Naturally, my thoughts go to my dad today.
Dale Leroy Holland died three days short of this fiftieth birthday back in 1969. I was twenty at the time, and I held him as a heart attack took him from me.
He was in the U.S. Army from 1941 to the end of the war in 1945, and he served in six campaigns in Italy during that time, including Sicily, Anzio, and Rome.
And that’s pretty much all he ever said about the war. He simply would not speak of it, and in not speaking about it he managed to make a very loud and powerful statement about war.
Thank you, Dad!
QUOTE OF THE DAY
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Writing should be an emotional undertaking. Writing should grab you, shake you, and never release you. Writing should be visceral in nature, forcing the reader to feel with all of his senses, and when the reading is done, to reflect upon it, savor it, and hope for more.
I am reminded of that when I think of my dad and his military career. The mere fact that he wouldn’t speak of the horrors of war perfectly described, in my mind, the horrors of war. By not speaking he said volumes. By not speaking he forced my mind, and my heart, to grasp what he had experienced.
I hope, one day, to be able to write that powerfully.
Someone asked me in a recent Mailbag if I knew of any good editing programs. I don’t use one myself, but Consumer Reports and a couple other rating services rate WhiteSmoke the best of the best.
Just in case you were interested, and you have an extra $300 to spend.
Writer’s Digest has a fun little writing prompt/exercise every Friday on Twitter. I’ll let them tell you about it and then you can check it out this Friday if interested:
#StoryFriday is a fun, collaborative process that takes place every Friday on Twitter and is hosted by Writer’s Digest‘s Online Editor Brian A. Klems (@BrianKlems).
How it works:
We write the first line on Twitter, then someone adds next line on Twitter and so on. When you contribute a line to the story, place #storyfriday at the end of your tweet (i.e., He was leaving on a jet plane and never coming back. #storyfriday) so everyone can read it and follow along. To read past stories, visit the #StoryFriday Archive below.
And there you go!
POETRY OF THE DAY
Have I mentioned the poetry form “Tricube?” If not, let’s do it now. If I have mentioned it before, sorry about the repetition.
A Tricube is a mathematical poem made up of three syllables per line x three lines per stanza x three stanzas per poem.
Here’s an example from Tracy Davidson in a poem called “Finished.”
I put down
The gold pen
She bought me
And eyes strained
At last, her
Try it, you just might like it!
BOOK OF THE DAY
As I’ve said before, Christmas is coming, and as I’ve also said before, wouldn’t it be nice if all writers out there bought books by indie writers for Christmas presents? Well I, for one, think it’s a lovely idea.
So there’s on such book to consider: “Whimsical Cute Animals” coloring book by my friend Sannel Larson. This is such a great gift for any child or an adult with a child’s heart. Seriously, please consider buying this over the holidays and, in so doing, supporting a very talented and nice human being.
ENOUGH FOR TODAY
Hang in there! Your notoriety and fame is right around the corner. Look, up ahead…can you see it?
I hope so!
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”