November Madness in Thailand

I Won last year and will do it again this year





I want to thank you all for your support and good thoughts and prayers during this hard time Thailand is going through now. It does continue. The Government has promised the water to be gone by the New Year—of course they had promised it to be gone by the end of November.

I have not written these stories to try to elicit sympathy on my part. The suffering of the Thai people does deserve thought but they are recovering and smiling again.

I’ve been asked by a few why I don’t move back to the States and the answer is this land has touched me and revived me. There’s always a little suffering to make us appreciate the joys of life.

While we’ve waited on the waters to leave we have spent most of the time on out little farm planting harvesting and admiring the beauty of the mountains and people. Our tapioca is thriving and we anticipate a bumper crop sometime after the new year. Our small crop of corn is in and mostly consumed by us. We did give some away to neighbors. We have cucumbers, peppers, beans, papayas, coconuts, mangoes and many bananas coming in and we do sell much of that to help sustain our small farm. That’s really all we asked of the land. To provide enough money for us to plant again.

I’m a writer in Thailand and book sales have been good. I’ve gotten some great review for In Search of a Soul and am finding it is a story that appeals to women—which is a pleasant surprise. Women like the main character Douglas Durian and I quote from reader, Kathy Lynn Hall: “Douglas is unknowingly strong, sensitive, noble, honorable, wounded but a retrievable man” and readers like the strength I give to the female characters.

My other book, Tyler Hill’s Decision has also received some wonderful reviews from readers and that truly is what it’s all about. Many, many novelist know they will never be rich from their work and money had only a small part to play with why they write. It’s the words from readers that we live for. It’s funny how we writer live for the words of readers just as much as we live for the words that flow through our fingertips.

I haven’t been very active this month on my blog or the social media. November is a time of pressure, pleasure and uncertainty for thousands of novelist—new and experienced. We join one another to participate in National November Writers Month (NaNoWriMo). During this month we push ourselves and one another to write at least 50,000 word of a fresh new piece of work and to be declared a winner, The prize…? A small sticker we can put on our websites that announces we won. The true prize is that this great organization, The Office of Letters and Light, collects donations from the participants and sponsors and they use the money to help and educated young potential writer and give them a chance to learn to let their dreams and daydreams reach paper to thrill friends, family, and readers. So far this fine group has collected $500,000 this year. And so far over 2 billion words have been written!

Without writers can you imagine how dull and lifeless this world we live in would be? No movies, songs, books and every other type of media would exist without someone to put them into words first. To teach our young ones this form of communication is one thing we can all do to help make a better world.

My twelve year old Granddaughter, Nickaisha, recently wrote a wonderful article on prejudice and it was publish in the school paper and held a place of honor in the school display case. Can you imagine the pride I feel for this beautiful young writer?  

The story I’m writing for this November may never see the light of day because it is so different from my normal writing. I have taken a monster—a predator of women and children- and try to ask the readers to like him and have sympathy. This goes against everything I believe. What worst crime could there be? I am only a few thousand words from completing it and I do believe I have done what I set out to do. Do you think you could find it in your heart to forgive and understand a fiend? Perhaps one day I will offer this story to an agent and find out. The working title is On The Menu.
I’m writing this post today to give you another view of a writer’s life in Thailand. I have come to see that I live to write and write to stay sane—not sure if the sane part has worked out, Ha! I’ll only leaves this post as a feature for a few days.

I had planned to publish my third book this year. A fantasy that I’m sure readers will enjoy. It is an Avatar-like tale about a people fighting for the freedom and their very lives. I am holding it back for a short while I do some final rewrites. I expect quality in my reading and so should you! Look for Outer World Prairie very soon.

Next post I want to tell you about a plant we grow on our little farm. Wars were fought and colonization took place because of this plant and others. This plant and its fruit is still a mainstay in every society today. It is what we call black-pepper. And it is amazing.

I hope you enjoyed this look into the life of a writer and I really hope you’ll give my books a try as a paperback or ebook. And I would love to hear from you about my writing. I and many writers are blessed to be living in this age but we all put the readers at the top of the pedestal and give you thanks!

8 responses to “November Madness in Thailand

  1. Dannie,
    I know why you stay in Thailand – for the women! 🙂 Honestly I feel you are a gentle-hearted, loving, dreamy man who has found an echo of your heart in the hills, rivers, trees, farms, and culture of Thailand. You are a brave man to go after your dreams. Life is not about the luxuries or the comfort of a soft bed or shiny kitchen. Life is about friends, communities and passion. So I say, you are holding life by its horns! Enjoy my friend! I will always be watching you from afar and sending you my best wishes.

    • Dearest Zee. There is a lot of truth in what you say about the women here– I do love to talk to them and admire the way they deal with life. My beautiful wife is at the top of that list.
      I think it’s also the heat. It soaks into one and has a way of slowing one enough to see the wonders around them.
      You too are a friend and writer I hold dear. And your best wishes are always welcome!

  2. Words can’t describe how amazing I think you are, Dannie. You are that rare combination of a man – adventurous yet gentle, both pragmatic and creative, incredibly humble and a go-getter.

    One day, I’m going to show up at your book signing (please make it in Thailand) and give you the biggest hug EVER.

    I’m so happy to hear the Thais are smiling again – it really warms my heart to know you’re there with them.


    • Wow, Eden. I am humbled by your words! You are one of the people I admire for your outlook on life and talent and beauty.

      The day you show up I will know by the fireworks, bright lights and the roar of the cheering Thais that someone special has arrived. I do look forward to that day. And a book signing, now I’m really excited, lol.

      I think I often write these post just to hear from supportive friends like you and Zee and all the other wonderful people I do consider friends. Thank you.

  3. I loved reading this posting for its positive take on life.
    One of my students joined NaNoWriMo and he’s making good progress with his writing.
    Glad to hear about your books, and hope to read them someday.
    And, Thailand sounds exciting. Let water recede and life come back to its original beauty there!

  4. Thank you for your great comments. Staying positive is the best way to approach life– I’m not always successful at that but I try.

    I love hearing about young people and students trying their wings. I hope you will congratulate this student for me and tell him/her I am proud of what he/she is doing!
    The best advice I can give to a writer is, don’t think just write and let your characters tell you what to say.

  5. Oh, Dannie! I didn’t see this mention! How wonderful. Thank you. I thought you meant the mention in the Thailand Book Store paper. I didn’t know you won the NaNo last year – congrats. Also, I didn’t know that it raised money! I will definitely participate next year. There’s so much in all your posts that inform and enrich me. I will always be grateful for your friendship, posts and frankly, a little in love with Douglas!

    • Thank you for your great comments and the great review of In Search of a Soul. You are a great writer but you are also a writer’s dream reader! It really is people like you and the others that made such wonderful reivews that make a writer want to write more and keep getting better.

      Thank you, Kathy!

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