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WRITER'S BLOCK, Vol. 3, Issue #9 Glory Trail Audio Update, Giving away more books
September 01, 2017

The Beauty of Fall!

The following article was inspired by some good questions from Paddy and Pam. (More about the contest below David's bit.)

How I Got This Way...

What's in a Name?

A loyal reader/listener to our efforts here at Ironbear expressed curiosity about the origin of some of the characters names in the Trail series of westerns. All right…confession time. A few of the names I have used were from real people I knew back in the 1950’s.

A main character in Calico Trial is called Royce Taylor. The real Royce Taylor was a deacon in the Baptist church, a lifetime friend of my grandfather, and a fine snooker player who always had time to tease me when I would accompany my granddad to the pool and snooker tables in the basement of the American Legion Hall in my hometown.

One of the major characters in Ogallala Trail is called Owney Furnish. He and my granddad grew up together. (Both men were born in the late 1800’s.) Owney, among other things, was a mechanic and worked on our ’49 Plymouth from time to time. He had a fine tenor voice and would sing while trying to get the Plymouth’s carburetor to cooperate. He would also sharpen my ice skates for me every December.

Arberry Yont, if you recall, was the nasty sheriff in Deer Run. The Arberry Yont I knew was a farmer. He was a large, silver-haired man, and another of my Grandfather’s lifetime cohorts who picked on me every chance he got. Arberry farmed north of my hometown. At age nine, I shot my first pheasant while hunting in Arberry’s corn stubble.

Last, but not least, was Piggy Wiggins, the villain who rode in the company of Arkansas Bill Cole. Piggy was a childhood pal of my grandfather’s. His first name wasn’t really Piggy, but that is all I ever heard him called.

I never knew Piggy. He passed before I was born, but my grandad had a bunch of stories about him. One of them consisted of Piggy crossing the trestle of the old railroad river bridge. My granddad, Arberry Yount, and Piggy were walking across the trestle one day when they encountered an oncoming train. My grandpa and Arberry ran toward the train to get off the tracks because it was the shortest distance to safety. Piggy, on the other hand, turned around and ran from the train. The engine was nearly breathing down Piggy’s neck when he gave up and jumped for the water. Piggy missed the river entirely and landed on the bank. My grandfather recounted that Piggy was laid up for quite a spell an’ finally got around purty fair, but somehow managed to limp with both legs.

Piggy fell in love in his late teens, but the object of his affection wanted nothing to do with him and told him to stay out of her life. It hit the poor boy hard. My granddad was driving a buckboard wagon behind a team of mules one afternoon when Piggy approached him and said he wanted to die. He got down on the ground, put his head between the spokes of one of the buckboard’s front wheels, and asked my grandpa to whip the team. An unusual request, but what are friends for?

My granddad said ol’ Piggy rotated with that wheel for ten or twelve yards before he flew loose. Piggy survived, but he couldn’t turn his head to the left very far after that.

What’s in a name? In some cases, marvelous memories.


Book Give-Away Information

In our last newsletter, we announced the following give-away:

The Ironbear crew is working on revamping the newsletter. Our goal is to make it more interesting for you. So, guess what! We really want your input on what would entertain you the most. Please, send your suggestions our way. Oh, and by the way, there's even more than upped entertained in it for you! Here's what we're going to do. The first 10 people who email us a "do-able" suggestion will be snail-mailed an autographed paperback book of DEER RUN TRAIL. Any suggestion that is put into play will also get its sender an autographed paperback book of NODAWAY TRAIL.

So, get that brain a thinkin' then use the email below to send the results. (Remember, you must use the email address below.)

At the present time, we have sent out 6 autographed books to Paddy and Pam, (a wonderful husband and wife team who received both Deer Run and Nodaway since this month's bit was inspired by them), Nancy, Nathan, James, and Joe. They all wrote us some great emails full of ideas and suggestions.

As a matter of fact, we had so much fun getting those emails that we have decided we're going to give away some more autographed books. So, if you missed the first round...or just never got that email sent...write us. Give us suggestions of what you would like to see added to the newsletter. Remember, send them to

We look forward to sending out more books!


Guess what! David spent August 22nd in studio, recording Glory Trail. He and Joel got about 60% of the book recorded. Plans are for him to go back in studio tomorrow (August 29th) and finish up the vocal work. The next steps will be editing the dialogue, adding the music, then sending the sound track off to Openbook Audio so they can do their magic. If all goes as it should, the audio version will be available in about 2 months.

And, another update: Though he has changed a few things and has done some more extensive research, David has made progress on the new Trail book. He's going through the usual writer's angst: maybe the title needs changed, nope the boys wouldn't go there, gotta come up with a better location for that...those kind of thoughts. (It's the typical process, so don't worry.) At present, he has around 30,000 words. That means the book should be completed by Spring 2018.


We named the channel David R Lewis. So, you can just type in David's name, and the YouTube search engine will pull it up, or you can click on any of the links below.

David performs some excerpts from his books, shares some memories of his youth, and rants a little about the writing process.


David R Lewis

The Crockett Series

The CROCKETT series:

Remember: eBook #1 of the CROCKETT series, FEAR OF THE FATHER, is still free everywhere. Here's the links:

Amazon Fear of the Father ***** Barnes and Noble Fear of the Father ***** iBook Fear of the Father ***** Kobo Fear of the Father

As we mentioned last time, David has written a total of 8 Crockett books. At present, 7 are out. Number 7, Behind the Badge, was released in eBook format, January 27, 2017 on Amazon and Smashwords and has made its way to other major distributors now.

Take to the TRAIL

DEER RUN TRAIL is free on Amazon and other distribution sites in eBook format. GLORY TRAIL was released on December 25, 2016. That makes 8 books in the TRAIL series.

Passing that information on to all your friends would sure be appreciated. Below, we've included a few of the links.

Amazon Deer Run Trail ***** Barnes and Noble DEER RUN TRAIL ***** iBook Deer Run Trail ***** Kobo Deer Run Trail

Thank you.

See ya again on October 1st! If you enjoyed this newsletter; please tell all your friends to visit our website and sign up for the fun.

Ironbear eBook Facebook link ***** Heartland Memories story page ***** Ironbear website *****

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