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:

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Voyage South: Today's Pictures In Reverse Order (I Was Too Tired to Rearrange Them)

Here's the sunset from Port Jefferson where we are anchored tonight. The bloody color comes from N.Y. City's lovely air quality, I'm sure.

Here we are motoring down the Sound. There was NO wind all day but I did put the mainsail up for a while so I could call myself a sailor.

This is the lighthouse at Orient Point, the entrance to Long Island Sound. We feared the dreaded tidal rip in this passage, but timed it just right and the weather was with us. This trip is all about timing. Piece of cake.

This fine birdy friend joined me for dinner in Port Jefferson Harbor. She was bold as brass and in need of friendship. I gave her some meat.

This was this morning leaving Dering Harbor at dawn. We go to bed with the sun and get up with it, boil water for coffee and shove off. Tomorrow, we make the final approach to N.Y. City and then, the next day, through the East River.

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