Push in the clutch and downshift

My candle burns at both ends

It will not last the night

But ah, my foes and oh, my friends

It makes a lovely light

–Edna St. Vincent Millay

 I have loved that poem since the first time I ever read it. Dekie told me (rightfully) that I need to write an article for my site this morning and get back on track. The Millay poem was the first thing that came to mind.

 Today is January 8, and the first Sunday after the wrap up of holiday festivities. It is a mild and drizzly day and most suitable for reflecting on the many events of the past year. It was a busy one. WordPress has told me that I now have 93 articles posted on this site and if you like, you may look over to the calendar on the right hand side bar and look at the articles I wrote in 2011.I entered 2011 with a big radiation burn on my neck from cancer treatment. My throat was swollen and the only real voice I had was right here on Johntheplantman. Things got much better rapidly though, and if my voice is not quite all back, I am encouraged by its progress.

 We had tornadoes in our neighborhood in April and again right before Christmas. Dekie and I were married May 14 and we took a delightful trip out west to see God’s magnificent landscape. On our return I was able to help Ken and Mary Nance in the repairing of the tornado damage in their yard.

I enjoyed being a bonsai artist on a grand scale at the Hubbard’s home on the mountain and the new father-in-law got a sprinkler for his garden for father’s day. We later took my collection of whisky barrel rings to Buckhead to do a little renovation on a side yard.

 And all the time we were doing these neat landscaping jobs, I was working from 5a.m until 8 a.m. trying to finish the second book in my redneck series titled REDEMPTION FOR A REDNECK Which turned into a whirlwind of activity for Dekie the publisher and my son, J.R. Schulz, the illustrator. Books arrived during the first week of November and we started a whirlwind of activity with book signings and the like. I was honored to be included by the Ga. Writer’s Association. as a participant in a panel discussion with fellow humorists Man Martin and Ray Atkins on writing humor. That was a good time.

Now I’m just about ready to commence the new year. My voice is coming back nicely and I have managed to stay married for more than 6 months. I’ll have a nice landscaping article up next week. I promise.

john

As usual, I would just love for you click here to go to Amazon and purchase the ebook edition of my wonderful book, Requiem for a Redneck to go on your Kindle. I have also noticed that Amazon now has a free Kindle app for iphones and tablets. Is that cool or what?

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INTERNET BOOK LAUNCH—REDEMPTION FOR A REDNECK

 Redemption is here!!  The sequel to the award-winning Requiem for a Redneck is now available on-line and in a limited number of stores. To purchase a copy of one or both books, personally autographed by the author , CLICK HERE  Read on to find out more about some humorous southern fiction

Redemption for a Redneck, A new novel by John P. Schulz

Redemption for a Redneck, A new novel by John P. Schulz

In following my articles you may or may not know that John the Plant Man, the narrator in the Redneck Books is really a fictional character. Some people read what I write and think that I, John P. Schulz am John the plant man, but I’m not. I’m the guy who created the character and I’m the guy who controls whatever John the plant man does or thinks. John the plant man is much more adventuresome than I could ever hope to be and he tells of his adventures in a sensitive and funny manner. John the plant man could possibly be one of the foremost authorities on the redneck culture in the world. Wow!

The Redneck books are great gift items. We even have a special price if you buy the two book set. CLICK HERE To take care of your holiday gift shopping. Shipping is free through the month of December.

 Here’s a synopsis of the new book, REDEMPTION FOR A REDNECK

Redemption for a Redneck builds on the culture and some of the characters introduced in Requiem for a Redneck. A familiar character is Kickstand, who enlists John the plant man to help him win the love of Ted, a young woman who can rebuild a carburetor on the side of a dusty road with a pair of pliers and a butter knife. Ted, the widow of Kickstand’s tormentor while he was in jail, has no time for a former inmate. Kickstand’s pursuit of Ted involves the entanglement of her beloved dog Speck in a coon hunt and detention in the county dog pound (referred to as “doggie jail).

Speck the coon dog saves the day and brings two lovers together.

Speck the coon dog saves the day and brings two lovers together.

          John Schulz brings his background as a landscape artist into the narrative as he weaves creating compost, growing tomatoes, and developing gardens into the fabric of the stories. He describes the artistry and creativity of his redneck characters as they build and operate Cornbred’s grocery store and Brickyard’s Bar and Community Center.

          Unique participants in the story are Rabbit, a young man who has Down syndrome and Cain, the community bully. Their particular relationship evolves as Rabbit teaches Cain to be a friend. Rabbit’s wonderful personna helps the community to come together.

          The climax of Redemption for a Redneck occurs during The Durwin Festival, where the entire community comes together in a vivid portrayal of community life in the redneck environment.

DO YOU WANT MORE?

You may read a sample chapter by CLICKING HERE

Again, you may click here to purchase a copy—Autographed!

 John P. Schulz will make an appearance on the afternoon of November 26 to introduce and sign the redneck books inColumbus,Georgiaat

Front Porch Gallery

1309 Wildwood Ave

Columbus,Ga

706-596-0096

http://www.thefrontporchcolumbus.com

 Keep in touch—I’ll announce upcoming appearances right here on Johntheplantman.

Redemption is on the way!!!

Redemption for a Redneck is on the way!!!

 That’s right, the books are on a truck somewhere between the printer and good ol’ Rome, Georgia.  It is a wonderful feeling to think that in just a couple of days I will hold the results of a year’s creative work in my hands.

 It’s a good read, too. Here’s what Ray Atkins has to say in a pre-publication review:

“In Redemption for a Redneck—the sequel to the award-winning Requiem for a Redneck—John P. Schulz reunites us with John the Plant Man and Kickstand as the two men continue their philosophical examination of the unique culture of rural Georgia.  Schultz is a natural storyteller, and he treats his subject with kindness and respect.  His characters—Boss Jack, Pork Chop, Brickyard, and Roadkill, to name but a few—will entertain readers of all ages.  Mark Twain, make some room; you have company.  John P. Schulz has arrived, and he intends to stay awhile”.–Raymond L. Atkins, author of The Front Porch Prophet and Sorrow Wood.

 And there’s a new blogsite for my books. You may see it here

 

Redemption for a Redneck--a new novel by John P. Schulz

Click on the picture for more info.

 

 Thanks for being a fan of John the Plant Man. I appreciate it.

john

As usual, I would just love for you click here to go to Amazon and purchase the ebook edition of my wonderful book, Requiem for a Redneck to go on your Kindle. I have also noticed that Amazon now has a free Kindle app for iphones and tablets. Is that cool or what?

Progress Report

Progress report

 I will not have a plant post up this week and probably not next week because I am spending my writing time working on another site to introduce Redemption for a Redneck, the second in what I propose to be The Redneck Trilogy.

 A lot of people have told me how much they enjoyed Requiem for a Redneck and if you are one of them you will like the new book even more—I guarantee it.

 The files for Redemption have been sent to the printer and the book should be available soon. I’ll tell you about it right here on Johntheplantman. The story started in my mind as I looked at one of my favorite pictures of me, my wife, and Speck the coon dog. My son, Paul, came in one day with a true account of a bunch of rednecks on a coon hunt that ended up in a gated community and the story started to take shape.

 Here’s what Raymond Atkins has to say:

In Redemption for a Redneck—the sequel to the award-winning Requiem for a Redneck—John P. Schulz reunites us with John the Plant Man and Kickstand as the two men continue their philosophical examination of the unique culture of rural Georgia.  Schultz is a natural storyteller, and he treats his subject with kindness and respect.  His characters—Boss Jack, Pork Chop, Brickyard, and Roadkill, to name but a few—will entertain readers of all ages.  Mark Twain, make some room; you have company.  John P. Schulz has arrived, and he intends to stay awhile.–Raymond L.Atkins, author of The Front Porch Prophet and Sorrow Wood.

 And here’s the picture that started the story. I’ll see you in a week or two. All is well

 

 

The premise was: "What if a coon dog brought two people together through adversity?"

The premise was: “What if a coon dog brought two people together through adversity?” The answer is funny and intriguing.

Stay in touch. I’ll announce the arrival of the book soon.

As usual, I would just love for you click here to go to Amazon and purchase the ebook edition of my wonderful book, Requiem for a Redneck to go on your Kindle. I have also noticed that Amazon now has a free Kindle app for iphones and tablets. Is that cool or what?

Press Release–Redemption for a Redneck

Press Release

A box of notes leads to a book series

 John P. Schulz announces the upcoming release of his new novel, Redemption for a Redneck, which is the second in a series that was started with his award winning Requiem for a Redneck (Independent Publisher’s Book Awards, “IPPY”, Gold Medal for “Regional Best fiction-South” 2009). The book will be available on or around November 5, 2011.

          John says, “I have enjoyed listening to redneck stories for many years. During my beer drinking days I spent a lot of time sitting by the warmth of a wood heater, drinking beer, and listening to stories that seemed to come from a foreign community. These were what I now refer to as ‘the redneck stories.’ One cold day, right after the snow storm of ’93, after a delightful story telling session, a friend said, ‘John, you need to write about these stories. You’re the only one around who can do it.’ He handed me a note pad.

          “I listened to my friend and started taking notes. I became obsessive about taking notes of redneck stories and I wrote them on anything that was at hand–an envelope, a bar napkin. When I got home I threw the notes in a cardboard box, thinking that I would get to them some day. In 2001, I quit drinking. My life changed, the stories slowed down, and the box of notes was relegated to a back closet.

          “One day, a few years ago, I was cleaning out a closet and found the box of notes. I sorted them out and enjoyed them all over again. As I arranged the notes they became the basis for a fictional story about a world that most people don’t know about.

          “I wrote Requiem for a Redneck which was published in 2009 and was well received by a good number of readers who wanted to know, ‘when is the next book coming out?’

          “The first book opened up a new life and a new set of adventures for me. The Requiem sold well, got lots of good reviews, and was highly profitable in more ways than one. You may read about my profits in a previous article, A Thank You and a Love Story

          Redemption for a Redneck takes the reader to a small community in the north Georgia mountains. Kickstand falls in love and the community finds its lost identity. John Schulz delivers on his promise to “make you laugh, make you cry, and make the ladies go ‘Awwwww.’”

          In a pre-publication review, Ray Atkins says,

“In Redemption for a Redneck—the sequel to the award-winning Requiem for a Redneck—John P. Schulz reunites us with John the Plant Man and Kickstand as the two men continue their philosophical examination of the unique culture of rural Georgia.  Schulz is a natural storyteller, and he treats his subject with kindness and respect.  His characters—Boss Jack, Pork Chop, Brickyard, and Roadkill, to name but a few—will entertain readers of all ages.  Mark Twain, make some room; you have company.  John P. Schulz has arrived, and he intends to stay awhile.”

–Raymond L. Atkins, author of The Front Porch Prophet and Sorrow Wood.

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