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Saturday, February 19, 2011


I found out about this contest a while ago at Karen G's blog.

Her publisher is looking for new works. What a fantastic opportunity, right?

Go to their website and see if you have any novels that fit their submission guidelines. You never know.

It only takes one publisher to say YES to start you on the road to your dreams coming true.

I sent Ms. Maldonado the first 3 chapters of my historical fantasy, RITES OF PASSAGE, that I wrote about in my last post. Here is the prologue to that novel :

A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
- William Faulkner

One day during the time while McCord and I walked and talked in New Orleans – or I talked and he listened - I found him sitting on a bench in Jackson Square, laughing to himself. I got the impression that he had been there like that for some time, just sitting alone on the bench laughing to himself.

This was not our usual meeting place. We had none. He lived in his French Quarter night club, Meilori's. And without any special prearrangement, we would meet somewhere between his club and the Square after I had something to eat at noon.

I would walk in the direction of his club. And if I did not meet him already strolling or sitting in the Square, I would simply sit down on a bench where I could see his doorway and wait until he came out. I can see him still –

a ramrod straight man in his early fifties, clad entirely in black : black broadcloth jacket, shirt, tie, and slacks. His boots were black, as well, and polished so that the sun struck fire from them. Even his Stetson was black.

All of which made the silver star on his jacket stand out like a campfire in the night. It was said he had once been a Texas Ranger. He never talked to me of those days - at least not before that afternoon.

This time he was already sitting on the bench, laughing. I sat down beside him and asked what was so funny. He looked at me for a long moment.

"I am," he said.

And that was the great tragedy of his character, for he meant it. He expected people to mock and ridicule him. They thought him an actor playing a part for no one could live as long as whispers on the street claimed. He expected people nowhere near his equal in stature or accomplishment or wit or anything else, to hold him in scorn and derision.

Perhaps that was why he worked so earnestly and hard at helping each wounded soul he met. It was as if he said to himself : 'They will not hurt as I have hurt. I will show them that they matter because their pain matters to me.'

"Why do you speak of yourself like that?," I asked.

"Today marks the hundred year anniversary," he said.

"Of what?"

"Drop by my table at the club this evening, and I will tell you."

And that evening I did just that. We sat, with a bottle now, and we talked. At first he did not mention the hundred year anniversary. It was as if he was slowly working himself up to something long avoided.

We talked of everything it seemed. How a mule would work ten years for you willingly and patiently just for the priviledge of kicking you once. How clocks kill time, that only when the clocks stop does time come to life. And how given a choice between grief and nothing, he would choose grief.

When he had said those last words, McCord met my eyes with his own deep ones and said, "Let me tell you a story."

And I listened.

It hit me as McCord talked that Man would not merely endure as he had not merely endured. No, like McCord, Man would prevail. Man is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice. But because he has a soul, a spirit capable of endurance, love, and sacrifice.

And so now I give you McCord's words as he gave them to me. Make of them what you will. For myself, I never know what I think about something until after I've read what I've written on it. So read along with me, and we both will come to our own conclusions.

William Faulkner, August 1953.

Good luck, everyone!


  1. Victoria : I was hoping I could help just one person get closer to their dream with this post. Thanks.

  2. Wow, that is a great opportunity. Good luck!

    Hope you're having a great weekend and feeling better! Give Gypsy a good ear-scratching for me :)

  3. Words Crafter : Yes, the cough is better. The napalm poison ivy is down to just feeling like I've been dipped into sulfuric acid! LOL. Gypsy and I enjoyed a purposedly cheesy Bruce Campbell movie, TERMINAL INVASION. She happy's I'm home and with fewer whines. Thanks for the good wishes, Roland

  4. Oh my goodness...Thor! Squeeee! I actually have a post scheduled later this week with a trailer for Thor in it. Can't wait.

    Hope you hear back some great news with the contest. So wonderful of you to post it for others.

    Feel better soon!

  5. Raquel, Yes, I can't wait for THOR to come out as well. I'm so happy for your good fortune. Maybe a little of your luck will rub off on me from this delightful visit of yours, Roland

  6. I think I've read this passage before Roland, but I never tire of it. One of the most beautiful passages you've written.

    Completely engaging. I already adore Samuel McCord.

    Good luck with the contest and your submissions.