Mystery-romance indie novel ‘Derelict’ added to Arts Market

Derelict by Rebecca Day
Image of ‘Derelict’ book cover courtesy of author.

The new mystery-romance novel ‘Derelict’ has been added to the Arts Market at Indie Art South as we continue to add items that readers might like. This novel was written by Rebecca Day, songwriter and frontwoman for The Crazy Daysies. Rebecca, as many readers already know, is my daughter.

The novel that surprised me is now surprising her. Why? Continue reading “Mystery-romance indie novel ‘Derelict’ added to Arts Market”

Revisiting a classic: Shirer’s work on The Third Reich

Nazi Youth with their first flag. From US Library of Congress
Nazi Youth with their first flag. From US Library of Congress; sometimes between 1923-1933.

Pt. 1

How much do you really know about the Nazis?

I was born in the aftermath of World War II, and there were so many of us born in hope after the great despair of the war, my generation acquired the now derogatory label ‘boomers’. It stands to reason that I would be very interested in that war, in what caused it, and why it mattered so much that we named it a world war after declaring the first World War would end all wars. I grew up hearing stories of oil cloth placed over windows when sirens would sound the alarm, and of ration cards for gas and sugar. I still have some of those ration cards.

Those are some reasons I am writing about my revisit of William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. There’s another more immediate reason, though. Continue reading “Revisiting a classic: Shirer’s work on The Third Reich”

Versatile writer will share experiences at Ponte Vedra FOL author event

Dorothy K. Fletcher has received a number of awards, including an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (Used with permission)
Dorothy K. Fletcher has received a number of awards, including an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (Used with permission)

Author Dorothy K. Fletcher will share her stories at the launch of the new Friends of the Library speaker series at the library in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Dorothy has written nonfiction articles, a novel, books of poetry, a children’s book, and books on history. To say she is versatile is an understatement.

I’ve known Dorothy for quite some time, and she is a fascinating speaker. We shared the podium at the US Library of Congress for Florida Poets Arrive, and my publisher also brought out her poetry book, Zen Fishing and Other Southern Pleasures. Continue reading “Versatile writer will share experiences at Ponte Vedra FOL author event”

Demands of music slowed it down, but artist’s novel ready for release

Cover of Rebecca Day’s new novel, ‘Derelict’.

Most creatives are good at more than one discipline. I know photographers who can also draw and musicians who are great writers. It didn’t surprise me when Rebecca told me she was writing a novel. She and Jenn have both always been good writers.

I have to say it did surprise me when she told me the first draft was baked. I have to admit I had no idea what to expect. Continue reading “Demands of music slowed it down, but artist’s novel ready for release”

US gets a new Poet Laureate, but headlines mislead on ‘Native American’ aspect

Yesterday I think there were (at first) two people in the country who questioned a headline featured at many different media outlets. I was one of those two. The other person is a poet I’ve admired for quite some time. The headlines stated the new US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, is the nation’s first Native American to serve as US Poet Laureate. That statement is misleading and a fact check is in order. Continue reading “US gets a new Poet Laureate, but headlines mislead on ‘Native American’ aspect”