“Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic.
Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab.
Pope took money to keep a woman’s name out of a satire
then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow.
Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest.
Do you still want to a writer and if so, why?”

~Bennett Cerf

 

Hey, its been over a month, hasn’t it? But I’ve been busy— I swear it.

Some key points I’ve done for my in the last month:

1. Made the front page headlines for the Stars and Stripes Pacific Newspaper, the primary newspaper for all military installations that have anything to do with the Pacific, which basically means my silly grin was spread from California, to Hawaii, to Japan, to Korea, and Guam.

Here is parts of the article, the full article found at:
http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=63318

Yokosuka Grad publishing book inspired by military community

Terence Sanders, 18, the book’s author, returned for a visit last week to Yokosuka, where as a junior at Nile C. Kinnick High School he wrote many of the stories included in the proof edition.

Many of his characters’ personality traits came from Sanders’ experiences living on military bases.

The transient nature of the community instilled a desire within Sanders to get to know people quickly and deeply in the short time before they inevitably parted.

“Nobody goes into high school expecting to graduate with their friends,” Sanders said. “So you pick the best people and get to know them the best you can.”

That sense of urgency led Sanders to write as much as he could before leaving for California during his senior year.

Albie Clemmer, a former teacher at Kinnick and the sponsor for the writing group, said other writers looked up to Sanders out of respect for his writing.

“It shows there really is no limitation to age because at his age, his fluency with the language — it just flows so beautifully from him,” Clemmer said. “The stories, the ideas, the images, they’re coming from a deeper place.”

While attending Orange Glen High School during his senior year in Escondido, Calif., Sanders’ writing caught the attention of a student whose mother was starting up a publishing house.

But the publishers said they found Sanders’ writing interesting, so he agreed and embarked on a grueling editing process.

Sanders explores several writing techniques, ranging from stream of consciousness to more traditional structures. His writing is often heavy on metaphor, which Clemmer believes is one of Sanders’ strengths.

“He sees immense complexity most people his age don’t see,” Clemmer said. “These relationships really are puzzles.”

Sanders will have a book release in New Orleans, where he is a first-year student at Tulane. He’ll have updates about the book at his Web site, http://www.terence sanders.com.

His full Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship means he likely will follow the path of his father, Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Sanders.

While many writers dream of finishing a book but save it for another day, knowing that he’ll be putting on an ensign’s rank in three years gave Sanders all the more reason to finish up while he is young.

“Once I get into the service, there will be other important things in my life,” Sanders said.”

Erik Slavin / S&S

Terence Sanders displays a proof copy of his new book, “The Pocketbook: Coloring the Gray,” while visiting Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, on Tuesday. Sanders, a first-year student at Tulane University, based some of the personality traits of his characters on people he met as a student at Kinnick High School.

2. Gave a couple talks about my book to the faculty at Kinnick High School and such, basically getting my old community aware of what I’m doing. Its always fun to talk to people and hear about how they have already heard of the book—through various people, seen my ads, etc.

Thanks Jossan Urban, especially. Since for some reason almost the entire Filipino population of Yokosuka visits her myspace, where there is an extreme blow up of my ad 🙂th_50434e2b

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3… maybe I’ll continue this list some other time. I’m so tired, I can’t even think right now. Let’s just leave it at “Great chance to spread word across the world.”

 

TULANE BOOK RELEASE:

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I spoke to my good buddy, Stephen Voodoo Powell (Check out his facebook group New Orleans Music Scene to get the latest of the music happenings around New Orleans”) and he told me he could probably utilize his resources for securing a room at the LBC for the book release…

I’d settle for a table.

Anyways, I need ideas! How can we make it a sha-bang worth remembering? Who wants to help? I think I’m going to plan on it being a Friday or a Saturday in September…

Well. If you’re interested and full of ideas, HIT ME UP on this or at my email.

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