Powwow Weekend

Spent some time at the, Keepers of the Fire Powwow over the weekend, I have always enjoyed the dancing, drums and costumes from these events.  Shoshone, Arapaho and Sioux dancers put it all together but there were representatives from other tribes there also. Several venders selling southwestern jewelry and native trinkets and some tasty fry bread and tacos made the day both fun and filling. Although this powwow was inside and at the university if you try hard enough  it’s possible to take yourself back to another time, maybe one where everyone was not in such a hurry and took the time to see life and live life.

My favorite part of the day—I bought a nice bracelet for my classroom, Indian crafts display, and the evening opening ceremonies that featured the bringing in of the flag, the victory chant and eighty or so dancers on the floor at one time.  All in all, something everyone should do sometime.

Published in: on April 20, 2010 at 1:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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A New Western Mystery

Sorry I have been away so long.

I have spent most of my free time the last three weeks trying to put the finishing touches on a western novel. It is complete at a little over 70,000 words. The protagonist is a cowboy, sometimes gambler sometime lawman still trying to figure out who he really is. He rides a great horse and is better with knives and guns that just about anyone who ever lived. A dime novel hero in the making, trouble is he can’t make a commitment, not to anything. Not to the love of his life not to a job not to a place to put down roots. A modern day wanderer in the 1880’s who is befriended by a legendary mountain man works with an aging civil war hero and meets a mystical preacher along the way.

 I call it a western mystery and I think it is pretty good. I have published some shorter stuff in the past and am pretty confident that I will be able to sell it – but we will see,

I have two other novels ready for review and rewrite, a modern day western mystery and a nonfiction book.  I find writing and researching stimulating, rewriting and revising boring and hard work.

Published in: on April 10, 2010 at 2:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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