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Dad

My dad departed this world in 1997, the victim of a sudden death heart attack. Yet, his influence is still with me to this day, and I am never prouder than I am this year to speak about him.
The child of a single mother, born in 1933, he spent his childhood living with the bigotry associated with that status. To show how much the world has changed, most people won't understand today what it meant to be a child without both parents being married back then. A child born out-of-wedlock then was the lowest status of all. They endured what is now called bullying, yet they had no recourse to stop the abuse. No teacher or preacher would comfort them after the other children shunned their presence. It wasn't accepted for a child to come into this world then without both parents around, or the mother to be a widow bravely going on after losing her husband.
Despite this, my dad was always there for all six of his children. His sacrifices are too many to count, but the one I remember most,…

The Journey Continues

For so many years, I heard the journey to publication was hardest when writing the book. After all, one has to come up with the idea, develop the plot and characters, and then go through what seems like an endless process of editing and revisions. Most of us also have to spend a year or more with a critique group, having others look over our manuscript for story holes, or major problems. A few writers spend the month of November pounding out their manuscript during NaNoWriMo, of which I've done for six years, and won all six times. But the process seems all that much longer for a NaNo story, since we have a real mess on our hands.
I found out, however, the hardest part of the publication process happens after the story is sold. There's the hooray moment, the long seconds of absolute shock as you see the acceptance letter, and the shriek of absolute joy as the news sinks in. This is followed by trying to read the contract. Big emphasis on try there. It's actually better to w…