Category Archives: Dusty Richards

Years with Dusty

    Dusty and I joined many other writers at a book signing in Branson many years ago The day of his funeral and I waited in the front row. His closed casket held the cow hide he often had on … Continue reading

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There’s nothing more satisfying than setting a goal and completing it. Several months ago my decision to get one of my back listed books formatted and uploaded to Kindle was only a dream. I had my doubts I could accomplish … Continue reading

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For about 8 or 9 years (I’m bad about keeping track of stuff like that) our critique group, the North West Arkansas Writer’s Workshop, here in Fayetteville, Arkansas has held a free all-day writer’s conference or workshop. It fills both … Continue reading

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Lisa Wingate on right and me at Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.Back in the archives of this blog somewhere, no doubt is a blog urging writers to network, but hopefully I’ve learned some more about the task as the years have … Continue reading

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Come Down off Your Mountain

Once I resided on the side of a mountain here in the Ozarks without many contacts. I went to the store or the post office and greeted people in our small town when we met, but other than that I … Continue reading

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Blue skies and warm winds beckon

Once, a wise woman told me that I should not bemoan my dislike of winter when it came around because that’s when we could relax from our summer chores and do some things we’d put off for a while. That’s … Continue reading

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OWL meeting Saturday

The Ozark Writers League has been around for more than 20 years, and I’ve belonged for most of those, probably 18 or so. I met my first publisher there in 1992, and in April of 1994 my first book was … Continue reading

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Update on the Writing Life

OptimismA blog about writing should occasionally contains something to do with writing. Here’s a rundown on what I’m accomplishing as a writer during these hard times. Since the first of the year I’ve finished two books, a paranormal and a … Continue reading

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