ALGO DE DIPLOMACIA

El percutor volvió a girar y un chasquido sordo le dijo que no era aquel su momento. El japonés cogió el arma y, después de hacerlo rodar, lo entregó a su oponente, un birmano que sudaba copiosamente. Sin embargo él estaba frío, no podía sudar. Se preguntaba por qué tardaban tanto… Creyó que con encontrar el lugar donde se practicaba aquel juego mortal su misión concluía por fin. Había estado durante largos meses intentando introducirse en aquel círculo inmundo de tráfico de personas y ahora se hallaba apostando su vida a la suerte de una bala caprichosa. El birmano pasó el brazo sobre la frente sin hallar alivio, minutos antes habían retirado el cadáver de un esbelto joven polaco a quien no acompañó la suerte en aquella fatal ruleta. Esta vez el árbitro japonés le tendió la pistola, era su turno. Alrededor, el reducido grupo de apostantes hacía circular los billetes en una grotesca jerga de gestos y un murmullo creciente se abrió paso entre las densas bocanadas de humo que asfixiaban el local. Sí, tardaban demasiado, no podían hacerle esto a él en su último día de trabajo; mañana era Navidad, comenzaban sus vacaciones. Posó el cañón sobre la sien y se perdió en el pensamiento de que algún error imprevisto había ocurrido cuando de repente el murmullo de los asistentes explotó en desorden y tumulto. Los policías irrumpieron en bloque voceando y con las armas en alto. Algunos intentaron huir, pero afuera los coches de los agentes aguardaban en una perfecta emboscada. Se dejó cachear, era lo establecido. Fue conducido con el resto de detenidos a las dependencias policiales y allí, en una sala aparte, esperó la llegada del Inspector Jefe…
-…Puede usted marcharse, agente. ¡ Felices vacaciones!
Llevaba dos años destinado en Europa central, desde que los vientos desfavorables comenzaron a soplar en Oriente Medio y su aspecto de diplomático europeo le delataba, imposible de disimular. Sonrió con ironía al recordar las palabras del comandante… Sí, un funcionario del gobierno, pero con la vida de cada día al borde del abismo. Echó un vistazo al reloj, no podía perder el tiempo si quería disfrutar de las vacaciones que tanto merecía, en casa le esperaban la pequeña Nadia y su esposa, ansiosas.
Cuando llegaba al motel distinguió un pequeño grupo jóvenes apostado frente a la entrada. Desistió de recoger equipaje alguno y se felicitó por la buena costumbre de dejar aparcado su vehículo a dos manzanas del lugar donde residía. Puso dirección a las afueras, hacia la playa. Luego, mezclado con la oscuridad de la noche, escaló el acantilado y rebasó la pendiente que ascendía hasta el monte. Arriba, pudo divisar las luces del aeropuerto y caminó entre sombras hasta llegar frente a la verja electrificada. Se tumbó, camuflado en el follaje del suelo, y ojeó de nuevo la hora… Sólo quedaba esperar. Según lo convenido, apareció al fin el vigilante con dos enormes perros atados, de ronda por el contorno de las instalaciones. Cuando estuvo a su altura el guardia miró el reloj, rebuscó entre el manojo de llaves colgado de la cintura y abrió la cerradura blindada, luego se alejó despacio sin soltar a los animales. Había llegado el momento, disponía apenas de minuto y medio para atravesar la pista y localizar el avión militar donde iniciar su viaje de vacaciones, de regreso a casa. Cruzó la verja y corrió hacia el lateral despejado donde ya rugían los motores del aparato. Subió la escalerilla como una exhalación, atronado por el ruido de las hélices. Ya dentro le recibió un oficial:
-¡Feliz Navidad, señor!
Se tendió entre los restos de mercancías de ayuda humanitaria en aquel avión sin asientos, dispuesto para afrontar un vuelo de casi dieciocho horas, algo menos si las turbulencias se lo permitían.
El chófer del Estado Mayor le llevó a casa, aseado y bien arreglado, con las medallas luciendo en el uniforme, a Nadia le encantaban. Se apeó dos manzanas antes y paseó hasta su calle, desde lejos divisó su hogar y, al acercarse, distinguió el árbol de Navidad brillante en el jardín y también dos rostros pegados al cristal, entre los monigotes de nieve. La puerta se abrió rápida, su mujer y la pequeña Nadia se abalanzaron sobre él con alegría…
-¡Papá, has venido, papá!
-¡Claro, Nadia, como siempre, hija!…
Mientras ambas le abrazaban sin cesar de reír y llorar, su esposa le besó al oído un susurro de anhelo contenido…
-¡Te queremos, Leo!
-…Yo también, cariño.

El autor:
http://leetamargo.blogia.com
*”Es una Colección “Son Relatos”, (c) Luis Tamargo.-

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A New Kind of Christmas

I haven’t stepped on the mall yet, this is going to be a new kind of Christmas for me. Like many around the nation I will have to plan carefully and creatively what my gifts are going to be. The Christmas tree won’t be filled underneath with a lot of gifts but I believe that this year the real meaning of the season will spring everywhere.

It is about Christ’s birth and about love and family. I will try to make it memorable even though all the evil forces seem to be against me each day and I will enjoy a few days with my whole family. We never know when that last Christmas day together will be and it is important that we treat each one with a very special sentiment. Take a lot of pictures and then create cards, put them on frames or collages and give them as gifts. Our attitude is one of the best ways to change our present reality and go to a deeper a meaningful level that will stir people’s heart this Christmas. Merry Christmas to you my friends!!

I’m curious to know what you are planning to do this year. How are you going to make it special without spending a lot of money and still create wonderful memories out of these difficult financial times?

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Clary Lopez, author of Simplicity, Richness of Life 920470_xmas_tree_on_the_dam_square

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Interview with author Paul Green on Share-a-Vision Radio

In case you missed it, our Dec. 2 program is now available on the archives page at www.tvconfidential.net. Our guest that night was Paul Green, author of A History of Television’s The Virginian; our topic was The Virginian (NBC, 1962-1971), the long-running Western series based on the classic novel by Owen Wister.

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Rejection

If you’re a writer and want to be published, you need to be able to accept rejection–it’s part of the process.

Recently I spoke to a short-story writer who once visited a critique group I belong to and I asked him what he was doing with his writing. He said he no longer sent it out because he didn’t like being rejected–so he only shares his stories with friends. This man is an excellent writer–though his stories had some flaws. As I look back, I remember that he didn’t like having his work critiqued either and that’s why he didn’t continue on with our group. I think what he’s decided is sad, because eventually he’d probably have found a market for his work and more than just his friends could’ve enjoyed it.

I knew another excellent writer who sent her manuscript to about three publishers or agents, was rejected and that was the end of her sending out her work. Oh, she still writes–but she doesn’t ever submit her work. She is able to take criticism in a writer’s group and make suggested changes or rewrites.

When I taught a weekly writing group, at times I’d get a new student who would read their few pages and be horrified when I pointed out problems. Made me wonder why they bothered to come. Believe me, when I’m critiquing anyone’s work I always talk about what is good first before giving any suggestions.

Frankly, I don’t understand the mind-set that can’t take criticism or rejection. My first book was rejected nearly 30 times before it was accepted by a publisher. Each time it was rejected, I worked on it some more. At the time I didn’t know nearly as much about editing and rewriting as I do now.

Even though I now have over twenty published books, I still attend a weekly critique group. I would be disappointed if they didn’t find something to help make the book better. I use my fellow authors as a first editor.

Rejection is part of getting published. Never take it personally. It can mean many things, the publisher or agent was having a bad day, they are interested in a similar book already, it isn’t the kind of book that they like. Always pay attention to what is in the rejection letter, especially if it’s handwritten and has some actual comments about your writing. No matter what happens, work to fix that book or move onto another. Never, ever give up.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

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Interview with author Joal Ryan on Share-a-Vision Radio

In you case you missed it, our Nov. 18 program is now available on the archives page at www.tvconfidential.net. Our guest that night was Joal Ryan, correspondent for E! Online, editor and publisher of FSNCentral.com and author of Former Child Stars: The Story of America’s Least Wanted; together we discussed the careers of Gary Coleman (Diff’rent Strokes), Jackie Coogan (The Kid), Ron Howard (The Andy Griffith Show), Paul Peterson (The Donna Reed Show), Anissa “Buffy” Jones (Family Affair) and other former child stars from film and television.

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Writing Workshops and a Great Review

As usual, as it becomes time to write my blog, I wonder what I’ll write about.

Today, I’ll be talking about something only vaguely related to writing.

Recently, I presented two workshops with a writing partner at a writers conference. Both presentations were exactly what was advertised. In the morning we gave a talk on marketing, what that meant and ways of doing it, and the fact that most publishers today want a marketing plan submitted along with a query. Our afternoon workshop was about alternate means of getting published–and that’s exactly what we presented.

A fellow presenter who is also a friend was promoted as writing a book based on a screen play. And yes, he did speak about that, but then he gave an impassioned plea about being against the death penalty and coming up with some way to rehabilitate young people who have committed crimes. His theme was that anyone can be rehabilitated–something I don’t feel is true–but no one was given the opportunity to rebut.

I certainly agree we should have a better plan for rehabilitating any one who crimes and I don’t like the death penalty–but I don’t think that was the forum for that particular presentation. That topic certainly wasn’t presented on the writing workshop schedule. I know the author is passionate about this cause–but not only did he make many uncomfortable, but he also made a few in the audience angry.

When he began going over time, I finally spoke up and told him he needed to return to his topic and tie things up as he was infringing on the next speakers’ time. (Granted, the one in charge should have done this, but she was rather overwhelmed by him.) No, I don’t like stepping in like this, but I’m old and seem to be able to get away with being bossy.

My point, I suppose is, if you are asked to give a workshop or a speech on a certain topic, stick to that topic–whatever it was you were supposed to do.

If you have a particular movement or political passion, find the proper venue to present it. Don’t embarrass yourself or the group that invited you to talk about one thing and then go on and on about something completely different.

Once again, I’ll step off my soap box–at least until my next turn on this blog.

Oh, and by the way, I got a wonderful review for my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Kindred Spirits, on Reviewing the Evidence. Here’s the last paragraph:

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“This is the seventh title in Meredith‛s well-received Tempe Crabtree series. As in all of her books, Meredith explores Native American culture, in this case, the history of the Tolowa tribe. She addresses the difficulty Tempe faces while trying to be true to both her Native American side and her white heritage. As the wife of a Christian minister, Tempe must also deal with her husband‛s own views on Indian culture and spirituality. Hutch and Tempe don‛t always agree on these matters. But in this novel, Hutch becomes more supportive of Tempe‛s work while shedding some of his opposition to Tempe‛s views on life. The two make an unusual couple, but their very uniqueness lends reality to the mystery. As people, they can‛t be pigeonholed into one group or another and thus bring a feeling of freshness to the protagonist‛ s role. Any story featuring these two is a welcome addition to the mystery fan‛ s library.”
Reviewed by Mary V. Welk, November 2008

Marilyn Meredith
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Literary Detectives and America’s Top Sleuths: This week on TV Confidential

In case you missed it, last week’s edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL is now available on the archives page at Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org, as well as our own website, www.tvconfidential.net. The program features an encore segments from October 2006 in which we discuss the Top 25 film and TV detectives, as chosen by viewers of The Sleuth Channel, plus a conversation from May 2006 about “literary detectives”—TV shows like Ellery Queen and Spenser: For Hire that were based on best-selling mystery novels, as well as shows like Rockford Files and Harry O that have literary elements to them..

Speaking of Rockford, Gigi Garner, daughter of James Garner, will joins us to discuss her new book, Girl Talk. Plus we have some of our regular features, including reviews two new DVD releases: Season Two of Adam-12 and the long awaited release of The Donna Reed Show. It’s a lively mix of old and new, and we’ll certainly hope you’ll join us

Ed Robertson
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