Red over Red

Red over Red

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Disorganized Writer

If I was one of those people who was at all organized I would carry a notebook with me to jot down ideas as they come, like writers are supposed to. But I'm not and I don't. When inspiration strikes I grab whatever is at hand. The idea for the third book in my Viking series came during mass about a year ago. Of course, I would never be so rude as to start jotting  notes during the service, particularly if my wife and kids were watching, so I waited until it was over to scribble my thoughts down. Below is the genesis (pun intended) of my new book The Lord of Vik-lo, which I hope will be out in a couple of months.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Firehouse Forum! A Panel of Top Maritime Historians and Me!

Maine Coast Bookshop in Damariscotta, Maine is one of those endangered species, Bookstorus excellantus, the wonderful small independent bookstore. They sponsor a series of talks called the Firehouse Forum. Recently I had the opportunity to participate in one of their forums that centered on the maritime history of Maine and the wider world. Also on the panel were author and University of Maine professor Warren Riess and Lincoln Paine, whose most recent book is The Sea and Civilization.

The Firehouse Forum is now available to watch on-line. It's pretty fun, if I do say so myself. Enjoy!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Loved this Moose

I was taking my daily constitutional at the Rec Center in Brunswick, ME when this caught my eye. There were a number of large paintings done by local school kids, and this was a small part of one of them, but it really struck me. I love the look on the moose's face, his whole demeanor. The artist really caught something. Makes me want to put my arm around the blue moose and tell him everything is going to be all right.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014


Okay, I may have waited a bit too long to get the cover on the boat...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book Signing Hell

I read this the other day on my Classic Dave Barry Tear Off Calendar. This will resonate with any authors who have suffered through the humiliation of a less than stellar book signing:

The way a book signing is supposed to work is: You sit at a table, people come up with books they've purchased, and you sign them. Except that sometimes nobody buys your book. This is Author Hell. You sit there, at your little table, and people stare at you as they walk past, or ask you where the astrology books are. Or sometimes they pick up your book, examine it, and and then put it down as if its a piece of goat dung. After a while, the bookstore employees, feeling sorry for you, start lying. "Don't feel bad!" the say. "We had Madonna in here last week, and nobody came to see her, either!"

To Dave Barry's most accurate portrayal of Author Hell I would add one other issue - you are trapped at your table and thus considered fair game for every wacko who wants to expound on his political positions. I have a new policy. I will cut them off after the first sentence and ask, "Are you going to buy a book?" (they never do). Then I explain I will only listen to political rants if the rantee can first produce a copy of one of my books along with a receipt or some other proof of purchase.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Wifely Outrage!

In a fit of unreasonable passion, my wife made me get rid of these perfectly good Carhart pants, which for years had been reserved almost exclusively for ship work. Every tar stain and splatter of toxic bottom paint told a story. Ah, good by old friends! I'll wear you again in Fiddler's Green!