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Have you ever played Lit Limericks? Baby Shoes? Solve the Crime?
Have you ever had a tarot reading?
These are just a few of the fun things we have planned for the online book launch for THEY CALL ME CRAZY on November 12. Join here and come play!
10:30 am CST LIT LIMERICKS-Write a limerick about your favorite book
Limericks will be judged by Ben Ditmars, my favorite poet. Ben is an author of gnomes, plays, poetry and more. He was first published in his college publications the Cornfield Review and KAPOW. Since then he has been featured in several online literary journals. Currently, he lives in Marion, Ohio and is working toward his Master's Degree in education. He loves historical documentaries and all things gnome. Here's where you can find Ben:
11:30 am CST WHAT'S THE STRANGEST ADVICE YOUR PARENTS EVER GAVE YOU? One random commenter will win a free tarot reading with Angus Stocking.
Angus is a freelance writer living in Paonia, Colorado, and writes and produces Confessions of a Heavy Thinker for KVNF community radio. He has been reading and studying tarot since 2001. In 2014, he opened Colorado Tarot, a professional tarot reading practice, in Paonia’s downtown Hive Building. In his readings, he emphasizes collaborative consideration of the images presented; the querent contributes the associative imagery, memories, and ideas that arise during the reading, and Stocking’s role is to facilitate the interpretive process and to be familiar with the tarot’s traditional card meanings and underlying esoteric systems. Check out Angus' website at:
1:00 pm CST Solve the Crime-Crime writer Charlie Stella has written a short story just for our party!
Read the story.
Figure out the crime.
Sounds easy, right?
In addition to his EIGHT crime novels, Charlie has published short stories, essays and articles in a variety of journals and magazines. But he isn't just an amazing writer, he's also one of the nicest guys on the planet. Get to know Charlie on his website at
2:00 pm CST Baby Shoes-Write a story in 20 words or less
The Baby Shoes stories will be judged by Darren Cormier. Darren lives in the Boston area. His fiction has appeared in Opium Magazine, Meetinghouse, Amoskeag, Every Day Fiction, Raft Magazine, Arch Literary Journal, and One Forty Fiction, Ether Books, and Seedpod Publishing. He is the author of A Little Soul, 140 Twitterstories. One of the first books of its kind, all stories in this first collection are 140 characters or less.
Visit Darren's website at darrencormier.com
We'll also be playing Name That Bird and One Line at a Time in which commenters write a story, each adding a line to follow the previous commenter.
Come prepared with the craziest thing you have ever done (winner will receive a shovel).
And don't forget the earthworm races...
November 12, 9am-5pm CST
See you at the party!
ALSO, read about the FOUR authors that will be hosting an ASK ME ANYTHING session! You could win an autographed copy of their books!
Check out their bio's and times HERE
For those of you who have been following my journey from Las Vegas to Oklahoma, I know you have heard the saga of 'looking for a place to live, but no-one wants my dog'. Well, not everyone in Oklahoma is a dogist. In fact, at Salt Creek Lodge, DeeDee is not only welcome, but she now thinks she owns the place. Look at that smile. My dog is happy.
And I think, instead of this being a short term place to stay while we try to find a house, we may just stay here for awhile. I know we'll be here at least until May.
What's it like staying at a lodge? A little slice of heaven...
I have a huge covered front porch with a handmade porch swing and rockers so I can watch the goings on of the ATV riders and hunters. And it is perfect for sitting in and watching the storms roll in. Or, I have a huge wraparound back porch that overlooks 1800 acres of ….acres. LOL. And Bigfoot lives out there.
The lodge itself has eight rooms, half are bedrooms with full baths, half are more bunkhouse style rooms with large sleeping quarters and kitchens. Each is themed and you can tell the room by the little decorations in the hallway. There’s a cowboy room, a Duck Dynasty room, etc. I live in the Birds Nest. The lodge sleeps about 30 total when full.
There is an amazing event barn on the property that is ideal for weddings, family reunions and any sort of gathering you can imagine. I imagine a writers’ conference with book readings (30 writers, so we can fill the lodge, too!) But there are so many different things that the barn is rented out for.
So I made a little slide show below so you could see what I'm talking about. So check it out, and then come visit! DeeDee can show you around.
Hugo, Oklahoma, population about 5,000 is the county seat of Choctaw County, Oklahoma. Nine miles from the Texas state line and about forty five minutes from where I currently live, it is just another small Oklahoma town, a drive through for many on their way to someplace else.
It’s also the setting for my next novel, tentatively titled “Showmen’s Rest”.
Like most small towns throughout the United States, there is a little more to Hugo than the basic demographics. Yes, there’s a beautiful lake to enjoy, yes, there is a Sonic (I’ve discovered that every city/town in the United States, regardless of size, has a Sonic) and yes there is an area of town dedicated to the history, in this case, railroad related history. But, there is more. So. Much. More.
Hugo, Oklahoma is also known as Circus City, USA and is known for its ‘circus culture’. What does that mean? Well, since the early part of the twentieth century, traveling circuses have made Hugo their home during the winter months, and currently, three of America’s largest active circuses call Hugo home. It isn’t uncommon to see a trapeze, or a circus wagon in a driveway.
Still more…The Endangered Ark Foundation is also nearby. There you will find the United States’ second largest Asian elephant sanctuary.
But it was not for all of this that I got up early this morning to make the drive to Hugo. It was to go to the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, particularly one section, known as “Showmen’s Rest”. You guessed it. The resting place of former circus employees and one of the most fun cemetery experiences ever.
I took so many pictures of headstones, I had to make a slideshow so you could enjoy the fun, too.
And just as I passed Big John’s massive grave marker, the one that states “He had more friends than Santa Claus”, I had something hit me right upside the head…Inspiration. My next novel. Oh, yes. Thank you, Big John....
Soooooo, grab some popcorn (not to be confused with Popcorn the clown) and enjoy the show!
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