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Hal Adkins

Hal Adkins is a professional photographer from the small town of La Moille, Illinois, who has been interested in writing for a long, long time. And in retrospect, should have paid more attention in English class as that knowledge is helpful if one desires to spend time and effort putting words together in a logical and entertaining fashion. This, along with his final chance to pass high school typing class by achieving the required 25 words a minute, he managed 26, which did not bode well for a productive writing career. Nevertheless, he pecked away at a manual typewriter and early word processors on various projects, including books and articles involving Ultralight Aircraft, 40 years ago, along with being a contributing editor and photographer to aircraft publications. Though often not a fan of modern technology, some of that tech made it more viable in expanding into other writing venues, starting with the humor book; Hal Adkins Ain’t Normal from 2011. In the spring of 2012, he began writing his first novel, with a word count currently at over seventy thousand. He still considers it a work in progress, without much progress. While waiting for further inspiration on that project, another novel, one with a concept and storyline that had been floating around in his supple mind for some years, came to life in January 2018. A Week and a Day was published four-plus years later and likely would never have been completed at all except for the writing aids technology has provided, making creative writing more efficient and less stressful. A prolific writer of fiction, he is not, and prefers, the term, "methodical." Over the decades, he has engaged in several interesting and memorable endeavors; rode motorcycles, flew airplanes, went scuba diving without actually knowing how to swim, parachuted out of a perfectly good airplane, and spent a great deal of time racing cars. Primarily, he has been a professional photographer for over 50 years, with writing always being a keen aspiration when inspiration struck and time allowed between taking pretty pictures of strangers for money. The concept and storyline behind A Week and a Day developed from two “I wonder what would happen if?” scenarios he’d been contemplating, along with an actual event that puzzles him yet today.