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The Last Resort

By John Urban She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island. For some reason, those opening lyrics of Don Henley’s song The Last Resort were an oft-stated part of my youth, long before I married a girl from Providence … Continue reading

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Hit by lightning!

By Mike Jastrzebski Last week, Rough Draft was hit by lightning. This was our first hit in twelve years of living on the sailboat, but it was a big one. Mary and I both happened to be watching the storm … Continue reading

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11,000 miles of dead bugs and road dirt…

C.E. Grundler It’s quite impressive. The kids pulled in last night, tired and happy, in a car covered with the traces of our nation’s highways and parks from coast to coast, along with a virtual horror show of splattered insects. There’s … Continue reading

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I’m not even supposed to be here today…

C.E. Grundler …but I am. Here, that is, at the marina, herding boats.  We’re averaging around 40 boats a week, though sometimes they all arrive on Friday afternoon. This week, rather than a naval invasion involving dozens of small boats, … Continue reading

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A day off…

C.E. Grundler I’m taking the day off from the marina, and I mean truly taking the day off. My co-workers have warned I’m not to come anywhere near the property until tomorrow morning…though that doesn’t mean I don’t have my … Continue reading

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A funny thing happened to me on the way to the boat…

C.E. Grundler Sometimes life can take some surprising turns, presenting the strangest opportunities and most unexpected challenges at just the right time. Sometimes it takes years for those moments to arrive, and sometimes they can completely blindside you — but … Continue reading

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The Summer Cottage

This week I take a break from Write On the Water to introduce a guest author – Susan Kietzman, a friend, colleague and author of three novels. Susan’s latest book, The Summer Cottage, was released this past May by Kensington. … Continue reading

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Backing up…

C.E. Grundler I’d imagine anyone who has lost a significant chunk of writing to a computer hiccup might find themselves a bit backup-obsessed, so I suspect I’m not alone in my various means of ensuring my WIP doesn’t vanish into … Continue reading

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Heading south.

By Mike Jastrzebski Now that my new Wes Darling sailing mystery, Stranded Naked Blues, has been published (if you’re interested here are the links: Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, & Google Play) I’ve begun to prepare the boat to head south again. … Continue reading

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C.E. Grundler Some things seem to take waaaay longer than they should. Boat work, for one. (See Exhibit A., pictured above. ‘Nuf said.) And editing, especially with a work in progress that’s been derailed and restarted several times over now. … Continue reading

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