A cowboy is man with guts and a horse. -- will james.
"What happened? Nobody died." Any time I'd submit a story that didn't involve murder and mayhem--which wasn't often--Harvey would have that at the top of the page. To me it said he really read my work and considered his comments.
When trying to think of an H word to use for professionalism, Harvey kept coming to mind. I thought I would blog about him and he'd read it and get a good laugh. But, three days before the challenge started Harvey passed away from cancer. So this post becomes as much of a tribute as a part of the challenge.
When you talked to Harvey you could tell he enjoyed everything he'd done in life. He had a particular fondness for justice and fair play. Maybe this was why he liked westerns. Or maybe his love for the West, especially his home in Texas, gave him those ideals. He applied them to everything he did, including work and writing.
Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse. --Cowboy saying.
Harvey made the Old West come alive with interesting characters in difficult situations. For over twenty years he wrote, always sending out his manuscripts and consistently being denied. So, he finally took matters in his own hands and self-published. In 2011 Firehair became available on amazon.com.
Harvey reminds me that you can't lose your sense of fair play--in work, in writing, in life. When he critiqued stories, no matter how bad the writing, he always found something positive. And it was always about the work, not the author.
He also reminds me not to be discouraged in my writing. It took him years to get his book published. In the mean time he was doing other things: law enforcement, the media, publishing articles and short stories. He didn't stop living and he didn't take no as the answer.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
Another H word for Harvey is Hope. Never give up on the things you're most passionate about.
In workshops and in the Bayou Writer's Group Harvey will be missed. He was a true cowboy in every sense of the word.
If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.
Firehair can be found at www.amazon.com