best Design. Shelly’s poetry has been anthologized in “Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace,” and “Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry.” Her poems have appeared in “Nebraska Territory,” “Plainsong Review” and she has poems forthcoming in “Telling Our Stories Press”, “The Memories Project” (Ridges Sanctuary, Wisconsin) and in the anthology, “An Untidy Season.” Shelly taught at her alma mater high school for 15 years in rural Nebraska. During her tenure there she was the recipient of three state teaching awards: the Peter Kiewit Excellence in Teaching Award and a two-time winner of the Cooper Foundation Teacher of Excellence award. In 1999, she joined the faculty of Midland University in Fremont, NE, and taught in the journalism department for two years. In 2001, Shelly embarked on her second career, owning and operating a small business selling ice cream. Shelly earned a B.A. from University of Nebraska, Kearney and a Masters Degree at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 
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      Monday, March 4th, 7pm, 

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents open mike


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...


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      Wednesday, March 6th  -- 8pm, Travis Davis invites you to "Poet Show It" at 1122 D St. (Lincoln). Local writers come and read. Local people come and drink. Coffee, Booze, Poetry, Fiction. Discovery. Discovery. Discovery. 


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      Monday, March 11th, 7pm,

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents open mike


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...




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      Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:00pm

      Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

      the Spring 2013 Visiting Writers Series
      presents ... 
      John Walker

      John Walker is a transplanted Okie who calls Nebraska home. Retired from his first vocation of teaching philosophy at Nebraska Wesleyan University, he continues his second vocation of writing folky/bluesy songs and performing throughout the Midwest. He is a member of the Nebraska Arts Council’s Touring Artists Program. He performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as Nebraska's representative to the Center's Statehood Days Concerts in 2003 and again in 2008 as a part of the Center’s celebration of “Arts Across America.” He writes songs and poems and stories because he can’t help it. He lives in Lincoln with his partner, Dena, and their dogs, Suzi and Sally the Westies and Muddy Waters the black Lab.


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      Monday, March 18th, 7pm,

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents open mike


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...


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      Wednesday, March 20th  -- 8pm, Travis Davis invites you to "Poet Show It" at 1122 D St. (Lincoln). Local writers come and read. Local people come and drink. Coffee, Booze, Poetry, Fiction. Discovery. Discovery. Discovery. 


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      Monday, March 25th, 7pm,

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents open mike


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...


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      Monday, April 1st, 7pm,

      at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln:

      Poetry at the Moon presents open mike


      for more info, contact the Owner: Melinda Martinson
      Email: crescentmoon@...

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      Wednesday, April 3rd  -- 8pm, Travis Davis invites you to "Poet Show It" at 1122 D St. (Lincoln). Local writers come and read. Local people come and drink. Coffee, Booze, Poetry, Fiction. Discovery. Discovery. Discovery. 


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      the 2013 Nebraska Book Festival

      Friday and Saturday, April 5th & 6th

      Omaha Nebraska



      The 2013 Nebraska Book Festival will be held April 5-6, 2013, in the Thompson Alumni Center of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

      The festival is free and open to everyone who wishes to meet, hear, and talk with a few of Nebraska's many talented authors who have published new works. All participating authors will answer questions from the audience and be available for book signings.


      check here for updates:  http://bookfestival.nebraska.gov/2013/index.aspx

      A full schedule will be available soon.

      Friday night has the keynote by Kurt Andersen!

      Kurt is the author of the novels True Believers, Heyday and Turn of the Century.Heyday was a New York Times bestseller that the Los Angeles Times called “a major work.” The New York Times Book Reviewsaid there is “something moving, a stirring spirit, in the energy of its amazement.” And the Houston Chronicle (and nine other papers) said it “deserves instant acceptance into the ranks [of] Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man, E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, [and] Gore Vidal’s Lincoln.” It was included on several best-books-of-the-year lists, including the New York Public Library’s, and won the Langum Prize as the best American historical novel of 2007. The New York Times called Turn of the Century“wickedly satirical” and “outrageously funny” and one of its Notable Books of the year, while The Wall Street Journal called it a “smart, funny and excruciatingly deft portrait of our age.” It was a national bestseller.

      In 2009 he published Reset, an “influential” (Huffington Post), “heavyweight” (USA Today) and “inspired and inspiring” (BoingBoing) essay about how America might change for the better coming out of the economic and financial crises of 2008 and 2009.

      His latest book, True Believers, was published in 2012, and appeared on the best-novels-of-the-year lists of the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post. Booklist said it’s “an ambitious and remarkable novel” of “spellbinding suspense.” According to other reviewers it’s “fiendishly smart, insightful and joyously loopy” (Chronicle); “the best reverie on the 1960s and their legacy” (Fortune); “intelligent and insightful,” “emotionally accurate” and “profound” (USA Today). And Vanity Faircalled it “a great American novel.”

      He has also written for film, television and the stage.


      A rough schedule for Saturday includes:

      Morning workshops include John Price - NonFiction,
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    • Jay Doggett
      I have reworked this several times in between periods of working on Volume teo of the Mindswords. What do you all think? Jake, in his seventeenth year of
      Message 2 of 6 , Feb 18, 2013
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        I have reworked this several times in between periods of working on Volume teo of the Mindswords.
         
        What do you all think?
         

        Jake, in his seventeenth year of Mindsword training, suffers the death of his father, signaling the onset of pavor nocturnus, horrific night 
        terrors. Night after night, crazy scenes of a nine-foot tall cat and man-sized rats wreck his sleep. Sometimes he gets lucky and dreams of the dark-haired girl.

        His friends, determined to cheer him up, plan a hike in the woods. That hike changes their lives forever.

         

        Deep in the forest, the friends discover a dark and ancient path leading to a clearing and a long forgotten well. One discovers part of the well house floating below and drops a rope to pull out the rotten boards. Something grabs the rope and yanks them all under the putrid black water.

         

        The hikers accidentally flush themselves through time and space to a world dominated by the genus rattus; rodents, tall as a man, that walk
        upright, and breed humans for food and slave labor.

         

        Sluiced to the world of Jake's nightmares, the travelers survive deadly attacks, encounter horse-sized talking canines, and finally meet the dreaded Harvile rat-men forces in battle. The culmination of this moral and physical crusade is Jake’s single-handed duel against the deadly Ix, a nine-foot tall, twelve hundred pound feline predator.

         

        Blade and Arrow is an exciting adventure; an entertaining tale of friendship, honesty, and loyalty, conjuring up elements of Stephen King's "Stand By Me," 
        C.S. Lewis's Narnia books, and J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter.”
         
        Jay
      • Susan Donahue
        Dear Jay, I am not sure who would respond positively to this pitch. Granted, there are people who love terror, but this suggests a story that would keep me up
        Message 3 of 6 , Feb 20, 2013
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          Dear Jay,

          I am not sure who would respond positively to this pitch. Granted, there are people who love terror, but this suggests a story that would keep me up nights.

          You set up your protagonist, already in a disturbed state of mind, to face a situation that will plunge him into terror. Are there readers who really want to take on that sort of fiction? Would they prefer to understand what mindsword powers are and hope to be shown how the hero of the story can test those powers against worthy foes?

          Man-eating rats? Sorry, I don't see this turning out well.

          Suzianne

          P.S. I hope someone can give you a more encouraging critique.


          --- In ticket2write@yahoogroups.com, "Jay Doggett" <jmdoggett@...> wrote:
          >
          > I have reworked this several times in between periods of working on Volume teo of the Mindswords.
          >
          > What do you all think?
          >
          > Jake, in his seventeenth year of Mindsword training, suffers the death of his father, signaling the onset of pavor nocturnus, horrific night
          > terrors. Night after night, crazy scenes of a nine-foot tall cat and man-sized rats wreck his sleep. Sometimes he gets lucky and dreams of the dark-haired girl.
          >
          > His friends, determined to cheer him up, plan a hike in the woods. That hike changes their lives forever.
          >
          >
          >
          > Deep in the forest, the friends discover a dark and ancient path leading to a clearing and a long forgotten well. One discovers part of the well house floating below and drops a rope to pull out the rotten boards. Something grabs the rope and yanks them all under the putrid black water.
          >
          >
          >
          > The hikers accidentally flush themselves through time and space to a world dominated by the genus rattus; rodents, tall as a man, that walk
          > upright, and breed humans for food and slave labor.
          >
          >
          >
          > Sluiced to the world of Jake's nightmares, the travelers survive deadly attacks, encounter horse-sized talking canines, and finally meet the dreaded Harvile rat-men forces in battle. The culmination of this moral and physical crusade is Jake’s single-handed duel against the deadly Ix, a nine-foot tall, twelve hundred pound feline predator.
          >
          >
          >
          > Blade and Arrow is an exciting adventure; an entertaining tale of friendship, honesty, and loyalty, conjuring up elements of Stephen King's "Stand By Me,"
          > C.S. Lewis's Narnia books, and J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter.”
          >
          > Jay
          >
        • Wings081
          Hi Jay Not my cup of tea but horror writers of the past & present have been quite moderately successful. Jack Ketchum caused a stir with his: The girl next
          Message 4 of 6 , Feb 20, 2013
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            Hi Jay
            Not my cup of tea but horror writers of the past & present
            have been quite moderately successful.
            Jack Ketchum caused a stir with his: "The girl next door" about
            kids brutally torturing the nieces of an alcoholic woman,
            often with her encouragement.
            His first book: "Off Season" about a clan of cannibals in Maine
            was eventually taken out of circulation because of its explicit
            content.
            Re: your "Men eating rats". " Let me tell you a story about
            "Rat eating men" and the time I was on the Western Front during WW1.
            In the trenches we were in muddy water to above our puttees.
            We hadn't washed for weeks and for drinking water, we strained
            the muddy waters at our feet through our spare socks to filter out
            the stones and human excrement.
            Our only relief after a long night's sentry duty was huddling beside a
            makeshift fire and cooking one of the many fat rats after they
            had engorged themselves on the putrid human remains of our
            comrades.
            When you think about WW1 you may think kindly of the Xmas
            when both sides left their trenches to enjoy a game of football.
            Instead I invite you to imagine yourself inadvertently stepping into the rotting carcase of the man with whom you shared a pint or two of ale at the Red Lion public house back in Blighty barely a month before.

            You will appreciate, I'm sure, why, at the next kerfuffle with
            the beastly Hun, I decided the safest and indeed the cleanest
            area of combat was high above the enemy's head, at the helm
            of an aircraft of the Royal Air Force.
            Finally Jay:I may not purchase books on horror but there is a call for that genre and I wish you well in your endeavours.
            As always
            Wings.
          • Jay Doggett
            Dear Wings, Thank you for your reply. Both you and Suzianne provided me several things to consider, not least of which is that you identified the genre as
            Message 5 of 6 , Feb 20, 2013
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              Dear Wings,
               
                  Thank you for your reply. Both you and Suzianne provided me several things to consider, not least of which is that you identified the genre as Horror and not Sci/Fi Fantasy.
               
                  It definitely has strong elements of horror in it.
               
              Cheers!
              Jay
               
               
               
              -----Original Message-----
              From: ticket2write@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ticket2write@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Wings081
              Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:53 AM
              To: ticket2write@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: [ticket2write] Re: Updated my pitch, (Jay Doggett 41718)

               


              Hi Jay
              Not my cup of tea but horror writers of the past & present
              have been quite moderately successful.
              Jack Ketchum caused a stir with his: "The girl next door" about
              kids brutally torturing the nieces of an alcoholic woman,
              often with her encouragement.
              His first book: "Off Season" about a clan of cannibals in Maine
              was eventually taken out of circulation because of its explicit
              content.
              Re: your "Men eating rats". " Let me tell you a story about
              "Rat eating men" and the time I was on the Western Front during WW1.
              In the trenches we were in muddy water to above our puttees.
              We hadn't washed for weeks and for drinking water, we strained
              the muddy waters at our feet through our spare socks to filter out
              the stones and human excrement.
              Our only relief after a long night's sentry duty was huddling beside a
              makeshift fire and cooking one of the many fat rats after they
              had engorged themselves on the putrid human remains of our
              comrades.
              When you think about WW1 you may think kindly of the Xmas
              when both sides left their trenches to enjoy a game of football.
              Instead I invite you to imagine yourself inadvertently stepping into the rotting carcase of the man with whom you shared a pint or two of ale at the Red Lion public house back in Blighty barely a month before.

              You will appreciate, I'm sure, why, at the next kerfuffle with
              the beastly Hun, I decided the safest and indeed the cleanest
              area of combat was high above the enemy's head, at the helm
              of an aircraft of the Royal Air Force.
              Finally Jay:I may not purchase books on horror but there is a call for that genre and I wish you well in your endeavours.
              As always
              Wings.

            • Jay Doggett
              Suzianne, Thank you for your feedback! I will add it all to the pile I refer to when I edit this again. Cheers! Jay ... From: ticket2write@yahoogroups.com
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                Suzianne,
                 
                Thank you for your feedback! I will add it all to the pile I refer to when I edit this again.
                 
                Cheers!
                Jay
                 
                -----Original Message-----
                From: ticket2write@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ticket2write@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Susan Donahue
                Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 7:12 AM
                To: ticket2write@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: [ticket2write] Re: Updated my pitch, feedback please

                 

                Dear Jay,

                I am not sure who would respond positively to this pitch. Granted, there are people who love terror, but this suggests a story that would keep me up nights.

                You set up your protagonist, already in a disturbed state of mind, to face a situation that will plunge him into terror. Are there readers who really want to take on that sort of fiction? Would they prefer to understand what mindsword powers are and hope to be shown how the hero of the story can test those powers against worthy foes?

                Man-eating rats? Sorry, I don't see this turning out well.

                Suzianne

                P.S. I hope someone can give you a more encouraging critique.

                --- In ticket2write@yahoogroups.com, "Jay Doggett" wrote:
                >
                > I have reworked this several times in between periods of working on Volume teo of the Mindswords.
                >
                > What do you all think?
                >
                > Jake, in his seventeenth year of Mindsword training, suffers the death of his father, signaling the onset of pavor nocturnus, horrific night
                > terrors. Night after night, crazy scenes of a nine-foot tall cat and man-sized rats wreck his sleep. Sometimes he gets lucky and dreams of the dark-haired girl.
                >
                > His friends, determined to cheer him up, plan a hike in the woods. That hike changes their lives forever.
                >
                >
                >
                > Deep in the forest, the friends discover a dark and ancient path leading to a clearing and a long forgotten well. One discovers part of the well house floating below and drops a rope to pull out the rotten boards. Something grabs the rope and yanks them all under the putrid black water.
                >
                >
                >
                > The hikers accidentally flush themselves through time and space to a world dominated by the genus rattus; rodents, tall as a man, that walk
                > upright, and breed humans for food and slave labor.
                >
                >
                >
                > Sluiced to the world of Jake's nightmares, the travelers survive deadly attacks, encounter horse-sized talking canines, and finally meet the dreaded Harvile rat-men forces in battle. The culmination of this moral and physical crusade is Jake’s single-handed duel against the deadly Ix, a nine-foot tall, twelve hundred pound feline predator.
                >
                >
                >
                > Blade and Arrow is an exciting adventure; an entertaining tale of friendship, honesty, and loyalty, conjuring up elements of Stephen King's "Stand By Me,"
                > C.S. Lewis's Narnia books, and J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter.”
                >
                > Jay
                >

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