Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Never too old to be discouraged?

This will sound like a whiney old man’s kind of post, but here it is!

The topic is obvious. When do we lose the ability to be discouraged?

Is it when we’re twenty-two and don’t get a job we applied for?

Is it when we’re thirty, and realize that we’re two steps behind on the basketball court?

Is it when we’re forty, and don’t get the expected promotion?

Is it when we are fifty, and are told that a new person could do our jobs, and at half the cost?

Is it when we are sixty, and realize that we’re… Continue reading

After the Tournaments

I  truly appreciate the thoughtfulness and effort and heartfelt emotion that goes into all the events commemorating the anniversary of a brutal, heinous crime, the murder of Stacey Burns. So now, it is three days after the ninth anniversary.

My only question? How much closer to arresting this killer are we than we were at the last  anniversary, or the one before that, or before that?

The golf tournaments, the 5K runs, and the expressions of grief and sorrow are great, but how much closer are we, New Hampshire State Police?

Sure seems like a simple question, doesn’t it?

Duke

The Ninth Anniversary!

At the risk of being chastised again, I still feel the need to make a few observations on the upcoming ninth anniversary of the murder of Stacey Burns.  I appreciate the support some of my readers have shown for this blog and its mission.

For better or for worse, here are those observations gleaned from almost eight years of working with this subject. Notice, I didn’t say investigating because, as I’ve said often enough, I am not an “investigative reporter.” I am a writer who has been simply trying to find the truth.

  1. I’ve wondered how a case like… Continue reading

The Tipping Point

As of Thursday morning, the finished manuscript of The Tipping Point, my new novel, is in the hands of a manuscript evaluator. It is expected back in three weeks or less, after which the editing and copy-editing processes will begin.

This is the fourth in the Detective Parke Havenot series. Here is a look at the draft blurb for the back cover.

“When the killer of Linda Philips is brought up for parole after only five years in prison, Detective Parker Havenot is the only spectator at the hearing. He is stunned when the parole board allows Alex… Continue reading

A Missed Opportunity?

Within the last week, I was contacted by an NBC Cable News affiliate in Boston. They wanted to do an interview regarding the Stacey Burns murder case. I turned down the offer since it had to be a live interview (no Skype or similar thing) in studio. The trip was impractical for me for a number of reasons.

My hope is that they found someone else in the New England area to do an interview about the case, if for no other reason than it might help bring more exposure to the ninth anniversary of Stacey’s death.

I’ve also heard… Continue reading

OLLI Class and The Fallacy of Closure

I’m looking forward to leading an OLLI class next Tuesday in Tucson. The two hour session with focus on the process of writing and dealing with both inner and outer critics during the judgment of your work. At this time, there are thirty seven folks signed up for the class and I think there is still time. Checkout OLLI classes in Tucson (ID # 12470). This is the first in a series of six session lead by southern Arizona authors.

Also, my anthology of short stories and personal essays has come out in all e-book formats as well as paperback.… Continue reading

A Tipping Point

This is my first post since the “Finished with Stacey Burns Case” post a couple of weeks ago.

I can’t resist reminding everyone that May is coming right up-yet another anniversary! Nine years!

My next novel is finished and now in the editing stages before an expected fall release. The title, The Tipping Point, refers to events and watershed moments of decision which redirect someone’s life. Everyone has these tipping points to varying degrees.

Watch for more information on this exciting new Detective Parker Havenot novel as it proceeds through the pipeline toward publication.

I’ll try to more regular… Continue reading

Finished WIth The Stacy Burns Case

Tonight, I received a nasty and hurtful email because of a recent post on this blog concerning the Stacey Burns murder case. The message attacked my motivation, my integrity, and my character. The source is one close enough to the case for me to know that what was expressed in that email is felt by others as well.

Because of this email, there will be no more posts from me about the Stacey Burns murder. I have spent  too much time ,too much money, and too much effort in trying to do the right thing in this case to… Continue reading

Now Available!

 I’m excited to see my new book now available for sale in paperback, with e-book to follow soon. Check out my Amazon page to order. I’ll post more specific information.

Here’s a portion of the blurbs about the book on the back cover.  “Highly acclaimed for fiction filled with nuanced, believable characters, and suspenseful plots, author Duke Southard combines his stories for the first time alongside his compelling essays . . .”

Since the essays are true, some friends, family, acquaintances, and even former students may find themselves somewhere in this book.

Duke

Nice Post Plus Book News

 

At the Tucson Festival of Books, I met Terry Lee Marzell, author of Chalkboard Champions, and a retired educator, school librarian, and public speaker. Her outstanding book about a  number of remarkable  teachers is available on Amazon and other outlets as well as the website below.

In a recent blog post, she was kind enough to feature my literary efforts and a biography. Just click on the link below or type in it our browser to go to the site and read her post.  

www.chalkboardchampions.org  or   http://chalkboardchampions.org/

Other news-   The Fallacy… Continue reading

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