Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Works in Progress

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

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

The Dream

The upcoming anthology, The Fallacy of Closure,  includes a personal essay titled The Dream. It contains a number of anecdotes about our days as the owners of Beaver Hollow Campground in Ossipee, New Hampshire. This sign, with our mascot, “Eager Beaver,” announced the entrance. My thanks to friend Joe Costello for uncovering this photo!  This story and others in the collection are sure to bring back memories for those living in the Lakes Region during the seventies.

Watch for the release date coming very soon!

Duke                  … Continue reading

A Strong Statement plus Update

Today, I share a portion of a comment to a post from a week ago. It just gives us an important fact to remember
 in the killing of Stacey Burns. I thought it bears emphasizing.
"What people fail to realize is that we are not looking for a killer; we are looking for a monster. . .
Killing a mother of five knowing that the children will discover 
her mutilated body on Mother's Day morning is a crime of immense cruelty." (See complete comment by looking 
on my website for the blog post from last week.) 
Well, NHSP and New… Continue reading 

New Book

I’m excited! This anthology of award winning short stories, personal essays, and memoir is now in the publishing pipeline. More information will be forthcoming as publication date gets closer so please be watching for it.

You will be treated to  a wide variety of short pieces, including A Night on the Ice, a first place finisher in the 2017 Society of Southwestern Authors Literary Competition. Some of my former Kingswood Regional High School students from way back will appreciate and remember the story. The Fallacy of Closure, a short memoir based on my book, The Week from Heaven… Continue reading

A Revised Literary Plan-2018

As of last Wednesday, the Duke Southard literary plan for 2018 changed yet again.

A collection of thirteen short pieces, a combination of [personal essays, memoirs, and short stories, has been submitted to the publisher to begin the editing process. This likely will not take long as these stories have already been through a rather thorough content editing and most have also been judged in writing competitions. Watch for the release date in upcoming weeks. The title will be “The Fallacy of Closure” with a subtitle of “plus many more award winning essays and stories ” It is an eclectic… Continue reading

A New Literary Plan

We (Barbara and I) have decided on a new literary plan for this year. After meeting with my publisher today, we’ve decided to release two relatively short anthologies, one fiction nd the other personal essay/memoir before the new novel. These anthologies will include my award-winning short pieces plus others which have not previously published. Since these works are already written and will need only copy editing, the books should be out fairly quickly.

I anticipate the novel, the fourth in the Parker Havenot series, to be published in late fall/early winter of 2018.

Watch for additional information on the anthologies… Continue reading

Oasis Journal

I’m happy to announce that two of my short pieces were selected to be published in the Oasis Journal-2017, which was just released. One of my Green Valley Writers Forum colleagues, Bonnie Papenfuss, also had a very touching and poignant poem included in this 560 page anthology. It is available on Amazon and elsewhere. One of my two pieces is part of a larger work in progress about growing up with a “Greatest Generation” father. The second relates a few experiences as a volunteer meals-on-wheels driver.

Works in Progress

This photo is taken at The Country Bookseller in Wolfeboro, N.H. at a book signing of Cracks in the Wall.

As a change of pace, I thought I would let people know what I am working on, literarily speaking, as those who have read my books do ask me on occasion.

In addition to a number of short pieces of fiction and personal essays I have submitted to a number of different outlets and contests, I continue to work on a new novel, which at this point is slated to be the last of the Detective Parker … Continue reading

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