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Vann Turner

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Vann Turner—a shy person and something of a recluse—avoids crowds and tries to avoid drawing attention to himself. He is not on Facebook or Twitter. Why not?

“It is in my published writings that I say what I have to say. I don’t have pronouncements on every little outrage which—apparently nowadays—are spun daily by our politicians and then bullhorned by our media. Those outrages are manipulative, usurp our creative energies and misdirect our attention from things that really matter. Since I don’t listen to hawkers of snake oil, I feel no compulsion to add my voice to the juvenile noise.”

On occasion friends visit him and his dogs in their mountain home. Every two weeks he goes to the market for dairy products, fruits, vegetables and Oreos. Y
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Vann Turner I assert that my novels don’t arise in me, but are whispered to me under the silence. The characters, actions, emotions involved, conflicts, goals and…moreI assert that my novels don’t arise in me, but are whispered to me under the silence. The characters, actions, emotions involved, conflicts, goals and settings are all presented to me, not in one flash, but are revealed bit by bit and scene by scene. My part in the process is to hammer words to convey what has been revealed. From this the writing flows easily.

When the words don’t flow easily (writer’s block) I’ve come to realize that I am trying to interject things that haven’t arisen by revelation. In other words, I—Vann—am trying to interject things the Muses haven’t sanctioned.

The solution begins in realizing that I AM struggling. So I lay it aside, work in the wood pile, or vacuum or walk the dogs. I call it a mini-holiday. I don’t think about the story, I’ve laid it aside. The next morning, I start fresh and the words flow from what the Muses whispered into me under my own thinking.(less)
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This novel was completed in 1992 and has gathered dust for twenty-five years. Back in those days publishing houses had staffs of readers who would sludge through hundreds of manuscripts in an effort to find one publishable. Also in those days an author could submit his/her manuscript to just one publishing house at a time and the manuscript had to have the words, "Not a simultaneous submission,... Read more of this blog post »
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Unbelievable by John Shelby Spong
" Review, Unbelievable

Deeply flawed, but worth 5 stars

For full disclosure (1) I received a hardback copy of this important theological work from a dear
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This is a charming little novel. The author tells her heart-warming story of Dicte’s kidnapping and rescue with the distant lens of a folk tale.

My taste in reading is not YA or fantasy but literary or historical novels. But how glad I am that I stum
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So, you don't read historical fiction? Films widely loved—Braveheart, The Thirteenth Warrior, The Gladiator or Shakespeare in Love—would all be classified as historical fiction. In good historical fiction, the setting and milieu are authentic but the ...more
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Readers tell me that after the charm of Sometimes' brief prologue--a dog speaking to God--the opening chapters are difficult and make the reader uncomfortable. Those chapters with their talk of an S/M relationship with a woman are
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“King: Should I specify for the realm what religion will be acceptable in this Kingdom, as the Emperor in the East did?

Titus: If you are of such sagacity, my Lord, that you know all the secrets of the Universe, you would be remiss if you did not specify the acceptable religion. But if you, too, are mortal, and your understanding is partial, I would think it arrogant to dictate to the people how they should approach Existence. Each has his own understanding, and each his own ability to understand.”
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“He wondered how sick in heart a woman needed to be for her to forsake a delight in flowers.”
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“King: Should I specify for the realm what religion will be acceptable in this Kingdom, as the Emperor in the East did?

Titus: If you are of such sagacity, my Lord, that you know all the secrets of the Universe, you would be remiss if you did not specify the acceptable religion. But if you, too, are mortal, and your understanding is partial, I would think it arrogant to dictate to the people how they should approach Existence. Each has his own understanding, and each his own ability to understand.”
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“He wondered how sick in heart a woman needed to be for her to forsake a delight in flowers.”
Vann Turner, To Forestall the Darkness: A Novel of Ancient Rome

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
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