By David Ackley
Publisher: Rain and Breeze Books
Date Reviewed: October 10, 2023
Release Date: September 28, 2023
Independent author and publisher David Ackley is back with We Write on Water. The time-traveling fictional story will keep readers engaged throughout the story. At times touching, occasionally humorous, and filled with emotions running the gamut from dejected to elated, David Ackley has captured what life is like as a struggling writer.
Ron's career as a poetry writer is struggling to take off. Meanwhile, his partner Sara is enjoying a successful career. While she is presenting an award to a nurse on her team, Ron is trying to learn the art of being in a social setting. His faux pas on the night of the award ceremony is soon overshadowed by another publishing rejection letter. His blog is his escape from his perceived career failures. Here, his writing lets readers know his frustration, anger, and despair. After receiving another letter of rejection, Ron follows his usual ritual. Out to the frozen Wisconsin lake to rip up the letter.
Only this time, his ritual tearing of the rejection letter doesn't go as planned. Slipping on the ice, Ron hits his head, and life as he knows it suddenly changes. When he wakes up, Ron finds himself in Elizabethan England. During his time in the past, Ron meets a young man who will eventually become a famous writer. His works will resonate with readers centuries after his death. However, it's not this meeting that changes Ron's life. He will finally learn what it means to be a poet when he returns home. Who is the famous author Ron meets and what event impacts his life? Readers will have to pick up a copy of We Write on Water to learn the answers to these questions.
Ron made several attempts during the afternoon to stop work and investigate just where he was in England, but he couldn't will himself—his physical body—to leave the lathe and the work at hand. He continued pondering his presence in this body of Mister John Hart while the man shaped the turning wood. I wonder if he knows I'm here? I haven't seen any sign of it if he does. Of course, how would he react if he did? Grab his head and scream? Smash it against a stone wall? I know I would. What do I do if he starts thinking about me? I'm trapped here. I'm not able to move where I want or say what I want, but he can. Well, it is his existence, after all. I'm just a creepy alien mind-meld. This is just too weird. I wish I could snap my fingers… And Ron spent several futile minutes trying to do just that while John turned the lathe.
David Ackley's descriptive writing style draws readers in and makes it possible to envision the life of the average citizen in Elizabethan England. He touches on the frustration we all feel about rejection, along with the struggles it can bring to our lives. However, it is also a story about hope and love and one we can all relate to.
Ron made several attempts during the afternoon to stop work and investigate just where he was in England, but he couldn't will himself—his physical body—to leave the lathe and the work at hand"
David Ackley grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised a family in Juneau. His professional career in Alaska included both fisheries biometrics and management positions with the state and federal governments. David is now retired and living in northern Idaho, where he began a small business in lutherie – building guitars, Irish bouzoukis, and ukuleles. While his wife was conducting research during a recent stint in India, he devoted time to trying to improve his Tamil and writing fiction to escape the heat of mid-day. Finding himself unable to multi-task easily, the lutherie business has flagged somewhat while he gets some stories onto paper. Please visit the Rain and Breeze Books website for more information about David and his books.
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