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:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Seawind's Voyage South: Today's Log is for Mrs. G's Class at Amelon Elementary School in Amherst, Virginia

Hello, Mrs. G's class. It's great to know your looking at my blog. This is me, today, sailing my boat, Seawind, on Long Island Sound. My brother and I are sailing her down to the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. I'm standing at the "helm" or the steering wheel of the boat but we actually have a computer that steers the boat for us if we are just going in a straight line. Otherwise we to steer her ourselves.

Most of the time the weather has been cloudy and rainy, but today we had sun for a few hours. It felt great after being cold for three days. As you can see, the water is calm--there was no wind so I did not put the sails up.

This is the deck of our boat. We don't have a shower, so we use sun showers. These black bags are filled with water and the sun warms them up.

This is how we navigate our boat. The little T.V. on the left tells how deep the water is and the one on the right is a GPS that tells us where we are and where we are going. It will even tells us where we have been. You can see the little picture of a boat following the straight line. That's what we need to follow. We also use maps made for boats. These look a little like road maps and are called charts.

I took this picture from the back of the boat this afternoon after we anchored for the night. We are almost in New York City. You can see the Throgs Neck Bride in the distance. Tomorrow morning we are going to sail under the bridge and go right through the middle of the city. Wish us luck.
And I hope you have a great summer.

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