Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
When I talk about all the things I've done in life, I suppose I can sound like a blasted know-it-all. That's because I have reinvented myself so many times over the past 4 decades. (I spent the first two figuring out exactly who I was in the first place. LOL) Well, Here I am (baby faced me) at age 17. I'm the one in the middle of the picture (notice the white belts - very stylish in the early 70s.) The place was Galveston and we were on a school choir trip. I suppose I was in the last stages of deciding who I was and where I wanted life to take me. That's what high school is partly about. I was the kid the cheerleaders went to when they wanted fancy letters on their spirit posters and banners. I dashed them off freehand in pencil and they finished them in paint. That was my claim to fame and total popularity with the girls in my circle. I was shy and introverted, but artists of all kinds are usually somewhat introverted. It takes that self-time, the fact that we are comfortable being alone, to create the art we feel inside. At this point I wasn't sure which way my future was headed. Was it graphic arts that I was mostly interested in or was it music? I had taken music since I was 7 years old. My mother made sure I was schooled in classical piano, organ, voice, viola, and even a study in the Jimmy Swaggart style of southern gospel music, where I learned all the variations of the 2-6-5-1 cord patterns. After all that school music was a breeze. (I don't think I was ever what you'd call extremely proficient... mostly passable. Although, I hid the fact I could play the piano well from my choir teachers because I didn't want to get stuck playing instead of singing. Thank God for Micky Stufflebean who could tinkle the ivories like a dream come true and managed playing for the school choir. She went on to become a music instructor at South Plains College.) Later in my college years, when I thought I had given up my asperations for music, I ended up being a part of a touring chorale called the Youth Action Singers. We traveled doing revivals in various states, especially Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida, and the states called the eastern seaboard. (I took off for two weeks during one college semester to go on tour. Needless to say, I had to drop a few classes that particular semester.)
That seems like a lifetime ago. After I decided to follow the graphic arts route, my days of practicing became fewer and fewer. I haven't done any serious playing in years. When it comes to the pieces I had once committed to memory, let's just say in that area my memory is rust covered. Yes, that was indeed another lifetime ago. I often wonder what happened to the people I was in school choir with.
Today, I have reinvented my self for the um-teenth time. I love writing and wish I could write instead of doing all the promotion that comes with being an author. Trust me when I tell you that writing the novel is only the start of the process, but it is certainly the part that is the most fun.
There are some other pictures of people who were a part of the Youth Action Singers:
Yes, that's me on the far right. Most recently, we 4 performed as the Youth Action Singers at a reunion called Rock City's Diamond Anniversary.
There are more past members of the group, but I have limited space here so this will do for now.
Monday, April 15, 2019
This is me at the Lubbock Art's festival. I enjoyed meeting all you who stopped to visit with me and have me sign your books. I sold out of my supply of several titles... I guess you are forcing me to request more copies. (LOL) Thanks to all my friends. I really enjoy meeting you and learning something about each and every one who becomes a fan and follower of my work. In the children's section of the booth I made some posters by enlarging some sketches in my personal sketchbook. (They were original designs drawn in pencil.) At the end of the festival we sold them to the comic crowd. I just know that you all will enjoy your Dan-Dwayne artwork and books. I have a few more pictures people are suppose to send me and I will be posting them as they come in. So, if you have pictures of the booth or my section please add them in. I what to thank Gloria Davis, who is a wonderful writer in her own right, for the photo shown here. I also what to thank the Lubbock Write Right Critique Group for hosting the event and allowing me to be a part of it even though I am a new member. I hope that I was an asset to your diverse group of local Texas writers.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
I'll be there at the Arts Festival in Lubbock today with all my books. Come by and see me. I'll be at the Lubbock Wright Right Critique Group's booth across from the theater.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
I am so very excited about being at the Lubbock Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday. I will be across from the theater next to the Moonlight Arts School booth. (That may not be an accurate name and you'll just have to excuse me because I can't remember the exact wording on their sign... anyway they are a theater group.) I'm looking forward to seeing all of you there and signing your copies of my books. I will also have all my books for sale there too. As a matter of fact I will be running an Arts Festival Sale and my book that retails on Amazon for $19.99 will be available for $15.00 (and you get to save the shipping cost from Amazon too.) My books which sell for $12.99 will be on sale for $10.00. So, come see me and take advantage of this special offer. See you there.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Pardon the horrible backlighting, but here I am with Raymond Villareal who is not only a writer but an attorney practicing in San Antonio. He says that he is actually no longer practicing law and who could blame him because his book A People's History of the Vampire Uprising has just been picked up by 20th Century Fox. He held a terrific Q&A session for young people who want to become writers. I was so happy to make new friends at the San Antonio Book Festival.
There were lots of non-fiction authors there at the event. Actually the ratio of non-fiction writers to fiction writers was (in my opinion) about 2:1, but with over a 100 authors attending there were plenty of fiction writers mingling with their friends and fans.
Hello Friends. I just returned from the San Antonio Book Festival, and it was fabulous. I had the opportunity to hob-knob with fellow authors, sell some books and hand out a lot of Dan-Dwayne book marks. I did two interviews with some local media people and met a lot of new friends. The library there is magnificent as it is 6 stories tall and has a entire floor dedicated to children's literature. The festival was inside the library, outside the library and overflowed onto the surrounding streets. It even extended onto the San Antonio School of Art grounds, with many booths housed in tents. I have attached some of my pics of the event here.