~ "I spend more time watching my stories in my head than writing them" ~

The Scuttlebutt on Clipped Wings

CLIPPED WINGS was inspired by actual real-life events which occured from 1956 - 1974, but is NOT written as fact, as in the case of a biography or memoir. With that said, this manuscript is a work of literary fiction which focuses on recalled memories of events which occured between August 1971 - August 1974. Along with these memories are flashback senerios dating back to the mid 1950's. Due to the variation of time periods, some terms and language used may not be found to be socially or politically correct in today's world. The terms used in the manuscript reflect the actual language used during the specific time period of which a scene takes place.

Views and opinions expressed in this manuscript are soley from the view point of an eighteen year old male teenager and may not necessarily be accurate, factual, or correct.

Reader be warned, this manuscript contains strong language which may not be appropriate for younger readers and/or adult readers who are not comfortable with offensive or questionable language. There are no sexual scenes or scenes of a graphic nature, I am sorry if this disappoints some readers, this writer has "glossed over" such descriptive scenes.



All but a few of the minor characters are based on characteristics of real-life persons, either living or otherwise. Fictional names have been assigned to all characters written into this manuscript.



The novel takes place in a north central Oklahoma town, the actual name is never revealed in the manuscript. Although the town has the characteristics of typical small north central towns like: Enid, Blackwell, Bartlesville, Ponca City, Stillwater, Tonkawa, Pawhuska, Burbank and Shidler, all of which were actual places in the general north central Oklahoma area during the time period of the novel. Other Oklahoma cities, like Oklahoma City and Tulsa are mentioned, they too were and still are actual places in Oklahoma.



The first rough draft is hand-written with fountain pen and water-based ink into a collection of 9.75 x 7.50 College Ruled Composition books. The text is hand-written on the left page while the right page is intentionally left blank for additional notes and later comments. Each hand-written page equates to an estimated 225 words.




A number of fountain pens and bottled inks are used in hand-writing the rough draft. Six or more fountain pens (vintage and contemporary) are fully inked with an assortment of (vintage and contemporary bottled inks). Once the writing process begins, no pens are refilled until all the ink in the collection of inked pens has been used. Once a pen is out of ink, another pen replaces the previous until all of the inked pens run empty. When all of the pens have run dry of ink, the pens are flushed and cleaned, then all are filled with ink and the writing process resumes.



A sample of some of the fountain pens used in hand-writing the rough draft.

1. Fountian Pen Revolution “Himalaya” EF steel nib – Waterman "Mysterious Blue" Ink
2. Levenger “True Writer Marble” EF Edison steel nib – Parker "Blue/Black" Ink
3. Platinum “Plaisir” EF steel nib – Monteverde "Moonstone" Ink
4. Levenger “True Writer Obsidian” EF Edison steel nib – Waterman "Inspired Blue" Ink
5. Sailor “Heritage 1911” EF 14K Gold nib – Levenger "Cocoa" Ink
6. Lamy “Safari” EF steel nib – Diamine "Eclipse" Ink



Dale began collecting and using fountain pens in 2013. The collection currently exceeds 200 vintage and contemporary fountain pens including pen manufacturers from around the world. Pens in the collection date as far back as the early 1930's. His bottled ink (vintage and contemporary) stash exceeds 30 bottled inks from world-wide manufacturers. The oldest bottled ink dates back to the 1940's. Yes, bottled ink will remain usable for an undetermined length of time, if stored properly.



What is Southern literature?

Southern literature (sometimes called the literature of the American South) is defined as American literature about the Southern United States or by writers from this region. Characteristics of Southern literature include a focus on a common Southern history, the significance of family, a sense of community and one’s role within it, a sense of justice, the region's dominant religion (Christianity — see Protestantism) and the burdens/rewards religion often brings, issues of racial tension, land and the promise it brings, a sense of social class and place, and the use of the Southern dialect.


What is Literary Fiction?

Literary fiction are fictional works that are deemed to be of literary merit, as distinguished from most commercial, or "genre" fiction. The distinction can be controversial among critics and scholars, especially because a number of major literary figures have written genre fiction, including John BanvilleDoris LessingIain Banks, and Margaret Atwood.

Characteristics of literary fiction generally include one or more of the following:

  • a concern with social commentarypolitical criticism, or reflection on the human condition
  • a focus on "introspective, in-depth character studies" of "interesting, complex and developed" characters, whose "inner stories" drive the plot, with detailed motivations to elicit "emotional involvement" in the reader.
  • a character-centric work (here in a pejorative sense) and, even, portraiture at the expense of any substantive plot. Philip Hensher's The Fit regularly tops lists of the books held to feature beautifully deconstructed characters who do nothing very beautifully.
  • a slower pace than popular fiction. As Terrence Rafferty notes, "literary fiction, by its nature, allows itself to dawdle, to linger on stray beauties even at the risk of losing its way".
  • a concern with the style and complexity of the writing: Saricks describes literary fiction is "elegantly written, lyrical, and ... layered".





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