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WRITER'S BLOCK, Vol. 4, Issue#: Update of "No Nme" Trail, book 10
July 03, 2018

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

How I Got This Way...


His name was Chester, but I always knew him as Chet. He was my favorite uncle’s older brother and farmed a place a few miles from where my Uncle Wayne farmed and kept hogs. The year was in the mid-60’s.

Wayne and I were cleaning out some feeder pigpens one hot July afternoon, shoveling away under the glaring sun in the middle of one of the most miserable jobs on the planet. Chet arrived in his old Chevy pick-up and ambled over, giving us a reason to take a break. I knew what was coming. Story time. My uncle and Chet were both well into their 60’s or 70’s and knew the value of a good story. They also knew I was a rapt listener. Discussion of the heat turned to discussion of the cold and the big blizzard of 1909 or 1910.

Chet and Wayne’s father kept cattle in those days. Extremely cold weather brought with it several threats, including the possible problem of wolves attacking the herd. Their dad had spent most of the day in question on horseback while armed with a .22 caliber rifle and a coat pocket full of shells. That night, the temperature fell dramatically; and the cattle were herded into a large corral near the barn for protection. After supper, he and his boys bundled up and went out to spend the night on horseback to keep the cattle moving so they wouldn’t freeze while they watched for ice-clogged nostrils.

My uncle’s father smoked a large pipe with a deep bowl and had put tobacco loose in the pocket of his sheepskin coat so he wouldn’t have to fuss with a pouch. The boys watched him as he dug his pipe around in the pocket to fill it, then puffed deeply as he lit the tobacco. A few moments later a loud “crack!” echoed across the lot, and their dad disappeared in a cloud of smoke and debris. The .22 bullet he’d accidentally scooped up into the bowl of his pipe with the tobacco had discharged from the heat and knocked him off his horse. They found him laying in the snow cussing, his face blackened, and a two-inch piece of pipe stem still clamped between his gunpowder stained teeth.

Back in the feedlot, Chet laughed at the memory. “By God, David,” he said, “That’s why I allus smoke cigareets. A feller cain’t git no twenty-two shell stuck in no cigareet.”

I asked to bum one from the pack in his pocket. An hour or so before, mine had fallen into a pile of what we were shoveling and was rendered useless.

“I’d be glad to hep ya if I could, but I cain’t,” Chet said, taking a full pack of Camels from his shirt pocket. “I just bought these here a couple days ago an’ tolt myself that the next cigareet I smoked would come outa this pack. I ain’t fixin’ ta open it.”

“So you quit smoking?”

“Not exactly,” he grinned. “I just ain’t opened this here pack yet.”

I didn’t see Chet again until my Grandmother’s funeral twenty-six years later. As I stood in the receiving line, shaking hands and trading comments with well-wishers, I couldn’t believe my eyes. There, moving in my direction, came Chet and his wife. He peered at me.

“I reckon you’d be David, I guess,” he said. “Yer a full growed man, I speck. How old are ya?”

“I’m forty-four, Chet.

“Well,” he went on, “my wife here, you remember Alma doan ya? Alma is ninety-four an’ I’m ninety-six. We’re right sorry about yer grandma. She was a fine girl.” They proceeded out the door.

Chet! I was delighted to see him and astounded that he was still around. Soon the reception was over. I was outside the funeral home, waiting for the drive to the cemetery, when Chet caught my eye from across the yard. He smiled and pulled a ragged wad of tape and cellophane out of his pocket and held it up for me to see.

“Still ain’t opened that pack a Camels, David,” he shouted, “but ya never know, one a these days I might!”

Chet died a few months later, still a smoker. He just hadn’t had a cigarette in twenty-six years.


Trail series Updates:

Dakota Trail AUDIO update: On June 23rd, David started recording DAKOTA TRAIL. It's going to be a slow process, though. Marion's and Homer's voices play havoc on David's throat. (We reckon Marion and Homer just wants to keep David challenged.) But, David is a tough ol' bird and will plug away on recording for a little while every week until the book is finished.

As far as the 10th book in the TRAIL series goes...well, it still doesn't have a title. BUT, he has now complete 20,096 words! That makes him about 1/3rd of the way done.

We still can't give you a release date. Between needing to do more research and David's struggle with his new medications, things have slowed down. However, the doctors have said that the side effects will lessen in the next month or so. After that, David and the boys should be able to hit the trail hard.

We sure do want to thank everyone for being so patient and understanding while David is working through his health issues. All the kind words and encouragement has helped so much. Thank you.

Dakota Trail, the ebook,...

now available at most major distributors!

Marion, Homer, and Ruben are dispatched to Sioux Falls in the Dakota Territory to investigate the disappearance of another Federal Marshal, James Jacklin. While trying to gather information on Marshal Jacklin, the men come face to face with an entirely new situation that might be related…the kidnapping, selling, and forced prostitution of young Chinese girls. With the support of a determined and wealthy woman, the boys set out to find Marshal James Jacklin and to investigate a brutal market of slavery. Saddle up and join the marshals as they take to the Dakota Trail.

Here's the Amazon link to Dakota Trail: Dakota Trail-Amazon


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 have mentioned, David has written a total of 8 Crockett books. At present, all 8 have been released.

Take to the TRAIL

DEER RUN TRAIL is free on Amazon and other distribution sites in eBook format. DAKOTA TRAIL was released on April 27, 2018 That makes 9 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

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