Saturday, October 10, 2009

Guest Post: Rolf Hitzer author of Hoodoo Sea

Rolf Hitzer, author of the book Hoodoo Sea, stopped by to share with us a piece he wrote.

The Dark-Side of Writing

I’m never alone when I sit down to write. There, standing on my shoulder with his arms crossed, his infectious grin, he is always waiting for me. Perhaps this time he will be my friend? But, no, the Devil knows why he is with me, doesn’t he?

My demon is with me to nurture my self-doubt when I write. I stare at the blank page. For how long? I don’t know. Seconds feel like minutes, and minutes are an eternity. Finally, I scribble a sentence down; I know I need to keep moving forward with my words.

Then, the Devil whispers in my ear. Why does he taunt me this way? I stop. I shouldn’t, but I do. Slow and deliberate, I read the sentence created from my mind. Humiliation surges through to my core. I tap delete. Back to where I started, ground zero.

As a writer, why do I harbor this uncertainty? It is only words on a page. Why do I fear what other’s will think of my scrawl? I am the creator of my sentence’s, my paragraph’s, and my chapters. As I achieve each of these milestones, I should have comfort in knowing…I did it! But, the demons are always close by to haunt me.

Of course, there is no Devil on my shoulder. The fact is, we really are our own worst critics. We constantly add, change, or delete our words in pursuit of eloquent prose for our readers to enjoy.

About Hoodoo Sea:

The government of the United States of America is on the verge of startling the world.

Billions of dollars had been invested in its space program.

And now, the moment of truth has arrived...

Scott Reed is the man for the historic mission. He is the Wing Commander chosen by the elite brass at NASA. The assignment to test flight the first speed of light craft, held top secret, was about to shock the world. The risk? Utter and complete failure. The reward? Being a part of the greatest human accomplishment ever known to mankind.

Major James Harrow, second in command of the four person crew, despised his Wing Commander. Harrow was a proud and patriotic American. What was NASA thinking when they selected a Canadian to pilot the voyage? There was no comparison as to who was the better skilled aviator. This was his time, his moment. Major James Harrow was about to prove to everybody they were wrong to bypass him as Commander.

The weather conditions were perfect and lift-off for the test flight was text book. The triumphant cheers from Mission Control in Houston were echoed all the way to Cape Canaveral. The silent fear of the first hurdle of the flight had been succumbed. All systems were go! That is, until the crew and SOLT-X1 entered the Bermuda Triangle...

About Rolf:

Rolf Hitzer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1959 and raised by his parents, Erna and Julius Hitzer.

Rolf attended Princess Margaret Elementary School, John Pritchard Junior High and Graduated from Kildonan East Regional Secondary School where he had majored in Culinary Arts.

Rolf is married to his wife Irma since 1997. Together they have a wonderful blended family with Rita and Clark Bodoano and Grand children, Alexandria, Patrick and Braeden. Jason and Leah Tutlies, and Grandson Easton. Mandel Hitzer, and the youngest Jessica Hitzer. Clearly the growth of his family is still a work in progress.

Rolf Hitzer has several passions besides writing, they include being at the log cabin on weekends. Spending time on the water with a fishing pole in hand. Wildlife viewing and especially Moose calling during the fall rut. Playing a range of Poker card games and a variety of board games.

Rolf is a Member of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board, The Manitoba Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association. He is currently working on his second novel.


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Yep, definitely interesting. Nicely written, too.

All posted at Win a Book for you, Beth!

Rolf Hitzer said...

Thank you for having me as one of your guests, a real pleasure.

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