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Will Tinkham has published six novels: THE CARY GRANT SANATORIUM AND PLAYHOUSE, THE GREAT AMERICAN SCRAPBOOK, THE ADVENTURES OF HANK FENN, BONUS MAN, NO HAPPIER STATE, and ALICE AND HER GRAND BELL. He lives and writes in Minneapolis, MN. His short fiction has been published on three continents and he long ago attended Bread Loaf on a scholarship. An actor of little renown, his credits do include the Guthrie Theater and Theatre in the Round. @WillTinkhamfictionist on Facebook

Friday, November 2, 2012

A story link and more sadness

Posted this About Place Journal link on facebook this morning only to scroll down to the next post and news that my friend Kevin Hazlett had passed away. A year and a half ago (March '11), I posted my thoughts here upon hearing news of his cancer and a benefit in his honor. To last that long with pancreatic cancer is one helluva fight. By all rights, he should've been gone a year ago, yet it's still hard to read such news.
I last saw Kevin in June at a gathering for the one-year anniversary of his brother Buck's passing. (See June '11 post.) I told him that a year before he had said the doctors were giving him six months. He laughed (no surprise) and told me of the 20-some radiation treatments he'd had—even though they'd told him he only had strength enough for 4 or 5.
My thoughts and condolences go out to his wonderful family and his legion of friends. For Kevin, no joke was too bad to tell. Over and over. Just wish I could hear them all over again.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

On updating one's blog

Okay, okay: That About Place Journal issue is due out the first week in November. I have another story coming out after the first of the year in mgv2_71: Golf. Don't know what to make of a golf issue but my story (another novel excerpt) is about four buddies playing golf and discussing their fates war-wise in 1941 Minneapolis. Sent in my check for the San Francisco workshop but the heralded editor made a typo in the address he sent me and it came back: Return to Sender. Just like the song. Ouch...

Monday, September 17, 2012

A good week

Okay, I know it's been nearly two months since my last post but nothing was going on, till last week: On Thursday I got a phone call from Tom Jenks (current Narrative Magazine fiction editor, former Esquire fiction editor) accepting me into a writers' workshop he runs in San Francisco. I submitted the first three chapters of No Happier State by way of applying for the course and we spent 35 minutes discussing that and other things. He said my manuscript lacked direction and perspective. (One could probably use that to sum up my whole life...) Anyhow, that happens in January.
Then, Saturday morning, I received an email from About Place Journal telling me that an excerpt from the same novel would be included in their “Peaks and Valleys” issue. Should be out soon and I'll post a link.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Another excerpt

As promised earlier, here's the link to another excerpt from No Happier State, published in the latest issue of The Fieldstone Review. It's the last one: “The Only Good Indian.” I could make a big deal out of them deciding to call me William rather than Will, but I won't...

A review

Somewhere in this link you'll find my review of Mary Vettel's Death at the Drive-In. Buy it now on Amazon! Details also in that link.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

On Another Publication

Just found out another excerpt from No Happier State will be published shortly in the 2012 edition of The Fieldstone Review. It's a wonderful publication out of the U. of Saskatchewan. My last four publications have been Australia, France, France and now Canada. Why can't I get pubbed in the US?
I believe the edition's theme is "shredded daisies" and I don't pretend to know exactly what they were after except that the stories should be political in nature. "The Only Good Indian" introduces Bad Glove Hand, a Lakota Sioux dealing with the contradictions involved with his working on Mount Rushmore. (More on Bad Glove on the left edge of this page.) Will post a link in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

On Being Interviewed

It occurs to me that I've forgotten to post an interview I was lucky enough to get over at Mary Vettel's blog. So here it is.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Novel excerpt accepted / published

In time for your D-Day celebration, I've had a novel excerpt (from No Happier State) accepted for publication in mgversion2datura, an online mag out of France these days (I believe). This D-Day 68th Anniversary issue will also be out in a print version soon. More later...

Well, that was fast. It's already out. Available in print here: mgversion2>datura. And online: D-Day 68thAnniversary Anthology.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

On Nick Lowe and Levon Helm

Wednesday evening I caught Nick Lowe and His Band at First Avenue. The show began with Nick and his acoustic guitar doing the fairly new "Stoplight Roses" and the Rockpile gem "Heart." Nick spoke to us between songs. Thoughtful and light-hearted, he spoke and we listened. He spoke, not like a rock star (which he ain't), but like an old pal who had been away too long. He was genuine, self-deprecating and silly throughout. Years ago, I'd seen him there with with his Cowboy Outfit and once at the Fine Line solo and one post-Rockpile show in San Francisco. It had been too long. He gave a heartfelt thanks to the recently departed Dick Clark and launched into "Cruel to Be Kind." We got his take on "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" and, as a bonus encore, Nick's solo version of Elvis Costello's "Alison."

I spent Thursday thinking I was somehow a better person for having seen Nick Lowe again and woke up Friday to the news that Levon Helm had died. Back in 1974 ("just 18, proud and brave"), I attended my first concert: The Band at the old Civic Center, I think. Sure Robbie Robertson was the frontman, but the attraction for me was Levon Helm and his soulful, woeful voice on the drums. Again, no rock star; just a cat from Arkansas who made you feel every word he sang. The show had been advertised as "The Band and Special Guest." Early on in a wonderful show, fans rudely began chanting: "Dylan! Dylan!" Who else could the special guest be, right? Robbie calmed them with a teasing: "Maybe later" and the show rolled on, interrupted again by more Dylan chants and Robertson soothing them with: "Patience." Nonetheless, it was a fabulous show. We stuck around till the stage had been completely torn down and, of course, Dylan never showed—though I have no doubt he was backstage (yea, I'm talkin' to you, Bob!)

And so, Levon and Nick bookend my rock'n'roll experience. Not too bad. (As I write this "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" comes on Pandora. How 'bout that?) We miss you, Levon. And we'll see you next time around, Nick!

Friday, April 20, 2012

An Interview with Mary Vettel

How many writers can claim to be an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semi-finalist and have their picture on the back cover of Stephen King's new novel? Only one that I'm aware of (and that's all that counts): the multi-talented Mary Vettel! And we at Write Under Their Noses are lucky enough to have her on hand for our first ever interview.

Soon-to-be ABNA winner, THE STORY OF LAUREL BLUE STONE is a multi-cultural, young adult novel about young love, bank robbery and Navajo shape shifting. Mr. King is a writer who can no doubt use the increase in sales generated by Ms. Vettel's photo on his book jacket.

Q: Technically speaking, do you write from an outline, from the hip, or use an app?

MV: app, schmapp. A melange of flexible outline and the hip. *bursts into song: The hipbone connected to the outline* [that was for your entertainment, not public consumption]

Sorry, the musical interlude stays (you didn't say 'off the record' before breaking into song). Now, on to your photo on Stephen King's book. Q: At the risk (and in hope) of sparking a scandal, just what is your relationship with Mr. King?

MV: We're just good friends.

Q: Who are your favorite authors (besides Mr. King and myself)?

MV: Actually I prefer you over Mr. King. [honest] Now, can I be on the back cover of your book? [kidding] Admire P.G. Wodehouse, John Hughes, Marian Keyes, Helen Simonson, and Elizabeth Berg.

Q: After the 7-figure book contract, the inevitable movie deal, speaking engagements and action figures, will you be content to pay the proposed 30% millionaires tax or will you fight for a more Romney-like 14%?

MV: I will say unequivocally that I will gladly pay the 30% millionaires tax - then have my fat cat lawyer/accountant find those loopholes...er...legitimate tax exemptions enabling me to hold onto as much of the pot of gold as possible.

Q: My best guess is that you are not of Native American descent, yet the book is full of very believable folklore from this Zuni tribe of New Mexico. Is this all exhaustive research or did you travel extensively through the Southwest or, again, did you use an app?

MV: App. schmapp! I did exhaustive research and traveled extensively in the Southwest in my imagination. I'd love to visit that part of the country, but have many fears, some more crippling than others. [There are 46 varieties of snakes there, and even though only 9 are poisonous...that's enough for me, scorpions there can perform stunts not unlike Evel Knievel, whereas I cannot. Am not liking those odds.]

With a movie being a foregone conclusion, we have a question from one of our regular contributors, Johnny "Bad Glove" Hand [see photos on left]. Q: What Caucasian actress (from any era) do you see cosmetically altering their skin color and donning a braid to play Laurel?

MV: Thank you for that question, Mr.. Hand. Big fan of yours, by the way. Actually, Mr. Hand, I think young Miss Vanessa Hudgens could do it. (Her father is part Irish/part Native American.)

Q: Finally, one last question. You write in multiple genres from middle grade to adult, Elizabethan to Western. Can't find your niche? Can't control your Muse? Or—now be honest—do you have an array of apps that you plug-in whenever necessary?

MV: You and your bloody apps! Were I feeling particularly petulant I would say my muse has a multipersonality dissociative disorder. But not wishing to besmirch the good name of my generous and loyal muse, I'd just say rather than being pigeon-holed into one particular niche, I like to challenge myself. Variety is the spice of something, no?

LIFE! Yes, we have life. Thank you, Mary, for bringing life to this dusty old blog. Try here for more on Mary Vettel.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bad medicine indeed!

And today a second review. Mary Vettel's THE STORY OF LAUREL BLUE STONE, an ABNA entry. That's Amazon's Breakthrough Novel contest that offers publication for the winner. And the winner should be this one.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

On Easing into the 21st Century

Ordered my first book from Amazon (so I could review a friend's book), signed up on Smashwords to review a poem here, bought tickets online to see Nick Lowe (and printed them myself for a $4.25 "convenience fee" each—won't make that mistake again); all this week. Even thinkin' about a cell phone!

Oh, and today marks six years of sobriety for your humble part-time blogger.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

On the Minnesota Twins

MY BOLD TWINS PREDICTION: If Morneau, Mauer, Span, Pavano, Liriano, Baker, Duensing, Blackburn and Capps all finish in the top ten for Comeback Player of the Year, I think the local team has a chance. Hey, they all have the proper credentials (and then some) for winning the award. Should be some battle!

Actually, they probably need Morneau and Mauer to vie for the MVP (they've done it before). And Liriano and Baker to challenge for the Cy Young (they've had their moments). Oh, and maybe a Rookie of the Year candidate.

Outrageous hope on my part? Of course, that's baseball.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

On publication

Blog more often, right, so much for New Year's resolutions. I usually wait till Lent to give those up...

Just out: novel excerpt in mgv2_69: Fifty Stars & a Maple Leaf. The magazine was delayed for a month while it moved from the UK to France (though the website still says UK—and there's some mention of the Indian Ocean). No matter. Very nice magazine, isn't it? And the English version is followed by a French translation. That's a first (for me).