Hawk Dancer

Ten Things

  • By Joshua (Tim) Seidl
  • 31 Jul, 2015

How this short story came about

I asked Uncle Charlie to send me a list of ten things. I committed to write a story involving each item. Among the most outlandish entry was "Falling ten feet out of bed." The challenge to good fiction as opposed to non-fiction, is  that fiction needs to be believable. I think I did a pretty good job of finding a logical reason why a person would fall ten feet from a bed; (rotted second floor beams.)
      Jig Rajan from the novels and a totally new  fiction character, Danny are the protagonist. The young bachelors work for Danny's aunt at a small TV and radio shop in Escanaba, Michigan.
     They hear a commotion in a  back alley and rush in to rescue a Mexican migrant worker about to be beaten by a pair of racists. Danny, a reluctant hero, is pictured here resting on a trash can shaking and trying to calm down from the nauseating adrenaline rush.
     The pair learn of the biased and illegal treatment of many migrant farm workers. They decide to do some amateur investigative work  with the help of the aunt to bring the landlords to justice.
     It is up to the diminutive,  brown skin Jig to try and get hired as a migrant worker. The real Mexicans know his Spanish is insufficient, and those who  hire day workers can see his smooth hands were not accustom to harvesting fruit and vegetables.
    The aunt, once an aspiring men's fashion designer, coaches Jig on modeling. He dons his tightest pair of jeans and and an open floral print shirt. He struts about on the same corner as the other day workers. He is eventually hired as a pool boy by the wife on one of the wealthy landlords. It turns out that one of the thugs he and Danny ran off in the back alley is their son.  He gathers a team of  men with ax handles and rope to put an end to Jig's  snooping around.
    The short story, Ten Things is in the book by the same name, TEN THINGS: BIRCH CLUMP  VILLAGE READER 4 .

From Birch Clump

By Joshua (Tim) Seidl 30 Jan, 2017
   Just released: My latest in a series of readers. Each  book contains short stories (mostly fiction), some poetry, and plenty of illustrations. 
    Tim Browne is an ordinary fellow from a white working class family, Christian. However, a rumor that he might be Jewish makes him the target of bigoted bullies in school and again as a young adult. He suddenly learns how the threat of violence constantly follows young minority men. His upbringing did not prepare him for what was ahead.

Publishing Status as of January 29, 2017:

   Proofs are expected to arrive Monday, the 30th of January. It will be about a week before my editor and I can review the finished product. If all is well, I will then press the approval button and the book  is available instantly on Lulu.com, and will begin showing up on other major book seller's sites such as Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.

Paper Back and E-book options:

     My books always come out as paper back first. I begin preparing an e-book version soon after. 
By Joshua (Tim) Seidl 28 Jul, 2016
I added long hair with special software to this picture of me taken in about 1980/81 at the age of 29/30. I then drew a picture to represent my fictional character, Sarge T. Douglas. This photo helped me to replicate his initial arrival in the Village of Birch Clump for the novel "Hawk Dancer." 
    My method for many of the illustrations I did began by tracing a rough outline and then free hand drawing in the rest. I now  use a tablet drawing system hooked to my computer. I can sketch, paint, and , more from special art soft ware with a stylus on the tablet and watch my progress on screen. 
By Joshua (Tim) Seidl 24 Jun, 2016
    I came to Chicago on a temporary assignment in March 2016. The duration was not clear, though we suspected it could last into June or July; or maybe turn into a permanent move. The official word is out now. I will return full time to our Staten Island community. I leave here, (Chicago) the weekend of the 4th of July.

How does this affect my publishing?

    I expect I will be more settled in NYC. I'll have my editor proof read the current manuscript, than I can make adjustments, corrections, and so forth. I will look into a couple more illustrations. Then I should be able to do the book page layout and the 8th Birch Clump Village Reader could be ready before July is done. So, stay tuned.

My Website's "Push Notification" feature

     I recently added a "Push Notification" button at the bottom of all pages of my website, www.HawkDancer.com . Visitors (such as yourself) can see that button and click it if you want to have a pop up notification when ever I have something significantly new to offer on the website. You will only see that button if your device is compatible. It does not show otherwise. "Push Notifications" pop up only on the device or devices you click the button. A push notification pops is a very short message containing the briefest announcement of what is new and provides a link if you wish to see more.
     For example: If you have four internet devices, a smart phone, tablet, lap top and a desktop computer, you would have use each device in order to have the pop up of something new appear.  Alternately, you can chose only one or two of those devices. Unsubscribing is easy --- just push the same button to unsubscribe (or to re-subscribe). 

How often and why will I send out new Push Notification messages?

    Not often. I think that is good news for most people. I know I would not want insignificant messages popping up on my screen on a regular basis. But, I do like to hear from select websites if they keep the pop's to a minimum.
    The most likely items I would submit to "push notification" would be when I write a new blog. Not to worry, I write very few blogs, maybe one a month if that, but sometimes twice. I would also send out a couple of push notifications once a next (new) book is published. 
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