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Tuesdays with Story
WRITER’S MAIL for December 26, 2010
by Clayton Gill

Good Words from Way Back
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.
’T is not enough no harshness gives offence,
The sound must seem an echo to the sense.
–Alexander Pope (1688–1744) in Essay on Criticism

Dear “Happily Embarrassed,”
In recent e-mail to fellow Tuesday with Story members, Alicia Connolly-Lohr announced the publication of her book Lawyer Lincoln In Transit To Freedom: An historical nonfiction novel. It’s now available at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Lawyer-Lincoln-Transit-Freedom-historical/dp/1453849424/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1293407805&sr=1-5), where the listing includes the book’s first enthusiastic review by an admiring relative. Despite Alicia’s blush, any embarrassment is uncalled for.

Alicia is an attorney herself. In the novel’s court room scenes, the young Abraham Lincoln argues a case involving a runaway female slave. Alicia’s real-life experience adds to the blow-by-blow realism of the drama.

Of course, we all know Lincoln as a legendary orator, statesman, and U.S. President. However, in Alicia’s story, we encounter some of Lincoln’s pivotal moral and ethical dilemmas, his charm and gift for persuasion, and his beginnings as one of our nation’s greatest leaders.

Lawyer Lincoln is another TWS success story: Enjoy and review!

Reading Recap: December 21 Meeting
First-and-Third group met at Alicia Ashman Branch Library to review work by Randy Haselow, Greg Spry, Leah Wilbur, John Schneller, and Jerry Peterson. Linda Meyer had prepared to take the place of Justin Schober, but her work did not get full circulation in advance of the meeting and the group ran out of time for its consideration. The group rescheduled review of Linda’s work for future meeting. (more…)

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