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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Weigh Anchor and Full Steam Ahead to Portland for Willamette Writers Conference

WillieFinalTurq2WbIt’s “Portland, ho!” this morning when I trade the smoke-choked Rogue Valley for the Willamette Writers Conference, the largest and most significant event for writers of fiction and non-fiction on the West Coast.

I look forward to the scenic drive and occasional stop along the way. But, my goal is prompt arrival at Willamette Writers by mid-afternoon so I am on time to register and then participate in pre-conference activities including pitch practice. That’s a great opportunity to rehearse my self-promotion by delivering my pitch (a description of my project that should sum up my book for a potential agent or publisher in less than 30 seconds) to a panel of agents who volunteer as reviewers. The feedback is priceless and I’d rather make my mistakes during pitch practice than during the one-on-one with an agent.

As mentioned earlier, I will be shopping my treatment of a proposed book on how to more efficiently and easily learn U.S. history through the use of memory aids and my completed manuscript of an interpretative guide to the Declaration of Independence. Of the two, I think the first of the two projects has some hope. All my finished book has gathered is a large pile of rejection letters. However, one aspect of my personality is an almost naive belief that every day is new day for an opportunity to advance my career. Besides, I am writer. Rejection is part of the daily diet.

I will post updates on conference activities, as well as my observations while hobnobbing with fellow writers and professionals from the world of publishing. Also, I will do my best to remember the principle that too many posts just become noise to a reader.

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See You In Portland, Ore., At the Willamette Writers Conference

WillieFinalTurq2WbI’ll toss my historian’s hat on the hat rack long enough to mention that August 2-4 I will attend the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Ore., one of the most beautiful and literate cities in the nation.  While there, I will hobnob with fellow writers, seek more mojo as a businessman whose trade is writing, and pitch both a finished manuscript and a treatment for another book I have in the works. Regrettably, I couldn’t book a room at the Airport Sheraton where the conference is taking place,  but my digs will be the equally enjoyable and conveniently located Courtyard by Marriott Portland Airport. I will post regular updates about the conference at this site starting Thursday when I arrive the day before the formal opening for prep events. 

Willamette Writers is the premier writing group in the Pacific Northwest, offering critique groups, timely market news about the world of publishing, and excellent speakers. They have chapters throughout the state, a boon for a guy like me who lives in the rural charms of southern Oregon a.k.a. BFE. Frankly, the conference is a lot of fun because writers can be a miserable lot.  (All that rejection, you know … .) As history teaches us, it is better to hang together than be strung up separately — and that goes double for writers.  Feel free to look me up for a chin wag and some liquid refreshment between seminars. 

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Happy Fourth of July

A portrayal of the Second Continental Congress and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

A portrayal of the Second Continental Congress and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

It is worth your time some time today between attending Fourth of July parades and the requisite grilling as part of a federal holiday barbecue to read Brian Vanyo’s essay “What Do We Celebrate on the Fourth of July?” Vanyo, an author and board member of the Constitution Leadership Initiative, points out that our national founding principles include strong leanings toward limited government power and a call to the people to resist encroachments on their rights by a swollen government. Mr. Vanyo and I sing from the same choir book, as my recent essay re-posted on RealClearHistory discusses how the current administration has twisted the classic meaning of equality in the Declaration.

Vanyo writes, “The domineering government we have today was never the design of our founders — in the words of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, ‘An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.’ But the government we have today needs not be the government we keep. By the principles of our founding, we have the power to change our government and secure our inalienable rights.” That’s an idea worth re-discovering today, an idea far more important to the Fourth of July than the condition of any burger fresh off the grill.

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“O, The Fatal Stamp!” Takes a Bow at RealClear History

ImageInternet giant RealClear History re-posted my latest blog post, namely the piece on the Stamp Act Crisis. You can find the article under my byline by checking out their “History Live” section at the site. Naturally, I am pleased to receive wider readership for my article and grateful to the nice people at RealClear History for the nod in my direction.

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