Repurposing My Dad’s and Harry’s Blue Watch

 


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Repurposing A Blue Watch


A second chance

Those of you who have read Tiger Drive will recognize the blue watch above, and you will know that the watch is a symbol of ideals, dreams, life choices, and our inability to turn back time and do things differently. And while Harry is not my dad, Harry and my father had things in common such as alcoholism and a blue watch. My dad wore his blue watch all through my childhood. My mom doesn’t know the story behind the watch, only that he already owned it when she met him while she was bartending at a VFW bar in Lakeville, Minnesota, in the 1960s. In her words, “He was always drunk at the VFW, but he sure was charming.”

In 2011, my youngest sister was going through our dad’s keepsakes box and found the watch. It no longer worked and the blue band had shriveled up and crumbled. At that time, I was writing the first draft of Tiger Drive, and when my sister called to tell me she found the watch, it felt like a sign that I was on the right track because I had already used the sentimental watch in the story. She sent it to me in 2014 as inspiration to not give up and to continue editing my novel. And I’d need it because it took me four more years to publish Tiger Drive.

And then, a month ago, I sent it back to my sister. She has become the “blue watch whisperer,” and she had identified someone else who needed the watch for inspiration: her son, Willard, was graduating from high school and preparing for college. But this time, she had the watch repaired. When the watchmaker pointed her to a display to pick a new band, smack dab in front of her was a blue band. It was a sign she was on the right track with this gift and life transition.

When my sister gave him the watch, he cried. She included this quote:

“If our watches were truly accurate the only thing they would ever say is now.” –Damien Echols, Life After Death

Tiger Drive Blue Watch Teri Case

How do you approach or “keep” time? Or have you ever been inspired by a family keepsake? I’d love to hear more. Email me: teri@tericase.com

As always, thanks for being you!

Teri

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What Happened At My First Tiger Drive Book Event


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Tiger Drive Scholarship recipients! Linda and Tobias Arreola with Teri Case. Photo by Gretchen Lemay.

What Happened At My First Book Event


I Still Can’t Believe It

Dear Friends,

On June 8th I hosted my first ever book signing event for Tiger Drive and in my hometown, Carson City, Nevada. It has taken me this long to write about it because not only did the event exceed my expectations, but the people who showed up ready to share their personal stories, feedback, tears, smiles, laughter, and strong hugs have humbled me in all the right ways.

Please, take a few seconds to look at all of these photos taken by photographer, Gretchen Lemay–they truly say a thousand words.

The event took place at Comma Coffee. It was slotted to last two hours but it lasted for three, and for most of that time, the line was either to or out the door. Every time I looked up at the line, I swallowed tears of joy and experienced a beautiful vulnerability. I know–I never knew vulnerability could be beautiful and liberating either. In line were people from different times in my life: childhood friends, parents of friends, high school friends, college friends, coworkers, mentors, teachers, librarians, Tiger Drive Scholarship winners, my family, and some strangers I now consider friends—and they were all laughing, talking to each other in line, and connecting with each other. That night, my life was no longer compartmentalized. All of these people I admire and love were getting to know each other and enjoying doing so!

Robey Willis and Teri CaseTeri Case and Robey Willis, photo by Gretchen Lemay

At one point, I looked up and saw Judge Robey Willis. I used to witness weddings with him each Saturday during college. He always bought me lunch and paid me much needed spending money. He unintentionally planted ideas too: he preferred weddings where the bride and groom were in their mid-twenties or older–I decided not to get married before I turned thirty (I’ve been an over-achiever on this point!). And he always asked me about my homework and then left me to get it done. During my senior year of high school, I worked with his wife, Barbara who has since passed. In Tiger Drive, I pay homage to the team at the Nevada State Department of Personnel by giving Carrie a county personnel department student job where she admires and cares deeply for her co-workers. Robey and Barbara Willis were a huge influence in my life (I credit their daughter Liz for the opportunity to meet them). I cried on the spot when we hugged and he told me he came to tell me he read Tiger Drive and that he was proud of me. I’m tearing up retelling this even now.

Here are just a few more highlights from the night:

  • The friend who told me he was glad I could portray how it feels for a man to be afraid to be his true self and find love, and how horrible it is to reject yourself so that no one else can reject you instead.
  • The woman who stopped reading the book until she could meet me and ask me which biker gang I would use in the book because she believed WJ could be her own father who was in a biker gang in the 1980s and she was nervous about what she might learn. (Note: I used a fiction gang)
  • The book club of teachers who told me they are working and communicating with some students in a new way now that they’ve read Tiger Drive.
  • The several Tiger Drive Scholarship winners from the past few years who showed up to tell me how they are doing, including one who is on the deferred immigration plan and is afraid of what might happen to her family, and one who reminds me so much of myself, I felt we could talk for hours. These young people are our better future! (Note, when two winners tried to buy a book, an anonymous donor bought their copies for them–a portion of the proceeds support the scholarship or I would have too!)
  • The young woman who will graduate from high school next year and plans to apply for the Tiger Drive Scholarship.
  • The several women who told me that Carrie’s story in Tiger Drivewas their story as children.
  • The woman who told me that she related so much to Janice as a wife and mother, she was considering making huge changes in her own life.
  • The friends who shared their journeys with alcoholism and addiction.

These are just a few examples of the two-plus hours of discussions I was privileged to be a part of, and these people have forever changed me as a person and a writer.

And all the while I was having these discussions, I was sandwiched between the line of love and support before me and the many books that generous authors signed and donated for the Tiger Drive Scholarship raffle behind me. And we sold over 100 raffle tickets!! I beg you, please check out these authors, buy their books, and sign up for their newsletters.

Tiger Drive Scholarship Raffle Winner of Nancy J. Nordenson's Finding LivelihoodMy niece, Maggie, won Nancy J. Nordenson’s Finding Livelihood,
photo by Gretchen Lemay

The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield and Mercy Street by Pamela D. TolerTom was the happy winner of The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield
and Mercy Street by Pamela D. Toler, photo by Gretchen Lemay

Oh, and did I mention that Sgt. Daniel Gonzales who advised me on the novel popped in to give me a hug?

Sgt. Daniel Gonzales Carson City and Teri CaseTeri Case with Sgt. Daniel Gonzales, photo by Gretchen Lemay

After the event, friends who stayed behind joined me and my family down the street for a late dinner. We laughed together and shook our heads in wonder over the evening. When my brothers who I dedicated the book to would say goodnight, I started crying again (fortunately my youngest sister had already left because, with all three there, I would have done the full-on ugly cry).

The next morning, I would go and visit my mom at the assisted living center. All week I had been showing up by 7:00 a.m. to bring her a jelly donut*. I showed her the pictures that Gretchen had already sent me, and when I told her that Robey Willis had shown up to tell me he was proud, she cried even harder than me. She said, “I’m not crying because I’m sad. I’m crying because I’m so happy.”

Me too, Mom. Me too.

Bonnie CaseBonnie Case with her “bling”

And now, just as I was proofreading this newsletter (expect to still find typos), I found out that journalist, Teri Vance has written about the event for The Nevada Appealand Carsonnow.org. I found out because my mom sent me an email and then called.

“The Nevada Appeal!” she said. She is so happy. And my brother, K, replied, “Now you’re big time in Mom’s orbit. The Appealis her New York Times.”

To read Teri Vance’s article, click here.(By the way, I really enjoyed talking to Teri. If we would have had more time, I might have told her too much. She is someone you instantly want to tell everything.) A similar article is also posted on Carsonnow.org.

I have so much more to share about the week I was in Nevada, the time I spent with family for my nephew’s graduation, and the wonderful people I was able to meet. Special thanks to Gretchen and April for helping me set up the event and for taking photos. And Jennifer Clarke–no one better could have kicked off the event with me–you had me in stitches from the start (as usual). More next week but until then, thank you so much for being you.

Teri

*funny enough, jelly donuts come up a lot in my new book IN THE DOGHOUSE

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And Coming Soon to a Dog Park Near You in 2019!
IN THE DOGHOUSE: a couple’s breakup from their dog’s point of view
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In the Doghouse by Teri Case

Coming to a Dog Park Near You! My New Book!

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Coming to a Dog Park Near You in 2019!


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IN THE DOGHOUSE:
a couple’s breakup from their dog’s point of view

Skip is a rescued dog who wants to matter. He loves living in a blissful pack with his human couple, John and Lucy, and he has bow-vowed to never lose them. But when John walks out after seven happy years, Lucy and Skip’s world is turned upside down. Skip’s determined to guide Lucy through her identity crisis, but he’s harboring a secret: he’s to blame for the breakup and her broken heart. Can Skip build a new pack for Lucy and himself and become indispensable to her before she discovers his canine treason and kicks him to the curb?

“In the Doghouse is a story of love, loss, guilt, and new beginnings told from the hilarious yet wise perspective of the lovable family dog.” –Cathey Nickell

Coming to a Dog Park Near You in 2019!

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Thank you for being you!!

Teri

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The Tiger Drive Scholarship Recipients for 2018

 


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2018 Tiger Drive Scholarship Recipients


ROAR!

I am excited to announce the four winners of this year’s Tiger Drive Scholarship which recognizes graduating high school students who are reaching, learning, and growing beyond their familiar environment by pursuing a college education. The Tiger Drive Scholarship was inspired by my novel, Tiger Drive.

Tobias A.

I created a club on campus with the sole purpose of reaching out to other gender nonconforming students. I sought help from the staff, administration, and community agencies . . . Attending college is my opportunity to expand my understanding of advocacy, a chance to grow my ideas and voice, and my moment to change not only my future but also the future of my family and all those that I hope to impact…In twenty years, I hope that I can say I took every opportunity I could to help those around me.

Brisa R.

I CAN DO THIS. I will make myself, my son, and my family proud to say I broke the stereotype of the typical teen mom who overcame these obstacles. Becoming a mother at such a young age has made me strong, dedicated, and independent with are traits that I will be using the rest of my life to keep myself and my son on track. I can be whatever I want to be.

Clariessa J.

Because of my experiences in early Elementary School, I believe I have been primed to work with young adults and children. Through many trials and afflictions, I have come to be very fond of working with young adults and children on an individual basis, and this has propelled me toward social work and human development & family services . . . I want to be the guiding light that I was never able to have in my youth. I believe I can truly make differences in children’s lives if I continue on this path I’ve chosen to follow.

Linda A.

I have grown past my adversity. I have grown past my circumstances. My goal is to use my circumstances as a path to helping others grow past their own.

Congratulations Tigers!! Thank you for being you!

Teri

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COMING TO A DOG PARK NEAR YOU IN 2019
IN THE DOGHOUSE: a couple’s breakup from their dog’s point of view

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5 Things You Should Know About Me

 


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5 Things You Should Know About Me


One

I have nine brothers and sisters and am #7. When I was little, people would try to explain that some of my older siblings were actually “half-siblings.” I’d tell them they didn’t know what they were talking about.

Two

In the first grade, I drew a clown. Mrs. Sausberry hung it on the classroom wall for several weeks. One day when we had a substitute teacher, I wanted to make sure the sub knew how talented I was, so instead of just telling her I drew the clown, I told her I needed to take the picture home for my parents. When Mrs. S returned the next day, she asked me where the clown had gone. I told her I took it home and she said, “That’s a shame. I was saving it for the annual art fair.” That afternoon, I ran home from the bus to find my picture so I could take it back to school the next day, but someone had scribbled on it to get a pen to work. I haven’t been comfortable with attention since!

Three

To date, the only movie I’ve watched more than Grease is Xanadu. Go, Olivia!

Four

For three years in college, I witnessed weddings for the Justice of the Peace for four hours, three Saturdays a month. I’d get $5 per wedding, and Judge Willis would not only buy me lunch, but he’d also let me drive his Z28 to pick it up. When completing the happy couples’ wedding certificates, I always had to confirm the details of the marriage license, such as “Mrs. X, this will be your third marriage?” One time, the groom stood up and said, “What?! You’ve been married three times? I’m not marrying you!” And he stormed out. I never saw him again, but I did witness her wedding to someone else a few months later.

Five

Bloomingdales in New York City pulled me out of a crowd to do my makeup when I was twenty. It was a Revlon counter. I was with my friends, Julie and Apryl. When I bought some of the makeup, I had my choice to get a free umbrella or a haircut. I caused a riot when I said,  “Umbrella.” Apryl, Julie, and everyone watching demanded I cut and style my frizzy hair. I’ve been wearing lipstick and hair product ever since.

Six

So, I can’t count! The best advice anyone ever gave me was my oldest sister, Candy when I was fifteen: You become who you hate.

Okay, spill the beans. What are five things I should know about you? Email me, please.

Thank you for being you!!

Teri

P.S. It’s finally summer in Ithaca (no, this isn’t me)

 

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My Interview with the Amazing Authors Series


My Interview with the Amazing Authors SeriesInterview Teri Case Cathey Nickell

FYI: this ^^^ is not me. She’s prettier, younger, and a genius.


Hello Awesome People,

I am honored to have been interviewed by author, Cathey Graham Nickell for her Amazing Authors Series. When Cathey first approached me, I was like, Me? Why me? I’m not very interesting or funny. But Cathey is so down-to-earth,  her questions put me at ease and I was comfortable sharing some fun details about my past. I hope you enjoy the interview. Contact me if you have any questions you’d like me to answer about my life, my writing process, or TIGER DRIVE.

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Thanks for being you.

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Big Wins


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Big Wins


Hi Friends,

It’s been a big week for Teri Case, Inc.

No, I’m not really incorporated but in this past week, since I emailed you last, I realized I have enough projects going on that I actually have departments to manage. It hit me that I am a career novelist.  A CAREER NOVELIST. I have a bona fide business to run, and I’m experimenting. I’m taking risks. But I digress. Back to the big wins for the TCI departments.

 

Tiger Drive Scholarship Update

The submitted essays are fantastic. Actually, the authors of the essays are fantastic. It will not be easy to select the winner, but there will be a winner(s). Next week, I’ll share some of the essays. The big win is for the rest of us who will benefit from these young peoples’ passion and drive to create a better America.

Several people have donated to the Tiger Drive Scholarship and a portion of the proceeds from the novel, Tiger Drive, will help fund the scholarship. Doing this scholarship has been one of the most significant rewards for writing the novel. The most significant reward for writing Tiger Drive has to do with my family, which brings me to the next department and big wins.

 

Tiger Drive Update

My mom remains proud of me. In fact, she lent her copy to a friend. The woman read it in two days and said, “Bonnie, this book has made me realize how unhealthy my marriage was.”

I met a group of wonderful women this week who read Tiger Drive for their book club. In more than one book club, I’ve been asked, “How does your family feel about the novel?” or “Has your family read the book?” Such questions have inspired me to do a Q&A video for readers of Tiger Drive. So my friend, if you have any questions about Tiger Drive or me or my writing process, please send me an email and I will include it in the video.

Tiger Drive is being considered for the 2018 American Fiction Awards and The Twelfth Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. My fingers will be crossed until the finalists and winners are announced in September. I’ll be sure to update you then.

 

In the Doghouse

Bow wow! I’m excited to share the big wins for book two. Soon I’ll be sharing the cover and announcing the premise of In the Doghouse.*

1. Zoetica Music is allowing me to use their song “Loves Gotta Look” for the book trailer:

2. DogTV has approved my message about DogTV in the novel. This is something that was important to me because while Skip, the main character, dislikes DogTV at first, he grows to love it once he starts following certain dogs like a canine reality show. DogTV has even said they will try to help promote the novel via social media when it’s ready. How cool are they?

I don’t always need to ask for permission for everything I write–I run the risk of someone saying “no” and opening a can of worms, or worse, allowing someone else to tell me what I can write about. We are all in these creative trenches together. Whether it’s designing a channel for dog therapy, writing music, or writing a book, I find it gratifying to make sure I’m conducting myself in a way that promotes others rather than hinders others success.

Now, it’s time to get back to Skip and his canine identity crisis. Any big wins for you lately? Until next time, thanks for being you.

Teri

*I know, I know, I keep saying I will and then I don’t. I’m waiting to finish this third revision and send it to the editor. Once it’s in the editor’s hands for a while, that’s when I’ll tell you all about the book. The reason for the secrecy: no matter how many people will tell a writer only he/she can tell a story in his/her voice, we all fear that our story idea will be taken and written by someone better or more famous, and we will look like a copycat. I can’t wait to put it “out there” but until I know I’m closer to publishing, it’s an unfounded fear, but a fear none the less.

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