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 29, 2009

San Diego

Tried downloading pix for this blog but Terry's computer doesn't have the necessary driver. Tried downloading it from the Nikon site, but I'm apparently too stupid to get it right. In any event.....

....we flew here yesterday--biz class--and ate and drank too much and felt disgusted with selves. Was a nice flight, though. Right over Wichita, Kansas (flat with many farms laid out in big squares) and then over the Grand Canyon and the Salton Sea. Spent day with Eli and Bailey, Terry saw the boat, was impressed, and now we're at the Marriott Hotel down by the Rio San Diego (San Diego has a river? Yes, with real desert water.). Tomorrow while Terry works, I'll help Eli and Bailey take on fuel (2000 ga.) and change engine oil (50 gallon drums).

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson remains dead (his mother has filed for custody of his children. Why not? She did such a great job with her own kids.), the Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to keep the American people from getting universal health care, our troops pulled out of the cities in Iraq, and the Red Sox won another one. Oh, yeah--and another airliner falls into the sea, 150 dead. What's going on? Aliens? Must be something logical like that.

If and when I figure out how to download pix here, I'll add a couple. We're here until Thursday morning when we catch the train up the CA coast. Looking forward to that.

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