Sadly the updates of my blog took a nose dive when the bright young things from Google decided - without consultation, of course - to re-invent the blog-site I'd finally got comfortable with.
The following contents may be clunky, during this test-run, but it
may prime the pump to get the motor running again.
Since last I posted, two more books have been added to the Old
Book Shop Publication imprint. As a subtle way to link the 'nautical'
theme of similar books planned for the future, my author-name has
gathered a couple of extra letters: M.D. No, the initials do not
stand for 'Mad Dog' as some Anglophobe have suggested; nor Medical
Doctor as spam solicitors have discovered to their chagrin. Just my
middle-names which I was encumbered with, following family practice
of incorporating our forefathers names into the (then) present, at
When you have the Welsh-equivalent of Smith as a surname, every
little difference helps searchers find the writer they're looking
I once mistakenly latched onto what I thought, at a quick
glance, was a new Forester book. I guessed it would be a further saga
in the nautical Horatio Hornblower series. I only discovered my error
when a few pages into Passage to India the actions of E.M.
Forster's characters rudely awakened a prurient awareness of the adult
world, in the mind of an impressionable schoolboy. I didn't make that
mistake again, and double-checked the author was, indeed, C.S.
Forester before opening the covers of future books borrowed from the
My new books Midshipman David Porter – In Harms Way (The
Porter Saga) and Up &
Down the Ditch: Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway – with Murphy's
Law are nautical in nature.
Many years ago, when the Palm
Beach Old Book Shop was a meeting spot for readers and writers
sunning the winter season away in South Florida, I discovered the
real-life American sailor David Porter. I devoured stories of his
exploits on the other side of the coin from his fictional equivelant,
during the transitional period from the great seafaring age of
square-rig sailing ships, to steamboats.
How could such a valient hero
disappear from the pages of history? I set about 'factionalizing'
him, his family – which included adopted son David Glasgow Farragut
– and literary contemporaries such as Washington Irving and Edgar
Allen Poe. Finally Book One in the series – only SIX more to go –
has appeared in Tree and Eeee versions.
Also, my introduction to trips up
and down the Intracoastal Waterway; which began as an inexpensive
summer holiday helping a skipper friend out, generated a series of
cartoon-filled sketch-books which I felt many other boaty types could
relate to. As a 'bonus' the book contains a “me 'n Joe” type
yarn of my maiden voyage on a small boat up the Atlantic Seaboard –
hove-to in a nor'easter off Cape Fear – delivering a duplicate
sloop to the former boss of Xerox!
Oddly enough, both men and women
reacted positively to the Beta versions circulated pre-publication,
and hopefully will fill a needed niche on the nautical shelves of
active - and armchair sailors, or all flavors.
Feedback would be welcome – and
a posted review on Amazon.com would be splendid: pro and con!