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:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Free at Last: Atlantic City to Cape May, New Friends

Here we go, out the channel and away from a city where rich are rich, poor are poor, and both meet in the middle in the effort to alter the rules of probabilty (do we understand that life is stacked against us?)

After four days of fog, we woke up that morning with the misery gone, the wind (a breeze, really) from the north, and a promise of sun and fair currents. And so it was to be.

Here's brother John at the helm on a fair day at sea between Atlantic City and Cape May.

This is the view from Seawind at the moment: Utsch's marina, Cape May, N.J. A great marina with class-A showers and ship's store. They give you a bag containing a bottle of their own wine and some other treats when you sign in. Never heard of such a thing.

Our old friend from our Guam days lives here. Jay came out to greet us as we turned into the channel. He's a big-ship captain and also runs his own fishing boat. It was great seeing him.
My eyes want to slam shut. I'm beat--pooped, dead on my feet, exhausted--on and on could I go? Certainly. Tomorrow says we'll motor up the Delawar Bay. 'Til then.


  1. Glad you liked Utsch's! We too were surprised by the bottle of wine...Rick is a tea-totaler and I'm a beer drinker, so we gave ours to a nearby boat to enjoy. Sounds like you never ran into the fog that engulfed Atlantic City just a couple of hours after you left...I'm soooo glad!
    We had a rough ride from Manasquan to New York today, seas much heavier than predicted, but we made it! Great to pass by Lady Liberty in one's own boat! We're staying at 79th street boat basin, right on the Hudson River just before George Washngton Bridge, near Central Park, etc. Should be smooth sailing (oops, I mean motoring) from here on until we reach Lake Michigan in a couple of months. Happy travels! Betsy

  2. Great Blog Doug! Terry should be there by now and I'm sure is ready to sail!!!! We have had good wind the past two days and I hope you have also!
    See you soon!