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Watch Your Language!

(Disclaimer: I won’t go into the question of whether Shakespeare wrote all those plays and poems or someone else did.  It doesn’t matter here.  Someone wrote them and did a helluva job.) I appreciate the reverence accorded William Shakespeare, but also am amused by...

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The Devil’s Walking Parody

With monstrous head and sickening cry. and ears like errant wings, The Devil’s walking parody on all four-footed things. G.K. Chesterton (1874- 1936)             I have no idea how many characters, real and fictional, I’ve met in thirty-seven years of historical...

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“The Dragon’s Wing, the Magic Ring”

The title quote is from William Wordsworth's Prologue to Peter Bell About the ring on the cover of Devilish: a dragon eating its own tail is called Ouroboros.  It’s a symbol of eternity that goes back at least 3,000 years.  That was when, as explained in the Wikipedia...

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True or False?

            The Old King’s Highway chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently invited me to speak at their meeting.  I always enjoy visiting with members of the D.A.R.  Not only are they nice people, they’re one of the few organizations that focus on...

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Connecting the Thoughts

            Now and then someone will ask where I get my ideas.  I resist the temptation to give Isaac Asimov’s answer: “A post office box in Cleveland.”  I skip from one era, event, person, or country to another for my novels, so curiosity about what inspires them is...

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Lost and Found

Landscape between Benson and Dragoon, Arizona        When I lived in southern Arizona in 1972 I never imagined I would write a book, much less a story set there.  Twenty-seven years later I was driving through my old Arizona haunts while researching a sixth historical...

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“A Race of Convicts”

       Here’s what that brilliant, scrofulous 18th-century English curmudgeon, Samuel Johnson, wrote about Americans.  “Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.”  Now why would Dr. Johnson say such a...

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Chiggers and Cherokees

My editor, Pam Strickler, and I at a WWA conference              In 1983 I attended my first Western Writers of America conference in Amarillo Texas.  My Ballantine editor came with me because WWA had awarded Ride the Wind the Spur Award for best Long Historical Novel...

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