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, June 3, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend: Family, Lottsa Water Time, Lottsa Seafood, Lottsa Wine. Question: I Thought I Was a Writer?

With my son, Eli, and his Sig. Other, Bailey, Wachapreague, Eastern Shore, VA

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it. Oscar Wilde

Hadn't seen my son in almost a year. He's a yacht captain and his significant other, Bailey, is the on-board chef. They've been on the west coast making runs to Mexico but now, after a winter skiing in Colorado, they are in Ft. Lauderdale looking for a bigger boat. So, they came up to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and we spent the Memorial Day weekend getting reacquainted. This involved a lot of wine and seafood and a lot of on-the-water stuff in either our skiff (out to the beaches on the barrier islands on the sea side of the Shore, or in the sailboat on the Bay side). Had fun. A lot of it. Here are some pix.

Today, Terry is off to Camp Lajeune for a meeting tomorrow. I'm going along to help with driving and for the company. Maybe I'll be able to get back to writing someday.

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