Category Archives: Story

The joy of storytelling

Why I Wrote Warm Gold

I’ve been asked why I wrote Warm Gold. There are many reasons, and some of them carry more weight than others: To entertain. To tell the story of a place. To relive history. To lift up historical people. To encourage.  … Continue reading

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My Reader Profile

As a writer, I’ve struggled to identify my target audience. It’s a dilemma that every writer faces. The more specific one can be, the better. But it has been hard for me to specify an audience by age or gender … Continue reading

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Warm Thanks

So in the last two months I have had the fortune of publishing two novels, and the best thing about it has been the encouragement I’ve experienced from friends and family. My hope with the novels is that in some … Continue reading

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Sailing Away Forever

America is sailing through a terrible storm. We’re foundering in national debt. Burdened by current affairs abroad and at home. Tossed and turned by injustices in every stratum of society. Violent men increase, punching holes in the hull, and in … Continue reading

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Warm Gold

I’ve written a historical novel about gold mining in Eastern Oregon, where I grew up. For the past two years I’ve been researching the Canyon City area, where gold was discovered on June 8, 1862. From the placer mines around … Continue reading

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On Discipline

As a writer it is vital to receive criticism. This is never easy. Words sting. Especially the right ones. I’m sharing my current novel, a story of gold mining in the 1890s in Eastern Oregon, with friends, and am biting … Continue reading

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How Well the Sailors Run — Chapters One, Two, and Three

Here are the first three chapters (42 total) of How Well the Sailors Run, a story of the Prodigal Son retold as a sea adventure. In a cozy Oregon coastal town called SpringwickHarbor, Wade Burns’ desire is to follow in … Continue reading

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A Powerful Explosion

Imagine sitting in the stands at a drag race. You’ve been waiting for some time but still the cars have not rolled out to compete. In fact, you’ve been waiting for so long that all the ice in your soda … Continue reading

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Praying in a Womb

Waiting on God is like the process of being born. Let me explain. You pray for something and it doesn’t happen. And you pray some more, and nothing happens. And you pray till you run out of words, and still … Continue reading

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Hope for the New Year

I think the only way I can have hope these days is through my faith in God. It’s faith that gives me hope. There’s nothing better than to take a risk, to have courage in something that I can’t see … Continue reading

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