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Choral music and me, with links to actual music!

I've sung choral music all my life. Growing up in the Church of Christ, every Sunday morning and Sunday night and Wednesday night, I was singing hymns and gospel songs, a cappella. I started as a boy soprano, sang alto for a while, switched to tenor for about a year, and then settled into the bass-baritone I am today. In high school, I sang in the choruses conducted by my father, James Lee Willett, at Western Christian College. At Harding University in Arkansas, I sang in the Harding A Cappella Chorus, directed by Dr. Kenneth Davis Jr., and also in the rather boringly named Men's Ensemble. Since then, I've sung with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, the University of Regina Chamber Singers, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:40, May 2nd, 2017 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

“Reunion,” a short story by Eddie Willett, age 19

As promised in the previous post, here's my short story from the Spring 1979 issue of Shapes and Names, the literary magazine of Harding College (now Harding University). The cover art at left was created by Jerry Palmer. My short story, at over 8,000 words, was by far the longest piece, and reading it now, I certainly see a few problems (not least the fact there's absolutely no reason this particular story has to be set in a fantasy world, except that was where my mind normally wanted to set stories...some things never change...because there's not the slightest hint of magic in it. It could have been set in the present ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:28, March 1st, 2014 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

I wonder what my college professor would think of me now?

The next post after this one is going to be a very early short story of mine that I just uncovered. Called "Reunion," it was published in the Spring, 1979, issue (Volume 2, Number 2) of Shapes and Names, the literary magazine published by the department of English of Harding College (now Harding University) in Searcy, Arkansas, from which I received my B.A. in Journalism in December, 1979. When this issue of Shapes and Names came out, I was 19 years old. The forward to Shapes and Names was written by Dr. Neil B. Cope, Chairman of the Department of Journalism--my department; he was one of my professors. It's a bit lengthy, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:13, March 1st, 2014 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

TSR, Gygax, D&D & me

TSR. Gygax. The names may mean nothing to you, but to me, they were once words of power, for TSR (Tactical Studies Rules Inc.) published Dungeon & Dragons...and Gary Gygax, who cofounded the company in 1973 with childhood friend Don Kaye, created that seminal fantasy role-playing game, along with Dave Arneson. Now comes news that Luke Gygax and E. Gary Gygax Jr, sons of Gary Gygax, are relaunching TSR Games: a new company with the old trademark, which they purchased after it was abandoned by D&D owner Wizards of the Coast (itself owned by Hasbro) about nine years ago. They’re also launching a new gaming publication, Gygax Magazine. Why do TSR ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:58, December 6th, 2012 under Blog, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: Follow a Song

Last Saturday I posted the opening to the first novel I wrote, when I was 14 years old. This week we jump ahead four or five years to when I was attending Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas (that's a photo of the library). This story, "Follow a Song," was a winner in the school's annual creative writing contest, which meant a lot to me at the time: maybe I actually could become a published writer some day! The next year I was out of university and working at the Weyburn Review as a reporter/photographer, but it would be a while longer before I actually sold a short story. Re-reading this for the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:24, March 3rd, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

RIP, daddy of D&D

I often say that I majored in journalism and minored in art and Dungeons & Dragons in university. D&D, without a doubt, consumed the majority of my free time on weekends.I was therefore saddened to hear today that Gary Gygax, co-creator of D&D, has died.

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:42, March 4th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

RIP, daddy of DD

I often say that I majored in journalism and minored in art and emDungeons amp; Dragons/em in university. Damp;D, without a doubt, consumed the majority of my free time on weekends.br /br /I was therefore saddened to hear today that Gary Gygax, co-creator of Damp;D, a href="http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5g8XyHnUHsOBoCofRxK-5waWoAGrAD8V6PL180"has died./a

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:42, March 4th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

My alma mater makes the news…

...albeit it in slightly embarrassing fashion: "Mayhem at Harding: Dancing Breaks Out."Oh, and there's video.

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:27, February 2nd, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »