An adventure novel, a history lesson, a love story, a cookbook, and a whole lot of fun.

An adventure novel, a history lesson, a love story, a cookbook, and a whole lot of fun. Really well written, with no sentimentality mucking up the narrative. These are not pirates with hearts of gold (“TO THE BOTTOM!”), and Owen Wedgewood is such a whiner and so determinedly blind to what is going on around…

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Driving the AlCan 2021

Log for 2021 Alcan Drive, aka Dawn and Dana’s Excellent Adventure. Covid-19 has made nothing easier but it has not made everything impossible, either. [All photos by Dawn.] May 9, 2021 First day–Got to Sumas, Washington at 9am, across the border by 11am. Four cars/campers/RVs in front and behind. Very nice, very efficient Canadian border…

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It’s about working hard for something you want, and then working harder still, and then working harder than that to get it.

One of the best books I’ve read this year. I couldn’t care less about sport and less than that about crewing, but this book isn’t only or even mostly about the sport, it’s about the boys in the boat, and about where they come from. It is also about the physical, mental, emotional and above…

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Looking for Women Warriors

[From 2011] Great blog post by Meg Clothier on heroines in fiction in The Guardian. Click here to read it in full, but here’s my money quote: …the most egregious example comes in Lord of the Rings (bear with me). In the climactic pages, when every man on the battlefield flees before the Lord of…

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…this reminded me of everything from Star Trek: TNG’s “Measure of a Man” to H. Beam Piper’s “Little Fuzzy.”

From Scirland, something like Victorian England during the height of scientific discovery and exploration, Isabella, Lady Trent, defies convention and risks personal peril and terrible loss by joining an expedition into the darkest and most dangerous reaches of storied Eriga to investigate the habits and habitat of dragons. Written much in the fashion of Charles…

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These men, my god, these men.

If you’ve ever seen Jaws you’re familiar with this story. Days after it delivered Little Boy to Tinian, the battle cruiser USS Indianapolis is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The attack is so effective that the bow literally vaporizes and because they are running “yoke-modified,” with most of the hatches dogged open because the crew…

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7. Backstory.

7 Tips for Writing Crime Fiction by Dana Stabenow (written for Writer’s Digest) 7. Backstory. Every single character gets one, including the guy who shows up once to deliver the mail. It can be as little as a sentence or as much as a subplot running through the entire narrative. The supporting cast is what…

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