Friday, May 24, 2019

For Whom You Write by C. Kevin Thompson

C. Kevin Thompson
There have been people in the hills,
in the Blue Ridge Mountains, they say,
talking and thinking about
what they should write.

How they should write,
when they should write,
where they should write,
were the topics of delight.

But the day has now come,
the day is now here,
when they must go home,
and face their fears.
To the hustle and hurry,
the obstacles and worry,
the joys and the strife,
of what we call “life.”

But understand fully, My introverted friend,
this group is not unique.
There have been many before them.
There will be many who come after.
Experiencing the enchantment.
Experiencing the exhaustion.
Experiencing the camaraderie.
Of like-minded folk
who fantasize similar dreams.

They all may not meet in NC,
in May.
But in Cali or Georgia.
In Oregon, Florida, or San Antone.
In February, April, June, or September.
Hearing about Grammar,
with all of its parts.
Hearing about Marketing,
with all of its smarts.
Hearing about Social Media,
with all of its hearts.
The importance of Networking.
The impertinence of Reviews.
The impotence of a Sagging Middle.
Enough information,
Overloaded, actually.
To launch the introvert
into a post-traumatic committal.

But just know this:
May I say it now?
It never was about how a fickle cow,
or a nervous sow,
or a squirrel with a twitching brow,
made it onto the page,
of a children’s book.
It never was about wizarding wizards,
leaping lizards,
waltzing matildas,
suspenseful romantics,
or spaceships from afar.
For although the story is important,
and the characters are, too,
in the end of our run,
when the final racer crosses the line,
on that narrow path,
on that final day,
when the trumpets sound,
it’s all about truth.
The kingdom of another world.
Another way.
The Way.

So, remember this, wayfarer friend,
As you enter therein.
This writing biz has a mind of its own.
It can lead you astray,
Into desires for pay,
Aspirations of lights with a name,
Fifteen minutes of earthly fame.
Traded for what is truly significant.
If you do not stay affixed
to The Rock.

We hope you enjoy(ed) your time,
Be it exhilarating or sublime.
In NC or wherever.
But when you sit tight,
facing the blank page,
never forget for Whom you write.

For although the story is important,
and the characters are, too, in the end...on that final day...
#seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @CKevinThompson

When the Clock 
When the Clock Strikes Fourteen

Strikes Fourteen

The Blake Meyer Thriller Series Book 4

An Insane Retribution. An Insidious Radical. An Intense Reunion.

When he got married, Supervisory Special Agent Blake Meyer worried that shielding his family from his past would prove to be formidable. Now, as precious time ticks away, Blake finds himself flying over the ocean at twenty thousand feet, searching for his family, and watching helplessly as his greatest fear wraps its tentacles around his past, present, and future, inextricably weaving them into a deadly game of vengeance.

With the help of his longtime friend, Harrison Kelly, and a small band of soldiers, Blake sets out to rescue the only people he has ever truly loved…before it’s too late.

However, unbeknownst to Blake, retooled plans have been set in motion to keep the contagion in play. To keep the threat alive. To bring a country to its knees. And forge the dawning of a new era.

One free of American interference.

One dominated and controlled by those who survive the carnage.

One without Blake Meyer.

C. KEVIN THOMPSON is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a kid at heart. Often referred to as “crazy” by his grandchildren, it’s only because he is. He’s a writer. Need he say more?

The first four books of his Blake Meyer Thriller series are out! Book 1, 30 Days Hath Revenge, Book 2, Triple Time, Book 3, The Tide of Times, and Book 4, When the Clock Strikes Fourteen, are now available!! Also, the second edition of his award-winning debut novel, The Serpent’s Grasp, is also now available!

Kevin is a huge fan of the TV series 24, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, NCIS, Criminal Minds, BBC shows Broadchurch, Shetland, Hinterland, and Wallander, loves anything to do with Star Trek, and is a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, too. But you will never catch him wearing a deerstalker. Ever.

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