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FOX & QUILL READERS SELECT RICHARD IDE’S “The River” AS BEST SHORT STORY, 2008

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Volume 4, Issue 1

January 2009

“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” – Paul Keating


Fox and Quill Charter: Share experiences and ideas, open the writer’s window on the world so we won’t have to actually globe trot every detail individually. Inspiration is paramount. Sharing is sacred. Join in and be published here in the Fox and Quill. Spill some ink, your amongst friends.


More Dribble from the Pen of Wolf: Did you hear, Santa Claus was downed by a Siderwinder missile while cutting across the Middle East on his way to Europe. The Grinch was green with envy. Every slithering snake gets his day eventually. Let’s hope we see a few of these snakes on Wall Street get what’s coming to them in 2009.


John Wolf editor: Contact me: (click here) , and send me your ideas and articles so the world can get a chuckle.

1. A Writer’s Dream – Elle Newmark, our Showcase Author
2. New Year’s Decree – short story by John Wolf
3. Outsourcing Everything – by Russ Heitz
4. Buzz – a book reviews by John Wolf
5. Timing is Everything – by LinDee Rochelle
6. Writing for Free can Still Pay Off – by Joe Naiman
7. The Writer’s Hypocritical Oath – by John Wolf

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AWARD WINNER – 3 ACES – THE INFINITE WRITER’S BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2008

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

The Infinite Writer January – 2009

BOOK OF THE YEAR – Fiction

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For the first time, we have found two of the BOM selections tied for first place. Since both books are excellent, we decided to award two certificates:  One for fiction, the other for non-fiction.

The Infinite Writer’s Book of the Year Award for Fiction goes to:

RICHARD IDE

For his exciting novel

3 ACES.

Richard Ide’s writing talent is immediately apparent beginning on page one and consistently throughout the book. What Mr. Ide was able to do in “3 Aces” is a rare accomplishment in creative writing. Three in-depth stories, each one almost capable of standing alone, have been skillfully woven into one epic chronicle.

Poker-playing Dawn Carlisle is running from a domineering mother, a penchant for alcohol, and an ex-husband suing her for custody of their daughter. Abner Weaver, nursing a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) hangover acquired in Vietnam, has drifted back into long haul trucking, his truck cab a “foxhole against the world.” An injured dog draws Dawn and Abner together. A vicious gang of cardsharks, a globalist trucking company owner, and a shower of Las Vegas Texas Hold `em winnings sever their relationship-ultimately driving them to a moment of perception and healing.

Congratulations, Richard.

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A NEW PRESIDENT STEPS INTO THE RING…

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

After watching a few late afternoon clips and the CBS News tonight, I personally found every aspect of the Obama inauguration dignified and uplifting. His inauguration speech was unusually controlled, calm, and firm. I sincerely hope that President Barack Obama will demonstrate the same characteristics while managing the highest office of our country.

Without prejudice, I voted for the man. But he’s been given a whirlwind to  advance against – an UNBELIEVABLE financial mess – with the nation badly in need of a win. Successive past administrations; more than a few Neocons; lobbyists; a select, unpunished, cabal of Wall Street investment bankers; and our quarrelsome do-nothing Congress (not much hope when it comes to selfless reform from that corner) have dunned the nation with round after round of punishment. It’s not going to be quick or easy to break up and sort out the tangle. We can only pray for a positive decision.

Europe and the U.K. suddenly seem to be in as bad a mess (it’s just dawning on them); but Asia, having been through its own financial crisis in the late ’90s, has been less foolhardy and less overextended. Recovery should fare better there.

Personally, I crossed my fingers (and toes) that Barack Obama – as young as he appeared, as untried as he is – would be placed in office; that he would then govern Congress, all agencies (both the old and those he might foster), and every citizen of our nation with sense…and strictly through the Constitution…which would be a RADICAL change from what we’ve known from past administrations.

President Obama had best role up his sleeves and prepare for a slugfest; somehow I suspect he quietly slipped on the gloves when we weren’t looking. We don’t want a nation down for the count – he will have to punish the opponent just enough to clearly win the fight, yet hold him on his feet.  I think he can do it. And I suspect the 2 million plus cheering visitors to the mall in Washington today must all have been feeling the same way.

We wish President Barack H. Obama a resounding success.

NOBODY ASKED ME, BUT…

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

That “Last Tango…” blog of mine (December 27th) could do with a little explanation: It was a bit of fantasy, folks – stirred up by a few Christmas Day conversations over the Bernie Madoffs of the world and the lack of ethics and regulation that have dogged our country’s financial dealings and securities markets for the past ten years or so.

‘Uncle Sammy’ was meant as a fictional character, as was his snowy country home. And his Christmas Day visitor, my first person stream of consciousness narrator, wasn’t me but a somewhat self-indulgent and naive relative of Sammy’s, who was undoubtedly part of the Uncle’s investment team.

It’s also easy to see that in creating Uncle Sammy I was also thinking of Karl Stohner, the villain in my novel “3 ACES,” who Thomas Livingston – to whom I am indebted for a positive and thoroughgoing Amazon review – referenced as “the most vicious villain in modern American fiction.” The difference with Uncle Sammy is that he appears to be a rather jolly and jovial fellow, but such an un-villainous flaw might simply be ascribed to the mood of the holiday.

Somewhere, possibly out on Long Island, maybe up in N.Y.’s Westchester County, or perhaps out in far, far rural New Jersey, over the Christmas Holidays dozens of Uncle Sammys were enjoying  the fruits of the greatest financial ripoff in history. The damage done to our banking system and major banks throughout the world by such Uncle Sammys is nearly incalculable. Billions of dollars of bad mortgage bonds and trillions of dollars in notional value of derivatives thereof, have been sold to hedge funds and large commercial banks by Wall Street Investment bankers, and those securities were rated highly by rating agencies who most certainly should have known better. Then collateralized loans were made by those large commercial banks, facilitated by a so-called ‘Shadow Banking System’ which lodged many of those loans and securities offshore – off the books – inflating the debt structure (often as much as 30:1) and making it untouchable by whatever or whomever was left of our shattered regulatory system. Leaving in the lurch any oversight from Federal Reserve governors, the U.S. Treasury Department, Congress, or the Executive Branch of our Federal government.

And where were they?.. as Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Wachovia, AIG, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, and finally Lehman collapsed. Incredible! More interesting is the fact that no one yet has been prosecuted, and that three of the investment banks who bundled, sliced, diced, and sold those billions and billions of bonds have suddenly disappeared – the surviving investment banks quickly reincarnated as commercial banks under the banner of the Federal banking system.

Where does that leave us as taxpayers? We are being asked to foot an overall bill that, so far, and by several reliable estimates, is reaching in the neighborhood of 7 trillion dollars (that’s $7,000,000,000,000). A smaller chunk of that sum ($350,000,000,000) has been printed up and sent to the injured banks to stiffen up their books and free up their frozen will to lend. But, as of this date, there has been little or no interest from them in making any such loans. How much more will it take for them to gain “trust” in their fellow bankers and their customers ability to repay so that things will get moving again? If you were such a banker, where would YOU lend it? – to the U.S. automakers?

A few days before Christmas someone handed me a copy of Elie Wiesel’s “Night.” Maybe this tightly written horror story of a child’s brutal voyage to Auschwitz and terrifying incarceration in Birkenau concentration camp is what got me thinking… Do I grow my own food? Can I pump my own petrol from a backyard well? What if my source of income ceases to exist? Do I trust my local, state and federal elected officials to assist me and my family should I fall seriously ill, fail to meet my house payments, or find myself without the ability to place food on the family table? Are my elected officials on their way to me with a personal tax refund, a bailout check for several billion dollars – or might it be the other way around?

Next week – an idea or two on where we might be headed and how to cope.

 

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