Writer’s Life: Never Give Up

I always remember the first fifteen publishers who saw the manuscript rejected my favorite book, The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Finally, in 1973, a small independent publisher bought it. Random House later bought that publisher, The David McKay Company. Mr. Shaara’s second novel received very little attention and mixed reviews. It was a surprise… Continue reading Writer’s Life: Never Give Up

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Poem: While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping While you were sleeping He gazed at your face He dreamed of holding you Of one long, last embrace But life was at its end You had missed what should have been He married her You married him In the hospital as you visit Your smile is still the same In… Continue reading Poem: While You Were Sleeping

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Poem: Lady Violinist

Lady Violinist Golden hair frames the picture Of a countenance with a gilded gleam, Her eyes are the clear windows Through which the hurt is seldom seen. Sweet melodies fluidly flow Methodically from her fingers and bow, A zest for life is apparent and yet The quest for personal fulfillment isn’t always met. Ethical philosophies… Continue reading Poem: Lady Violinist

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One Great Way to Promote Your Book: A Blog Tour

Once upon a time Once upon a time in a century long past when an author wrote a book his or her publisher might send the writer on a book tour.  The author would visit media outlets in various cities promoting their book and conduct book signings. Oh, this still sometimes happens if the author… Continue reading One Great Way to Promote Your Book: A Blog Tour

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Nonfiction: Smoke on the Horizon

From five miles away, the smoke rose nearly two thousand feet above the tall pine trees. It’s gray-blue plum acted as a beacon saying something is happening here. What was happening? Exactly where was the smoke’s origin? Was someone burning trash? No, the amount of smoke was too great. Was it a raging forest fire?… Continue reading Nonfiction: Smoke on the Horizon

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Short Story: The Devil Was in the Martian Fog

The devil was in the Martian fog that night. He could feel his presence with every gust of wind and slimy, granular droplet of moisture against his face. He could hear him in the oscillating tones as the outpost’s time tower signaled the midnight hour. He could see him as the corner traffic control strobes… Continue reading Short Story: The Devil Was in the Martian Fog

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Exodus from the Alamo: The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth by Phillip Thomas Tucker

If you remember the 1960 movie “The Alamo” with John Wayne and use it as your primary source for understanding the Alamo you will not like this work. The book presents an interpretation that is different from the traditional view and anything I previously encountered. As I started reading I was at first shocked finding… Continue reading Exodus from the Alamo: The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth by Phillip Thomas Tucker

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