My three published novels:Plus new short fiction available now on amazon kindle!

My three published novels:Plus new short fiction available now on amazon kindle!
My three hardcover novels are available now for your Amazon Kindle device. Also find additional ebooks of fiction, and a two-volume photo book of Cuba's Classic Cars. Click on the book covers above.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blood Flow

I still haven't quite figured out how to post the ebooks. Most of them are up and running on A couple are "pending approval." That might mean another month of lingering before the general public can check into them.

With that in mind, I have put a new title on the site, a short story under the title Blood Flow. A cover image in the public domain caught my attention, and I've attached it to the story. It will be available in the near future.

Here's the cover:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Mild, Mild West

The Fiction Kid
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I worked on a few Westerns during my movie extra job. This shot was from the TV series version of The Magnificent Seven. Fortunately, I was not required to carry a gun. In a twelve-hour workday, that ole six-shooter starts a-weighin’ heavy on the hip. The whole concept of a movie extra is to provide atmosphere without drawing attention to the individual. Sometimes, you’re given nonsense tasks, like pushing a wheelbarrow down the street. You might just sit at a table in a saloon for several hours. No great strain. Wardrobe is dull earth tones, usually in layers - shirt, vest, jacket, suspenders. It can be a little uncomfortable, but the work is certainly less strenuous than breaking up cement with a jackhammer.

I always enjoyed hearing the background of a location. On the Universal studio lot, the train depot is still in place, the one used in 1939 for The Son of Frankenstein, where the townspeople greet Basil Rathbone’s arrival, and he assures them that he’s there solely to settle his father’s estate, and nothing more. Of course, he becomes obsessed with his father's work, and resurrects the monster…This Western was filmed at Gene Autry’s old Melody Ranch, north of L.A. Gary Cooper strolled the streets there in High Noon. And later, with a little spiffing up, hauling in more dirt, adding more fake buildings, HBO took it over for Deadwood. Made me wonder whether the ghost of Gene Autry's old sidekick Pat Buttram might walk the faded plank sidewalks when no one is looking.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Revenge of Spanky Burchfield

Spanky Burchfield had his share of ups and downs, but he had to admit that he was living well.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Thailand's new prime minister



Thailand has elected its first woman prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. Her American cousin, Old Blue Eyes Frank Shinawatra would have been proud. Ring a ding ding.