Travel Log: Hunting Abandoned Buildings

**WRITER'S NOTE** My computer will be in the shop, so I'm publishing this today instead of on Thursday as usual. See you on the flip side! (Silverdale, Washington; Oct. 22, 2020) – Abandoned buildings are way cool...especially in winter! I’ve loved abandoned buildings and longed to explore them ever since I watched the Scooby Doo … Continue reading Travel Log: Hunting Abandoned Buildings

On the Waterfront – A Tale of a Great Enterprise

(Silverdale, Washington; Oct. 15, 2020) – The retired aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) had a profound affect on my time at sea, and her deactivation in 2012 foretold my own retirement from the Navy in 2017. Pretty heavy stuff, especially considering I never once set foot aboard her! I joined the Navy to go … Continue reading On the Waterfront – A Tale of a Great Enterprise

Photo Finish – Animal Magnetism!

No one on Earth radiates animal magnetism like animals do! From pigeons to sea otters, wild animals can be charming, cute, funny, and even cuddly...from a distance. Maintaining a respectful distance (while using a good zoom lens) allows you to get to know these creatures while ensuring your safety. Here's a look at a few … Continue reading Photo Finish – Animal Magnetism!

The Writer’s Craft – And so it Begins!

(Silverdale, Washington; Sept. 21, 2020) – Proud Lion sailed into history yesterday! I am now a published novelist. Monetary success will be nice if I achieve it, but the primary goal has been reached: publication. Nothing can take that away from me, not lack of sales, not lack of critical acclaim, nothing. I am now, … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – And so it Begins!

The Adventure Begins!

The adventure has begun! The Accidental Detective seeks out murder and thwarts international espionage aboard USS Ponce! "Proud Lion" is available as a paperback or e-book through Amazon on other fine online retailers now! "Proud Lion," the new novel by Nathanael Miller. #nathanaelmiller #sparks1524 #Washington #WashingtonState #accidentaldetective #novel #novelist #writer #writerslife #murdermystery #mystery #Navy #ProudLion … Continue reading The Adventure Begins!

The Writer’s Craft – The Glory of an Editor, Part 2: The Book Emerges!

(Silverdale, Washington; Sept. 14, 2020) – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: writing a book is a solitary endeavour, but publishing a book requires a team effort. Editors are as fundamental to the writing process as the writer is. I first spoke about the glory of an editor in my column on … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – The Glory of an Editor, Part 2: The Book Emerges!

Only SIX Days Until the Adventure Begins!

Only SIX days remain until the adventure begins! Murder aboard USS Ponce brings the Accidental Detective back to his old ship, seeking a killer and thwarting international espionage! Available in e-book format, print-on-demand hard and softback from Amazon and other online bookstores starting Sept. 20! #nathanaelmiller #sparks1524 #accidentaldetective #murdermystery #mystery #novel #adventure #book #writer #writerslife … Continue reading Only SIX Days Until the Adventure Begins!

“Proud Lion” Excerpt!!

Excerpt from my forthcoming new murder mystery, "Proud Lion," arriving in virtual bookstores Sept. 20! #nathanelmiller #sparks1524 #accidentaldetective #murdermystery #mystery #crimenovel #novel #novelist #Navy_______________________ -Wednesday, May 9, 2018; 14:21 hours-Philadelphia A lone figure walked along the pier towards the old ship, ignoring the birds, breeze, and sun. The ex-USS Ponce floated quietly ahead of him … Continue reading “Proud Lion” Excerpt!!

The Writer’s Craft – The Glory of an Editor

(Silverdale, Washington; August 31, 2020) – Writing a book is a solitary endeavour. Publishing a book requires a team effort. I spoke about this in my Aug. 17 column, “Teamwork” (https://sparks1524.com/2020/08/17/the-writers-craft-teamwork/). Publishing this blog on my own is one thing, but no one can successfully publish a book without help once the draft is complete. … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft – The Glory of an Editor

The Accidental Detective returns to his old ship, hot on the trail of a killer…

Murder aboard USS Ponce brings Chief Petty Officer Isaac Shepherd back to his old ship. Read the adventure in "Proud Lion," the new novel by Nathanael Miller coming to a virtual bookstore Sept. 20!!