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Shock of Your Life

  • By Joshua (Tim) Seidl
  • 14 Dec, 2017
Tied up at gun point
Live streaming of a crime in progress

You are about to witness a murder

You iPad pings. You hesitate. Answering text and calls when out with another is not polite.
Your lunch partner gives you a nod. Go ahead; take a look.
     You open your tablet. It's from friend (or family member). S/he is sending you a live video stream of a crime in progress, but the sound is muted. The terrified sender is playing it live on Facebook as well. All anyone knows is what they can see: A natural stretch of beach along a large body of water. A young man in tight jeans has his hands tied behind his back. He is being forced at gun point towards the water's edge. No one sees faces. You probably do not know the victim nor the gunman. You only know the person sending the live video as a trusted individual who is probably risking his/her own life to take the video, hopefully hidden from the man with the gun.
    Your lunch partner reads your horrified face and edges the tablet down so he can see.
   "It's gotta be along our shore line," he surmises. "But how far east or west of here?"
    The victim pauses. He refuses to advance. He wildly tugs at the ropes keeping his wrists tightly bound.
    The entire restaurant freezes in silence before you realize you had just screamed and shouted.

    The camera does a clock wise pan of the area . . .
tight jeans on the beach
Some one else is watching
Another person is on the beach, but it is unclear if he can see what you saw on the video.
    He mouths something, angrily it seems, as he waves. Maybe he doesn't like his picture taken?
     The scene shakes wildly. All you can see is sky once things settle.
     What do you do? What are you thinking? Do you think it is possible your friend was caught taking the video, or maybe even shot?
    The view shakes once more as if the tablet is being lifted. The streaming video ends.
Two traumatic crimes are played out in stories being developed for the Birch Clump Village Reader series.
    The first is on the second BC Village General Store robbery. One victim is left tied up over night. Another is taken as a hostage.
    The second crime is about a teenage boy who witnesses a older teen being coaxed along the beach, hands tied behind his back by a lone gunman.  He's barely concealed behind thin weeds on the beach; praying he is not discovered. This is in the days before cellular communications.

From Birch Clump

By Joshua (Tim) Seidl 14 Dec, 2017
You iPad pings. You hesitate. Answering text and calls when out with another is not polite.
Your lunch partner gives you a nod. Go ahead; take a look.
     You open your tablet. It's from friend (or family member). S/he is sending you a live video stream of a crime in progress, but the sound is muted. The terrified sender is playing it live on Facebook as well. All anyone knows is what they can see: A natural stretch of beach along a large body of water. A young man in tight jeans has his hands tied behind his back. He is being forced at gun point towards the water's edge. No one sees faces. You probably do not know the victim nor the gunman. You only know the person sending the live video as a trusted individual who is probably risking his/her own life to take the video, hopefully hidden from the man with the gun.
    Your lunch partner reads your horrified face and edges the tablet down so he can see.
   "It's gotta be along our shore line," he surmises. "But how far east or west of here?"
    The victim pauses. He refuses to advance. He wildly tugs at the ropes keeping his wrists tightly bound.
    The entire restaurant freezes in silence before you realize you had just screamed and shouted.

    The camera does a clock wise pan of the area . . .
By Joshua (Tim) Seidl 21 Jul, 2017
I use Corel Paint, an affordable alternative to Adobe Paint Shop to assist me in drawing new illustrations for my fiction stories. I search for photographs, mostly my own, but also a few on-line public domain pictures. I then outline the parts I want and paste them into a new scene that fits the story I'm working on. A composite of six photos were used for the picture above.
    This is a picture of my fictional character, Sarge T. Douglas and me at Black Castle, Republic of Turkey in 1973 or 74. Sarge has his back to us. The real me is facing outwards at us.
    Sarge is made up of two photos, one below and the other above the waist line. The picture of me is made up of three photos, jeans, main body trunk, and a photo of me from around 1973 taken in Turkey when I was in the USA Air Force.  The back ground scenery is of an actual section of the ancient, deteriorating Black Castle in Turkey situated between Adana and Tarsus.
     Each part was digitally cut from the original photos and put in place in the Corel photo program. I made the drawing from that composite. Attention was given to ensure that hair style and clothing and any items in the final composite photo and drawing adhered to period fashion, technologies and items. In other words, one should not see the outline of a cell phone in the pockets, nor a hair or clothing style that would come after the date or period involved. Skintight jeans were in vogue for teens and young adults in the 1970s, as was long hair. However, these two individuals were in the military at that time and thus would have short hair. They are not on duty, thus would likely be in civilian attire.

    If they were in uniform, then Sergeant T. Douglas would have had three stripes on his uniform in 1973/74. He was E-4 pay grade. Research is important for a fiction author. The rank of sergeant was changed a few years later. E-4 became senior airman, and E-5 became the fiorst (or lowest) of the sergeant ratings.
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. 
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