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:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

In Hemingway Country This Writer's Adventures Continue: We find a Giant (Dead) Green Turtle

We found a tag on this dead turtle. Turtle experts said it was the biggest green turtle they had ever seen. Is a cash reward for us on the way?

He was a big one--350 lbs. by official weigh in, and 50 to 75 years old.

We were cruising up the coast of the Keys, on the Atlantic side, when we espied a large brown object floating near by. Investigation revealed a huge, dead sea turtle. Sea turtles being endangered, we call the authorities and reported it. They asked that we tow it in so they could examine it, which we did. What we thought was a loggerhead turned out to be a green turtle and one of the biggest the experts had ever seen. They estimate that it was between 50 and 75 years old.

We've been tarpon fishing without success. Trying again this afternoon. The wind is blowing stink (20 to 30 kts).Yesterday our mullet bait died in the baitwell we designed and built for it. Back to the drawing boards. More tomorrow.  By the way, Papa's ghost still rattles and hums around these islands, for what it's worth.

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