(Silverdale, Washington; Jan. 14, 2021) – Welcome back to my regular Thursday column! My original intent had been to open 2021 with a column on the meaning of freedom. To prepare, I did an informal poll of my Facebook friends, asking them to submit a one or two-sentence definition of what freedom means to them. … Continue reading On the Waterfront – Talk About Attempted Sabotage!
I think we can all agree 2020 has been a difficult year (to put it mildly). Even so, many people are celebrating their holidays and holy days this month. As a Christian, my holy festival is December 25 - January 6; Christmas Day through the Feast of the Epiphany. Normally this blog would go on … Continue reading Photo Finish: Christmas Lights, Part 1
Museum ships are popular attractions in the United States. Few artifacts are as impressive, imposing, and imminently capable of transporting a visitor back in time as is a ship from a bygone age. Panoramic photos of such vessels are always favorite souvenirs, but what happens if you take a closer look? What facets of the … Continue reading Photo Finish – Unusual Views
Early customer reviews are in! "Proud Lion" is a solid read and great adventure!#nathanaelmiller #sparks1524 #proudlion #novel #novelist #navy #murdermystery #mystery #writing #accidentaldetective #military #adventure #book
(Silverdale, Washington; Oct. 29, 2020) – Today’s column was supposed to be about the minor success I’ve had with my first novel, Proud Lion, and my plans for book 2, The Norfolk Murders. Sadly, the tragic death of one of my shipmates from the real-life USS Ponce (LPD 15) upended my plans. I served with … Continue reading Mental Health: Another Shipmate has Fallen
(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
(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!
(Silverdale, Washington; Sept. 17, 2020) – The greatest single piece of seamanship I ever witnessed occurred the day my captain summarily ordered the tugs away from our 17,000 ton warship and proceeded to dock her without assistance, thereby avoiding a collision with an 114,000 ton cruise ship. Commander Stephen ‘Cole’ Hayes was the third commanding … Continue reading On the Waterfront – Master Seamanship
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!