Marengo

  A little Pub Battles Marengo from CommandPost Games this week.The Marengo Map spreads out large and beautiful. The year is 1800. France is at war with Austria. Bonaparte deftly handled the Austrians in Italy a few years before. No...

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Apr 22, 2024
Flash Fiction Winners and a presentation teaser

The team has voted and the winner and runners up of the flash fiction contest are named farther down. First, take a look at this:I've got a story in this one, along with some other fine authors who are probably better known than am I. That cover call...

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Apr 15, 2024
Wrestling Ouroboros

 The winners of my flash fiction contest will be announced tomorrow in my newsletter (click the newsletter link at the top of the page to get signed up for it). The war began this week. I rolled out the war machine and replaced the...

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Apr 15, 2024
Ladyhawke

 I know I just did a movie review last week, but the eclipse approaches for some (not me), and Ladyhawke is available to stream for free on tubi. It's as if the planets have aligned. So, it's a sword and sorcery movie from the 80s for the wi...

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Apr 08, 2024
Car wars and short stories

I know it's April Fool's day, but there's no foolin' in this letter. I believe it's also Debbie Reynolds' birthday. My grandfather and a granddaughter also have birthday's today.I saw a friendly face at the DMV. Actually, they were all friendly--it's...

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Apr 01, 2024
Head (1968)

 The movie review is further down. First, in the good news/bad news of the week, one of my short stories--a special favorite of one of my Skirmish Team beta readers--was rejected by an editor. That's the bad news. A different story, was acce...

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Apr 01, 2024
British Invasion of Quebec pt. 1

 Fun Fact:General Wolfe is in the middleAfter the campaigning of 1758, Brigadier James Wolfe believed he had a Ticket to Ride and returned to England of his own volition, much to the surprise of William Pitt who had sent orders for Wolfe to...

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Mar 25, 2024
Alexander R Davis

 Interview with Alexander R DavisAuthor ofOmeron: The Hero’s Chronicle, and morePlease tell me a little about your current work in progress.          &nbsp...

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Mar 18, 2024
A dad joke, releasing raw footage, and more

Every week I'm adding to my presentation on Forging Unforgettable Stories with my three so-called secret elements of literary alchemy. Even if I don't present it, it's a worthwhile exercise in identifying important story elements and ways to think ab...

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Mar 16, 2024
Marlowe

 I see that Prime has a new Marlowe movie out. I chose to watch the 1969 movie of the same title directed by Paul Bogart, written by Raymond Chandler and Stirling Silliphant, starring James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor, and Rita...

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Mar 11, 2024
Of Parties and Pencils - British Arms Ascendant

 Fun Fact:Abercromby had his brief and ill-fated Iliad at Carillon in 1758. General Amherst was set to make another attempt at it in 1759. After beginning construction on Fort George--to replace Fort William Henry--Amherst had assembled 10,0...

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Mar 04, 2024
Presentations, Panels, the last short story

I'm looking for panel/presentation ideas for the Writers Cantina in June. I've been accepted as a panelist/presenter, but no one has come forward to say, "You do such a fantastic job at writing _____ in your books that we want you on a panel to discu...

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Mar 01, 2024
Movie Review - Our Man in Havana

Throw together Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs, Ralph Richardson, and assorted other actors into a pot of Batista Era Havana, Cuba, stir in the Cold War arms race, add a household appliance, and simmer on low heat in black and...

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Feb 26, 2024

 First, I've got a flash fiction contest going for my newsletter subscribers. Go get signed up. Here are the contest terms:  Flash Fiction Contest: Submit a story of 500 words or less. The story must include a pool table O...

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Feb 19, 2024
A short note and contest for books

I've got more books to share. Here's how to get your choice:Flash Fiction Contest: Submit a story of 500 words or less. The story must include a pool table OR a piece of farm machinery. Submit your story in the body of your email, or you may attach i...

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Feb 16, 2024