Monthly Archives: November 2012

Writers Block at Ten Paces

Posted by: Ritchie White @shotgunborivers


Frozen in time, and locked in with nothing but a blank screen. I have the words, they won’t come out. It’s painful and agonizing all at the same time. Where do I begin? confusion, crazed thoughts racing around the ideas. Pages of research sitting, waiting,  collecting remnants of dust day by day, just waiting to be woven into the story. Still wanting to piece it together. Wait. I have an idea. No, that won’t work. I can’t write it in passive voice. Delete it, start over. OK where do I begin?

I begin to see a picture. The battle begins in my mind, like pastel soldiers moving on an elaborate painting. Once I open the document, and my notebook, the dripping not yet dry paint won’t fall upon the page as words. They always had before. I don’t understand.

More distractions, other noises in the house. I need to turn them off, find to way to be tone-deaf. I need to block it out and concentrate, paint my picture again; Write  before the paint dries and I forget what I am creating.

What will be my strategy? How can I get rid of it? I need some Writol. I wonder if it will work, 1000mg every four hours or as needed. Prescribed to all authors, with writers block. If caught in time, syndrome may dissolve in 3 to 7 weeks.

Something needs to work, it has to. If the Writol doesn’t work, a square-off at high noon in the middle of a distant ghost town, with the whispers of the outlaws who were killed in past showdowns,may be the answer. What will break it? What will help break down the walls to the flowing of words, and the left hemisphere of my brain?

Will I have to take my writer’s block on with a duel to the death? Standing in the street, stepping forward  at ten paces, my spurs clinking with every step? At the tenth step, we turn, hands hovering over our holsters with twitching fingers and still cold eyes, and hand slapping leather, and the shoot-out begins, coming to an end of a saga all on its own.

Who will win? My book, or my block?

I would love to hear anyone’s ideas on this subject, what are your comments on writer’s block?  Most importantly what are your strategies, strengths and weakness’s? Please comment.

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Secession in the States, Lincoln Vs. Obama

Alongside the Old West, I love History, especially American History from the 1700’s to early 1900’s. Four, major war’s were fought on American soil, The Revolutionary War; The War of 1812; The Civil War and the American Indian Wars.

There are many reasons why we fought the Civil War, however two major causes come to mind, the Secession, and the election of Abraham Lincoln. I am Looking back at this information for my newest installment to the Laramie Taylor Series, as it is about the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, a battle fought in Missouri. While looking back, I can’t help but notice the similarities in present day. Today the country is separated again, economically challenged and after the reelection of Barack Obama there are 44 states that have filed secession petitions with the “We the People” program on the White House website. Containing 841,903 signatures, and asking to secede from the Union.

A threshold of 25,000 signatures must be met within 30 days for petitions to be reviewed. The Obama administration explains, “If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and we will issue a response.”

With Texas in the lead having 114,969,  a half dozen other states have also made the 25,000 mark, and others are gaining.That is a whole new meaning to history repeats itself, and I am a firm believer of that. My question is will it come to pass a separate state? Will the South rise again? Will the Confederate states of America be reborn? Will Obama Administration begin listening to the nations people? Will they even comply and look at the petitions as they have stated? We all know how the government states they will do something and completely do another. Or will they invade our own country and cause the 2nd American Civil War? and most importantly should those of us that have signed the petition worry? Questions fill my mind second after second when I think about it. As a military man I have duty to god and country, however, my duty begins first with my home, and my family, they will be protected long before I stand for the Union. Does that make me a traitor? in my firm belief our government is to mixed up, and certainly not the one I fought for, and it is my declaration to fight for just cause, fight for my freedom, and for my constitution, which those in power are stripping away, with that it is my hypothesis that I am not of any kind a traitor, I am a man that believes in freedom, and will fight for it until the end.

What I want to know is will you all do the same? Will you fight for freedom, or follow a socialistic, power hungry government because you feel there is nothing left you can do? Will you stand for just cause, and for your families? Will you fight a Civil War, if it comes to pass?

As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

“…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government…”

Here’s a list of states where residents have filed secession petitions in recent days: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, ConnecticutDelaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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Veteran’s Day, Thank You Soldier to Soldier

Today I would like to take the time and recognize my brothers in arms. a long 10 years ago I returned home from the service, not just a soldier but a wounded vet. Today I want to lay my service down, and thank all veterans of our services, some of them have suffered from combat as have I, however our men and women of the service don’t get the thanks they deserve, and the gratitude from others as they fought proudly to keep our nation free.

So thank you for serving our country, those of you that have fought long and hard for this beautiful country deserve so much more than just a thanks, so as a free gift, to any veteran that would like to share their service dates, theater and unit with me will receive a free copy of my newest book Laramie’s War, a historical fiction short about Laramie Taylor a Lieutenant in the Missouri State Guard, under Maj. Gen. Sterling Price faces Nathaniel Lyon’s in his first fought battle at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, or better known to the confederates as the Battle of Oak Hills. Coming later this month is Laramie’s accounts, his journal, and his story of fighting as a confederate officer, and his own brother a union cavalry soldier. A story about the Civil War with brother against brother.  Once again Veterans on this day, Veterans day Thank you for serving our country, and thank you for serving in our military.

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Battle of Wilsons Creek (Laramie’s War)

The Battle of Wilson’s Creek marked the beginning of the Civil War for Missouri and for the Taylor’s. Joseph, and Laramie were on opposing sides, brothers one fighting for the union and one for the rebels, it didn’t settle with August Taylor none, his boys fighting in a war, and Missouri his home, the third most fought over state in the country.

On August 10, 1861 Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon’s Union Troops attacked Confederate forces, under the command of Brigadier General Ben McCulloch,It would be known as Bloody Hill, which became known as the first major battle in the West, and only the second major battle of the Civil War.

The loss was substantial with 1,317 Union and 1,222 Confederate casualties (killed, wounded or captured).

Laramie Taylor a Lieutenant in the Missouri State Guard, under Maj. Gen. Sterling Price faces Nathaniel Lyon’s in his first fought battle at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, or better known to the confederates as the Battle of Oak Hills. Coming later this month is Laramie’s accounts, his journal, and his story of fighting as a confederate officer, and his own brother a union cavalry soldier.

“Will Laramie a man raised by a code have   to kill his own blood?”

“I am taking a leap with writing Laramie’s War as a historical fiction, and rising from young adult western fiction, I personally feel it is bold, yet achievable. Nonetheless, if you read Laramie’s War you will not be let down, the facts are facts, and the fiction is fiction. enjoy.”

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