Thursday, November 27, 2008

October 27: St. Augustine.Image via WikipediaHappy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish all my friends a very happy Thanksgiving holiday. I'm thankful for my family, my health, and the joy I experience when people say my stories entertained them. Thank you all very much.

And I don't care what those Yankees claim, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1565, in St. Augustine, Florida. You can read more about it here.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008


New German Edition

My latest German edition, Im Aufruhr der Gefühle (Smuggler's Bride) is now on sale at Amazon.de and other German bookstores.

The title, according to Google, translates as "In the Turmoil of Emotions" and boy howdy, you sure do get a lot of that in Rand and Julia's story!

There's already one five star review, and I'm hoping this tale of treachery and romance will show up under a lot of trees in Germany this Christmas.
Pirate flag of Blackbeard (Edward Teach)Image via WikipediaPiracy is in the news these days, as shipping off the Horn of Africa falls prey not to sailing ships flying the Jolly Roger, but rather to small speedboats harassing much larger ships. The Indian Navy scored a victory against one pirate crew yesterday, and shipowners are taking steps to protect themselves.

Of course, this is nothing new. Even in the 21st Century we have pirates because the ocean is vast, ships are small, and the world's navies and coast guards can't be everywhere. In addition, local economies support the pirates because they bring in money to buy supplies (and rum or its equivalent) and the profit motive is a strong inducement not to turn the pirates away. That helped to make Fernandina, New Orleans and Key West rich cities in their time, and Port Royal in Jamaica a haven for pirates and the merchants who depended upon them.

Science fiction fans have long been regaled with tales of "space pirates", and I predict that as shipping branches out from our solar system (and I do believe that will happen, maybe not in my lifetime, but some day), we'll have more pirate tales to marvel over.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cover of sheet music for Image via WikipediaThank You.

I wanted to take a moment today to say thank you to the veterans. It is because of their service in the armed forces that I get to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Have a meaningful Veterans Day.
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