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  • Douglas Daech


    Born near Detroit Michigan and transplanted to Tampa Florida in 1982, where he located the story called “Steeling Time”, the author now resides in Russellville, Kentucky.

    His past experience includes articles in the Tripolitan, (Journal of the Tripoli Rocket Association, June 1991) and TRASH (Tampa Regional Aero-Space Hobbyist). In 1993 and 1994 many articles were published in the Unauthorized Launch, the Tampa Tripoli High Power Rocket Club newsletter. A science fiction piece was also presented in the online magazine NTH Degree (May, 2004). Also, an award for creative nonfiction was granted in the 2007 Frank and Cellia Conley Writing Contest at Western Kentucky University

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A question to readers…

old typwriter I believe it was Stephen Foster who said that a story is not written it is rewritten. I remember the quote from a poster in my high school English class, so the quote may not be exactly correct. That was a long time ago!  But, things have not changed much.  Stories are still being rewritten. The computer and word processors makes it easier, thank goodness, but the authors dilemma of what revision makes the best story is still a hard question. Additionally, agents and readers are always making suggestions on what they think would be better.

Currently I’m working on a story that is a comedy, but is not full of side splitting laughs. The classic description of a comedy is a conflict that is overcome and the main character succeeds and survives the challenge. My hero does have a happy ending, overcoming challenges both emotional and physical to win the day. It is almost a fairy tale happy ending, and from the beginning was planned to be exactly that.

But, maybe the ending is too sugar coated. Recently a completely different ending was proposed. It’s an ending that dramatically changes the story into a classic tragedy where the hero loses his battle. In fact in this ending he loses everything. It turns the story into a dark tale with a sad ending. It leaves the reader shocked and perhaps with the question of what happens next. It opens the option for a sequel and sequels in fiction are so popular these days.

What type of books do you like?  Are you always looking for a happy ending? Does a dark sad ending leave a bad feeling in your heart?  Would you be less likely to read another book by this author?  That’s really the question here. Is a sad surprise ending something you would enjoy? Does a story, where after chapters of learning to like a character, you see him fall victim to his adversary appeal to you?  What ending should I go with? I wonder.

Please respond here with your thoughts.

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The Ghost of the Sexton House

Still available and selling strong. You’ll like it!

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The Sexton House in Russellville Kentucky The Sexton House in Russellville Kentucky

The Ghost of the Sexton House in Russellville KY was one of the first ghost stories about the community I learned when I moved to that town.  Being from a big city in Michigan, I didn’t even know what a sexton was.  The old house that sat at the corner of the cemetery was spooky looking.  It was not quite run down, but still showing its years.  The faded paint was chipped, with vines crawling up the foundation.  It was the kind of place you would expect to be haunted.  There was never anyone around the house, and the lights were never seen on.  It just sat there guarding the ornate markers and gravestones of the cemetery.  The second floor tower held old glass windows that shimmered colors of blue and purple in the sunlight.  When the sun’s reflection was just right you could see…

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The Ghost of the Sexton House

 

The Sexton House in Russellville Kentucky

The Sexton House in Russellville Kentucky

The Ghost of the Sexton House in Russellville KY was one of the first ghost stories about the community I learned when I moved to that town.  Being from a big city in Michigan, I didn’t even know what a sexton was.  The old house that sat at the corner of the cemetery was spooky looking.  It was not quite run down, but still showing its years.  The faded paint was chipped, with vines crawling up the foundation.  It was the kind of place you would expect to be haunted.  There was never anyone around the house, and the lights were never seen on.  It just sat there guarding the ornate markers and gravestones of the cemetery.  The second floor tower held old glass windows that shimmered colors of blue and purple in the sunlight.  When the sun’s reflection was just right you could see the outline of a girl in the old glass, and that has become the ghost of the sexton house

Legend has it that a hundred years ago a young girl who lived in the Sexton House was waiting for the arrival of her boyfriend to go to a dance in town.  The weather was turning bad and thunder clouds were on the horizon.  The girl’s father, the sexton, forbid her to go to the dance thinking that it was probably canceled anyway due to the storm, and her boy friend never arrived.  She was angry with her father, angry with the weather, angry with her boyfriend.  She cursed God and swore at her father.  At that moment, while she stood at the window cursing God, lightning struck her, forever casting her shadow into the glass of the tower window.

Good ghost stories have common elements that help them endure the test of time, a formula of sorts. They need a moral to teach a lesson to the young.  The obvious moral of this sexton house story is to never curse God and always obey your father.  A ghost story also needs a grizzly consequence if you don’t follow the rule.  These ghost stories are invented to scare kids into being obedient, following the rules, and respecting their elders.

In my E-book Seedy Hills, An Odd Little Town, I present a story involving a Sexton House.  Even though Seedy Hills is not Russellville, they have a similar legendary ghost story!  In the story the ghost of the young girl finally exacts revenge on her long lost boyfriend who never came to take her to the dance.  The unexplained murder of the old man is a mystery.  Who would kill a sweet old man visiting his wife’s grave?  Maybe it was an angry ex-girlfriend ghost?  You can preorder Seedy Hills, An Odd Little Town, at Apple, Kobo and Barns and Noble starting in late June.  Join the fun and adventures of Eric Green, a reporter for the local newspaper as he reports the strange things that happen around the  town of Seedy Hills.

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Haunted Romance

Promotion of Haunted Romance is underway!   While Time Travel and Dimensional Journeys https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/125047 book is seeing an average of 5 hits and a couple of downloads a day I am still trying to get activity on the Romance site.  Some possible reasons I can guess are first that Haunted Romance is not an original title.  There are several publications with that title in some form or another. Paranormal Romance is also a term that comes up with a search of Haunted Romance, further diluting the results.  Also there are several other books with similar titles.  So this just means that I will have to promote even harder.

HauntedRomance3x475rezAvailable at:

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/haunted-romance/id710080757?mt=11

Smashwords.com https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/355472

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/haunted-romance-douglas-daech/1116947029?ean=2940045273886

Diesel http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/item/SW00000355472/Daech-Douglas-Haunted-Romance/1.html

and more… Just look for it!

11-22-63, by Stephen King, published by Scribner, 2011

A piece from my book and film review site:

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book the size of this Stephen King novel, at well over 700 pages. But, I still finished 11-22-63 several days before it needed to be taken back to the library. It will be no surprise to say it was a good read coming from the master of suspense. Anyone could guess that.  There will be no real spoilers in this review, I’m not giving away what happens.  What was a surprise to me was how the story was written.

I’ve been through a few time travel stories in my reading experience.  One of the things I enjoy as a science minded theorist is how one does travel through time. The mechanical techno babel that builds the time machine, the actual gadget with all it’s spinning dials and gears, blinking lights and swooshing noises has always been an important part of the story… to me.

Mr King skips all that. What he knows, and I will try to remember, is that a story is about people. He pushes us into situations of drama, danger, love and hate. He gets you to like and know a character, then pulls you into an adventure along with that person. He lets you feel what he feels from anger to love and more.  The story is not about all the special effects that make a movie work.  It is about people.  That’s what makes a book work.  That’s what makes his work worth reading.

Find more by Stephen King at: http://www.stephenking.com/library/novel/

Flames are shooting out of my computer!

Flames are shooting out of my computer!.  A new Post on my Blog about Writing and Movies and Everything Fun!

Flames are shooting out of my computer!

Flames are shooting out of my computer and it’s not because I’m writing my bottom off! In fact, I have not been doing much writing at all. It seems that I have come to the realization that promoting my writing takes more time then the actual writing. Add to that the fact that I still work about 40 hours a week, have a family to care for, a yard and garden to tend, plus other chores. I find time is just too short! The flames inside my computer are from it overheating because it is sitting idle in the 100 degree weather we are having. Boy! It’s hot! I’m wondering if my AC is broke, and taking a few minutes to write this before I head into another project around the house. My list is long with everything from trimming some trees and cleaning some gutters to cleaning up the pool (then jumping in)! But first, a little on-line time. Most of my computer time is spent trying to enlarge my digital footprint, promote the e-book and learn the writing business.

I just spent some time cleaning the comment from the blog. I had over 400 spam blog comments on my Nashville Pickers post. I have learned that spamming blogs with a link and address back to your site or business is a common element in promotion. I have not taken this approach of promotion yet, perhaps I should start. In seven months I have had only 46 downloads of my e-book and many of those were during my free e-book week. I have been tweeting it up. I have been facebooking promos on my pages and I have been trying to keep an active blog. At least a little! I hate the idea of spamming a false comment and linking up to someone who doesn’t even have an interest in my work. It just seems so spammy! And besides, it wont work. Any comments that get on my site I have to approve. I allow them to be seen. Any spamming of my own work would also be filtered.

On the twitter I have found groups that you join and give them you books information and links. Maybe they read it maybe they don’t. The deal is that once you join your book will be tweeted about my the other members a few times a day, and you get a list of a few books that you tweet up and promote. It gets links to your book site plastered all over the web in multiple locations. I guess a book promoter would do the same thing. The advertisements for television, books and other entertainment items that are plastered on billboards, newspapers, and TV are just paid-for adverts. The guy that made the promo could care less if the product is really good. Still, I’m not sure if I like the idea of someone who didn’t read my book saying that it was the best thing he ever read! What do you think about this?

I guess the question is the same that has challenged all authors since the beginning of time. How do you get someone to buy your book (or even read it for free)? If you are one of the 46 that have downloaded my book, Time Travels and Dimensional Journeys, please write a review, tell a friend about it, tweet a little tweet. Spread the word!

 

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