Pickett’s Charge by Charles McNair, Notes on Grad School Life

Here’s a book you want to buy now:  Pickett’s Charge by Charles McNair.

Pickett's Charge

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McNair reads on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at Howlin’ Books, 1702 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; and on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m., Barnes &  Noble, Hamilton Place Mall, Chattanooga, TN

Pickett’s Charge tells a Southern tall tale intertwined with a lyric poem, a creative twist that fascinates. I heard Charles read at the Ivy Hall Writers Series in Atlanta and again at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. I highly recommend catching him at one of his upcoming appearances in Nashville and Chattanooga as he nears the end of his book tour. If you can’t hear him read, do yourself a favor and  buy Pickett’s Charge.

This Pulitzer-Prize nominated author will entertain you and make you think.

Grad School Life Notes

The first draft of my thesis awaits revision and formatting today. I will meet the deadline to defend on March 7. This work of 80 plus pages lands in the genre called creative non-fiction and focuses on Army brat times between 1968 and 1972, when our family was stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C., and my Dad served in Vietnam.

Thesis Pieces

Thesis Pieces

My online class found Gandhi reincarnated and nominated her head of our four-person marketing team. Her sage peacemaking saves my sanity every week as we have one member who fits the stereotype of a difficult person. I count down the weeks. After this week, seven more. After this quarter, two more classes to graduation, May 30, 2014.

Alys Beach

Venue View, 30A Songwriters Festival 2014

The third class this quarter focuses on essays about place, travel writing at the literary level. Ensconced in our quiet getaway, I have been able to write and focus without too many distractions, although this weekend’s 30A Songwriters Festival provided a welcome diversion and some incredible music.

I’ll close with a photo that C. Louis Topel snapped before a storm.

Stormy Weather, Seagrove Beach, Florida

What do you see? Please comment.

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