Archives: January 2018

All Castes Alike

“My mother begged that I always remember my caste,” said the boy. “Though we are only Sudra.” “Devansh, there are no castes here. In the cane vineyard, all are made equal by the work they can do, the acres they can harvest. Queen Victoria must have her sugar.” “How came you here, Sidra?” “I came

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Fair Play

Vargas knew she would not stop crying, so he hit her a few more times  and closed the bedroom door, leaving her to her tears. He went out to get wood for the stove. The snow howled outside. The stove warmed the cabin to a swelter. Vargas stripped to his undersuit as he drank himself

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B-17 Research

In the extensive rewrite of The Ruining Heaven I am taking the opportunity to catch all variety of technical errors that riddled my first few drafts. As often as possible, I rely on research materials such as direct interviews with veterans (now almost impossible, because the the novel is seventy-five years ago) or interviews. Best of

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The Rest Will Follow

A story is based on an experience of Susan Travers, the daughter of a Royal Navy admiral who became a driver of French Foreign legion general Marie-Pierre Koenig,  the only woman the Legion ever admitted into its ranks.

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Christo’s Gift

For years, Ray badgered Christo and Jeanne-Claude to barter a piece with him. He sent  dozens of works of mail art, a large collage. There was never a response. One day on his porch he found a brown paper parcel bound with white twine. The US Postal Service mailing label was lettered in neat block

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