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Don Travis: Splendid Desolation (Part Two of Four parts)

Don Travis: Splendid Desolation (Part Two of Four parts) : dontravis.com blog post #337 Courtesy of Publicdomainpictures.com Last week we meet Vince Lozander, an ex-trucker meets Davy, a tw... Original link
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Splendid Desolation (Part Two of Four parts)


dontravis.com blog post #337 Courtesy of Publicdomainpictures.com Last week we meet Vince Lozander, an ex-trucker meets Davy, a twink, in the Eagle Bar, a bear place near the Continental Divide in western New Mexico.. They strike up a conversation, and it soon becomes clear the younger man is looking to hitch a ride. Vince wants to know a little more about him before deciding whether to help out or not. They are still in the bar.Let’s see what gives. ***** SPLENDID ISOLATION I showed Davy the Blue Room with a blonde UNM grad student and a smooth-skinned Navajo on the stage. Davy’s eyes bugged at the tiny G-strings struggling to cover their privates. We found a couple of seats, and I watched ...
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Don Travis: Splendid Desolation (Part One of Four parts)

Don Travis: Splendid Desolation (Part One of Four parts) : dontravis.com blog post #336 Courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net Thank you for putting up with my personal grief last week. You... Original link
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Splendid Desolation (Part One of Four parts)


dontravis.com blog post #336 Courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net Thank you for putting up with my personal grief last week. Your indulgence helped me a great deal. This week, I’d like to get back to some fiction. The following is a short story in four parts, each installment a bit long for a post, but once again I ask you to stay with me. By the way, I return to the Eagle Bar on the Continental Divide for the first part of this story. You may recall that readers were introduced to the bear bar by BJ Vinson, the protagonist in my second book in the BJ Vinson mystery series, The Bisti Business. ***** SPLENDID ISOLATION I-40 West out of Albuquerque climbed to a bright blue sky for nine straigh...
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Don Travis: To Bobbi

Don Travis: To Bobbi : dontravis.com blog post #335     Bobbi There were a lot page views and some comments on last week’s “Wally and Me” posting. Some p... Original link
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To Bobbi


dontravis.com blog post #335     Bobbi There were a lot page views and some comments on last week’s “Wally and Me” posting. Some people liked it while others felt it was a downer. Me? I just thought it was life. This week, I ask your leave to say goodbye to treasured real life friend. Without further ado, I’ll let the post speak for me. ***** TO BOBBI I met Bobbi ten years ago in a writing class at the Bear Canyon Center, the very class that I now co-host at the North Domingo Multigenerational Center. I walked into the classroom—open to anyone then as now—and took a vacant seat beside a tall blonde. She was busy talking to someone but soon introduced herself as Bobbi. What an inauspicious be...
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Don Travis: Wally and Me (Part 2of 2 Parts)

Don Travis: Wally and Me (Part 2of 2 Parts) :     dontravis.com blog post #334     Courtesy of Pixels Well, what did you think of last week’s post? Any guesses about this one?... Original link
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Wally and Me (Part 2of 2 Parts)


    dontravis.com blog post #334     Courtesy of Pixels Well, what did you think of last week’s post? Any guesses about this one? Part 1 ended with someone falling from the cliff at Webber’s Lake. Shall we see what happened? ***** WALLY AND ME         I paced my room for the next couple of days, unable to sleep or read or watch TV… anything. Calls stacked up on my cell phone, but I didn’t have the courage to answer them. All I could do was relive the moment a body fell from the cliff and my absolute premonition it was Wally. The deputy determined everyone had been drinking, and some of the boys were horsing around wrestling near the edge of the cliff to see who’d chicken out first.          ...
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Don Travis: Wally and Me (Part 1 of 2 Parts)

Don Travis: Wally and Me (Part 1 of 2 Parts) : dontravis.com blog post #333 Courtesy of Pixels Thanks to Don Morgan for his guest blog last week, featuring his novel Sourw... Original link
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Wally and Me (Part 1 of 2 Parts)


dontravis.com blog post #333 Courtesy of Pixels Thanks to Don Morgan for his guest blog last week, featuring his novel Sourwater Slough. I almost felt I was back home in Oklahoma. This week, let’s have a short story that comes in two parts. I hope you enjoy it. ***** WALLY AND ME           Wally Hamner was the proverbial “boy next door,” the guy who was always there. We grew up together like that… next door. "Two peas in a pod," my dad used to say. We played together in diapers and in shorts and in big boy long pants. We were buds even though he had me by a year. It hurt a little when he got interested in sports and developed other friendships. But I adjusted and came to grips with it.      ...
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Sourwater Slough, a Guest Post


dontravis.com blog post #332 Courtesy of GoodFreePhotos This week, fellow author Donald T. Morgan gives us the Prologue to his unpublished novel Sourwater Slough. Set in southeastern Oklahoma (my old stomping grounds), the book is a murder mystery. Let him know if sounds interesting to you. ***** SOURWATER SLOUGH By Donald T. Morgan Sourwater Slough along the Little Fork River, south of Clovertown, Oklahoma Sucking putrid swamp air into his lungs in desperate, spastic gasps, he stood over the inert body. The rage of a moment ago dissipated like a dandelion riding the wind. Hands dangling at his sides, fingertips twitching, he swayed as his hammering heart slowed abruptly. Reality returned in...
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Zozobra Burning! (A repost)


dontravis.com blog post #331 Artist: Maria Fanning DEAR READERS, Radio Station KSJE in Farmington, New Mexico did an interview with me about The Bisti Business. Click on the link provided below (or copy it) to listen to the interview.  https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dxlzn-a9b9ad I'd also like to thank Traci HalesVass, Professor Emerita of English and host of the program Writers on 4 Corners on KSJE 90.9 FM, who conducted the interview. Now to current business: Given that we’ve concentrated on my later BJ Vinson books, this week, I’d like to call attention to the first one. The Zozobra Incident , released in 2016 by DSP Publications, introduced Burleigh J. Vinson (known as BJ to every...
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Don Travis: Another Look at The Voxlightner Scandal

Don Travis: Another Look at The Voxlightner Scandal : dontravis.com blog post #330 Artist: Maria Fanning I’m constantly getting surprised by the blog world. I’ve told you of 3,000+ pag... Original link
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Another Look at The Voxlightner Scandal


dontravis.com blog post #330 Artist: Maria Fanning I’m constantly getting surprised by the blog world. I’ve told you of 3,000+ page-view hits from Israel and 1,500 hits from Russia and 1000+ hits from Brazil. Last month, I got almost 4,000 hits from Hong Kong, and on the twenty-fifth of this month, 4,480 hits from Israel again. I’ve tried to analyze the key words from the posts that generated such interest and cannot find a pattern. Maybe someone can explain it to me. In January of this year, I gave you a look at the opening of my sixth book in the BJ Vinson mystery series called THE VOXLIGHTNER SCANDAL. I now have a cover for the novel and should have a publication date soon. In order to sh...
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Don Travis: The Mountain, Part 3 of 3 Parts

Don Travis: The Mountain, Part 3 of 3 Parts : dontravis.com blog post #329 Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons As I said at the end of last week’s reading… what else is there for Har... Original link
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The Mountain, Part 3 of 3 Parts


dontravis.com blog post #329 Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons As I said at the end of last week’s reading… what else is there for Hargis to learn about himself? Let’s answer that question. *****                                               THE MOUNTAIN                           Saddened by this desertion, I resumed my journey, once again finding the going rough through the narrow rock confines connecting them. Somehow, I was not surprised to see someone straddling the pathway in the middle of the next lea. This was a sturdy youth of my own age, and his stance held a measure of menace. I tightened my hold on my hickory staff as we met. “You are Hargis of Rodenbury?” “Aye! And who are you?” “I a...
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Don Travis: Don Travis: The Mountain, Part 1 of 3 Parts

Don Travis: Don Travis: The Mountain, Part 1 of 3 Parts : Don Travis: The Mountain, Part 1 of 3 Parts : dontravis.com blog post #327 Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons I’d like to try a short sto... Original link
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The Mountain, Part 2 of 3 Parts


dontravis.com blog post #328 Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Ready for the second installment of this medieval story? First, let me point out something obvious to the historians among you. Given the setting and the time, it is doubtful that Hargis and his two friends could read or write. But allow me some poetic license, okay? You will recall from last week that our hero met and rebuffed a beautiful young woman on his travel over a mysterious mountain.  Here we go, trekking with Hargis over this strange mountain trail again.. *****                                                                  THE MOUNTAIN                           The pathway ahead became far more difficult. Rocks torn from...
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Don Travis: The Mountain, Part 1 of 3 Parts

Don Travis: The Mountain, Part 1 of 3 Parts : dontravis.com blog post #327 Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons I’d like to try a short story in a slightly different vein. It’s a stor... Original link
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Don Travis: The Mountain, Part 1 of 3 Parts

Don Travis: The Mountain, Part 1 of 3 Parts : dontravis.com blog post #327 Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons I’d like to try a short story in a slightly different vein. It’s a stor... Original link
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