Friday, March 3, 2017

Catching UP!

The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, sponsored by the folks at Winning Writers, is now in its fifteenth year. The contest is seeking the best in original humor poems. Published and unpublished poems of any length are welcome. One poem per person, please.

Entry Fee: NONE
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Prizes: First Prize: $1,000; Second Prize: $250; Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online
Visit the website for more information.

A Book by a Friend

Writer's Block: The How-to Survival Guide for Writers Kindle Edition
by Larnette Phillips (Author)

This book serves as a guide for the beginning or novice writer who desires to "learn the ropes" when it comes to writing fiction, novels and nonfiction. Exercises and other how-to techniques and tools help the writer to develop his (her) craft.

Work Continued on the following book this week:

Chasing Nightmares
by James R. Kincaid

             Chasing nightmares, deliberately embracing terrors, isn’t what you and I are likely to do.  But you and I are not the four central characters in this novel, pretty typical college kids who sense that their lives are so predictable they hardly seem present in them.  They are determined not to succumb to the commonplace scripts set out for them, pathways that are so comfortable they might as well be padded, MUSAK softly playing.
            So, they set out from Los Angeles, trying hard to find the perilous.  They try hard to make themselves unprepared, open, desperate to vivify their minds and senses.  They make it only as far as Lake Tahoe and the nearby Donner Pass, where they do succeed in attracting horrors, certainly not the ones they had, despite themselves, anticipated. 
            But the nightmares they wrap round themselves also contain a good deal more than shivers, and the calls on their resolve demand more than simple courage (or foolhardy consistency).  Without knowing how it happened, they are drawn into a different strangeness, asking for and yet reluctant to receive something very much like love.

Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 

and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,
Well, not a lot going on here, this week, folks. Arline had a wonderful birthday. No cake. She made cookies though. They were crunchy, so I ate one, but they truly weren't very tastey -- hardly any fish flavor at all.

Sid came and brought a great card and fruit and chocolate. Don't know WHY she likes chocolate so much, but  she sure does...  He gave me treats, too. I like Sid a lot. So does Spunky. She fawns all over his boots and wraps herself around his ankles. You'd think he was Cat Stevens! Or somebody else important...

Roger gave Arline chocolate for her birthday, too. Dark Chocolate Turtles. And PENS! What more could ANY Writer want????

As for me, I've been a very good boy this week. Sorry, I can't say the same for Spunky. My baby sister stayed out All Night on Wednesday night. (The Hussy!) And her dinner stayed right in her dish. All Night Long! I didn't even sniff at it once. That'll teach them to talk about how greedy I am.

Not to mention using the F(at)-Word in my presence. I keep telling them I am NOT overweight for my body type.  Roger just has no right to go on and on talking about footballs and blimps! Okay, I AM a husky boy -- what do they expect when I can stretch out to more than three feet, when the sun shines on the carpet? But I am NOT fat! Take a look at my picture. Do you see any jowls? Do you see any double-chins...?

As for the rest of you, PLEASE don't YOU forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on... so I'll have some gossip to pass on next week. 

Just send an e-mail to with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

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