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Name Dropping

Name Dropping Tales from my Barbary Coast Saloon Barnaby Conrad 1994   I don’t recall when I bought this book. It was stacked in my library on the San Francisco…

Time and the Thought Reader

The seventh story in my Stuart C. Cumberland series of mysteries, “Time and the Thought Reader”, will appear in the February 4 issue of Kings River Life Magazine (www.kingsriverlife.com).  It…

Monte Carlo Systems and Myths

While researching Monte Carlo for my novel, Shadow of the Tiger, the second of the Kyame Piddington series, which is set in 1896, I encountered a number of fascinating references…

The Shadow

One of the joys in writing historical fiction is the research needed to create the world in which your story will take place. Though that recreation does not need to…

Kyame and Christmas

My first Christmas short story, "A Second Sight Christmas", will appear on Kings River Life magazine on December 23, 2015, and will be followed by "Tall Paul" on January 9,…

Tall Paul

In writing a novel, particularly, it seems, one of historical fiction that back stories, sub-plots, and other plot enhancements come up that after a further chapter or two, the author…

Masada

- To walk on the great sandstone massif near the Dead Sea that is Masada, with its symbolism of human freedom together with its deeply spiritual past was an event…