Rod Raglin

This blog will touch on the experiences I have as a writer (not to be mistaken for my experience as a writer, i.e. how many books I've written, etc); the pleasure and the pain, the joy and the grief, the satisfaction and the frustration, the magic and the reality - have I left anything out, oh yeah, the rejection, rejection and more rejection,  the humiliation and the embarrassment, the jealousy and the resentment - that pretty much covers it, except for why I do it which perhaps I'll realize along the way. Are you totally confused? Good, let's begin.

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 Cold-Blooded

(Adjective): without emotion or pity, deliberately cruel or callous.

Book 2 in the Mattie Saunders Series

 

Cold-Blooded, Book 2 in The Mattie Saunders Series has Mattie navigating

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Book 1 in the Mattie Saunders Series

 

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Abandoned Dreams - Rod Raglin

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ABANDONED DREAMS

 

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At twenty-seven years-old, George Fairweather is “the voice of his generation”, a poet whose talent has garnered him accolades from the literary establishment and homage from the disenfranchised “hippie” youth of the late 1960’s.

 

George is the embodiment of the times with his long hair, rebellious attitude and regular use of mind-expanding psychedelic drugs.

 

Then the sudden and tragic death of Fallon, his friend, his muse and his lover shatters his world, his sanity and nearly ends his life.

 

Katherine is the one person who stands between George and destruction. A hanger-on, a groupie, a go-for, she’s a woman George never considered – for anything.  Katherine idolizes George and makes it her personal mission to keep him alive, doing whatever it takes, twenty-four seven. 

 

Because of Katherine’s sacrifice and devotion George slowly begins to mend his soul and rebuild a life. But guilt and gratitude make it a much different life then he’d previously led.

 

Thirty-seven years later, George Fairweather is a husband, father and grandfather and a successful copywriter at an advertising agency. Another death, his wife Katherine’s, is about to change his life again.

 

Can dreams be resurrected?

 

Can a life you’ve abandoned be taken up again?

 

Is it worth it?

 

Will they let you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Local Rag – News to Die For.
 
 
 
 
Jim Mitchell is a journalist and the publisher and editor of a community newspaper, The Sentinel.
 
He gave up a career with big media because he couldn't justify their choice of what to cover, couldn't tolerate the way they edited his stories, and would not be implicit in misleading the public to benefit some hidden corporate agenda.
 
When he bought The Sentinel, he thought all that would end. Being the owner of "the local rag," he could select the stories, edit the copy, and make sure the interests of the community were served.
 
He would print the truth - no slant, no bias, no spin, and he'd make a living doing it.
 
He was wrong.
 
Right from the beginning, Jim's brand of reportage rankles some powerful people, people who pay his bills. Then there's the new competitor, a multinational media conglomerate that's expanding its generic community newspaper format into The Sentinel's market area.
 
Soon it's a struggle for The Sentinel to make a profit and for Jim to keep true to his uncompromising ethics.
 
When his best friend, Anthony Bravaro decides to run for mayor Jim hopes he'll be an honest politician.
 
Hope turns to dismay as Jim watches the quest for power turn a good man bad. Tony's campaign tests Jim's professional objectivity and personal integrity.
 
When Jim confronts his friend with damaging information that could end his run for public office, he finds out how far Tony's prepared to go to win the mayor's seat - farther than he could ever have imagined.
 
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... and every day seems like Sunday

 

suspicious eyes, smiles masked

personal space means sickness or health

distance is more than social

wash hands, don’t touch face

 

routines abandoned, purpose questioned,

risky shopping, empty shelves

don’t touch face, sanitize hands

and every day seems like Sunday

 

an overwhelming weariness

 

dogged determination meets eroding resolve

anomalies challenge trust

nerves fray, attitudes morph

and every day seems like a tedious Sunday

 

like a Sunday without worship, without rest

muffled laughter, muted joy, singing hushed

vacant pews, parks empty

every day, even on Sunday

stores line up, traffic doesn’t

streets are safe, shopping isn’t

distance is more than social, hands and face

every day, every day

 

suggestions become warnings, warnings become rules, rules become law,

parks patrolled, fines levied

smiles concealed, distance challenged,

empty streets, risky parks,

and every day seems longer and like Sunday

 

weariness becomes restlessness

 

grocery workers, our new heroes

revered for doing their job

healthcare workers, our new gods

worshipped for their career choice

 

warnings, rules, laws, gods, heroes, leaders,

and every day longer lines

masks, distance, suspicion, risk, emptiness, challenges

trust undermined by anomalies, confidence eroded

and every day is long and longer, interminable

 

and seems like Sunday

 

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Free Plays - Harry's Truth and End of the Rope

 

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END OF THE ROPE

A Play in Four Acts

 

 

 

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A Young Woman, A Camera, An Uncompromising Ethic

 

 

 

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Young, talented, ambitious, Freyja Brynjarrson’s a photographer struggling to crash the art establishment, the challenges presented by her family, and still keep true to her uncompromising ethic.

 

Fate places her on the front line of a political demonstration where soldiers open fire on civilians. She photographs death for the first time and likes it. Because of the sensitive nature of her pictures the current government, facing an imminent election, tries to suppress them. But someone far more unscrupulous than government spin-doctors also wants those images destroyed.

 

Gunnar Brynjarrson, Freyja’s eldest brother is the head of an illegal narcotics empire. He’s concerned about the opposition party’s platform to decriminalize drugs. His sister’s photographs could influence the outcome of a close election and put his business in jeopardy.

 

As events unfold, Freyja slowly becomes aware of the far-reaching impact the billions of narco dollars have on the government, the economy, friends, family and even herself. Something insidious has infected society and like a super bug it’s resilient, opportunistic and appears as a mutation in the most unexpected places.

 

Freyja refuses to compromise and is intolerant and unforgiving of those who succumb to this evil or are complicit in their acceptance of it. If she stays at home she’s afraid she’ll be infected and never attain success on her own terms. She takes an assignment with an international agency photographing the chaos and casualties of Mexico’s drug war. Freyja soon discovers she’s shot only one frame of ‘the big picture’.

 

The Big Picture focuses on dramatic action, zooms in on political intrigue, and takes a candid snapshot of modern romance. The plot also reveals how narco dollars, overtly and covertly, influence every level of our lives; the wars we fight, the governments we elect, the impact on healthcare, and most importantly and tragically, our personal relationships.

 

 

 

 

 

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FOREST - Love, Loss, Legend

 

Lost gold, lost love and lost hope compels Matt to return home to Pitt Landing, a dying town on the edge of a rainforest on the west coast of Canada. The forest is waiting.

 

 

 

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Nora Ephron writes about aging with courage, wit and honesty

I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections - Nora Ephron

I Remember Nothing, by Nora Ephron, is a collection of twenty-three personal reflections that address the many aspects of aging with insight and wit.

 

The challenges of new technology, a failing memory and the passing of family members are poignant and relatable.

 

While the piece, Journalism – A Love Story, is a pocket history of the demise of the industry, it’s also a glory-days story, the kind we all love to tell about when we were in our prime and things were different–meaning better.

 

Other topics discussed include humorous personal peccadilloes and relationships; the temporary, the enduring, how some flourish with time, whiles others become unsustainable.

 

If you’re honest, and of a certain age, you’ll agree there’s not one good thing to be said about getting old, including admitting to it. In this short book, Nora Ephron faces it head-on and her courage and honesty are an inspiration to this aging reader/writer.

 

 

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LOCAL RAG

- News to Die For

 

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LOVING THE TERRORIST

- Risking it All

 

Eco-Warrior Series Book 3.

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Thanks for your continuing support
Rod Raglin

 

 

 

 

MAD MAGGIE and the Wisdom of the Ancients - FREE

 

 

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MAD MAGGIE and the Mystery of the Ancients

 

 

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FREE BACKLIST BARGAINS
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Thanks for your continuing support
Rod Raglin