James Brown Movie–Get On Up

James Brown

James Brown

Picture Taken from The 60s Official Site

I went to see the James Brown movie “Get On Up.”  I did not go with any expectations except, hopefully, to enjoy a good depiction of a musical genius, James Brown.  I got exactly what I went there for: a good movie.

Picture Taken from Entertainment Weekly

Chadwick Boseman does a wonderful job of depicting the mannerisms, voice, and dance moves of James Brown.  I didn’t expect the movie to recreate the life of this famous man–I might have been in the movie theater for days in order for the movie to cover the highlights of his life.  Seventy-three years (James Brown’s age) on earth cannot be condensed into a two-hour movie.

One thing I enjoyed immensely was the way the musical selections were weaved throughout the movie.  Boseman’s seamless lip-syncing to James Browns’ lyrics and his energizing dance moves to songs such as “I Got the Feelin'” and “Get Up Offa That Thang” kept me glued to the big screen.

Below are some of James Browns’ greatest hits.  Take a listen and hear a legend at work.


 I Got the Feelin’

Please, Please, Please

This Is a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World

Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

I Got You (I Feel Good)

Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

The Big Payback

Try Me

Cold Sweat

Papa Don’t Take No Mess

Get Up Offa That Thang

“Get On Up” is a movie worth seeing, especially if you are a James Brown fan.  Great music, electrifying dance moves, and a good story depicting the life of a legend.


Anyone who has read my novel Liquor House Music can relate to the music discussed in the novel.  James Browns’ music is definitely the type of music played at liquor houses and juke joints in the South during the 60’s and 70’s.

 I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.

Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available atAmazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

Classic Car and Motorcycle Expo–Rocky Mount


Today I attended the Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo held on July 25 & 26, 2014.  It was 80+ degrees with some mild breezes blowing now and again,which made the day’s heat bearable.   On Friday, a car cruise, a block party, and live entertainment were held on Douglass Block. I didn’t attend that event, but I know it was awesome.   On Saturday, July 26, a classic, antique car, and motorcycle showcase was held along Main Street.  Car and motorcycle enthusiasts and collectors from around North Carolina came to Rocky Mount to show off their beautifully renovated custom cars and motorcycles.

Here are a few classic automobiles on showcase at the Expo.


There were some magnificent motorcycles on display also.



Some of my favorites are shown below.


There were even some “Tricked Out” cars.


Presentations of the winners was held on the Main Stage with categories like Best Import, Best Ford, Best Chevy, Best of Show, Sport Bike, Harley Cruiser, and a People’s Choice Award.  The general public got to vote on the People’s Choice Award.   Winners received trophies.

This was a wonderful event, and I am glad I went.  I have a medley of photos to use as inspiration for paintings.


 I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.

Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

New Submissions Calls–North Carolina Writers’ Network

Submission details are available to current members. Click on the links below, or log in to the NCWN website at www.ncwriters.org, go to the “Members Only” tab, and select “Opportunities.”

Deadline: July 31
Psychopomp Magazine is open for submissions in July. We are looking for short fiction up to 5,000 words that plays with genre and/or form. Are you a kindred spirit of Kelly Link? Do you have a fractured fairy tale? Literary speculative fiction, fabulism, experimental forms. Send us your best.


Deadline: August 1
Award: $1,000, publication, 25 author’s copies
Fee: $20
Truly great stories can stand on their own. That’s why RWP made the choice long ago to publish only fiction chapbooks. With chapbooks ranging in length from 10 to 46 pages—one single story to a handful of them, or scads of short-shorts to a slim novella, RopeWalk insists that fine/playful drama, stunning plot, fresh voice, and energetic diction need not come between the covers of a “full-length” book in order to be diabolically-yummy and given the publisher’s full attention.

Deadline: August 31
Award: £500 (each genre) plus books and publication
Fee: £10
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for you as a writer to showcase your work to new, international audiences. Now in its eighth year, the Award champions both emerging and established writers of poetry and short fiction, and presents career-boosting opportunities for finalists. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both short
fiction and poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted.


Deadline: September 25
Red Wolf Journal is seeking poets. We are an online international poetry journal that is published quarterly. We are inviting emerging and established poets to submit their work for publication in the Fall 2014 issue, which has the general theme of “celebration and ritual.” Feel free to follow this theme as broadly or specifically as you wish. Our intention is to spread poetry as far as it can travel. Please join us on the journey.

Deadline: October 15
We are excited and proud to announce the call for submissions for the inaugural issue of our printed journal, Evening Paper! Our first issue will, accordingly, feature works on the theme “Beginnings.” Please submit any creative work on this theme (interpret the theme however you’d like) — we welcome fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and studio art (photography, painting, drawing, or any other visual representations). Scholarly papers will be accepted on all topics related to Narrative, storytelling and creative practice. Our inaugural issue will feature works by Chris Adrian, Susannah Cahalan, Mary Gordon, and Ben Schwartz.

Seeking poetry for a new anthology – poets write jazz. Each poet selected will pick one jazz artist and write three poems based on 3 songs.

The Intentional Quarterly is a print literary magazine dedicated to emerging writers and to the exploration of identity and purpose. We consider fiction, poetry, literary journalism, creative nonfiction and memoir, and the occasional interview or review. The Intentional is on a mission to bring print back and build creative communities in cities across the US. We do this through our magazine, our website, and events that connect local talent to enthusiasts. We are young thinkers, collaborators, and creatives working to better understand identity and quality of life through words and art. The Intentional is now accepting creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry submissions for upcoming issues, especially pieces pertaining to the following themes: Hustle, Vows and Commitments, Displacement, and Gray Area.

Deadline: July 23
We are seeking great stories for the anthology Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today. Out of Many will showcase emerging writers for an emerging generation. The anthology is already under contract with an academic publisher and will feature a broader spectrum of voices than those typically found in prose readers. 5,000 words maximum. Minorities of all stripes are encouraged to submit. Send us your most delightful, insightful, and alive. Experimentation welcomed. Possible multipliers or dividers may include ideology, religion, class, race, gender, ethnicity, culture, language, generation, color, nationality, aesthetics. This list is far from exhaustive, and could be seen as merely suggestive. What matters most is the power of your story: the bigness of its heart, the freedom of its language, and the beauty of its vision.

Deadline: July 26
The 10th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Once Upon A Time,” “Ten Years From Now,” “It’s A Miracle,” “A Journey Worth Taking” and “People Are Funny.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Deadline: July 31
Award: $1,000 and publication / Runners-Up
Cost: $15 (includes 1-yr subscription)
Crazyhorse is accepting entries for their annual short-short fiction contest. Submit three short-shorts of up to 500 words each. All entries will be considered by our editors for publication.

Deadline: July 31
Award: $200 / $100 / $50
Fee: $10
We are pleased to announce our second annual international Love on the Road Writing Contest, which will lead to the second edition of our Love on the Road anthology. Submissions should be 4,000 to 6,000 words and can be fiction or nonfiction. They must be original and cannot have been previously published.

Deadline: July 31
Award: $1,000, travel expenses, launch party, and publication
Fee: $30
The Press 53 Award for Poetry is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems. The winner of this contest will receive publication by Press 53 as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection, a $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special launch party weekend in Winston-Salem, NC, attendance to the 2015 Press 53/Jacar Press Gathering of Poets, and ten copies of the book; all prizes will be awarded upon publication.

Deadline: July 31
Award: $1,000 and 20 copies of chapbook / $100 / $100 and publication
Cost: $20 (includes 1-yr subscription)
Submit 20-30 pages of poetry. Final Judge: Ben Lerner.

Deadline: August 1
Award: $500 / $300 / $200 / $75 / $50
Fee: $25
Entries must not exceed 5,000 words. Stories must be written in English. Portions of the winning stories may be read during the gala event on Saturday, September 27.

Deadline: August 1
Shade Mountain Press seeks novel manuscripts by women of color: any topic, any style (as long as it’s literary rather than genre). Shade Mountain Press is looking for literary fiction that’s politically engaged, that challenges the status quo and gender/class/race privilege. We look for work that’s wise, raucous, joyful, angry, alive. Both realism and its various alternatives (magic realism / fabulism / slipstream / the fantastic/ dystopianism) are welcome, as long as the work is literary rather than genre fiction.

Deadline: August 30
Awards: Choice of packages
Fee: $25
Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less. Multiple entries are accepted. All work must be unpublished. Sponsored by The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville.

Deadline: August 31
Now more than ever, North Carolina is finding its way into literature that stretches beyond the state’s borders. From those who’ve moved here from places and cultures around the globe, to those who’ve departed our state bound for distant destinations worldwide, how has “the writingest state” (as Doris Betts called North Carolina) influenced their writing? Is it our rich history, our storied heritage, our diverse culture, our singular environment? Is it our people? Or is it the barbecue that most influences those coming and going? As we pause to step back and examine North Carolina’s global influence, we invite submissions by and about writers whose work bears the imprint of our beloved Old North State. For this section, we would be interested in articles on, interviews with, and creative nonfiction by 1) writers who have a deep history in North Carolina but live and/or write books set elsewhere; 2) “immigrant” writers—writers (of various ethnicities) from outside of North Carolina who have made North Carolina their home; and 3) non-North Carolina writers setting works here.

Deadlne: September 1
Award: $1,000 / $100 / Honorable Mentions and publication (each genre)
Fee: $20
This year we are honored to have Richard Siken (Poetry), Lily Hoang (Fiction/Prose), and Kiese Laymon (Nonfiction) as our guest judges. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word fiction or nonfiction submission, or one packet of up to three poems.

Deadline: September 1
Award: $1,000 / $250 / $100 and publication
Fee: $20
Announcing: Naugatuck River Review’s 6th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest. All winners, finalists and semi-finalists will be offered publication in the Winter 2015 issue of Naugatuck River Review. Naugatuck River Review is dedicated to publishing great narrative poetry. We are open to many styles of poetry, looking for narrative that sings, which means the poem has a strong emotional core and the narrative is compressed. There is a 50-line limit.

Deadline: September 1
Award: $1,000 prize, $500 award, $500 advance and publication
Fee: $15 (includes 1-yr subscription to Notre Dame Review)
The Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction are awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of short fiction. Vanity press publications do not fulfill this requirement. The volumes of the Sullivan Prize will be published in trade paperback format. The author will be offered a standard contract with the University of Notre Dame Press.

Deadline: September 3
Award: Varies
Fee: $7
Scribes Valley Publishing is accepting submissions for our 12th annual short story writing contest. All finalists (around 10-15 stories) are published in annual contest anthology, both in print and electronic versions. Monetary prizes for top three finalists are based on contest participation – the more entries we receive, the bigger the prize amounts. In addition, all finalists receive a copy of both the print and electronic versions. Thrill us…amaze us…entertain us…TELL US A STORY! Word limit: 5,000.

Deadline: September 5
Award: $1,000, reading, publication, VIP access to 2014 Festival
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s Poetry Contest is now open for submissions! Vijay Seshadri, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for his 3 Sections collection, will judge. The winner will receive prize money, publication, and access to countless great panels and events at the next Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (March 25-29, 2015). Nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) for the 2015 Festival.

Deadline: September 15
The Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild is issuing a call to writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for submissions to be considered in their 2015 issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal. They are also calling for black and white art and photography for the book interior and color art for the cover. A cash prize of $25 will be awarded to the artist whose work is chosen for the book cover. The current issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal is available for purchase at the FCAC headquarters in Leslie Martin Pottery Studio in downtown Franklinton and online from Amazon.com.

Deadline: September 22
Award: $1,000 / $500 and publication
Fee: $20
For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about WAITING. We’re looking for well-crafted true stories of delays, postponements, and pauses that explore and examine our relationship with time. The theme is open to interpretation. Maybe you’re waiting tables or you’re on a waiting list; you could be waiting for the bus or the bell or a friend or a phone call. Maybe you’re waiting for a diagnosis, or for your ship to come in, or for Godot. Maybe you’re expecting. Maybe your story isn’t about you at all; maybe it’s a true story about a town under siege, or a scientific experiment, or a lady-in-waiting … However you approach the subject, we can’t wait to read your work. Submissions must be vivid and dramatic; they should feature a strong and compelling narrative and reach beyond a strictly personal or anecdotal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. (Put another way: something should happen, and it should matter to readers.) Our readers also like to learn new things: tell us something, whether it’s about the history of clocks or how the mind processes time, or maybe about how waiting-period laws vary from state to state. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factual accurate.

Deadline: September 30
Sundress Publications is now open for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology nominations. This project continues to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices who are publishing their work online. The internet continues to be a rapidly evolving medium for the distribution of new and innovative literature, and the Best of the Net Anthology aims to nurture the relationship between writers and the web. In our first seven years of existence, the anthology has published distinguished writers such as Claudia Emerson, B.H. Fairchild, Ron Carlson, Dorianne Laux, and Jill McCorkle alongside numerous new and emerging writers from around the world. This year’s judges are Kathy Fagan, Lily Hoang, and Michael Martone.

Deadline: October 1
Award: $1,000 / $500 / $250 and publication
Fee: $10
The C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis Writing Contest is now open for submissions. The theme? Honoring the Altar of the Earth: Essays Exploring the Intersection of Jungian Thought and Ecology. Winners will have the opportunity to read their essays at our conference, Jung in the Heartland: The Altar of the Earth, in September 2015. Winning essays will be included in a published compilation. Primary consideration will be given to the entry’s originality and its contribution to knowledge and insights from a Jungian perspective regarding the theme. Entries will be judged on substance and originality; idea development (clarity, creativity, Jungian perspective); and writing style, composition, and organization. Maximum length is 4,000 words.

Deadline: October 1
Award: $50
Fee: None
New collaborative work only. This means all submissions must be created by 2+ people. This is not prompt based – so there are no form nor subject guidelines. All submissions must include a literary component but may include or be paired with a visual or audio component.

Deadline: October 1
Award: $500 and publication
Fee: $25
Logan House announces the tenth annual Holland Prize for the best unpublished book of poetry in American English. Each entrant will receive a copy of Disciples of an Uncertain Season and Other Poems by Larry Holland, for whom the Prize is named, as well as a copy of the winning book. The Holland Prize is dedicated to publishing the best manuscript that comes across our desks, irrespective of the poet’s subject, style or geography. Individual poems from submitted manuscripts will be considered for the 2nd edition of The Logan House Anthology of 21st Century American Poetry. Manuscripts should be 60-80 pages. 

Deadline: October 1
Saw Palm: Florida literature and art is seeking submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for Issue 9. We are as interested in lyric and experimental work as we are to more traditional forms. Saw Palm is an annual print magazine out of the University of South Florida. Our mission is to be the premier cultural barometer of Florida – to collect, publish, and review the best cultural works of one of the most populous and diverse states in the U.S. We welcome writers and artists from across the globe, as long as the work is somehow connected to Florida (via images, people, themes, etc.). We also welcome creative works from Floridians and former Floridians that are not obviously about someplace else. Our contributors include national and international award-winners, as well as emerging artists and writers, many of whom are published for the first time here.

Deadline: October 1
Award: Editorial coverage, full-page ads ($6,000 value)
Cost: $40
Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. “Independently Published” books include self-published books and e-books (such as those published through CreateSpace, Lulu.com, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year’s competition are eligible for re-submission in this year’s competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book is eligible. This year the competition will also introduce the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and nonfiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of the novel Lamb to the Slaughter.

Deadline: October 15
Brandt Street Press is now accepting story submissions for the next anthology in our Dammit Series: Dammit, I Love You. We seek stories that reveal a lesson learned from love. The story must be true and not published somewhere else. It should amaze and inspire. And, more than anything else, it should be entertaining.

Deadline: October 31
Raleigh Review believes that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature. We are looking for poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction that is emotionally and intellectually complex without being unnecessarily “difficult.” We read every piece for its intrinsic value, so new/emerging voices are often published along nationally recognized, award-winning authors.

Deadline: November 15
Award: $750, publication, and author copies
Fee: $21
Send 20–32 manuscript pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page). It’s fine if individual works have been published elsewhere, but the manuscript can’t have been published as a whole before. The manuscript need not be thematically coherent or narratively related. Co-authored manuscripts are fine. Final Judge: Bob Hicok.

Deadline: December 15
Have you done something that was dumb but really funny? We all have. And now Stephanie Marston, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Empowered Woman’s Soul, is seeking stories for Girls Gone Stupid: Dumb Things Smart Women Do. Now you have an opportunity to contribute to this new series by sharing your humorous, true-life experiences. The maximum word count is 1,200 words. There will be a $20 honorarium if your story is used. PS: You can write your story anonymously is that’s more comfortable!

Lady Banks’ Trailer Park YouTube channel seeks Book Trailers: videos about a southern book and/or author, posted within the last year, but preferably in 2014, less than four minutes long, DOES NOT say “available at Amazon” in the video or include an Amazon link in the description, and is not published by CreateSpace. The criteria is really more about being indie-bookstore friendly than anything else.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a publishing house that offered all the resources of traditional publishing, while still allowing the creative freedom of independent publishing? Elephantine is a collaborative publisher. Their goal is to partner with authors to turn a love of writing into a successful career for years to come. They work side by side with authors through every step of the publishing process to create a unique and professional title to share with the world. Using strategic marketing, Elephantine provides their authors with industry tools and resources to build readership and grow sales. Elephantine’s aim is simple: To provide access to all stories worth telling, whether or not the words fit into a neatly labeled box. Words that resonate in your bones. Stories you’ll never forget. Become a part of the herd!

In Quire’s “Picture Postcard” project is actively seeking nonfiction contributions.
Please send a digital snapshot of a place you love, accompanied by a brief postcard-like note about that place. Please note, this summer our editors would like to focus on postcards which work toward finding common ground for ecological dialogue in a love of places, a love not dependent on any particular political position or attitude toward ecology. 

The Killer Nashville conference is soliciting guest blogs from published authors and writers on the craft of writing. We’re seeking about 750 words, plus a brief bio and a mug shot.

Songs for a Passbook Torch, edited by Truth Thomas and Melanie Henderson, will celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela in poetry. Submit up to five previously unpublished poems. All work submitted should have some relationship to Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, the Mandela family, and/or the fight for racial justice in South Africa. Payment will be in the form of one contributor’s copy.

Location: Raleigh
Large upstairs office available in downtown Raleigh. Could be shared. Furnished or unfurnished, your choice. Rent includes security, WiFi, all utilities and access to small kitchen and backyard garden. Perfect space to write and create. Two other writers have offices in the building. $400 per month. One-year lease required.

Serving House Books is seeking stories, essays, poems, and black-and-white drawings for an anthology of work centered on the theme of Paris, France. 5,000 words maximum. Send work that touches on Paris in unexpected ways. Submit your creative nonfiction, fiction, poems (five poems max), or drawings.

Piece Meal is an internet journal that reviews single pieces of writing featured in literary magazines. There aren’t enough spaces in the writing world where one-good-thing is thought about. In Piece Meal we look at a single story, a poem or two, or some other piece of writing/media and provide an attentive review. We especially like the idea of giving writers without printed books a chance to be taken seriously. Each review should be a minimum of 500 words. There is no maximum length.

Poetry in Plain Sight is a program bringing poetry to downtown Winston-Salem. Four poems are chosen each month and displayed on posters in sixteen shop windows throughout Winston-Salem’s Arts District and downtown. Submit up to 3 poems per month for consideration. Only one poem per author per year can be selected. Poems that are overtly political or religious in nature, or poems that are not appropriate for all ages, will not be considered for this program.

Prime Number seeks to publish distinctive work, regardless of theme, form, or style. Contributors will include both emerging and established writers. Quarterly online issues will feature fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book-reviews, interviews, and essays on craft. Between issues we will, from time to time, post Prime Decimals, consisting of flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and shorter poems. The annual print issue will include the editors’ selections from work that has appeared in the quarterly issues and Prime Decimals. Submit 3-5 poems, or short fiction and essays of no more than 5,000 words. From Press 53.

Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose seeks submissions from everyone of every gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Submit 3-5 poems or 2,500 words or fewer for prose.

Scapegoat Review is a quarterly journal looking for work for its next issue. Poetry, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction are welcome. We strive for work that is rare and exceptional. Both established and unpublished poets welcome. Work we like—Paul Celan, Simone Meunch, Osip Mandelstam, Yusef Komunyakaa, Wilsawa Symborksa; work that captures our brain and heart.

Tahoma Literary Review is a new, print quarterly (with digital reader options available) that is dedicated not only to publishing the best new poetry and fiction, but also to paying our writers professional rates, promoting our contributors and helping their work find an audience. We publish a diverse selection of writers. All selections for publication come through the submission portal; we do not solicit writing from individual authors. We believe this ensures a fair and transparent selection process.

Charlotte’s Warren Publishing is always looking for talented authors and compelling and entertaining works. If you have a completed manuscript you would like us to consider for publication, please review our Submission Guidelines.




I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  Check out my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).


North Carolina Writers’ Network–Book Readings

Book Readings by Authors at North Carolina Writers’ Network


July 11, 12, 25, 26, 8:00 pm
The Green Monkey, 1217 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
An evening of monologue performances from playwrights Marilynn Barner Anselmi, Richard Krawiec, and more. Matinees on 7/12 and 7/26, 3:00 pm. Tickets are $10 at door or in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Saturday, July 19
Blue Ridge Books 152 S Main St, Waynesville
Tom Davis, publisher of Old Mountain Press, reads and discusses his recently published memoir, The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On: A March From Private to Colonel.  His memoir covers his experiences during the thirty-one years spent in the US Army, rising through the ranks from private to full colonel. Twenty of those years he served with US Army Special Forces (Green Berets). This book chronicles his time in three combat zones: Vietnam, Bosnia, and Iraq/Turkey. Included are his experiences commanding Special Forces Operational A Detachments which specialized in Underwater Operations, High Altitude Low Opening Parachuting, Mountaineering, and Small Atomic Demolitions Munitions as well as two Special Forces Battalions and a Joint Special Operations Task Force. Each chapter covers his duties and responsibilities at the Army Installation where he served. Some times funny. Some times sad. Always interesting. For more  information visit the website at http://www.oldmp.com/davismemoirs.

Saturday, July 19, 2:00 pm
Macon County Community Facilities Building, 1288 Georgia Rd., Franklin
Glenda Beall and others will read as part of a poetry reading series sponsored by The North Carolina Poetry Society and Ridgeline Literary Alliance. 

Thursday, July 31, 4:00-7:00 pm
Quarter Moon Books, 708 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach
Tim Swink will be signing his novel, Curing Time.

Friday, August 22, 7:00 pm
Park Road Books, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte
Grace C. Ocasio will read from her first full-length poetry collection The Speed of Our Lives (BlazeVOX Books) at her launch party. She will also read:

  • Wednesday, August 27, 8:00 pm, Mind Gravy Poetry, Columbia, SC
  • Thursday, September 11, 7:00 pm, Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Chapel Hill, as part of “Flyleaf Books Second Thursday Reading Series”  

Thursday, September 18, 3:30 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill
2014 Piedmont Laureate Carrie Knowles will read. She will also read:

  • Monday, October 6, 7:00 pm, City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, “Durham City Council Meeting”
  • Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 pm, Hillsborough, “Orange County Board of Commissioners”. Contact: mshannon@orangecounty.nc.gov
  • Saturday, October 11, 10:00 am, Alamance Arts Council, 213 S. Main St., Graham, “Burlington Writers’ Club”

Saturday, October 4, 2:00 pm
Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia
Joseph Bathanti: A Documentary: A Kevin Balling Film (2013) exploring North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti’s work and life. Free public event appropriate for adults and high school students presented by the Gaston County Public Library in partnership with the Friends of the Gaston County Public Library. No reservations required for individuals and families. Advance reservations suggested for organized groups to ensure seating.

Saturday, October 11, 2:00 pm
Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia
North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti shares excerpts from his work. Free public event appropriate for adults and high school students presented by the Gaston County Public Library in partnership with the Friends of the Gaston County Public Library. No reservations required for individuals and families. Advance reservations suggested for organized groups to ensure seating.



I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

Mason Jar–Watercolor Pencil

Experimenting with watercolor pencils–dry technique and wet technique.


Ball Mason Jar — Watercolor Pencil (Dry)

9 x 6 inches

 Click to purchase this painting at Daily Paintworks.

View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.


Mason Jar — Watercolor Pencil (Wet)

6 x 9 inches

 Click to purchase this painting at Daily Paintworks.

View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.



I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).

Watercolor Pencil and Graphite Sketches


I am working on a few watercolor pencil and graphite pencil sketches of works that will be developed into paintings.  Here are a few sketches that I have been working on for the last few months.



IMG_3125 My Hubby


IMG_3009Magnolia #1

IMG_3097Pencil Sketch Magnolia Flower

Click to purchase this painting at Daily Paintworks.

 IMG_3057Boat Ties

IMG_3056 Life Preserver #1

IMG_3059Life Preserver #2

  IMG_3127 My Brother’s Boat

IMG_3122 Classic Car #1

IMG_3121 Classic Car #2

IMG_3121Classic Car #3

IMG_3123Classic Car #4



 Classic Car #5



Watercolor Pencil–Dry Technique

 Click to purchase this painting at Daily Paintworks.


Ball Mason Jar

Watercolor Pencil–Dry Technique

 Click to purchase this painting at Daily Paintworks.


Mason Jar

Watercolor Pencil–Wet Technique

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I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

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Magnolia Painting and Photos

There are two magnolia trees that tower over a graveyard in my neighborhood. Looming over the entrance to the graveyard, they act as gatekeepers to the home of those that have gone on to their heavenly homes. The trees beckon the living to come visit their lovingly departed loved ones. These magnolia trees produce such beautiful, creamy flowers that seem to glisten against the backdrop of the richly green, dense leaves. This magnolia was painted with liquid acrylics.




Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

9 x 12 inches

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Below are some of the magnolia flowers from the two magnolia tress towering above the graveyard.  Such beautiful pics.  I tried to capture the buttery softness of the petals in my painting.  It is a challenge that I will continue to pursue.







I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).


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