Douglas Arvidson is a past winner of the WICE/Paris Transcontinental International Short Story competition. His short fiction has been published in Paris, Prague, and in literary magazines in the United States and he was recently invited to be a staff writer for the Prague Revue, a cutting-edge, online literary journal ( The novels in his fantasy series, The Eye of the Eye of Stallion, include The Face in Amber, The Mirrors of Castaway Time, and A Drop of Wizard's Blood. His new novel, Brothers of the Fire Star, was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year national awards and as a finalist in three categories in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards: Action Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction. It has become part of the pantheon of Pacific literature and is now included in school literature programs. Brothers of the Fire Star is an adventure story set in the Pacific during World War II and concerns two boys of different races and cultures who escape the island of Guam in a small sailboat when the Japanese army invades. They must then struggle to survive as they master the secrets of the ancient Pacific navigators. Appropriate for young adults as well as adult readers, Brothers of the Fire Star is available on Barnes & Noble, ( and Visit the author's website:

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Missing My Grandson, Spending Boat Units, Writing for

Here we are, just the day before yesterday, grandad and grandson, Douglas and Konrad Douglas. And now he's gone back to Atlanta with his mom and my poor heart can't take it. Holding your infant grandson does recharge the paternal instincts. Are there grandpaternal instincts?

Today we are off for Delaware where they have no sales tax and we are going shopping for boat stuff. I thought I was done with boat stuff when we sold our sailboat out in the Pacific, but no, here we go again. In our yachtie community we called $1,000 spent on a boat a boat unit. We plan on spending, oh, maybe three boat units today. What are we thinking? Are we nuts?

Meanwhile, I'm noodling around writing articles for and my piece on atheism and politics in America is getting lot of hits. You can see it by going to Go to the search field and type in DouglasArvidson (one word). My picture will come up on the left.

Now, I'm off to buy kitty food before we leave on our weekender.

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