John Rollin Ridge, AKA Cheesquatalawny or Yellow Bird lived from March 19, 1827 – October 5, 1867. A member of the Cherokee Nation, he is considered the first Native American novelist. He was born in New Echota, now Rome, Georgia. The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit was published in 1854. He was also a newspaperman and published poet.

June Louisville SCBWI Chit Chatters Social

Anyone from Kentucky, Tennessee, and surrounding states is welcome.

Monday, June 5, 6 to 8 pm. No RSVP required.

The first hour will be for socializing, the second hour for optional critiques. Writers can read for three minutes. Illustrators are always welcome.

Barnes & Noble’s Café, 801 South Hurstbourne Parkway, 1 mile north of I-64, on the right. This is NOT the Paddock Shopping Center B&N.
You do not need to be an SCBWI member to attend. For more information, contact Charles Suddeth csuddeth@iglou.com  502-339-9349, c 502-649-9944.


Memorial Day 2017

I will not wish you a happy Memorial Day, but I will wish you a memorable one. For I do certainly remember:

A great-great-great Uncle, William Sudduth, died at Raisin River, War of 1812.

My great-great grandfather, Lucilious Pate, came home1865 to find his wife & family gone, his younger brother, Wesley had drowned when an army steamboat caught fire, & another brother, James, had died in battle.

My great-grandfather, Thomas Gillenwaters, came home 1865, his father dead, his family starving, & a brother whose name I cannot recall had died in battle.

My great-great grandparents, William & Mary Greenfield, were murdered in 1863 by guerillas near Brandenburg, Kentucky.

My great-great grandfather, Samuel Anderson, made it home 1865, his health & lungs ruined.

My grandmother’s cousin, Beanie (Bennie) Short died 1865 Confederate, but I do not judge him or his death.

My great-uncle Sam Short, a Doughboy in France, but he had little to say.

My grandfather Orval Pait was also a Doughboy, served at Camp Taylor, Louisville.

Clarence Dean woke up 1945 in a European battlefield morgue. He died in his 90’s, but would never talk about it.

James Fugit, who fought with Patton, had his legs crushed, 1945. Doctors told him he would never walk, but 6 months later, he walked out of a military hospital & lived another 60 years.

I have gone to school or worked with countless people, some of whom likely died in Vietnam or the Middle East, & they should not be forgotten even though I have lost track of them.

To all of the above & countless others who gave their lives, I salute you.

Charles Suddeth

American flag flying in the wind

Hello: o-si-yo ᎣᏏᏲ

Goodbye: do-na-da-go-hv-i ᏙᎾᏓᎪᎲᎢ

Good: o-s-da ᎣᏍᏓ

Man: a-s-ga-ya ᎠᏍᎦᏯ

Woman: a-ge-ya ᎠᎨᏯ

Gatisdi gayesadi ᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᎦᏰᏌᏗ Spearfinger terrorizes Cherokees. Can Chucha discover her secrets & end her rampages? 4RV Publishing: Gatisdi gayesadi ᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᎦᏰᏌᏗ Spearfinger

Narrative Non-Fiction Picture Books

These are non-fiction picture books written like a story, where the reader doesn’t what to expect next or how the story will end. The reader learns something new while enjoying the picture book.

Linear Stories for Picture Books

Unlike plot-driven stories, linear stories (AKA incident stories) are made up of a series of incidents flowing from one to the next, each incident having about the same weight/importance. The protagonist moves through the incidents without really changing or learning anything. So, linear stories tend to be about typical days in the protagonist’s life, rather than extraordinary days required for a plot. Linear stories are often bookended by a beginning (waking up, arriving at Grandma’s house, leaving for the beach) & an end (going to sleep, leaving Grandma’s, watching the sun set at the beach before going home) to create a satisfying structure. However, linear stories only work if they do something special. The language may be rhythmic & beautiful, the series of events surprising or absurd, or the incidents themselves infused with humor.


This is plot-driven and/or character-driven fiction with beginning/middle/end. Stories where the reader doesn’t know the stories will end. This is what I write!


My picture book, Spearfinger, is about to be released. It is definitely fiction.

Spearfinger, a witch, terrorizes the Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains. No one can stop her. A little boy named Chucha battles her. Can he discover her secrets? Can he put an end to her rampages? http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/charles-suddeth.php

I have a secret

[My dirty little secret: I always sneak horses into my books]

Go for it, Always Dreaming. May you topple Empires.

Preakness, Saturday, May 20, 2017:


Go, Always Dreaming!

Always Dreaming, go just for me,

Stardom and world fame are waiting for thee,

Sounds from the rude stands can’t spoil thy day,

Lulled by thy starlight all will pass thy way,

Always Dreaming, king of mine bet,

Run while I cheer thee onto victory,

Gone are the cares of those behind thee,

Always Dreaming, win one for me!



Hubble: This moon is bound to Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10. The planet is 950 miles across. The moon is about 150 miles – 250 miles in diameter. 2007 OR10 follows an eccentric orbit, but is currently 3 times farther than Pluto from the sun.

Name that dwarf planet. Pick one: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey. (and maybe name the moon)

These two images, taken a year apart, reveal a moon orbiting the dwarf planet
2007 OR10. Each image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3,
shows the companion in a different orbital position around its parent body.
2007 OR10 is the third-largest known dwarf planet, behind Pluto and Eris, and the
largest unnamed world in the solar system. The pair is located in the Kuiper Belt,
a realm of icy debris left over from the solar system’s formation.
The dwarf planet is about 950 miles across; the moon is estimated to be 150 miles
to 250 miles in diameter. 2007 OR10, like Pluto, follows an eccentric orbit, but
it is currently three times farther than Pluto is from the sun.

 I like Bashful, because it was almost impossible to locate.