Jenny Nettles

On October the fourth of the year 1773, the brigantine Jenny Nettles, merchantman out of New Bedford, made port.    No sooner was she tied up than the crew was at work with block and tackle, with hammer and chisel, unshipping the figurehead. The secret origin of the Thursday Challenge will be revealed.   7:00 –Continue reading “Jenny Nettles”

Alternate History

In which I come up with an idea for a novel. Here’s how to write an alternate history (or one way, anyway — no matter what you do, if it works for you, it’s right). First, find one point of divergence. Then, follow logically from that point. Add characters, dialog, and a satisfying conclusion, andContinue reading “Alternate History”

SR-F*ckin’-A

What shall I say about the SRA (Science Research Associates) reading program? They’re pretty darned proud of themselves. (Note: this post comes from the discussion here.) When I was young I went to St. Patrick’s Parochial School in Bedford, New York, where our teachers belonged to the Sisters of Charity. I’m sure they did somethingContinue reading “SR-F*ckin’-A”

Strange Arrivals

A new podcast at iHeart Radio: On a September night in 1961, in the mountains of New Hampshire, Betty and Barney Hill encountered something they could not explain. What really happened that autumn night? Welcome to Strange Arrivals, where host Toby Ball will unravel one of history’s most famous cases of alien abduction. Learn moreContinue reading “Strange Arrivals”

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