|Fred Franklin |
Camp Stewart, GA
c2015 by Kim Headlee.
Such is life as we get older.
As promised last month, I would like to take this opportunity to honor the memory of my Uncle Fred (pictured, left), who passed away on Sept. 8. The vagaries of family politics prevented me from knowing him for the majority of my life, but we were able to reconnect in July 2011, and we shared several visits, phone calls, emails, and written correspondence since that time. I even have saved a voicemail of his from a few months ago, which I plan to turn into a little video at some point.
It being November, I have shared one of his Army photos. Fred was a veteran of the WWII Burma campaign and attained the rank of sergeant. His life was filled with so much more, as a banker and husband and staunch friend and charity volunteer and man of faith.
I am blessed to have gotten to know him during the last four years of his long and fruitful life.
Another reason October flew by in a flash for me is because I was extremely busy with book-related projects, including:
- Creating a print edition of The Color of Vengeance; the digital edition is still free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, and it's available as an audiobook on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
- Creating a print edition of The Challenge; the digital edition is free with membership in Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime.
- Providing feedback for the latest artwork for The Challenge graphic novel edition.
- Providing feedback for the latest audio files for The Challenge audiobook edition.
- Providing feedback for the latest artwork for King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court... and we're getting down to the wire on this project!
- Proofing the latest print layouts for King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court... and with luck I will have the hardcover in retail channels by Mark Twain's 180th birthday on November 30!
- Developing and presenting my workshop, The Business of Writing, parts 1 (An Introduction) and 2 (Diving Deeper).
- Continuing to make progress on the third full-length installment of The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, Raging Sea.
- Lining up an exciting array of personal appearances and speaking engagements in 2016, kicking off with MarsCon (Williamsburg, VA, mid-January), Farpoint (Baltimore, MD, mid-February), and the Virginia Festival of the Book (Charlottesville, VA, mid-March).
- ChessieCon, Nov 27–29, Radisson North Baltimore Hotel, MD, where I am slated to present my Business of Writing workshop (11/27, 4:15 p.m.), as well as participating in several multi-guest panels, the mass book signing, and other events throughout the weekend.
- The Christmas craft bazaar at Prices Fork Elementary School, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Dec. 5, Christiansburg, VA.
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