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Well it’s April Fool’s Day once again. So don’t trust anyone or believe anything anyone says to you. Just like every other day. This is the place to post all the terrible pranks you’ve pulled on your unsuspecting loved ones on April Fool’s Day! ************************** Preview Open

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Class, today’s quotes are on the topic of wine. I’m not a very good drinker myself, I mean I get drunk after a few sips of any kind of alcohol. Okay I’m a cheap date. But I’ve always liked the idea of wine. It seems so elegant. I worked at Air France for 11 years […]

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I have been regrettably absent from Ricochet for much of the past year, save for a post or two. While I still stay abreast of the happenings back home, it’s been a nice sabbatical having removed myself from the current political discussions. Since Spring of 2016, I have been living and working in northern Iraq; initially […]

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Our Quote of the Day series for March still has many open dates! Lucky you because you can still sign up. All you have to do is tell us a favorite quotation and what it means to you, or how it applies to our lives or the current political situation, it’s up to you. The […]

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Music, Milo, and Pin-Ups of the Heart

 

Conservatives are not exhibitionists. But real Americans value real-life experience. Which means, if you write, putting your real life on display. I was thinking this as I read @therightnurse’s recent, very frank post on fibromyalgia, written with a kind of directness I’m quite honestly not brave enough to attempt in front of a full audience.

Like many children with a musical ear, I used to improvise at the piano a lot. The impromptus weren’t technically brilliant – I was (and still am) clumsy at the keyboard –  but you could always tell a piano what you really thought, and it wouldn’t judge you. Instead, it would make music for you, music which could be judged, if there was anyone around to judge it (and often there was not), for itself alone. Some found the music beautiful, some found it annoying, but in either case, the music could be valued for itself rather than for the experience of the one who made it. For a shy child, that was mostly an asset.

Shy people may remain shy even when they’ve disguised themselves with music, and for years I had horrible stage fright. I still do, I suppose, it’s just now I’m marginally better at managing ways around it. Some audiences are less scary than others, though. Friends’ families, babysitting charges… “Why are all the songs so sad?” one littler kid my older-kid self was babysitting once asked me. “Those aren’t sad, just minor. Minor is beautiful.” It wasn’t a lie. Minor is beautiful. Even for those who tend to live life in a minor key.

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The battleship Texas is one of my favorite things. I love visiting it, I love its history, and I love exploring it. I recently wrote a book about the Battleship Texas. It was released in September. As a result I get to do book signings.  I was with a group of local authors at a […]

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For those of you who are grammarians who are wincing at my title: step back! I’m not writing this OP for you anyway! Periodically those of us who have been hanging around here for a while decide to write a piece for those Ricochettis who are new or who are shy about posting. I know many […]

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This month’s topic is a rough one, and maybe that’s part of why not so many people have signed up for the early days of December. Well, someone has to go first, so I stepped forward. It’s because going forward is one of my favorite things. I was born in a city with unusual bridges. […]

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Over in Saint Augustine’s Star Wars vs. Star Trek thread, the subject of genres and their relations came up. My contention is that the world of writing genres is a soap opera where everyone is hooking up with everyone else and that they are having all of these children, either legitimate or not, making genres […]

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In a couple of months, I’ll be celebrating my four-year anniversary of being a member of Ricochet.  That put me in mind of what I did for my first post.  I discovered, to my delight, that all the old content is available.  I joined on December 20, 2012, and wrote my first post on December […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review Need grammar tips? Look no further Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2016 […]

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A couple of years ago my wife self-published a book. It did well enough that we decided to pay to have it professionally published in a second, expanded edition. We’re gearing up for a re-launch and before I start dropping $5000 checks for media-packages and publicists I was wondering if you could help a guy […]

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The previous update is here. VICTORY EDITION Yes, folks. It’s done. Finished. DELIVERED. Whoop, whoop, whoop, WHOOP. I have sent everything […]

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The previous update is here. Allatoona Pass, showing the site of the Battle of Allatoona Preview Open

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The previous update is here. Japanese Fleet Battling Russian Fleet at the Battle of the Yellow Sea Preview Open

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My challenge is writing a book for publication. The book is Nashville 1864: From the Tennessee to the Cumberland. It provides a history of Hood’s invasion of Central Tennessee from October through December 1864. My introduction to the series is here. The previous update is here. Private William P. Haberlin, Battery B, Pennsylvania Light Artillery – Killed at Nashville on […]

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