The July 25 Edition

Onward and Upward: On The Move

Don’t know about you, but hectic doesn’t begin to describe my world these days.

Besides all the writing projects and assignments I’ve undertaken, we have recently moved from one side of Nashville to the other.

CLOVER BI won’t say we’ve completed the move, because we’ve got boxes and boxes and more boxes yet to unpack. We found several boxes unopened from our last move a dozen years ago. Whew.

We’ve gone back to the future, you could say, with our “new” 1950s ranch home. It reminds Bennie and I of the houses we grew up in, yet it has been modernized and updated and lives up to our real-estate motto: “There’s no perfect home, but it’s perfect for us.”

So it’s a good move for us, both literally and figuratively. I guess you could say we’re downsized in home and up-sized in our dreams. Some of the recent feedback I’ve received for both my debut novel Vendetta Stone and the screenplay continues to inspire me and convinces me that even better things are in store.

Earlier this year I submitted “Vendetta Stone” to the Nashville Film Festival’s screenwriting competition. Then I was at the Faith In Film and Script-Com events as part of Film-Com 2015. Aspiring screenwriters, filmmakers and actors were on hand for some great advice from Hollywood insiders.

My takeaway: Dare to dream and keep plugging away to make it happen.

That’s sound advice for everyone, no matter what profession you’re in.

Remembrances: Just a little over a year ago, Nashville journalism lost one of its greatest voices with the passing of John Seigenthaler, who invited me discuss my book on his TV show “A Word on Words.” Before that, Nashville mourned the passing of longtime Tennessean columnist Gail Kerr.

More recently, on June 29, we lost former Nashville Banner reporter Mike Pigott – who made his mark as a public relations guru at McNeely, Pigott & Fox. Mary Hance of The Tennessean has written a wonderful tribute to her dear, longtime friend from her Banner days.

All three were among Nashville’s most ardent supporters and they are all missed by our community.

Upcoming book events: I will be joining several Franklin-based authors on July 3 at the Franklin Art Scene crawl from 6-9 pm at Merridee’s. Stop by if you’re out that way.

Another event I’m looking forward to is Chuck Beard’s East Side Storytellin’ on July 21 in East Nashville (the main setting for “Vendetta Stone”). The hour-long event also features music and will be on podcast. Some of the high-profile previous guests – all local authors – include Andrew Maraniss, JT Ellison, Alice Randall, Keel Hunt.

Thanks for the invite, Chuck (who has another event that was recently highlighted in the Nashville Scene).

As always, thanks for reading.

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