Never give up, especially in Texas

By A.J. Ortega, Guest Column for the Victoria Advocate
Posted December 2, 2015

If there’s one narrative I’m a fan of in life, it’s a good underdog story. If there’s one type of person I respect, it’s a hard worker. And if there’s one place I call home, it’s Texas. David Marion Wilkinson’s journey as a writer has all three of these elements.

Wilkinson’s success as a storyteller didn’t happen overnight, and it wasn’t an easy road getting there. In fact, some of the bumps in the road are recent. But, like a good Texas boy, he keeps on truckin’. From his collection of hundreds of rejections from publishers, to his professional relationships in the publishing world coming to an end, movie deals seemingly slipping through his hands, and even his divorce, he’s written through it all and succeeded.

The fact is that a lot of good writers – and people in general – face this kind of adversity all the time and give up. I know some of these people, and you do, too. This is not one of Wilkinson’s traits […]

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Dove reunion provides shared experience with old friends

By David Sikes, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Posted September 28, 2014

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson relaxes between shots during the Saturday morning hunt south of Kingsville.

RICARDO — Fortunate are folks who have friends they’ve enjoyed since high school.

I’m not referring to people who simply became friends in their teens, then later rarely connect to compare or inflate successes. I’m talking about a tight circle of friends who have grown to trust each other so deeply they dare to be familiar. No pretense, no masks, no bull. Well … maybe a bit of bull.

I’ve included such hunting and fishing buddies in this column for about 15 years. So I thought it was past time to formally introduce them.

I’ve known these guys since we were 16 or so. We’ve shared adventure, misbehavior, embarrassment, joy, sorry and triumph. There is much comfort in this level of familiarity and much history with such longevity. A desire to maintain these bonds has driven us for nearly two decades to gather for the opening of dove season somewhere in South Texas. We may meet at other times throughout the year in pairs or trios. But all or most of our schedules are sure to mesh on this one weekend, at least […]

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