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 Post subject: Child Of The Dust
PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:11 pm 
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If you're viewing this, please have patience while I figure out how I'm going to put my thoughts into words. Actually, that's how I write. I'm a story teller, not a writer. Let me begin by telling you that "Child Of The Dust" is the title of my story. I began writing this story around 1982. It took me almost a year to complete it. I got it out to some publishers to go over. It never dawned on me what was going on in Hollywood at that time. Chuck Norris MIA and Rambo, plus Uncommon Valor were coming out. For the record --- my story was finished well before any of these movies came out. The publishers felt that there were enough Southeast Asia stories on the market. So I put my manuscript in a drawer, where it remained until last year. I took it from the desk and literally blew the dust off it. I thought I'd give it another shot. I gave it to my daughter Leanne for editing. Not because Leanne is my daughter, but because she is the best at what she does. She edits many writers work, and they all come back to her with other projects. There is lots of cleaning up to do on the manuscript. As I mentioned, I'm a story teller, not a writer. I write as if I'm watching it like a movie. At times I do not know where the story is going. So I envision it as if I'm watching it on screen. I remember one situation where I had the characters in a sampan moving down the Macon river. As I was writing I stopped and just stared at the old typewriter{no PC's back then) . "Okay, I've got them on the Macon with the government troops looking for them, now what"? I sat back, and closed my eyes, and saw the story unfold like a film. I watched then paddling and saw what was taking place. I pulled the typewriter back and began typing. This happened constantly as the story went on. I didn't know what the ending would be, or where it would be until I actually got there. Leanne is constantly asking me about the meaning of certain statements. I know exactly what I mean, but that doesn't mean that the reader will. Once again, story teller yes - writer no. Leanne will finish editing when she feels it's complete. Only when SHE feels it's complete. What a kid - don't know where she gets it from. Okay ---My story will most likely be on E book when everything is ready. Lots of action on just about every page. Leanne says ,"Great story, but you ****** as a writer". See what I mean. When it comes on the scene I hope it's good reading. After being in a drawer since 1983 , I really hope it has new life. Watch for it and I hope you enjoy it. Stay tuned. --------Happy Trails-------Art

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 Post subject: Re: Child Of The Dust
PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:26 pm 
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When I was researching material for this story, I came across this from the Smithsonian. I could not explain Child Of The Dust better than this.
From The Smithsonian:
"But neither American nor Vietnam wanted the children known as Amerasians. They were commonly dismissed by the Vietnamese as "Children Of The Dust" as insignificant as a speck to be brushed aside. The case and welfare of these unfortunate children ....has never been, and is not now, considered an area of government responsibility. The U.S. Defense Department said in a 1970 statement "Our society does not need these bad elements". The Vietnamese director of social welfare in Ho Chi Minh City(formally Saigon) said a decade later, "as adults, some Amerasians would say that they felt cursed from the start. When in early April 1975, Saigon was falling to communist troops from the north and rumors spread that southerners associated with the United States might be massacred. President Gerald Ford announced plans to evacuate 2000 orphans , many of them Amerasians. Operation Baby Lift's first official flight crashed in the rice paddies outside of Saigon, killing 144, most being children. South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians gathered at the site. Some to help, others to loot the dead.

Child Of The Dust is the story of one of these children.
Arthur Rabesa

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 Post subject: Re: Child Of The Dust
PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:04 pm 
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Great stuff, Art, keep it coming. I remember you telling me about this years back.

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 Post subject: Re: Child Of The Dust
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:51 pm 
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Thanks Van. I wrote a sequel also. I'm just curious as to how Child Of The Dust will be received. Since I wrote it in 1983, I have no idea how people feel about the stories era. I wrote a story that I would like to read. That's how I wrote it. Like I was watching a movie. I'd put the characters in situations. Then I'd sit back and figure out how they're going to resolve it. At times, weeks would go by when I didn't know where to go in the story. Not a way to write I guess, but it seems to work for me. We'll see what happens. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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 Post subject: Re: Child Of The Dust
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:55 pm 
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I think that's good because you are creating suspense.

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