6-28-2020 Writing What You Know

Depending on the hour, Twitter for writers (#WritingCommunity, #WritersCafe, etc.) is either really helpful or a 50,000-car pileup of book promos and follow-back lists. Personal and professional news, writing prompts (e.g., #vss365, wherein a moderator posts a word of the day for participants to use in very short stories; @paul_grealish is among my favorites in this category), and industry tidbits, too. Enough rabbit holes […]

2020-06-29T02:24:52+00:00June 28th, 2020|History, Travel, Writing|0 Comments

10-24-17 My One and Only Ghost Story

One week until Halloween so here’s my one and only, firsthand ghost story. I’ll park several caveats up front: I don’t believe in ghosts but I’ll allow there are many things I do not understand and/or have perceived so incompletely that they can seem otherworldly. This story concerns an event I simply cannot adequately explain and so I’ll call it a ghost story. Take it as […]

2017-11-09T17:21:28+00:00October 25th, 2017|Hiking/Outdoors, History, Personal, Writing|0 Comments

9-28-17 The Balangiga Massacre

The older I get, the more I know that I know less than I previously imagined. One thing I love about writing historical fiction, then, is the opportunity to research historical events and personalities that weren’t covered in my K-college history classes.

My new novel, Widowmaker, is set in the first decade of the 20th century—an era that, save for the Wright Brothers (their hometown paper […]

2020-06-19T15:12:02+00:00September 29th, 2017|History, Writing|0 Comments

9-24-17 Long Layoff

As infrequently as I update this poor thing, I’m not sure I can call it a blog anymore. Some Words or Intermittent Opinions, perhaps… I blame June’s lack of productivity on a trip to Costa Rica, but all the weeks and months since are on me. With a work in progress (a WIP to the cool kids), I figured my time was better spent editing […]

2017-11-09T17:18:24+00:00September 24th, 2017|History, Writing|0 Comments

Interview by Lincoln Farrish: WIDOWMAKER

(This article originally appeared in 2016 as a guest-blog on author Lincoln Farrish’s Farrish’s Freehold website. Dated items have either been updated or excised.)

WIDOWMAKER is the first book in a semi-noir series following Shepherd Sunday, a war-scarred veteran of the Boxer Rebellion and Philippine War, and chief of security for the Eastern Nevada Mine Owners’ Association.

It is 1907—an era […]

2017-06-01T04:14:42+00:00April 17th, 2016|History, Writing|0 Comments

Nevada’s 20th Century Mining Camps

(This article originally appeared in 2015 as a guest blog on author Suzanne Adair’s Relevant History website. Excerpted passages from WIDOWMAKER have been updated to reflect the most current version [4-13-17].)

In the late 19th Century, Nevada was in trouble. Existential trouble. The Silver State was mired in a vicious, twenty-year depression, with no indications that things would ever improve. Certainly, since […]

2017-04-21T20:56:26+00:00May 17th, 2015|History|0 Comments
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