Why don’t (s)he write?

Remember that line from Dances With Wolves? Kevin Costner and a teamster come across a skeleton and the teamster says, “Somewhere back east, his sister is wondering, Why don’t he write?” I’m not dead, but I’ll  put it this way: 1500+ people have climbed Mt. Everest. Only 67 have completed this ride. About 4:30 yesterday, … Read more…

Some pianos ARE too awful to play!

This morning, I drove into Tombstone early, hoping to beat the heat and the crowds. Spotted mining archeologist  Carey Granger and had a chance to ask him some additional questions, including, “Wait — they had two ice factories in Tombstone? How did they make ice?” He said they used ammonia and fire. “Did you ever … Read more…

Music in Doc

With Doc now into its second printing, it’s a good time to remind readers about the page on my website called MUSIC NOTES, which has links to all the music alluded to in each of my novels. Doc, for example, begins and ends with the Emperor Concerto; an interlude with Chopin forms the keystone of … Read more…

Krill: n. principal food of baleen whales

This morning a reader sent me a note saying, “I read the electronic versions of your books and I have an appeal to make to you: could you tell your publisher that there is no reason to price the e-book version $3 more than the paperback?” I couldn’t decide if I should laugh or cry. … Read more…