The US Represented Weekly Update

Hello readers,

We’re still working on creating a highly interactive music section for the site. We’ll keep you posted on this. In the meantime, our publications have been an eclectic mix of fiction, journalism, and essay writing. In Sandra Knauf’s Zera and the Green Man: Chapter Eleven, “Tiffany’s giggle returned as Langston complimented her on her new outfit, a hot pink, strapless, sequined gown with matching shoes and bag. Theodore, standing beside her in the tuxedo that had been waiting for him in his room, had never felt more dressed up. Round, gold-framed eyeglasses and a matching gold watch were his stylish, though quirky, Tiffany-chosen accessories. Langston, also in a tux, looked like the leading man in an old Hollywood musical. Theodore half-expected him to break out in song or dance as he introduced his group to the ‘guests of honor’ at the celebration dinner. . . .” In her interview with the homegrown Colorado Springs band The Verdict, Cheryl Ray learns what has made the band successful for so many years: “Practice! Be professional. Have an ethics of behavior and stick to it. Get egos under control. Self-promote. One way to do that is through social media. Also, visit clubs and find open gigs. Often, the clubs that pay the least are the most hungry to get bands to play. So you can get lots of exposure and build your name and reputation. Yeah. Practice regularly and get the band tight.” DeLyn Martineau explains “Ten Reasons to Visit Colorado Springs in the Winter,” and Dana Zimbleman offers a haiku on roller derby and fishnet stockings. Sandra Knauf’s second installment of The Whole Ruth delves further into the life of Ruth Stout, a pioneer for women’s rights and agrarian interests.

Jerome Parent’s “A Doggie What?” points out, “The internet has clearly simplified things greatly and increased efficiency enormously. I read the other day that a person can go to a business store and use the store’s 3D printer to make adult novelties. No wonder unemployment is still a problem. All those jobs that revolved around canine related products are disappearing.  It gives the phrase “They just don’t make things like they used to” a whole new meaning.” Eric Stephenson’s “UFO Traces,” says of alien contact, “The problem, of course, has to do with what many consider to be a lack of credible empirical evidence, which is understandable. Until broadly observed and quantified contact occurs, if it ever does, maybe the best way to approach the situation is with healthy skepticism but an open mind.” The first chapter of Jerome Parent’s “They’re Coming to Take Me Away” describes his indoctrination into the Vietnam War. DeLyn Martineau’s “Santa’s Secret Service” explains how “The holiday season always conjures up memories of my time as an elf. Not at the North Pole making toys, as you might think, but at a local five-star hotel where I ‘elfed’ every holiday season for many years.” Jeff Cleek’s Dick & Rosie continues to satirize the War on Christmas, and Eric Stephenson’s “The Moral of the Story” takes an ironic look at infidelity.

The USR Staff