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Author Talk with Reginald D. Jarrell who Talks About 31 Days (Nights)

Have a look and listen to this podcast video. I know that I gained so much from this book and this interview.

Reggie Jarrell currently is an instructor of communication at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. His professional education experience includes teaching at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa; Southern University – New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana; and Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi; as well as adjunct positions at two Iowa and Illinois community colleges. His legal experience includes work as an assistant public defender, Rock Island County and staff attorney, Prairie State Legal Services both in Rock Island, Illinois. His communications experience includes, but is not limited to, television production staff, Family Radio, Oakland, California; newspaper staff reporter, The Moline Publishing Company, Moline, Illinois; and television news reporter, WHO-TV, Des Moines, Iowa. He has also worked as a janitor and shoe salesperson. His ministry experience includes serving as interim pastor, Progressive Baptist Church, Davenport, Iowa. Jarrell has earned Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from the Berkeley School of Theology (formerly the American Baptist Seminary of the West) Berkeley, California; Juris Doctor degree, University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa; Master of Science degree, Mass Communication and Journalism, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; and a Bachelor of Arts degree, Communication, The American University, Washington, D.C. Jarrell and his wife, Canetha, live in Wichita, Kansas, and they have three adult children and six grandchildren. His hobbies include creative writing, having previously published a memoir, “31 Days (Nights),” and a children’s book, “Wings.” His other interests include theater, film, guitar, and travel. Dogs are his favorite animal and the family pet is a small Yorkie/Poodle mix. You can learn more about 31 Days (Nights) and purchase your copy here: https://bluecedarpress.com/product/31…

This podcast is also available on Spotify, along with all other podcast platforms.

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Facing My Inner Dragon to Discover the Emotional Heart of My Novel

Writers need to read this.

KJ Martin

Eleven months ago, I took a year off to write. I was dedicated, determined, and had declared victory over the three dragons that I believed stood between me and publishing my first novel: family support, a tight but survivable twelve-month budget, and time. A whole year’s worth of time. Little did I know then that my quest to become a children’s middle grade author would ultimately lead me to face the biggest dragon of my life. After the first seven months, I felt so confident, so sure of the path I was on. My goal was within sight. Then out of nowhere, a gigantic, camouflaged dragon appeared, and knocked me off my path into a raging river of doubt. I’ve been battling this dragon for several months. My question to my readers is this: How do I fight a dragon after I realize the dragon is me?

It’s the last…

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Ken Gierke

Excellent!

I Write Her

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Milestone

Well worn,
our path together,
though not

well-traveled.
Our destination
nowhere near

the one we chose.
Where we parted,
all that remains

is a milestone
of what once was
our life together.

Reading Between the Lines

Expression

Fine lines, creases
Framing the lips
Corners of the eyes

Within those eyes
A gleam of enthusiasm
The dull shade of weariness

Regarding those lips
The glimmer of teeth
A solemn line of doubt

Impression

A gleam in the eyes
Taken for joy
Or is it anger?

Teeth shown in anger
Or is that a hint of laughter?
The lips might say

Or is it all weariness?
The answer lies in both
Behind the mask

Shorter Still

Far from brief, the time left
when viewed in the past.
A lifetime to shape a future,
with no end in sight.

Shorter now, it seems.
The slideshow of bygone images

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