||Oct, 20 2006
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That Golden Prairie Whale
An old man balanced between this world and the next has one last tale to tell. He is in charge of his grandkids during a cattle branding. The youngest ones has a mean streak running though him which as far as grandpa is concerned should have something done about it. He sets about telling this tale using the strength he has left in him so he can instill a set of morals in this new generation, something he sees lacking. Around a campfire after dinner is done he begins to expose a creature he believes lived long before man showed up. He spins this tale encompassing modern evens into the past showing how history repeats itself. He explains in his own way about prejudice, greed, friendship, war as well as right and wrong. All of this before the day is finished and time runs out for nature and the human race.
ďCome gather round, you Cowboys, and Iíll tell you all a tale,
A Lamenting youíve not heard before, of that Golden prairie whale.
You all might think this man of years, now spends more time in dreams
And greying hair now it grows too deep. My mind no longer gleams.
And you might doubt these words I speak, but all of them are true
I heard the gophers speak on this as they drank up morning dew.
So listen close, Iíll say this once, so quietly please heed,
And Iíll attempt to commiserate this very sorrow full deed.
Offical Launch set for Feb 26th 2007
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A Story of the Western plains that took place back in time,
Has been set upon these pages where the words all nearly rhyme.
When magic lived with creatures strange, and mysteries abound
When in a younger time than now, some innocents still found.
Within these words, I hope you find a better place to dwell
For if we choose it such as this, our planet wonít do well.
Earl Hamner. Author; The Walton's
I had a chance to read your manuscript over the weekend and I am in awe. First it is a most unusual approach to story telling. If it reminds me of anything it is of some of those wonderful Outback Poets in Australia. "The Man From Snowy River" comes to mind along with some of those fine poems by Henry Lawson.
Your story is fascinating and so inventive that I occasionally stopped in wonder. Also there is something magical about that title. Lastly how you managed so many ryming challenges I will never know.
I don't know what you plan to do with it from here. I expect it will be a hard sell with the publishers, as all books are, but I wish you luck. And even if you publish it yourself, or online, it remains an exzcellent story. Is your grandfather the mode! for the story teller?
Best of luck and thanks for a good read. And now I've got to get back to my own next book!
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