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It’s NaNoWriMo!!!

Yes, it’s that time of year, when the leaves turn, the nights get chilly, pumpkin spice everything wafts through the air, and people start writing like crazy.

Wait. What was that last thing? Writing? You mean, like Christmas cards?

No, silly! They start writing novels! Welcome to National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to encourage authors and would-be authors to write a 50,000-word novel in one month. There is a website (https://nanowrimo.org/) where you can register your novel, track your progress, and network with other writers. You can earn participation and personal achievement badges based on your progress. Then, as early as the 20th of November, you can have your completed project validated (that is, confirmed that you actually do have at least 50,000 words). There are several prizes for winners and participants, provided by some of the event’s sponsors, including reduced price or free services that are of interest to writers.

So, what’s the point? The point is to encourage people to write and to tell their stories! And the satisfaction you can get from completing your own novel project is certainly worth more than all the prizes you could get.

I encourage any fledgling author, especially if you have never completed a project, to consider entering NaNoWriMo. It’s not too late! You can still sign up!

Am I entering NaNoWriMo myself? Nope. Couple reasons for that — first, I’ve already written several novel-length projects myself (not to say that experienced authors can’t enter, they certainly can), so I just don’t have the interest. I know how long it takes me to write a novel, and it’s a bit more than a month. Also, I am currently working on a project (the fifth Suburban Vampire novel) and I don’t want to start any other projects until I’m done (I’ve already done that, having put it aside for two other novels which I have completed). This novel is a hard one for me, harder perhaps than even my first one, so it’s taking some time. So, I’ll pass, this time…

Anyway, if you ever thought about writing, please check ’em out: NaNoWriMo

FP In the news!

This last Saturday, I was interviewed by a reporter from my hometown paper, the Gresham Outlook. The article was published today (October 16th). I’ve got to say, it’s a pretty good introductory piece! Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be on-line, but print only. So, I’ve copied the article, and will post scans of it here. Hopefully, you all will be able to read it…

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I had to cut the headline because my scanner is too small. Hope you could read it, or at least get the gist of it. The Outlook’s webpage is here: Gresham Outlook

If the article goes on-line, I’ll also post a link to that.

Back to the Horse Brass!

We are returning to Scott Campbell’s favorite Portland-area watering hole for a pre-Halloween book event! Join author Franklin Posner on Saturday, October 27th, at 1:00 PM at the Horse Brass Pub (4534 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215, 503-232-2202) and enjoy some great pub grub and beverages. Both novels will be available for sale (cash/checks only, please)! See you there!

Back from Hibbert’s Corner

Sometimes, some time away from the routine does the spirit good. So, I took a one-day, one-author retreat and went to one of my favorite places, the central Oregon coast. I spent a lot of time there as a youth and have some fond memories of the area. Those of you who have already read Suburban Vampire Ragnarok probably know that the Oregon coast figures into the story line, particularly Lincoln City (and the greater Lincoln County area). Much of the action actually takes place in a town called Hibbert’s Corner, which is located in the mountains of the Oregon Coast Range in the easternmost part of Lincoln County. Some of you, I am sure, must be wondering where “Hibbert’s Corner” is, exactly. Perhaps you’ve Google-mapped it without result. There’s a reason for that; Hibbert’s Corner doesn’t exist and never did, except in the dark recesses of my mind. However, just about all the other places mentioned in the book are real — Yachats, Waldport, Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, the Outlet Mall, and the Siletz and Alsea rivers. The Siletz are a real Native American Nation. Still, I am sure you must have some questions, such as, what was the inspiration for Hibbert’s Corner, and where would it be, if it really existed? Okay, maybe you don’t. Oh well. Indulge me, briefly.

The idea of a declining town in the Oregon Coast Range is not an original one. There are several such towns, some of which no longer exist, some of which are hanging on by a thread, and others of which, if not exactly thriving, are managing to persevere despite the odds. I suppose the nearest community to Hibbert’s Corner, in terms of size, economic condition, and actual physical proximity to the area in which I placed Hibbert’s Corner is Alsea, a small unincorporated community of fewer than 200 people. It was formerly a logging community, as were most Coast Range communities. The decline of the timber industry hit the town hard, as it did with several other towns and small communities in the more rural parts of the state. Alsea, and other such communities, may be set in some of the most beautiful country in the state of Oregon, but these places are economically depressed, with higher rates of poverty than in more developed parts of the state. Alsea can, at least, boast of some great steelhead fishing; not all similar communities have anything to attract outside interest. This is the world in which Hibbert’s Corner exists; can it be much of a stretch to imagine such a town looking for someone to help lift them from their doldrums and restore their fortunes?

So, where would Hibbert’s Corner actually be, if it existed? Well, if you read carefully, there are a few clues as to where I placed the town. The coastal town of Waldport is mentioned, as is the Alsea river, but perhaps the most telling clue is route 34. Route 34 is an actual state route that stretches from Waldport almost to Philomath. I just returned from a trip along that particular route, and let me tell you, I think my choice of locales for Hibbert’s Corner, and its supernatural denizens, was right on mark. The fact is, I did not scout out the area, however, I was certainly familiar with it, even if I hadn’t driven down that particular stretch of road myself, at least not that I recall. Route 34 runs parallel with the Alsea river for much of its distance, as it goes through the Siuslaw National Forest and eventually into Benton County. It is a two-lane road for its entirety. It is not well-traveled; that is to say, there was very little traffic on it as I drove eastbound from Waldport. In fact, I was rather concerned that should I have gotten into an accident, it would be a long time before anyone found me.photo 1 This is what route 34 looks like, just a bit east of the serendipitously-named Scott Creek. The river would be to the left of the picture. As you can tell, there’s not much traffic.  The vibe of this road can be rather creepy, even in the day; I was thinking it was a perfect match for Hibbert’s Corner, and that I had chosen the location well, but then I told myself “forget Hibbert’s Corner, think Silent Hill”. Occasionally you pass by a small farm, campsite, or very small community, but other than that, it is almost entirely rural and heavily wooded. Perfect place for a Sasquatch to hang out, right? In any case, I doubt this road could see much heavy traffic, as in some places, it is less a road and more a luge track (when the signs say “25 MPH”, it MEANS 25 MPH!!!). There are reasons why this place is a “best-kept secret”, and its rural nature, its isolation, and its inability to handle a whole lot of traffic are just some of those reasons. Leave it to the locals, and the Sasquatches, and take a road more traveled — unless you’re into risk-taking, or are a vampire.

Book signing event!!!

SUBURBAN VAMPIRE book signing event!!!
Where: The Highland Stillhouse Pub, 201 S. 2nd St., Oregon City, OR 97045 (phone 503-723-6789)
When: Saturday, September 15th, 2018, at 1:00 PM

What: Stop by, meet the author, get your copy autographed, and enjoy some great Scottish-style food and beverages!  There will be copies of both SUBURBAN VAMPIRE novels available (Sorry, we can only take cash and checks)!

Why: Because we like you! See you there!!!

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