Category Archives: Fiction

Day two – A writing resolution for the year

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Normally, I am not one for resolutions, but this one seemed only natural. I am going to write every day for the next year. Now, before you start yelling in my direction, let me explain.

For me, writing is far more than sitting at my desk in front of my notebook or computer screen and trying to scratch out a few profound words. I am working on my second novel and as my wife may attest, that means at times my mind tends to wander ….

2016 – Another year filled with good reading material.

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The books I have chosen for this post might not appear on the NY Times bestseller list, or come from an author who has sold millions of copies, but for me, they are significant and important. They’ve made me think, dream, and hope. The stories shown here have stayed with me for some time. In more than a few instances, I have shared these stories with my students, friends, and family. And in other cases, I kept them for myself the way you sometimes hoard the last chocolate-chip cookie in the jar. (Don’t you do that?)

Authors: never leave home without this in the trunk of your car

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SACO – Not unlike many other fall seasons, this year has been very busy. Each year as school starts, I frantically try to learn about more than 100 new students, figure out a routine for the work day and family life, and continue to pursue my dream of writing and publishing. This year, I am […]

After four years of work, a novel comes to life

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SACO – Thinking about it now, it’s hard for me to believe that I started working on my novel four years ago, and this past week, I sent the final edits to the publisher for review. With any kind of luck, I’ll see a printed, proof copy of the book within a few weeks. One […]

An Incredible Journey Along the Maine Coast

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The summer certainly has proven to be productive. My second short story, Blink, has been published on Amazon. It’s been quite a month already! Blink, the second short story in the collection, The Canon, takes the reader on a dizzying bike ride down the back roads of the Maine coast. Along the way, Andy O’Brien, […]

Eastern Washington and the Coeur D’Alene Nation

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Sometimes the story I’m writing takes a little detour or two as the story unfolds. One of the main characters in the novel comes from an area of southern California that is only 50 miles or so from the Mexican border, but this character’s mother (Anna Martinez) was born and raised on the border between […]

Seattle to San Diego by Train

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Seattle to San Diego – World War II has ended. The ship that served as his home for nearly four years is about to be sold for scrap and Jimmy Connelly can’t imagine staying in the Navy another day. Without any real plans, he boards the train in Seattle and heads toward his home outside of […]