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New Friend and New Craft idea

We have all been told, many times, that good novels need “Tension, with a capital T.”  I never thought of it as two kinds—Character tension, and Reader tension—until I opened Jane Friedman’s weekly blog on Sunday. I have posted a short article about it on Page six of my “Writing” Menu. I think you’ll find it worth your time. Check it out.

Had a great visit on Saturday from Craig MacCaullaugh, a former US Coast Guard Officer of about my vintage. He had purchased my book, View from the Rigging: Memoirs of a Coast Guard Career, and since he lived only two hours away he wanted to visit so I could sign his copy.  We got together last Saturday and had a great day of swapping sea-stories and much more.

I like that my book has brought me a new friend from the “old Guard.”

It’s Coast Guard Day

Ra helicopter flying in the air: Coast Guard helicopter

U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the United States Coast Guard, the military branch that protects the waters and shorelines of the United States. It is celebrated on the anniversary of the founding of the Revenue Marine, the forerunner of the Coast Guard.

On Aug. 4, 1790, the United States Congress created the Revenue Marine and authorized the construction of 10 revenue cutters to be used to enforce U.S. tariff laws — to stop illegal smuggling and collect revenue on incoming goods.

U.S. Coast Guard Day has been marked in some form since at least 1928. The Coast Guard defines itself as “the principal Federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in U.S. ports and inland waterways, along more than 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline.

Short Story Success

I’m overjoyed with the response from sharing short stories on

In the last ten days, over 500 people have read my stories with a welcome number of feel-good comments. One, Karen, was selected as story star of the day, and Dolly still reigns as non-fiction story star of the week. My latest real life story, It’s the Culture, Stupid has been up for one day and already has 50 readers. All rated at 5 star.

If like me, you are not writing for the money, but because you enjoy sharing your thoughts and writing with others––you might also enjoy the feedback you realize from It’s a great morale booster and a place to let others read your writing and for you to read theirs; from people like you, to the classic writers.

Now after a blissful distraction for two days, it’s time to get back to The Goldlisters of Panama. I am making some progress.

Dolly Named Story of the Week

I opened the home page of this morning to find my fictional piece “Karen” has been named “Story of the day.” Scrolling down, I was more surprised to find my short memoir piece, “Dolly,” named story of the week.

When you’re ready for a break, this is a good source for short stories. Hundreds of options, easy to find one you like. I often read to Carol from here.

About StoryStar (Excerpted from the home page)

Storystar is a totally FREE site featuring one of the world’s largest collections of short stories, with many of the best stories online, written in English by writers of all ages around the world. Add your own story to Storystar today, then share it with friends and family!