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, July 6, 2009

Salinas and Big Sur and Steinbeck

Friends who live there tell me that Mexican-American gangs are killing each other in the sunny city of Salinas, the home of Nobel laureate John Steinbeck. Ironic? You betcha. Tragic? Yep. We spent the afternoon there yesterday waiting for a train. Seems it depends on how long you lived there which side you're on in these particular wars. We need something to fight about, right? (At least 30 deaths so far this year?)

Reading Steinbeck's Log from the Sea of Cortez. Having just sailed those waters in a boat of about the same size, it's a good read. Steinbeck's message? We're all one unit, all of us, from the critters of the tidal pools to the Mexican gang members. Or, as the poet said it, that bell you hear tolling is tolling for you.

Had never been through the Big Sur area of CA. I took at least a grand of photos and I'll be putting them on this blog over the next few weeks. I can't do it now because of a technical brain space between my ears. For some reason, continue to be unable to download on this computer. Mine is at home. Big Sur is a very fine place in this world as many people with incomes over $1,000,000 per annum who own homes there will attest.

Eli and Bailey are here to take us out to dinner. Greek food tonight.

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