FRANK WESTCOTT - THE POET*THE SINGER*THE LYRIC MAKER*THE SHORT STORY WRITER
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Music and writing are the pillars in my professional life. I sing, write, make songs, do lyrics and play a guitar or a set of drums, a keyboard or a piano. I like to write short stories, philosophical pieces, plays, fiction of all kinds  & poetry.       



*These two pics taken at a Celine Dion concert, August 27, 2015 in my spiritual home,  Las Vegas

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~ ~ With friend Jamie Grant, piano player/musical director extraordinaire, after their evening of performing: "Michael Monge & The Wynn/Encore Trio", Eastside Lounge, Las Vegas, August 14, 2016 ~ ~
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~ Click the heart or the title & hear a song I am working on the writing of right now ~



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              AWARDS 'n SUCH

*In the 1980's McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario inducted me into their Alumni Gallery in honor of my music and writing. Nice, that! Much happened in the intervening years. More music. Lots of writing. Books 'n things. Lyrics 'n Songs. My love. A thrill in 2011 was being a first place winner for the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction for my story The Poet.  Then in 2014, my long-g-g poem She Lay Herself Down was a finalist, Short Listed, in the Gwendolyn MacEwen/ExilePoetry Competition. You can read both The Poet  and She Lay Herself Down  here at my web site. Just click one of the "click thingys" on the upper left.


 

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Enjoy the site, its stories, poems and sheer joy in existence. Be good to you and all you love. Love-Laugh-Be. Love Laugh-Be One More Time.
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*IN THE RECENT 

     *In January 2014, I sold one of my new short stories, Last Man Standing, to Exile Publishing for their anthology Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse. Last Man Standingwas also  published in June 2014's ELQ: Exile, the Literary Quarterly, Issue 150. Due to ELQ's fine literary history, I considers this a fine honor. I am very grateful for this evolution. In April 2014, my "Vegas Written" story called "My Last Story: Hemingway's Cigar or It Must Have Been In The Water"  was a semi-finalist for 2014'sCVC/Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile short story award.I love Vegas & my dear friends there & miss it & them when I am away, sojourning on some other adventure of a literary kind, music-ary kind or life-kind. Both Last Man Standing and My Last Story: Hemingway's Cigar or It Must Have Been In The Water were written at the Wynn in Las Vegas... 2014 has seen me write a ton TON of new lyrics for anybody-somebody-a magical moment happening to put music too and a few with music by me to sing-a-ling song-thing to tooooo. 2014 also saw my 2,000 word poem And She Lay Herself Down rank as a finalist/shortlisted for the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize.  2015 brought more of the same. Writing of the music kind. Writing of the literary kind. 2016 has been gloriously productive in a public sense. & rewarding. *** In May 2016 ~ my 2014 Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize finalist poem And She Lay Herself Down was published in ELQ 39:4 [Exile the Literary Quarterly] *** In July ~ A story I wrote in Las Vegas in both 2015, & 2016 polishing, was a finalist for 2016's Carter Vanderbilt Cooper Award, and will be published in the CVC Anthology #6, in October 2016. This story is called"It Was a Dark Day~Not a Stormy Night~ In Tuck-Tea-Tee-Uck-Tuck". Love that title & opening sentence. *** Then in June ~ my story "One Shower Too Many" came second in the Writers' Community of Simcoe County's nationwide short story competition. *** And also in July 2016 ~ my new story "When The Heat Came ~ It Was Unbearable"was accepted for inclusion in a climate change short story anthology to be called Goethe Glass edited by Bruce Meyer. Publication date to be announced later.
 
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ACTING

     One of my joys is acting here and there or in the midst of or prep or intro of a song. In terms of "pure" acting, I have done mainly background parts like being an artist wearing a beret and I had a big artist beard. And I played a war vet too. bear 'n all. And once... a rabbi ... beard too 'n long hair bunned under a hat. Only hair under hat. beard could'a reached tho! Aglow... 


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*Pic taken while at a Celine Dion concert in Las Vegas, August 27, 2015

One of my favorite entertainers, voices & people.




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While on a Disneyworld Trip in 2014

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MARTIAL ARTS

     I had always wanted to study the martial arts. When I was "mature-ish", I began. Now I have a brown belt in Shotokan Karate. I have had many instructors, Sensei, young & old-er. I have learned from them all. Some were too young or inexperienced to officially be called sensei... but they were all my teachers too. And I value each of them highly. They taught me. In karate at its highest level, you learn of life... of which karate can be a part & also representative of the whole, or wholeness in its best sense. In karate's best sense. This part, the latter part, you walk alone, taking with you what you have learned, applying it as you go each day, but most of all listening to it and where it takes you, like most things that can lead you constructively, positively forward.  That is the key. Staying on the constructive side of things, the positive side of things. Everything has its antithesis. We have to choose. What is right for us. What is us. Not always possible. We are all human. But this is a way in this life thing, nonetheless. I do study a lot on my own, like with many things. You get to this stage as you grow... and suddenly you become your own teacher too. Funny that. Strange that... I mean. But it is like this with most things we excel at or want to... But & with my brown belt in tow now, I would like to move up through the Black Belt Ranks... but... need to... for now... protect my hands 'n feet 'n mouth, both-both and both for singing 'n playing musical instruments. You know, that music stuff I do. Sometimes I am asked, "How old are you, anyway?" I just say,  "September 4th. Born then." "No..." the asker often says, "I mean what year? Your age?"  I say, "Ageless maybe... Try to get re-born at least once every year. September 4th mostly."   



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** That pic taken while attending Celine Dion's show
in Las Vegas, August 27, 2015

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