Coming Next Year – The Accidental Detective is Back for the Very First Time!

Coming next year! The Accidental Detective is back--for the very first time! Murder in the barracks, conspiracy to commit more murder, attempted murder. Isaac Shepherd puts his head down and takes on his first case! "And So It Begins" hits the virtual bookshelves early in 2022!! Check out the following excerpt from the forthcoming first … Continue reading Coming Next Year – The Accidental Detective is Back for the Very First Time!

Travel Log: Under the Guns, Part 2

(Niceville, Florida; June 9, 2021) – Some of the biggest guns ever to go to sea will have you in their range once you’re within 20 miles of Mobile, Alabama, and USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Commissioned in August 1942, the ‘Bama’ had her genesis long before the war began.  Owing to stipulations in the … Continue reading Travel Log: Under the Guns, Part 2

Travel Log – Under the Guns, Part 1

(Niceville, Florida; June 9, 2021) – Drive within twenty miles of Mobile, Alabama, and you’ll find yourself in range of some of the biggest guns in naval history. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is a hub for naval history in Mobile, Alabama.  Originally the final home for the battleship USS Alabama (BB 60), the park … Continue reading Travel Log – Under the Guns, Part 1

The Writer’s Craft – Don’t Be Afraid to Delete!

(Niceville, Florida – 4 June 2021) – I’ve begun polishing book 3 of The Accidental Detective series, And So It Begins, for release early next year while I’m taking the long way ‘round in my move to Tennessee. I drafted And So It Begins back in 2018.  That’s not quite three years ago, but a … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – Don’t Be Afraid to Delete!

Memorial Day 2021

BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD The muffled drum's sad roll has beatThe soldier's last tattoo;No more on life's parade shall meetThat brave and fallen few.On Fame's eternal camping-groundTheir silent tents are spread,And Glory guards, with solemn round,The bivouac of the dead. No rumor of the foe's advanceNow swells upon the wind;Nor troubled thought at midnight hauntsOf … Continue reading Memorial Day 2021

Travel Log: I’m not Kidding Around!

(Niceville, Florida; May 28, 2021) – Spending a day aboard the USS Kidd (DD 661) will transport you back to the hot, sweltering days when our sailors fought and won World War II with hard steel, heavy munitions, and zero air conditioning. World War II is receding further into our collective rear-view mirror.  Although my … Continue reading Travel Log: I’m not Kidding Around!

Travel Log: Ghost Towns to Ghost Cars

(Liberty Hill, Texas; May 23, 2021) – I love real-life dead ghost towns.  I also love real-life dead ghost cars. I mean, come on!  Ghost towns and ghost cars are just the liveliest, intriguing-est, and simply most fabulous places to go! The term ‘ghost town’ often brings to mind tattered, forgotten Old West-era wooden buildings … Continue reading Travel Log: Ghost Towns to Ghost Cars

Travel Log: Whiling Away the Hours in Williams

(Albuquerque, New Mexico; May 18, 2021) – Williams and the Grand Canyon are now far in my rearview mirror as I steadily make my way east to Florida. Williams is a charming little town that found some creative ways to survive the blow of being bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1984 and the decommissioning of … Continue reading Travel Log: Whiling Away the Hours in Williams

Travel Log: Back to the Canyon

(Williams, Arizona; May 16, 2021) –I’ve come back to the Grand Canyon. I first laid eyes on this unbelievable place in October 2018 during the Grand Tour USA.  Once my decision was made last year to depart Washington State and repair to Tennessee, the Grand Canyon was the first place on my list of places … Continue reading Travel Log: Back to the Canyon

Travel Log: Mystery of the Ruins

(Fallon, Nevada; May 12, 2021) – La Plata was founded in 1863 and served as the county seat for Nevada’s Churchill County from 1864 - 1869.  La Plata was dead before the 19th century died, fading from the map after the local silver mines played out and the mining boom moved elsewhere. Located up in … Continue reading Travel Log: Mystery of the Ruins