Author Speaks To
Check out local musician Brad Burn's performance history and new CD release on the Entertainment page.
On the Columns page:
Zionist Stooge by Dennis Day
and the editor's response to anti-'anti-Zionist'
letters received here recently.
On the Letters page:
A letter from Mike Miller, plus
two anti-'anti-Zionist' letters of outrage
regarding Dennis Day's latest column.
Happy Camp Residents
To Write Novels
Happy Campers, you've been challenged to write an entire novel of 50,000 words or more in the month of November.
Think you're up to the challenge? Come to NaNoWriMo and prove it!
So far three Happy Campers have accepted the challenge: Linda Martin, Judy Bushy, and Pete Winslow.
Linda Martin, the Happy Camp News editor, is about to write with NaNoWriMo novelists for the fourth year in a row. Her first novel, The Scribe of Irohila, was written in only 17 days during November 2001, right here in Happy Camp. The novel is a middle-grade children's adventure story of a boy living in the Klamath River Valley in very ancient times, prior to the settlement of Karuks. In other words, its a bit of a fantasy, but uses the beautiful and unique Klamath terrain as a background.
Her second NaNoWriMo novel was written in November 2002, again in 17 days. "I like to write at least 2500 words daily, which would produce a 50,000-word novel in only twenty days," she said, "but I always go slightly over that number so I get done sooner." Her 2002 novel, The Seagull Rebellion, is another middle-grade children's adventure written about the same ancient civilization, however this time she used a supporting character from the first novel and transported her to the imaginary city of Valeka on the Pacific coast, which was supposedly where San Francisco is now.
Martin's third NaNoWriMo novel was written for adults. We all have to grow up sometime and for Martin, that was in 2003. It is a 130,000+ word portrait of life for a fictional homeschooling family living in Happy Camp during the early 1990's when the mill here closed. The fictional family, Ilyse and Walker O’Callaghan and their four children, Brianna, Mariah, Micah and Chantal, lived in a house not far from Elk Creek Road, on the south side of the river. The title of that novel is A Curious Woman Wants To Know.
This will be the first NaNoWriMo for Judy Bushy and Pete Winslow, both members of the Klamath River Writers Club here in Happy Camp.
Everyone knows Judy Bushy from her wonderful, home-spun "Down River" column in the Pioneer Press, a weekly paper that serves the county from its home in Ft. Jones. Her novel is to be set here in Happy Camp. If you want to know more details, you will have to ask her. Happy Camp News cannot be responsible for divulging what may be top secret plotting ideas. Her working title is Klamath Encounter.
Pete Winslow, a long-time volunteer for the Happy Camp Fire Department and owner of the Angelic Healing Center, has written several articles for Happy Camp News. His NaNoWriMo novel will be somewhat autobiographical and spiritually relevant to modern-day life. Every year during NaNoWriMo there are writers working on quality autobiographies along with those writing totally fictional drivel that may never be worth revising.
For this year Linda Martin plans to write a somewhat contemporary novel starting with a 10-chapter section about teenagers living in the sixties. She intends for one of her characters to get into a lot of trouble following the Berkeley demonstrations and riots. That character will be followed into adulthood as she goes through many attempts to set her life straight again. The working title is Far Out... The Journey To Oblivion.
Anyone else who feels up to the challenge can register for NaNoWriMo at any time up until November 25, the "hope springs eternal" cut-off date. The fun officially starts on November 1 but many wannabe novelists are preparing during October by writing outlines or wasting a lot of time getting to know people and playing silly procrastination games on the site's message forums.
NaNoWriMo started in 1999 as the brainchild of Chris Baty, an aspiring novelist in Oakland, California. It is still, after all these years, Baty's pet project. Because of his mind-boggling inspiration to challenge his friends to a month of novel-writing, thousands of writers worldwide have
succumbed to succeeded in writing novels for the first time.
"First they laugh at you, then they fear you, then they fight you, then you win."
November 19 - Writer's Club, 2pm, call Pete Winslow for location: 493-2778. All writers are welcome. Each writer is requested to bring something they've written on the topic of "spelunking".
Gold Prospecting: See events planned by the New 49'ers at their website.
Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce: Events Schedule.
To add your event to the Community Calendar, email , or call Linda at (530) 493-2099, or send announcements and press releases to Happy Camp News, P.O. Box 603, Happy Camp, CA 96039.
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NRA endorses Bush; Badnarik "not surprised"
October 17, 2004 - Phoenix, AZ - On Wednesday, the National Rifle Association shed its alleged neutrality and endorsed President George W. Bush for re-election. Few, least of all Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, expressed surprise.
"No, I'm not a big surprised," said Badnarik on Sunday as he was traveling to the battleground state of Oregon for three days of campaign events. "It's par for the course."
"There's a reason author L. Neil Smith, a friend of mine, calls the NRA 'the nation's oldest, largest gun control organization,'" said Badnarik. "These are the people who wrote the 1968 Gun Control Act 'so it wouldn't be worse.' They've never met a victim disarmament law they weren't willing to capitulate to, accommodate and eventually defend."
Bush was elected in 2000 on a platform that included renewal of the 1994 "Assault Weapons Ban." The renewal failed in Congress despite his continued support.
"Republicans, including now-Attorney General John Ashcroft, have become progressively more anti-gun since becoming a majority in Congress," says Thomas Knapp, Badnarik's media coordinator. "Under Ashcroft, the Department of Justice has aggressively expanded the enforcement of Clinton-era anti-gun laws, while Ashcroft himself has pushed to expand the jurisdiction of those laws into gun shows and other areas not previously covered by them."
So why would the NRA endorse Bush, instead of a candidate who, like Badnarik, advocates repeal of the more than 20,000 unconstitutional federal gun laws?
"If you have to ask why," says Badnarik, "the answer is usually 'money.' The NRA's agenda isn't about protecting gun owners' rights. It's about getting into gun owners' wallets. And what they sell those gun owners is not real change, but the nebulous concept of 'access' to politicians already in power."
The NRA expects to spend $20 million promoting its anti-gun presidential candidate. But gun owners in 48 states and the District of Columbia will have the opportunity to vote for a pro-gun candidate, Michael Badnarik, and for other pro-gun Libertarian candidates, on November 2nd.