Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memorial Day

Memorial Day holds special meaning for me. The military has a special place in my family. Read about my tribute to our fallen heroes, and those who continue to fight, on Political Pistachio.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Cancer Battle Commences

Tuesday I take my son to the urologist that will perform the surgery to remove his cancer. The cancer may have gone up into his abdomin from the testicular area, so the removal will be a major surgery. The plan is to remove all material touched by the cancer, and to check if it has gone into the lymphatic system. Keep your prayers coming. We appreciate each and every one of them.

God Bless.

Monday, May 21, 2007

What happens when you hit a brick wall?

I have always bragged that I don't suffer from writer's block, but today, it all finally caught up to me.

Perhaps stress over my son's cancer is doing it. Maybe it's work.

Whatever it is, I can't write in my book right now, so I placed it in a drawer, and will pull it back out in a couple weekends. Then it will be fresh, and the writing will flow again.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

When a Soldier has Something to say. . .

Are You Ready For The Truth?

So there I am, in my office trying to explain something to somebody, and I am contacted by a Soldier that is Politically Incorrect, and proud of it!

Paul Couturier received the call to go to Iraq in 2003 to be a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I am sure he didn't know what truly to expect. Or perhaps he did. After all, Paul had already been in the Army National Guard for over 20 years at that point.

In my past correspondence with him it became immediately clear that Paul has a lot to say. He lives in Massachusetts, so you can just imagine what he thinks of his two senators (more or less his words - BTW, those Senators are: John Kerry and Teddy Kennedy), and one of his biggest gripes is about the anti-military extremists in general, especially (his words again) "those hypocrites who say they support the troops, but not their mission!"

Well, tonight on Political Pistachio Radio, Paul will be able to say what he desires about the war, and about the libtards that seek to undermine the effort. The show airs live at 4pm Pacific Time/7pm Eastern Time. Listen live if you'd like, or access the archive later. You are also free to call in to talk to Paul at (646) 652-2940. I will field questions when I can from Yahoo Instant Messenger if that is how you want to participate - my ID is douglasvgibbs.

All that Paul asks is that we all remember that he is still serving in the Guard, and though he wishes to be honest about the war, he will not say anything that may place the troops currently serving overseas at a disadvantage in any way.

Looking forward to hearing from you tonight. Until then, Blessings from Political Pistachio.

P.S. I will also update you on my son's situation with cancer - we spent a long time at the hospital with him this morning.

Friday, May 18, 2007

When Cancer Strikes

The coldness of
a crying heart
The sadness of
a dying start.

A man can see
beyond the fight
When cancer dies
and sees the light.

My son has been diagnosed with cancer. Prayer and determination will beat this thing. We shall never give up, nor give in.

God Bless.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Talking with a publisher

Okay, it isn't my publisher, but the publisher of a writing friend of mine, but when a publisher says "That's a good idea" when I mention my radio show and blogs are designed to create an audience, you know it's a good thing.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Today I had a Revelation!

My book, The Way Of Deception, was completed a year ago, at which time I attempted to get it published, and after 163 rejections by literary agents I decided to rewrite and fix it. I received advice from one such literary agent that I bounced around points of view and needed to change that.

A year later I am almost complete, but something is still missing. It's too basic of a story.

Then a revelation struck me! Why not add a trippy suspenseful twist that is totally believable, but would freak people out? And I have just the antidote.

uh, uh, uh, don't ask, you'll have to wait until I finish the book (again) and then you can know the secrets of the phone call from the President of the United States to Jarrod.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Creative Jabber

I imagined, this morning, a character in the line of danger, but frozen by the inevitibility of the situation. I wrote:

Like when you're in the shower and you turn that knob for warmer water, but after you turn it you know it was too far. The hot water races through the pipes. There is still time to turn it back, move the spray away from your body, get out of the shower, or turn it off, but you stand there, waiting for the hot water, even though you know how bad it is going to hurt. You remain because you want to know how hot it will truly be. You are curious if it will only hurt, or tingle along the surface of your skin. The pain is secondary.

Friday, May 04, 2007

I wonder what it is like

I always wondered how I will feel when I finally hold a book with my name on it as the author in my hands. Is it like the feeling I had when I saw my first born, and held him in my arms? Perhaps it's like that first fly ball you catch when in Little League. I wonder.

I ask writers about this, and all of their answers vary slightly, but one thing they agree upon is it is a humbling experience.

Humbling.

I suppose that is what is most important. To remain humble, and give credit where credit is due.

God Bless.