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 26, 2010

The Writer as Grandfather and Son: Stretch, Stretch, Stretch those Generations

With my grandson, last week in New England: A Buster of a Boy, All Movement and Wide-Eyed Wonder

I was taught by my grandfather that anything that your mind can conceive, you can have. It's a reality.  Lenny Kravitz

I phoned my grandparents and my grandfather said 'We saw your movie.' 'Which one?' I said. He shouted 'Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn't like? Brad Pitt

I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.  Abraham Lincoln

I just spent five days in New England visiting family. Dad is doing great on his 91st B'day and we are aiming to emulate him. He's still walking and laughing and enjoying life, and still sharing a bed with Mom after 67 years. "What's your secret?" I asked. "Keep moving," he said. And he does. And laughing. Lot's of laughing.

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