More than an icon
Once in a very great while, two arts combine to create one of those monuments that help describe mankind. We lost one half of such a combination when Leonard Nimoy left us yesterday. Nimoy was Spock. Spock is logic; Spock is science. Gene Roddenberry’s brilliance and Leonard Nimoy’s acting genius gave us one of those mileposts we measure mankind against. As human’s, we are prone to be governed by what we want to see or what we wish things were like. We act as if those wishes and wants were all within our grasp. Spock is the embodiment of reality … that truth and fact are things that demand consideration in human reckoning. These two men remind us, that as humans, we must dream to improve and, as humans, must not ignore reality if we are to achieve.
Thank you Margret and Vivian for giving us Scarlet O’Hara, thank you Harper and Gregory for Atticus Finch … and thank you Gene and thank you Leonard for Spock.
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30″ Tarpon from my canal in that rare spare time
Most of us have the same complaint– we don’t have time to do the things we want. Ever wonder how much time that would take? If you had time to do those things, do you wonder how long would it be before the attraction was gone? Ask someone who has the luxury of time, someone retired or wealthy without need to work. Consider this … Is it the activity we desire what makes it special … or is it the special effort we have to make to get the time to enjoy it … that makes it so?
Do I look disappointed? I am.
I received some bad news today. The “Write On,” Writers Conference scheduled for February 27th at South Florida State College has been postponed. I’ll let you all know when a rescheduled date is established.
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DL Havlin at the Florida Heritage Book Festival on Flagler College’s campus.
I’ve had several folks ask about what I’ll be presenting at the South Florida State College writers conference. Here’s info. The conference is entitled the 2015 Authors Conference and Book Fair, Write On! There will be feature writers, editors, publishers and literary agents there. The campus is in Avon Park, Florida surrounded by lakes, orange groves, and palms. For those of you in cold country, the temperature in late February is in the mid to upper 70’s with lows around 60. It will be held February 27th. For more information check the website CommunityEducation@southflorida.edu or call Lauren Redick at 863.784.7388.
My speaking appearances fall in three categories: historical sketches about places or people I’ve uncovered in research for my novels, information about the inspiration for or details contained in books I’ve had published, and information I think may help other writers improve their craft. Check my website at http://www.dlhavlin.com if you’d like to have me speak at your organization from book clubs to conferences.
The presentation at the “Write On!” conference will fall in the last category. This specific one is called “Crafting characters with an assist from the human sciences.” Having attended conferences for years, this is what I can best describe as a “tool box class.” When you leave you’ll have a writing tool you didn’t have before. I taught interpersonal relations courses for twenty years and realized that many of the principles used in managing people can be applied to creating and managing characters as well. Knowing how people will react to stress, what factors create tension between individuals, and common traits that we all exhibit make the characters “real.” After all, one of those things we prize is the ability to create tension in our writing.
The class has been very popular in the past so the conference coordinator asked and I’ve agreed to teach it twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
This is a great opportunity for those of you want to be exposed to real literary learning. The staff is outstanding – they know their craft, they can present it in a fashion you’ll learn, and you’ll benefit from the information. Come join me, errrrr, us in sunny south Florida and enjoy. You won’t get a better deal for a hundred bucks.
Tyranny is not a sometime thing. The recent events in Paris prove this. We must all understand that if we don’t safe-guard the rights of others, we eventually will lose those rights ourselves. Monolithic thinking, the process that proclaims there is only the truth one person or ideology professes, is a trip back to the cave when the man with the biggest club ruled.
Unfortunately, we only have to regress less than a hundred years to see what agendas that profess they are the one and only way … lead to; the result was WWII and over 50 million deaths. We must all resolve not to allow the cancer that grows in the world today to return us to the early 1940’s. Remember, it easier to kill a small snake than it is to kill a huge one.
It’s time to take down the Christmas tree and my story – I hope you enjoyed it as much as many of you have told me. I’ll have another tale ready to go next Christmas
Merry Christmas! It’s time for giving … Sandy and my gift to all of you is a little package of laughter. Claus and the Consultant chronicles Santa’s experience with an efficiency expert. Read, laugh, enjoy and share this site with your friends. It’s worth taking the time to read!
Merry Christmas from Sandy and the Geezer (DL Havlin)
Claus and the Consultant ©
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DL at the Florida Heritage Book Festival
Just a brief note to update you on a change of date for the South Florida Writers Conference to be held in Avon Park, Florida. It has been moved from January 23rd to February 27th. I’ll be delivering my character development class as originally planned. Check with the college for more info on the event, other speakers, etc.
I’ll be signing books at the Matlacha Menagerie, in Matlacha FL on Saturday, December 13th, 11 to 1 and 2 to 4.
I’ll be speaking at the Museum of the Islands, on Pine Island, FL (next to the library) January 5th at 6 PM. I’ll be speaking about my book Blue Water, Red Blood with emphasis on the portion that deals with Florida history.
If you’d like to learn about some of Florida’s contribution’s to winning WWII visit Sandman Books on Burnt Store Rd, in Punta Gorda, FL. I’ll discussing what Florida did to help on land, sea, and air.
Visit my website at http://www.dlhavlin.com for more info on my schedule and new books. And don’t forget to visit Sandy Says, my golden retrievers blog for some laughs – it’s at http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com –
Invite your friends to visit my blogs and web page.