Remembering a murder and a man with multiple personalities



I’m reblogging this post from Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It is written by Author Mike Staton, former news reporter. The incidents he encountered and wrote about in his newspaper days were interesting. Give this a read and see if you don’t agree!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

head shotThis post by Mike Staton.

She sat in the chair at the last table in the detective bureau. Her hands shook as she raised a hamburger to her mouth. No, that’s not exactly accurate. Her whole body shook, as if she’d been on the cusp of a seizure. Except she wasn’t having one. She was in the custody of the Lancaster Police Department for shooting and killing her boyfriend.

It’s been 35 years since I walked into the bureau and saw that terrified girl, alone in the back of the room, trying to eat a bland hamburger. I don’t remember her name. I don’t even remember her hair color or the exact clothes she wore. But I do recall she was pretty with long hair and long legs; it must have been the summertime… she wore tight jeans and a revealing top, but I can’t tell you the type of…

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I love hummingbirds!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Kathy - greenKate Wyland


hummer flyingIn Native American lore hummingbirds are the symbol for joy and the good things in life. However, for me, they seem to be a symbol of change. I never was particularly aware of them while I was busy raising kids and working. They didn’t become part of my life until I semi-retired and we moved to a small acreage horse property – a big change for us. To go from the house down to the barn, we had to walk through some large Grevelia bushes covered with small red flowers. And every time we passed through, the hummingbirds would buzz and zip by us, upset about being disturbed. One of the fun things about our new house that I wish I paid more attention to. A few years later we re-landscaped, the bushes were torn out and we never saw our humming friends any more.

When we…

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The Sheepherder



Very interesting post from Writing Wranglers and Warriors by Author Neva Bodin. Know how to herd sheep? You will after reading this!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

105182105411181CDPby Neva Bodin

“No speak Englese,” he said.

The man, probably in his thirties, stepped out of the sheep wagon sporting a wide, gap-toothed smile, a five o’clock shadow, and a tan not entirely due to the elements. He was flanked by three small border collies.


The “No Speak Englese” sheepherder’s wagon.

That effectively ended my, “Hi, so you’re the guy we’ve seen riding by us on your four-wheeler and horse looking for sheep!” We commenced to petting the dogs who seemed more inclined to come forward with a welcome and “get to know me” attitude.

We recently camped back in the pines and aspen near a main artery to the popular Louis Lake in Wyoming. Several times a man on a four-wheeler, driving sensibly slow in comparison to the many other vehicles on the road carrying weekend vacationers through the incredibly gorgeous scenery, passed by. He came on a…

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What sparks your author imagination?



There’s a real treat on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Author Nancy Jardine has written a post not only about what sparks your imagination as an author, but also beautifully describes Crannog Villages in her home country of Scotland. If you haven’t heard of these or Nancy’s books which contain many of these historical facts, you’re in for a new learning experience.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

For CCThis post is by Nancy Jardine

What sparks your author imagination?

Earlier this week, I made a return trip to a highly specialised museum /visitor centre named The Scottish Crannog Centre. This attraction is located at Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, Scotland. Opened in 1997 to the public, this incredible facility contains a reconstruction of a particular kind of late Iron Age dwelling – a crannog. Crannog evidence has been found in Scotland and Ireland almost exclusively, with only one or two known examples in England.

Dscn5636After various archaeological diving expeditions in Loch Tay, over a period of 20 years (approx 1980-2000) the area was recorded as a site of multiple crannog dwellings. It’s believed that the art of crannog building occurred over a very long period of time, from pre-historic times through to perhaps the 16th or 17th centuries, in some form or another, on the artificial…

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Fear of Falling



I’ve written a very personal post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors in a two part series. Here is the first segment – the second to come soon,

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

propic11_1_1This post written by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction

Have you ever taken a fall that changed your life? I have. During my childhood, of course, I fell off my bicycle (yes, I was riding a girl’s bike, and yes, I fell on my private parts), off the monkey bars on the school playground (that one resulted in a chipped front tooth), off tree limbs and being pushed off the raft at the lake by some bully or another. (What they didn’t know is that I had been through lifeguard training and I could whip their butts if I really wanted to).

I have always been in a hurry. I was never sure why, but I had to be the first to get to an event to help get things set up, the first to turn in a term paper, the first to volunteer for duties at my children’s school…

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Fiction That Hurts



Short story writing. Is it for you? What makes a reader want to read more? Author Travis Richardson has written a post with those questions and more answered, plus a great list of links to check out some of the best short stories for yourself. On today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors, where there’s always a little bit of everything for writers and readers!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

by Travis Richardson

When writing a short story, besides telling a compelling plot, it is often good to have a character change, differentiating who they were at the beginning to who they became by the end of the story. In crime fiction, this could mean a breathing character on page one ends of up dead by the last period. One of the things that I like in good noir-ish crime fiction is when I am hurt as a reader. And that is the feeling that I try to do as writer. In a world where movies and commercials over-sensationalize every moment they can, and, on the other end, video games desensitize, I still want to make a unique impact in the jaded headspaces. I want to have a hard emotional gut punch that leaves readers breathless at the end. If I’ve learned one thing by reading short stories, especially crime…

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…reading the book before seeing the movie…


Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

…I reckon most movie scriptwriters will tell yeez it’s difficult to capture on screen exactly an Author’s masterpiece… making films is a craft in and of itself… and all yeez good Lads and Lassies of Blog Land appreciate that sculpting a novel has its own myriad nuances, particularly in the use of language… almost by accident, I read first the book before watching my all-time favourite cinema trilogy, ‘The Godfather’ series…


…I’ve watched the movies too many times to count, but I marvel at how well the film reflects much of Mario Puzo’s monumental mafia saga… even so, the ‘backfill’ that I have from reading the novel first, gave me tons of unspoken insights to the on-screen behaviour of the various characters… having become conscious of that over the years, I rarely watch a lauded, adapted-from-novel, film version without first buying the book… and what depth and added enjoyment I’ve…

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Warren Harding… a good rogue but not-so-good president



Great post today on Writing Wranglers and Warriors written by Author Mike Staton. If you didn’t know much about President Warren Harding, this will give you a peek into the real man.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

head shotThis post by Mike Staton.

I’ve just learned some amazing facts. Warren G. Harding, the former U.S. President who died in office, and I have a lot in common. We both were born in Ohio. We both were Ohio newspapermen. And we were both were elected to the nation’s highest… whoops, I guess we don’t have all that much in common.

Ohio's Warren Harding is famous for having a corrupt presidential administration. Now he's almost famous for his over-the-top love letters.

Ohio’s Warren Harding is famous for having a corrupt presidential administration. Now he’s almost famous for his over-the-top love letters.

I’ve always had a fondness for President Harding, who suffered heart failure while in San Francisco on August 2, 1923, while on a campaign swing through the West Coast. I’d been 11 for about a month when Grandpa Frog and Grandma Mid Franks took the train from Akron, Ohio, to spend Christmas 1962 with us in Rialto, California. He shared some memories of his time in the Ohio National…

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Every kind you can think of!



Thought you’d all be interested in this interesting post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors written by author Nancy Jardine. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

12Feb2014This post is by Nancy Jardine.

If you’re a regular reader, then you’ll know that this Wranglers blog is contributed to by lots of different authors/writers who have their own writing preferences. We have poets like Doris McCraw who loves to work in a tight rhythm of 5/7/5 Haiku style. The poem below is a perfect example.

We have other authors who write novels and short stories like Mike Staton who posts Sci-Fi stories to his Facebook Page. His story about Florina, is a great example of encapsulating what’s needed for a punchy short-short story.

Jennifer Flatten regularly entertains us with family related updates, which are a great way for me to compare the differences in living in Scotland and Wisconsin, and she makes fabulous jewellery when not blog writing!

ED int book festSome of us, like Gayle Irwin, love to go visiting to do author talks and write…

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Poetry and Memories by Cher’ley



Love this post from Author Cherley Grogg. We all need to stop and take a minute out of our day to follow her advice!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

Do you remember the first time you heard the “Serenity Prayer”. The first time I heard the poem was when President John F. Kennedy repeated it:

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the knowledge to know the difference. 

This little prayer can help us through many a trial and tribulation. Some things in our lives can’t be changed such as chronic illness and death. More things can be changed, the things that are centered in our emotions: rejection, depression, loneliness, and inadequacy. We have to learn the difference and ways to change the things we can.

There is more to this poem and the words are not new. Written by Reinhold Niebuhr, and first used in the written form at the conclusion of his sermon in…

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