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Charles Suddeth

 

Holidays can and should be fun. Mama always warned me: Choose your friends and holidays carefully. I never listened.

 

  1. Only the Horses are Sane Day: In Louisville, the Kentucky Derby is THE major holiday. The partying over a two-minute race goes on for days. I love the Derby, but by the first Saturday in May, I am more tired than the horses. And I always bet on nags that can’t find the finish line.
  2. Too Much Candy Day: Okay, I really don’t hate Halloween, but I never get trick-or-treaters. I end up eating all the candy myself. I considered buying candy I didn’t like, but the little ones wouldn’t like the candy either. And honestly? What candy don’t I like?
  3. Cute Little Critter Day: As a writer,I want something more abrasive than Ground Hog Day. How about Skunk Day or Porcupine Day? And in the south, ground hogs used to be dinner. My grandparents often dined on them, so those ground hogs never saw their shadows.
  4. Boss’s Day: Really? Really? Aren’t the other 364 days Boss’s Days, too? It’s listed as October 16 or the nearest workday. How about Employee’s Day instead? We deserve one day a year.
  5. You Gotta be Kidding Day: The third Saturday in October is listed in some states as Sweetest Day. We need more candy a few days before Halloween? Frankly, the day was invented by several candy manufacturers years ago. Wonder why?
  6. Stay Home and Hide Day: Sometimes known as Black Friday. The Friday after Thanksgiving is the day everyone but me shops. Except for bookstores, shopping is less fun than root canals.
  7. What Happened to Secretary’s Day: On Wednesday of the last week in April is Administrative Professionals Day. I have nothing against secretaries, but this name implies something is wrong with secretaries. Am I a Word Professional?
  8. The Fourth of July: Hey, I love Independence Day. I love the parades and fireworks. Patriotic songs make me cry. But they voted for the Declaration of Independence on July 2nd, they wrote it up on July 3rd, and signed it on July 4th. My birthday is July 3rd, so as a compromise, it should be The Third of July. Who said writers aren’t egotistical?
  9. Winter Solstice: The Shortest Day of the Year, a few days before Christmas.AKAthe Longest Night of the Year. It’s too dark and cold to do anything on this day.I always write late and sleep in, so I see almost no daylight. Maybe it will inspire me to write a vampire novel.

Tax Day: Need I state the obvious? Every April 15th Uncle Sam demands his share of the booty. I don’t mind paying, but questions haunt my mind: Did I forget anything? (Of course I did) Did I include everything? (Even the IRS doesn’t know) What if they didn’t receive my tax forms? I’ll end up in a prison cell with a guy named Killer.

Don’t be surprised if you read my novels and some these of holidays show up. I always wanted to do a horror story. How about, Zombies on Black Friday. Or Killer Ground Hogs. Or The Derby Horses Get Even With the Jockeys.

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My list includes spec writers other writers don’t claim, but I will.

  1. Mr. Forgotten: Albert Payson Terhune wrote Lad, A Dog. I read the collie’s adventures when I was a kid. It predated Lassie. It made me realize animals had dignity. If you accept that animals have human-like feelings then you can accept aliens from outer space and robots as main characters.
  2. Ms. Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote a long poem, “The Ballad of the Harp Weaver.” She wrote many other poems of the supernatural. Her poetry takes me out of Normal Mode into Spec Mode.
  3. Mr. Fireplace: I visualize Washington Irving sitting in front of a colonial fireplace, telling stories like “Headless Horseman” and “Rip Van Winkle.” How many spinoffs of these 2 tales are there? What would Halloween be without him?
  4. Mr. Steampunk: I didn’t understand steampunk, until someone said to me, “Jules Verne.” Need I say more? A serious dude who predicted computers and far more than just a huge submarine or balloon adventures.
  5. Mr. Pirate: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island fascinated me as a kid. I was convinced secret treasures lurked everywhere. Astronauts landing on a distant planet, bring me back to this story. Jekyll and Hyde was an early science fiction story that has been retold a million times.
  6. Just call him Professor: Sherlock Holmes was Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character, but Professor Challenger was the character for a series of science fiction stories. The most famous one was The Lost World. Hollywood is still mining it.
  7. Really old guy: I don’t know for sure, but I suspect Homer made up the Iliad and the Odyssey. He called them old tales, because bards weren’t allowed to make up new ones. After 3,000 years, his stories are still going strong.What can I say?
  8. Sir, to you: When I was a kid, I loved Peter Pan. Heck, I still like it. Novelist/playwright Sir J. M. Barrie also wrote Mary Rose, which Alfred Hitchcock unsuccessfully tried to make into a movie.
  9. Strange Dude: H. P. Lovecraft wrote about Cthulhu and Necronomican. He was an unabashed racist and possibly mentally ill, but his writing has been very influential, especially with Stephen King. I like him and dislike him, which would probably make sense to him.
  10. Wild Child: Oscar Wilde not only wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray, but he wrote at least 2 books of fairy tales. I’m not sure I’d read them to my little ones, but Oscar certainly lived up to his name.

    Now you know what inspires/scares me!

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CLEAR CREEK WRITERS of SHELBYVILLE, KY

I am re-posting this because I have been told there are few entries so far. 

Send your entries between January 3, 2014 and deadline is March 15, 2014.

Category for Poem is:  “BUG ON THE WALL”

First Prize: Poetry $100, 2nd $75 and 3rd $50.

PROSE- The category is Half Empty, Half Full

First Prize: Prose $100, 2nd $75 and 3rd $50.

I have nothing to do with this contest, but some of the writers are also Members of Green River Writers. For the rules and details please click on this link:

http://clearcreekwriters.org/latest-contests/

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The Board of  Green River Writers has elected me their new Contest Director. I will oversee the 2 main contests, President’s Prize – Fiction & Green River Grande – Poetry. There will be around 15 other categories, including mine, Suzanne Suddeth Memorial Prize – Prose Or Poetry. I will have several volunteers helping me. The contest doesn’t begin until summer, and I will list the details here at a later date.

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CLEAR CREEK WRITERS of SHELBYVILLE, KY

Send your entries between January 3, 2014 and deadline is March 15, 2014.

Category for Poem is:  “BUG ON THE WALL”

First Prize: Poetry $100, 2nd $75 and 3rd $50.

PROSE- The category is Half Empty, Half Full

First Prize: Prose $100, 2nd $75 and 3rd $50.

I have nothing to do with this contest, but some of the writers are also Members of Green River Writers. For the rules and details please click on this link:

http://clearcreekwriters.org/latest-contests/

 

 

 

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Writers who want to visit us for the day are welcome. I am at the Green River Writers Winter Retreat  at the Kavanaugh Center, Crestwood, Kentucky until Sunday, January 26. Non-members and beginners are welcome.  Poetry and prose critiquing as well as writing exercises will be available. For more information, click on Green River Writers under my Links. Don’t let these summers photos fool you. It is snowing so hard I can barely see my car.

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Writers who want to visit us for the day are welcome. The Green River Writers Winter Retreat will be at the Kavanaugh Center, Crestwood, Kentucky from Thursday January 23 through Sunday, January 26. Non-members and beginners are welcome.  Poetry and prose critiquing as well as writing exercises will be available. For more information, click on Green River Writers under my Links.

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