In light of April Fool’s Day, Author Kodell Parker’s book, News from Wandaland, highlights real-life tricksters

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April Fool’s Day sets the tone for April as a month filled with practical jokes and schemes. Author Kodell Parker offers advice on how he tricks the tricksters themselves in “Solicitations,” a chapter from his compilation of short stories, News from Wandaland.

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I am so glad you called because I get a little lonely now days as hardly anyone calls anymore since my woman done put me on the don’t call list. She doesn’t like it too much for me to be talking with women folks. Do you ever get lonesome?

April Fool’s Day tricks are celebrations of humor and light-heartedness, but in his book News from Wandaland, author Kodell Parker recalls instances from his life when people didn’t use tricks for fun, but for solicitations instead. The short story “Solicitations” demonstrates how Parker overcame the solicitors with humor and tricks of his own.

The story focuses on a certain type of solicitor – the telemarketer. “Solicitations” begins with Parker’s interpretation of “do not call” laws, as he notes that it appears many companies ignore do not call lists altogether. The “slick willies” as Parker calls them, try to trick people by maintaining control of the conversation, but Parker employs the same tactic to deter to callers.

“My strategy is to take control of the conversation, and say wearied things as if nothing much they say registers,” he writes.

He often uses humor to confuse telemarketers. One of Parker’s favorite lines to use is, “I am so glad you called because I get a little lonely now days as hardly anyone calls anymore since my woman done put me on the don’t call list. She doesn’t like it too much for me to be talking with women folks. Do you ever get lonesome?”

The humorous recollections from “Solicitations” are in line with the rest of News from Wandaland, a collection of short stories, folklore and adventures that reflect on Parker’s earlier years and rural life in Texas. “Solicitations” is just one of the many stories told in the book.

The intention of the book is for others to enjoy the collection of short stories and witty opinions, and it is with much gratitude for readers to allow Kodell Parker the opportunity to share this through News from Wandaland. For more information on where to purchase the book, visit http://www.newsfromwandaland.com.

About the Author:

Born at the start of the Great Depression in Nacogdoches County Texas, Kodell Parker graduated from Crushing High School in 1949, and attended the University of Houston for a short time before enlisting in the Navy during the Korean War. Parker later studied electronics at Chenier College, Beaumont, TX and holds FCC licenses. Parkers versatile work experience includes oil exploration, ground radio technician for a major airline, cost planning consultant and author. Parker supports Christian Child Fund International, Angel Paws and various local charities.

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