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A New Release!

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. :-)

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With apologies to my many Italian friends.

Somali Pirates – Not!

Seems like the media went in search of pirates and ended up in central casting. Thanks to gCaptain for the link:

A Great Interview on The Book Guys

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.

Pirates and Armed Guards

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.

Problem solved.

Here’s an interesting recent video from CBS News Nightline on the subject.

Senior Moments

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.

Inside the Kowloon Walled City

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.

The Osprey – An Amazing Predator

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.

Adding Drama to Your Story

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!

Safely Out to Sea

We’ve all seen it. The blow-dried weatherman with his multi-colored radar map of the coastline, all smiles as he pronounces that the latest devastating storm has turned “safely out to sea.”  I certainly can’t fault people for being happy about that, but the next time you hear that phrase, stop a moment and hold a good thought for some people that might have a slightly different perspective.

Lessons We Can Learn From Dogs

This post has nothing to with ships, or writing, or humor. It’s the


Rascal 1987-2004 RIP

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

You’ll shoot your eye out kid

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

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