From Bali: Painting and Writing by Ricker Winsor

 

A Lid for Every Pot 

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          My new book will be coming out in first part of next year, published by Mud Flat Press in Olympia, Washington and titled When the Moon is in the Seventh House.
               Meantime I spent months going over every word of my last book, Pakuwon City, Letters from the East and to good advantage. The second edition is finished and available at Amazon and discounted to $7.50 with the idea of making it accessible. I think it is a very good book, great in places and funny too. It is also available on Kindle. People “couldn’t put it down”. I heard that many times. Here are a few reviews:
               “Ricker Winsor casts a clear gaze across the landscapes, encounters, and passions of his life. Written with honesty and dry wit, Mr. Winsor offers the reader glimpses of an original sensibility that makes this much more than a typical “American abroad” narrative. This is the work, too. of a painter who looks deeply into what he sees, a musician who also knows how to listen to the speech and sounds around him anywhere.”
               “Pakuwon City, Letters from the East, puts a life-time of traveling into perspective offering a comparative value of life in the present to life in the past without being nostalgic or maudlin. The author’s simplicity, honesty and wry sense of humor combine for a credible and incredible story that makes readers think about how decisions propel us forward into directions that define our lives. From Mexico to Europe and Asia, this is more than a travelogue: It’s a guide to living and learning. This is a time when world travel seemed safer and the world provided a canvas for enlightenment. It is a story of growth, from naiveté to profound awareness. Colorful characters from prostitutes in Mexico to an inarticulate American FBI informant posing as a writer to a middle-aged English woman who leaves her husband and children to follow a suave Latin to Franco’s Spain come to life with Winsor’s distinctive voice. This is a book that will make you smile and frown while you look back at the adventures of your own life.”
               “Winsor has lived the life most “Walter Mittys” only dream of…and has written a book of beautiful prose (maybe it’s the music or art in his background) that reveals many of his life adventures. It’s a little sexy, a bit humorous,a book that took me to places in the world way too exotic (and dangerous) for me to go. A fresh voice, a book that’s way too short and a good read.”
Please click on the link to Amazon here:  http://www.amazon.com/Pakuwon-City-Letters-RickerWinsor/dp/1489547347/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386120419&sr=1-1&keywords=pakuwon+city
               A lot of my writing is published by Empty Mirror Books and they also publish my painting which I continue to do on a daily basis. Empty Mirror specializes in work by the Beat Generation writers and those influenced by them. They get 10,000 independent “hits” from around the world every month. It is a very dynamic site for literature, poetry, and art. Please click on the link to Empty Mirror here:

http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/author/ricker-winsor

               On a personal note by wife Jovita and I are very happy living in Bali, Indonesia near Sanur. Balinese people and culture are friendly, beautiful, relaxed. The large international community here is very deep and intelligent. The Ubud Writers Festival, which I attended this year, involved over 20,000 people in various ways and was one of the most important educational events of my life.
               A lot of our new friends are mixed couples, western men married to Indonesian women, and a lot of them have small children. The culture here is young anyway with a large proportion of the population under 29 years of age.
               I expect to have a good painting and drawing show next year in Ubud at the Bali Center for Artistic Creativity. I also play my guitar and sing once a month at Profitto Restaurant and Café. That is a much as I want to do of that but it keeps me in the game a bit since I have been performing that way for over 25 years now.
               I plan to only send out these announcements 4 times a year because people are overwhelmed by email and don’t have the time for it. It has gotten to be old tech somehow as attention spans get shorter and shorter and there is more and more competition for people’s attention. But…..for an artist it is one of the ways we have to let people know what we are doing.
Warm Regards from Bali,
Ricker

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