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Doxology: Brian Holers’s Debut Novel

Doxology, the debut novel from author Brian Holers, is available in both paperback and digital format now! Fathers, sons and brothers reconnect over tragedy in this blue-collar Southern tale of love, loss and the healing power of community and family. Doxology examines an impossibly difficult...

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Life is Art

A common stereotype tells us a true artist is tortured. Has us believe that, in order to create works of art from a variety of experience, to make something out of nothing, an artist must figuratively wrestle with demons, must go inside him- or herself to a dark place where anyone with sense would refuse to go; and that, by doing so, an artist is irreparably altered to the extent he or she will never function in polite society again. …

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Good stories for all

One of the beauties of self publishing is that the gatekeeper has been fired. In this new world of books made possible by the internet, no one is left to guard the door. To tell the reader what is what. This state of affairs may introduce an element of confusion, but the good news is, new breeds of literature are being created. Self publishing allows literature to cross over in new ways. Traditional Christian fiction publishers, for instance, disallow most …

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Open Mind

Am I the only one out here who wonders how I ended up doing this?  I do seem to be asking this an awful lot lately, now that the day of calling myself a published author is finally here.  And the reality of trying to find an audience for my books is setting in. Mostly, I’ve considered myself lucky.  Maybe others had better education, steady jobs, more standing in the world.  But working for myself as an arborist, I’ve always …

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Moving on

I keep thinking I need to have a lot more fun with this blog.  I have just been so busy the last several months getting Doxology ready to release, and then figuring out how to define the message of the book and find and reach out to potential readers, I just haven’t been writing at all.  Then when I do have an hour or a few minutes to work on my next essay, all I want to write about is …

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Good old days

Sometimes I wonder if the college degree I sweated for and earned more than half my life ago has been of any value to me.  I’ve thought many times over the years I could do what I do with an eighth grade education, why did I bother to go to college, et cetera, et cetera.  I remember for the first five or ten years after college, I was always thinking about going back to get a graduate degree and make …

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Dinner party

          Sometimes in my work I have time to think.  Particularly good for this are the jobs that are entirely physical, a lot of my work as an arborist is physical, and often I can do alone; as much as I enjoy interacting with people, I generally prefer to work alone, if at all possible.  This way I get done the fastest, and back to all the other things I enjoy.  The added benefit, or lagniappe  as some say in Louisiana, …

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Writing helps perfect a world

We all search for ways to perfect our little slice of the world, to vault us over the hardships. I’ve always found respite in stories.  Even as a small child I made up stories as I woke in the morning, greeted the gray dawn whispering, as if narrating my dreams aloud.  After decades of avoidance, finding fleeting solace in work, sports and reading, I finally sat down and tried to write some stories.  As badly as I wanted to be …

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