Porcupines Off the Coast…

Michael near Bar Harbor, Maine

Newsletter 021 – August 26th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The prominent island to the right of the tree in the center is Bald Porcupine Island, off the coast of Bar Harbor, Maine. A little farther in the distance are some other islands with spiny names (Sheep Porcupine, Burnt Porcupine, and Long Porcupine Islands). …

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Willingly Retreating…

Newsletter 020 – August 12th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: I attended a writing retreat in the summer of 2015, held by the Writers’ League of Texas (WLT) on Sul Ross University’s campus in Alpine, Texas. My home in Spring (a northern suburb of Houston), is almost 600 miles away from Alpine. About 200 …

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A High Tide Lifts All…

Newsletter 019 – July 22nd, 2022 Hi, About the image above: This was taken on Galveston Island on January 4, 2014. I was there for a writing retreat. I’ve been to several different types of writing retreats since then (I’ll tell you about a couple of the others in the next two newsletters), but this …

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And Then There Were Four

Newsletter 013 – April 22nd, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The background is just comprised of some graphic elements I’ve been tinkering with to possibly use on the cover of a book called A Mixed Bag. Over the last three newsletters, I tried to give you a sense of what the next few books …

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Deep in the Heart of…

Newsletter 012 – April 8th, 2022 Hi, [name] About the image above: In the center you can see a few wind turbines. Texas has over 150 wind farms, and produces more wind power than any other US state. If Texas was a country, it would be the fifth largest wind energy producer in the world. …

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What Is the Sound of One Hawthorn Stinging…

Newsletter 011 – March 25th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The Hawthorn’s Sting is a mystery-thriller, and the first scene takes place in Ilfracombe, a town on the Southwest Coast of England. The novel’s current status is what most writers refer to as a work in progress. It’s partially written, an incomplete first draft …

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Up Island or Down Island…

Newsletter 010 – March 11th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: Edgartown is located on the northeastern shore of Martha’s Vineyard. If you were driving toward Edgartown from somewhere else on the island, the locals would say you were going down-island. A quick, unscientific glance on Google Earth indicated that Edgartown is roughly 14 feet …

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A Day in the Life…

Newsletter 009 – February 25th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: Late in the afternoon on May 15th, 2010, Minay and I arrived in the town of Little Sutton, about five miles across the River Mersey from the Beatles’ original stomping grounds. I desperately wanted to go over and wander along Penny Lane and see …

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