Monthly Archives: August 2012

Alan and Philomena

On July 2nd, I posted a blog that I called The Power of Book Reviews. I was inspired to write the post after poking around the web for info on Alan Turing, his amazing work, and equally amazing life. In … Continue reading

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Too Many Kingdoms

For me, patriotism died within minutes of landing in Vietnam in 1967. It was a totally unexpected death, since I’d volunteered to be there and actually believed that we were there to protect freedom and democracy. Within minutes, I realized … Continue reading

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A Moment Of Shame

When you run at night you have to pay attention. I’ve been doing that for half of my life, and I’m still here, so obviously I’ve learned to pay attention when I’m running at night, in traffic, in serious darkness, … Continue reading

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The Last Call Number 02

Any idea I had that finding the first eight chapters of an almost forgotten manuscript would make starting a new novel easier, is long gone. If anything, the process is more difficult. First, for the obvious reason, that I’m not … Continue reading

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The Polar Express

If you’re wondering why I would write a blog about the Polar Express, in August, you should know that my day job is United Portrait Studies, a three person company that takes pictures of children in day care centers. For … Continue reading

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Last Call Journal – #1

Last night, in my final journal post for Southern Investigation-Tucson, I said that I was going to start on Southern Investigation-Yancy when I finished proofing Tucson. Well, a couple of things happened today that changed my plans. First, I entered … Continue reading

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Journal of a Novel – Number Four

This is it. It’s done. All that’s left was a wrap up and I wrote that this afternoon when I finished Chapter 50. Then, Christina pointed out that a cast of characters would be good, so I’ve added one. In … Continue reading

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Journal of a Novel – Number Three

John Steinbeck hit a winner with the idea of warming up with a letter before writing each day. This is the fourth letter I’ve written before writing a scene in Southern Investigation – Tucson. Before I describe the scene I’ll … Continue reading

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Journal of a Novel – Number Two

The last post was a description of Chapter 50, the capture of the Banditos who intended to kill Carlos and Juan. That dovetailed nicely with the bit about the all-female C130 crew from the West Virginia Air National Guard which … Continue reading

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Journal of a Novel – Number 1

The purpose of this post is to prepare myself to write a scene, one of the most complex ones in the book. The situation is: The Sanchez Family of Diego Vallo, Mexico has been smuggling Mexican peasants into the United … Continue reading

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