Sunday, December 22, 2019

TO READ (or not to read?)

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Read! Happy New Year! An excellent resolution for 2020 would be to read (or at least to buy) the Mercenaries series, not to mention And Gladly Teach and Hodgepodge

If I had a penny for every one of my books sold in 2019, I would have… very few pennies. Nonetheless, I persevere. The adventures of Andiriel and company are well worth following. Read them! If you like them, tell your friends! If you dislike them, buy more and give them to your enemies!   

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Hear Ye!

If you would like some information on my books, but do not wish to go to the trouble of finding the various excerpts on this blog, why not watch these brief videos?

Storm Approaching:       

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


After much thought, I have tentatively concluded that a society that thinks it necessary to print on plastic bags warnings against sticking your own or your children’s heads in them is a society so far gone down the path of infantilism and idiocy that it should probably stick its own collective head in a plastic bag and put an end to itself.

Similarly, monitions that things cooked in ovens are hot, that bread contains wheat, or, on a bag of peanuts, that “this product is packaged on shared equipment with peanuts…”, suggest that government agencies are staffed by persons who believe the populace to be imbeciles and that, since the public puts up with these 'warnings', the agencies may be right.

Bah, humbug! 

Friday, July 5, 2019


I have issued a new edition of Storm Approaching, the first book in the MERCENARIES series. The main change is simply an increase in the font size, since some readers have suggested the 10-point type was a bit small. The book now has 353 pages instead of 260 but the word count is almost the same. However, I made small changes throughout, and one chapter (16, “Eloquence”) was extensively revised. Storm Approaching is available both in print as an an e-book.


Monday, December 31, 2018

A Good Read To Lean Upon

The dawn of a New Year--may it be a happy one for you!--is a good time to remind visitors that the main purpose of this blog is to advertise my literary efforts. I have self-published six books. Chief among them are the four volumes of the MERCENARIES series:

 I:  Storm Approaching

II: Gold and Glory

III: Resolution

IV: The Free Lands

The first three are a connected series; the fourth is a stand-alone, but should be read only after reading the first three.

How to sum them up? This blog contains excerpts and other information, but here is a poem about Volume One:

No magic swords or mighty rings,
No orphans who are really kings,
No elves or dwarfs or prophecies;
No ghouls or vampires, if you please.
A mercenary regiment,
Its men (and women), where it’s sent;
Its training, tactics, work, and play;
A growing threat (still far away);
That’s Storm Approaching. KIndly look
At this self-published, worthwhile book.

 There are also:

And Gladly Teach, a satirical novel about a fictional boarding school, and

Hodgepodge, a collection of humorous essays on many topics.

Why not try one (or two)? They’re really pretty good. J

Friday, December 21, 2018

There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

Reading Gibbon’s Decline and Fall, I found this about the Emperor Julian (361-363 AD): “... he could employ his hand to write, his ear to listen, and his voice to dictate; and pursue three separate trains of ideas without hesitation and without error.”  Who says that multitasking is something that came in with computers?? The Romans gave us that, too! :-)

Thursday, December 20, 2018


The other day I used my credit card and the clerk presented me with a receipt on a tablet device. When I asked what to sign it with--expecting a stylus--I was told to use my finger. (I did; this is not productive of calligraphy or even legibility). Afterwards I reflected on one of the many famous lines from Fitzgerald’s rendition of Omar Khayyam: “The moving finger writes, and, having writ, moves on…”. About 150 years after he wrote it, this has now become literally true. Did the 19th-Century poet envision the touchpad?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! And remember, as you plan your reading for 2019, that my six books--details of which are available here--would provide you with many hours of delight. :-)