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I’m pleased to announce my latest release, Under a Tell-Tale Sky, Book 1 of my new Disruption series. I’m branching out on this one, taking a whole new crew of sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and dissident soldiers on a journey through a post-apocalyptic world. I hope my readers have half as much fun reading it as I did writing it. The cover’s pretty cool, too! Now quick, go buy it.
The Book Guys were kind enough to invite me on their popular podcast this week. Join us as we discuss audiobooks and books in general.
There’s long been a drumbeat in the popular media asking why someone wasn’t doing something about the problem of piracy. Now that some people ARE starting to do something, there seems to be the inevitable second guessing. “But what if they’re not pirates, but innocent fishermen?”
Here’s a clue. If they’re speeding toward your ship armed to the teeth, they’re probably pirates. If they’re running away, they’re likely fishermen.
Here’s an interesting recent video from CBS News Nightline on the subject.
I’ve been head down working on the new book and haven’t posted it a while. However, I was recently sent this video and decided it was too good not to share. Thanks to Mike and Barbara for the link.
Before it was demolished in 1992, the Kowloon Walled City was thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth. Canadian photographer Greg Girard in collaboration with Ian Lamboth, spent years photographing the place before it was torn down. The photos are amazing.
See them all in this article from the Daily Mail.
In keeping with my theme of not having much of a theme, I’m posting this amazing video of an osprey that a friend sent me. It’s not about ships/writing/humor, but I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty cool.
Every writer struggles with the task of adding tension and drama to their tales. If only we’d known that all it really takes is a big red button!
This post has nothing to with ships, or writing, or humor. It’s the
text of an email forwarded to me by a reader, and very much in the category of ‘things that interest me.’ I don’t know the veterinarian describing this incident. I suspect his name was lost as this message ping-ponged about the internet. Profound apologies if you’ve seen this before, but I read it for the first time a few days ago. I found it moving, and thought you might as well. Thanks to Virgil Carey for sharing it.
A Dog’s Wisdom
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. Continue reading
No Christmas in the McDermott household feels complete without watching Jean Parker Shepard’s A Christmas Story. We all know the dialogue by heart, but it never seems stale — great stories well told are timeless.
This year, like Ralphie, I harbored a secret Christmas wish. Not for a Red Rider, 200 shot, Range Model Air Rifle (with a compass in the stock), but for something much more elusive — a gift that could neither be given by a loved one nor delivered by a benevolent Santa. I wanted Continue reading