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rank 2300
word count 61175
date submitted 11.11.2010
date updated 01.07.2012
genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historic...
classification: universal
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The Mostly Honest History of the City of God, Texas

Will Woodard

When Sonny Stephens's farm is threatened with foreclosure, asking "What would the Lone Ranger do?" won't work any more. A new moral compass is needed...

 

Sonny Stevens is frettin'. Seems the only storm clouds in North Texas lately have been the ones collecting over Baron John's bank. It's been threatening to foreclose if Sonny doesn't come up with some cash soon. I've been watching Sonny for some time, and know that when he gets himself into a pickle, one of his best childhood friends, The Lone Ranger, comes for a visit and provides advice. (Sonny's not nuts, just has a real vivid imagination!) But the difficulties are piling up, and Sonny's hero hasn't provided the kind of solid guidance he's been used to. So he's in the market for a new moral compass. Wonder what he'll choose? Well, enough of this, here's what let's do. Let me pull everything I've come to learn into a good old fashioned story. I can make it so that it'll keep your interest going, even during the dull parts. I don't think anybody'd mind if every so often I stick in something just for fun - put a little tall in the tale. Do you? I have to say most of the time what I've seen makes me proud of this little piece of Texas. Here's hopin' you agree!

 
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dumvivimusvivamus wrote 299 days ago

This is well above the average Authonomy fare...deserves success.

Laurence Howard wrote 299 days ago

Your eloquent style shines with class and professionalism. Captivating and intriguing from the very first sentence of your prologue. Easily one of the best books on the site. You will have great success, I can feel it in my bones...and they are rarely wrong.
BAcked with pleasure, Laurence Howard, The Cross of Goa

wade in the glade wrote 307 days ago

Very humorous, very good!

Mule wrote 661 days ago

Will,

The scene that stands out above all others, in my opinion, is when Maybell slaughters the rooster, because the writing comes alive. And shouldn't it be to no one's surprise that this is so, since the book is the "mostly honest" story of the City of God. I encourage you to explore humor in its various tangents and season other parts of the book in the same way. You already do, for example, when Sonny makes a call on his cell phone and makes himself laugh in chapter 2. I'm learning how to write humor myself, and I've learned that it isn't easy to do, specifically because irony is difficult to master -- in order for it to work the reader must "know" what is being made ironic. This subtlety rides a thin line of either alienating readers who know nothing about the local humor of the City of God; or, conversely, becomes too broad so as to lose its comical edge. That said, I feel that if the humor here is deepened and developed to its fullest capacity, it will create a solid foundation on which to structure an entire novel. There's no better man for the job than Sonny.

God Bless,

Sam Cronin
How Well the Sailors Run

Su Dan wrote 661 days ago

you start well with this book, solid and effective narrative style, and continue with skill.
backed.
read SEASONS...

Tod Schneider wrote 662 days ago

Really strong voice comes through right away, and I like the humor. I'm not sure if you really need chapter 1; the story feels more like it's launching at chapter 2, and quite nicely, but in any case it's all well crafted. I particularly like the characterization. Best of luck with this!
Tod
http://authonomy.com/books/40646/the-lost-wink/

Diversify wrote 662 days ago

Super story with a wonderful setting. Real people.

wwoodard8 wrote 1253 days ago

Well, thanks for backing the book! You are my first backer. Thanks for the support!

Benjamin Dancer wrote 1257 days ago

I read ch 1-2. Here are my notes:

Such a great concept. The fist paragraph had me wish I had written it.

The prose is rich: simple, authentic, a homey voice--down to earth. And funny. Has me laughing.

I just checked; couldn't find God on a map. Had to know.

By the time we get to Sonny it's good to have a character, a plot, a story. You couldn't go longer without it.

The right hand is a great hook

I just soaked up the second chapter. I think it's your voice. The way you make us laugh and feel home and the characters just pop out of the text as real as can be. You're a gifted writer.

As to your question: yes, i'd like to spend some more time in the city of God. It's a good place to be.


blueboy wrote 1258 days ago

St.Augustine would be proud....i think. Interesting premise and characher develpoment. enjoyed the first few paragraphs. youi are on my watch list and i will read a few chapters before commenting in detail. please read some of my book when you have time and llet me know hat you think.


bleuboy

wwoodard8 wrote 1258 days ago

'love the way the main character talks so directly to the reader, even questioning them. I've been waiting for a 'Now, sit up straight and listen carefurly to this here bit.'

Flows well. So many amusing touches, starting with God being five miles down the road.

Warm regards, Farrold Saxon (Where-Stand-All)



Thanks, Farrold - I appreciate your interest and your feedback. That's really why I'm here!

But I'm new here so I'm wondering - any suggestions as to how to work within this web site?

wwoodard8 wrote 1258 days ago

Dear Will, I love how you talk in your pitch :) - it must be the Texas drawl. :) Your pitch & your prologue well prepared me for the city of God. :) I actually laughed out loud when I got to the end of chapter 14, "Splat!" What a good writer, you are!! :) I knew it was going to be good when I read your pitch & prologue & most certainly was not disappointed. :) Most of all, I love the "Yee-Haws" across the page. :) I have read, commented on, & put your book on my watchlist to back when space opens on my bookshelf. :) I have also ****** 'd you book :) - could you please ****** & back my memoirs book in return? :) Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :) Love, Susie :) p.s. every ****** 'ing & backing moves our books closer to the editor's desk :)



Wow - thanks for the quick reply! I really appreciate your comments. I'll be looking into your memoirs as soon as I get my bearing in this new environment.

Thanks again!

Farrold Saxon wrote 1259 days ago

'love the way the main character talks so directly to the reader, even questioning them. I've been waiting for a 'Now, sit up straight and listen carefurly to this here bit.'

Flows well. So many amusing touches, starting with God being five miles down the road.

Warm regards, Farrold Saxon (Where-Stand-All)

SusieGulick wrote 1259 days ago

Dear Will, I love how you talk in your pitch :) - it must be the Texas drawl. :) Your pitch & your prologue well prepared me for the city of God. :) I actually laughed out loud when I got to the end of chapter 14, "Splat!" What a good writer, you are!! :) I knew it was going to be good when I read your pitch & prologue & most certainly was not disappointed. :) Most of all, I love the "Yee-Haws" across the page. :) I have read, commented on, & put your book on my watchlist to back when space opens on my bookshelf. :) I have also ****** 'd you book :) - could you please ****** & back my memoirs book in return? :) Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :) Love, Susie :) p.s. every ****** 'ing & backing moves our books closer to the editor's desk :)

SusieGulick wrote 1259 days ago

:) comment to follow after I have read your book - read & commented on 5 day later :)

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