Category Archives: Fiction

Eastern Washington and the Coeur D’Alene Nation

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

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 […]

Twas the night before …

View image | gettyimages.com   Another day of writing, rewriting, and editing. The simple goal is to ‘finalize’ 650 words every day. If I can do that for the next few months, the majority of the work will be completed and it will be on to the next writing project. Yes, I already have the […]

From the Berkshires to Bremerton

Today was another successful day of editing, writing and rewriting. I think I managed to make it through another 50 pages in my book, Homecoming. Today the story went from the foothills of the Berkshires to the Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. Perhaps this is my favorite sentence of the day. “He had money in his […]

An important promise

Almost two years ago, I promised my friend Russ Warriner that I would somehow find the time to tell his story. Russ was a crew chief aboard a U.S. Army helicopter that was attached to the 1st Cavalry and served in Vietnam more than 40 years ago. He paid a dear price for his service. After […]

A wedding party plus one (2)

It was cold, quiet, and the summer sun peeked over the horizon about 20 minutes ago. Frank left the house early, especially for a Saturday; Judy was gently snoring and as he kissed her cheek and said goodbye, she murmured “good luck.” “Keys, wallet, phone, jacket,” he said out loud as he made his way […]