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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Guest Post: Not Enough Time by H. David Blalock

**Today only, get David Blalock's Angelkiller for FREE at Amazon!**

Please help me welcome author H. David Blalock to FMB! :)

I have been a writer all my life, but few agreed with that until about 20 years ago, when my work started appearing semi-regularly in print and on the internet. I suppose I have the panic of the "imminent end of the world" idea rampant in the 1990s for a large portion of that. In a world on the brink of extinction, pretty much anything presented as entertainment found some kind of audience. Certainly, I had enough critics to quiet any pretensions I had to being the next Hemingway, or even the next King.

I am often asked what kind of advice I might have for writers who are struggling to get their first publication. The only thing I can say that will definitely work against you as a new writer being published is not submitting something for consideration. You don't play, you don't win. Simple as that.

I am next most often asked how long should you play before calling it quits? How many rejections does it take to get to the chewy center of a new writer? We may never know. What we do know is that, if you quit, you lose. Again, if you don't play...

But, being a writer is only part of the process. The most important part is not the one who puts pen to paper (or taps the keyboard, as I am told is done often today). The most important player in this production is the reader. You, those of you who are right now perusing these words. Without readers, writers are voices in the wind, insubstantial phantasms made of useless ideas. Readers take what we write and make worlds within themselves, or act on the ideas they read to invent, innovate, and create.

Writers nourish ideas into flower, but the reader defines the arrangements and assigns their value.

Writers never have enough time to expose all the ideas they want to convey. There is never enough time to reveal the contents of the creative mind. No single lifetime is sufficient.

But, if the writer is good enough, if their talent is profound enough, if their words touch deeply enough, then the readers of that writer's generation and all the generations to come will recognize how the soil was tilled and seeded. The readers will tend the work, nourish it, and eventually it will give rise to even greater writers and ideas.

That is what all writers are looking for. That kind of immortality. The kind that Shakespeare, Wilde, Thoreau, Wells, Heinlein, Asimov, and the other greats found not in their own lifetimes, and sometimes not even soon after, but down the dark corridors of time when the flicker of their creativity was reignited in the minds of readers.

There's never enough time for writers. But there will always be enough time for the readers to rediscover the gems left behind in the dragon's hoard.

AngelKiller (The Angelkiller Triad, #1) by H. David Blalock




Look for book two, Traitor Angel. in  Early 2012 and book three, Doom Angel, in  Late 2012/Early 2013

"Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that.

Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the fight with centuries of experience.

Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of a plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another realm."

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Born in San Antonio, Texas, David spent the majority of his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 16, his family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where David finished school and entered employment with the Department of Defense as a Powerhouse Electrician.
Hiring into the FAA in 1977, he returned with his wife and two daughters to the States and settled briefly in Gulfport, MS. Then, in 1981 he moved to Memphis, TN, as an Air Traffic Controller for the Memphis ARTCC. There he remained until his retirement in 2008.
David's writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, webzines, and writer's sites. His novel ASCENDANT, published by Sam's Dot Publishing of Cedar Rapids, IA, debuted in 2009.


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