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:

Friday, June 8, 2012

In Praise of Tall Ships: The Sultana Visits Onancock

Last week our little town of Onancock was honored by a visit by the tall ship Sultana. She is a replica of a British war ship from Revolutionary times. Below are some photos of her details--and tall ships are all about details.

Sultana is escorted in from the Chesapeake and up Onancock Creek to the town harbor by kayaks, sailboats, and power boats--and lots of cannon shots.

I get to stand on the deck. Note the cannons behind me on either side.

My wife, Terry, lived with me on a sailboat on the island of Guam for ten years. She's right at home.

After a long weekend, she departed, getting great applause as the (female) captain edged her off the dock with great expertise. She admitted that, with her broad bows, sailing Sultana is like sailing a snowplow. She was headed to Cape Charles to join other tall ships in celebration of the War of 1812.

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