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Offline Willie Dixon

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The ballad of 'California Creek'
« on: December 28, 2008, 04:54:06 pm »
Hey everybody,

So I have been doing some research into creating my own first-person perspective of my character's story.  Now I know I go by Willie Dixon on here, and the fact is, William "Billy" Dixon is my third-great Grand Uncle or something to that effect.  He's already had countless books and countless stories told, and I refuse to try to keep up!

So I've decided to tell the story of a certain "California Creek."  Basically I'm born and raised right by the Santa Ana River in Southern California, so I felt that name would work. ;)

Here's my conundrum, I have always wanted to make my own Western genre story.  And I do mean story, no fact within it at all.  Basically, it seems that for the "West" there are three main things:
1: indian wars of some kind
2: railroad's a-coming
3: lawlessness turned to civil liberty, justice and the good'ol "American Way"

seriously, these three things ran into each other for a brief moment in our history, and yet Hollywood has us believe that is what it always was.

I want to make a story of that type, I will be accurate as far as firearms and styles, and y'all can debate on what year this story actually takes place in!

so, are there any problems with this?  I'm not going for a story that is historically accurate.  I have to write those everyday for my history, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice classes... as I'm a major in three and a minor in the latter two.  I want a story that would make Duke want to act in it, and John Ford to direct it.

please feel free to comment here, I'll have my first post up in the real forums later tonight hopefully, just ironing out the kinks in the prologue now.

hope y'all had a Merry Christmas and are having a Happy New Year, have some rich, warm coffee with eggnog on me!
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2008, 04:53:56 am »
Willie,

Welcome to Saddlebag Tales and have at the story telling.

If you are looking at doing a solo story let people know from the start.  If you read through this board you will see stories in progress,some completed works, and some that have been abandoned. 

The rules are fairly simple state whether you are doing a solo, specific group, or open collaboration type of story.  Everyone here is repectful of the other writers. Have fun and enjoy yourself.  Give yourself a treat and read some of the fine work that has been put into the stories and poems already here.

Once again Welcome.
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2008, 04:57:56 am »
Thanks LIT,

I have been reading them, and I'm just starting to get brave enough to contribute myself.  I've done a lot of fan-fics in Star Wars and the pirate group I'm a part of, so I'm pretty good, just I don't know if I'm that good!

so, should I post up that it's a solo story in the story, or just here?
this story is going to be a solo act!
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2008, 10:23:25 am »
Here is fine!

Looking forward to seeing a new story take shape.
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009, 06:50:13 am »
Just posted up the first part.  Let me know what you think.

also, here's some background on my character, that way even if my computer crashes, it's here for me as backup:

Name: Willie "California Creek" Dixon
Occupation: hunter, trapper, gunman.
Former Occupation: USRCS member, powder monkey, apprentice, swab.
Born: Southern California off the creek we would come to know as the Santa Ana Valley River, in 1843.
Served for the Union in the Civil War after moving north east.
Moved east at first for the big city life.

Likes: peace and quiet, solitude, coffee, poker, pharoh, and music
Dislikes: druken debauchery, lawlessness, lack of respect shown to women (hopeless romantic - still believes in Chivalry)

Education: received a college degree from US Naval Academy following the war, served on the gulf coast following and ran patrols through the Mississippi during the Indian Wars. 

Life before story: Went back home to see his family, the farm had been destroyed.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2009, 08:22:44 pm by Willie Dixon »
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009, 12:46:19 am »
Looks like you're off ta a good start!!!
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009, 02:35:50 pm »
Good beginning, WD, keep up the good work.
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2009, 01:36:26 am »
thanks for the nod of encouragement!
I'll keep working on it soon, but actually what my character is doing in the story, I'm in the process of doing right now! I'm hopefully moving to Flagstaff (NAU) this weekend, so I may not be able to continue it for a while, but who knows... I do stay up late.

thanks again!
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2009, 04:56:04 am »
Post when you can, most of the stories here have evolved over time!
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2009, 04:55:05 am »
hey everybody I just wanted to let you know I've posted up some more of the story!

here's a list of some of the new characters:
Sheriff Cole Walton: Sheriff of the northern part of Arizona Territory
Marshall Virgil Hitch: Town Marshall of Prescott
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2009, 07:57:18 pm »
You're off to a good start.
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Re: The ballad of 'California Creek'
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2009, 02:05:31 am »
Thanks LIT.  I appreciate your fanship in my story and help too.  Basically Ch. 2 will start with him in the jail, and somehow him getting out and helping the town marshall again.  First there'll be some thinking that goes with killing a person outright like he did.  he's quick and lethal, doesn't mean he likes to do it though.  I like that tortured soul attitude they gave Wyatt in Tombstone.
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