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Nancy Werking Poling at Black Mountain Library

June 15, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm
Can women rescue the planet from ecological disaster?Nancy Werking Poling will launch her new novel, WHILE EARTH STILL SPEAKS, set in WNC. She'll tell the stories behind the story: How did Mary (more crone than virgin) get into the narrative? And Mary Surratt, a co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth?See More
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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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"luv ya Renea ... Kephart bio finally done after 40 years ... free at last ... free at last... great god almighty ... free a last!"
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Connie Regan-Blake Storytelling at Hendersonville Public Library at Henderson County Public Library - Main Branch

June 13, 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
Join Connie Regan-Blake for a family oriented evening of stories at the Hendersonville Library.See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Please join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” Here are the tellers for our April 6th “Slice of Life” performance.  Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Kyra Freeman, Steve Tate, Alberta Hipps and more! The event is hosted by the …See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive,…See More
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Stealth Hazy - 'Gun Clap'

Stealth Hazy - Gun ClapI got 80 rounds with a beam on it riding dirty I'm smoking chronic top off hear that system pound 808 thats subsonicI double down quadruple upstraight droppin with no cutwilt chamberlain on the reboundand you a fan just starstruckI…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Montreat College Friends of the Library Celebrate National Library Week at Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College, Montreat, NC

April 9, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
Patti Callahan, author of the recent novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Don W. King author of Out of My Bone: the Letters of Joy Davidman, A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis, and Yet One More Spring: a Critical Study of Joy Davidman, will co-present on their works about Joy and her husband C.S. Lewis.  The event is free and open to the public on April 9, 2019 in Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College.Reception and Book signing to followSee More
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TWO NEW APPALACHIAN NOVELS

I have, just released two Appalachian Novels.OUT OF THE SHADOWS, begins deep in the Appalachian Mountains of in WNC. It is partly a true story about a young man who ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He meets another runaway, and they fall in love.A journey where he faced adversaries, but also success as he walked, hitchhiked, and made his way across the country.GONE LIKE A CANDLE IN THE WIND, is a story of three young people growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian…See More
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The Main Show

The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)See video of Act 1, Scene 1: The SettingProgram Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Reader: Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a…See More
Jan 26
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Hollywood Pictures Inc in Fairview

In the 1920's it seemed the whole country was caught up in excitement about films and Hollywood.    Asheville and Western North Carolina were well aware of the hoopla of Hollywood.   In fact, Hollywood (or at least filmmaking) was already beginning to come to Western NC.I recently stumble across an article from the Jun 6 1926 issue of The Asheville Citizen Times which mentions that Hollywood Pictures Inc, was planning to film just south of Asheville, near Fairview.  But....was this really…See More
Jan 23


I just finished doing a CNTRL F search for the letter combination ly through six hundred pages of manuscript, a process that took me three days. At each ly, I had to make a
decision, and executing it almost always involved some mousing and
deleting. If I ever write "stared
blankly" or "whispered softly" again, please just shoot me.



I'm working on the second draft of my novel, and these "search and destroy" missions are necessary (I got rid of ninety-five percent of my colons) but they're so mechanical that they start feeling like
stalling. I haven't started the real
work, the creative honing of prose that just doesn't sparkle -- or sparkles way
too much for its own good. If it really
is procrastination, then maybe it would explain the troubled wrongness I
started feeling yesterday, as though I had neglected something important but
couldn't remember what it was. It had a
little guilt attached to it, too, or so it seemed. I don't know what it is, but it's still with me. Last night I was reading the Mountain Xpress
and I think I got a clue from Rob Brezsny's horoscope feature, "Free Will
Astrology."



Every time I read his Aquarius for the week, I have the impression that he must know me and is writing for me and me alone. (As an experiment, I've tried reading his advisories to other signs, and I'm afraid they usually work just the same for
me, but that's all right.) This week he
writes for Aquarius: "I would love
it if you could find a sword that could cut itself. Or a fire that could burn itself. Or some water you could wash.
But even if you can conjure the magic to attract an experience that
simply resembles one of those marvelous paradoxes, it would set in motion a
series of epiphanies that would liberate you from an inferior paradox -- a
confusing absurdity that is not worthy of you and that has been draining your
life force." Why is it that
Brezsny can write, week after week, a horoscope for me that I can not quite
understand but which nevertheless seems to hit the nail on the head? Inferior paradox? What makes a paradox inferior?
Well, he answers that. First, he
redefines paradox as a confusing absurdity, and I'll buy that. What makes it inferior is that it is 1) not
worthy of me, and 2) has been draining my life force.



Rob Brezsny knows all about my novel. He must. In it I write about paradoxes, religious ones, metaphysical ones, also spiritual ones. And I have been worried
about trying to expose these paradoxes.
Yes, now that I read my horoscope for the week, I'm convinced that the
uneasy, sort of guilty, troubled wrongness that's been eating at me, is all
about those paradoxes. And the kicker
is, I believe it's because they are not worthy of me and they've been draining
my life force. These paradoxes,
paradoxically, are the fodder for my novel, yet cannot be worked out in a novel
without rendering the novel trivial.
I'd better say something about the paradoxes.



One is that there is a God, and that atheists are not wrong, are in fact correct in believing there is no God. Another is that we exist in linear time, and can arrive at any point in time whenever we want to (but I mean really). And (somewhat related to the time paradox)
it is possible to share the consciousness of another person, though that person
may be long gone. That last one sounds
like plain old ouija board nonsense, but it's something else. The problem with paradoxes such as these is
that they evaporate when you try to expose them. Logic, obviously, is their enemy -- they're paradoxes. Then how do I write about them? I have written a long story about people
whose lives are grazed by paradox, but I'm confused and my life force has been,
and is still being drained by the process.
I need to find fire that will burn itself, water that I can wash, and
set in motion that series of epiphanies that will liberate me from those
inferior paradoxes.



I'm not at all sure how to accomplish such discoveries. My best idea so far is to ride my motorcyle a lot, but it's raining today and I won't ride in the rain. And besides, while riding does often bring on euphoria, I don't know how to parlay euphoria into epiphany. I'm open to suggestions. Email me.
The very act, should it happen, would be a pseudo-paradox: Cynically, I doubt that anyone reads these
posts, and yet I hope they do. (Get
it? A cynic full of hope.) If you respond, then that confusing
absurdity could be the very savior of my work.



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