* 2016-2017*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 was 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, 2016, my story One Shower Too Many came second in the Writers' Community of Simcoe County's nationwide short story (fiction) competition. Also in July 2016, my new story The Heat Was Unbearable was accepted for inclusion in a climate change short story anthology (fiction) calledCLI-FI: Tales of Canadian Climate Change published in the Spring of 2017 by Exile Editions, Toronto, Canada. In May 2017, my jolly-Vegas-written story, about Vegas-&-more, mythical & otherwise-truly-not-true, truly... including an intrepid-angel-manifestation manifested-or-otherwise-made-up-'n-imagined-by-me IN-ALL-HER- GLORY [ the angels :) ] in my story called It Was a Dark Day~Not a Stormy Night~ In Tuck-Tea-Tee-Uck-Tuck
[ and it was :) ] was published for its second time. This time in ELQ: 40:4 [Exile the Literary Quarterly, Toronto, Canada]
*My happy picture above, was taken at a Celine Dion concert I attended in Las Vegas, August 27, 2015. Love the shirt! AND the piano :) .
PICTURE IN AUGUST, 2016 ~
Las Vegas Jazz Society
Nashville Songwriters Association
Southern Gospel Music Association
Japan Karate Association Canada
*Visitor Membership The Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tennessee
My Soundcloud Platform:
* IN THE BEFORE *
I was very happy to have had this happen. 1st. Place co-winner in the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award, 2011 for my short story [fiction] The Poet .
**GENERAL WRITING ~ HISTORICALLY **
As I mentioned, I was a co-winner of the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award for 2011. My winning story was called The Poet . Kind of fun that win was.
MY PREVIOUS LITERARY LIFE went a bit like this. It seems, I always wanted to be a writer. In 1979, I established Blue Heron Press, Alliston, Ontario to get it all started. It, Blue Heron Press, no longer exists. But with it, I self-published one book of my poetry and two books of what John Robert Colombo called my aphorisms.
At that time too, I began writing a general interest column for the weekly paper, The Herald, Alliston. I did the column for about nine months. With Blue Heron Press, my aphorisms came out in the books SMALL THINGS, 1979 and BEING, 1981. My Blue Heron Press poetry book was called HER LIGHT WAS LIKE UNTO A STONE, and came out in 1981. This was one long, long poem.
With two traditional publishers, Vesta Publications in Cornwall, Ontario and Hounslow Press in Toronto, I published several non-fiction books, a chapbook for children and a book of poetry. From Vesta Publications, I had these titles published: BASIC LESSONS IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR (education), 1980; THE OLD MAN & THE HIDDEN FOREST (children’s chapbook), 1981; CAPTAIN DREAMER (poetry), 1982; SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER (how to), 1983. From Hounslow Press came my book THE BEAVER NATURE’S MASTER BUIDER (non-fiction), 1989. This was the most comprehensive book on the animal published at that time. It took three years of research and writing to complete.
In those early years 1979-1989, I did a variety of workshops on writing of all kinds, many readings of my work and simply celebrated the literary in me, as best I could. I also had two articles appear in Canadian Author & Bookman, spoke at a Canadian Authors’ Association conference in Toronto, and wrote a series on writing for Writers’ Lifeline, a writers’ journal out of Cobalt, Ontario. I called this series SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER. This later became my book by the same title. In those years, I also had a humorous short story published as runner up in The Barrie Examiner’s writing contest. That was 1988. The story was called ARTHUR & ME . The Barrie Examiner was a Barrie, Ontario newspaper. Two of my Christmas short stories were published in The Herald’s (Alliston) Christmas short story contest’s honourable mention category. These stories were TOMORROW WILL BE CHRISTMAS, 1982 and A BOY & A GUITAR, 1985. In the later 1980’s, I had five short stories published in the weekly newspaper The Cookstown Advocate, 1986-87. These were a humorous series: Hilda & Hemingway in: “HEY HILDA”; “WHO THE HELL’S HEMINGWAY?”; “HAVE YOU SLEPT WITH A MAN LATELY?”; “WHAT’S IT TO YA, ANYWAY?” and “OH-OH HENRY!” In 1987, John Robert Colombo included several of my aphorisms from SMALL THINGS and BEING in his book COLOMBO’s NEW CANADIAN QUOTATIONS published by Mel Hurting.
Then in the early 1990’s, I self-published five short stories as Frank Westcott’s Apocrypha Stories. These were five short stories published as individual entities in 8 ½ x 11 format, each with their own specially designed mailing envelopes. Sold very few. These stories were: THE WRITER & THE WHORE, 1993; THE FISHERMAN, 1993; LUCKY, 1993; SOTU, 1994 ; WINTER, 1995.
Although I continued writing privately, I ostensibly retired from writing for the public arena from that point, until 2003, when I had a wee play PIGEONS published in Exile the Literary Quarterly, ELQ: Volume 27, NO. 1. Then after another long hiatus, in 2011 my short story The Poet won the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award, as mentioned, the co-winner in the emerging writer category. That same year, The Poet was published in Exile the Literary Quarterly: ELQ Volume 35, No. 1 and in the CVC, Carter V. Cooper Anthology Series, Book One, Exile Editions.
In 2014, my short story LAST MAN STANDING was published in Exile, the Literary Quarterly, ELQ Volume 38, No. 2 and in the anthology FRACTURED: TALES OF THE CANADIAN POST-APOCALYPSE, Exile Editions.
2014 also brought my 2,000 word poem AND SHE LAY HERSELF DOWN to light. It was a finalist for that year’s Gwendolyn MacEwan Poetry Prize. This poem was published in the 2016 issue of Exile, the Literary Quarterly, ELQ Volume 39 No. 4.
A nice corollary to all this, in the early 1980’s McMaster University put me in their Alumni Gallery to acknowledge my writing, publishing and music endeavours up to that time. I suppose, still and so many years later, I continue to try to earn that acknowledgement in both my music and writing careers. In many ways, I feel like an egg continually hatching. Maybe that is what the being creative or creative process is like… is all about.
*ONE MORE TIME... for this section to be complete... IN THE RECENT-RECENT... The literary... 2016-2017... *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 2016, a story I wrote in Las Vegas in both 2015, & 2016 polishing, was a finalist for 2016's Carter Vanderbilt Cooper Award, and was 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, 2016, my story One Shower Too Many came second in the Writers'
Community of Simcoe County's nationwide (Canada) short story competition. And in July 2016, my story The Heat Came Was Unbearable was accepted for inclusion in a climate change anthology (fiction) called CLI-FI: Tales of Canadian Climate Change. This was published in the Spring of 2017. And as mentioned in May 2017, my story It Was a Dark Day~Not a Stormy Night~ In Tuck-Tea-Tee-Uck-Tuck was published for its second time. This time in ELQ: 40:4 [Exile the Literary Quarterly, Toronto, Canada]
MUSIC CONITINUES TO ENGAGE me on all levels, and is actually taking predominance over the literary, although there is some *confluence of the two rivers.
*CONFLUENCE: the junction of two rivers, especially rivers of approximately equal width; an act or process of merging as in a major confluence of...
* As always, thanks for your sharing, your reading, and your interest, most of all for your 'listening...' *