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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Destiny at Dry Camp

“Destiny at Dry Camp” is John Nesbitt’s newest novel. A man named Dunbar rides into the town of Dry Camp, and from the very beginning, he is a mystery. Others may figure him out sooner than I did, but the way Nesbitt wrote the story, I’d just about have him nailed own, and then he’d

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Mile 4: Goals

Ok, I get it. The most obvious goal is write your book, have it published by a major New York publisher (after receiving a huge advance, negotiated by your prestigious, world-renowned agent), and watch it race up the New York Times best-seller list while the awards and reviews roll in. However, it’s possible, just possible,

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Movie Review: Lonesome Dove

“Lonesome Dove,” a television miniseries, is a four-part adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s 1985 book of the same name. It benefits greatly from the more than six hours afforded to a miniseries that would never happen with a theatrical movie. Two former Texas Rangers, captains Augustus “Gus” McCrae and Woodrow F. Call, decide it’s time for

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Forum Featuring Western Writer GP Hutchinson

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? One of my fondest early childhood memories is of my entire family gathering around the TV on Sunday nights to watch “Bonanza” together. Westerns were the “bread and butter” of television in the 1950s and 1960s. Yet, to me, they were anything

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The Big Drift

Today’s featured book is Patrick Dearen’s excellent 2014 novel, “The Big Drift.” It was recommended to me when I was working on my book “52 Weeks • 52 Western Novels” and was such a joy to discover. “The Big Drift” is one of those books you wonder how you missed and then want to run

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Mile 3: Short Story, Novella or Novel?

As I write this series of blogs, I am making three assumptions about the you, the reader. Granted, assumptions are often dangerous, so please forgive me if I’m off. First, you’re interested in writing and the process in and around writing. Second, you want to write fiction. While writing nonfiction (which many of you have

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Book Review: Once a Renegade

Peter Brandvold’s 2002 novel, “Once a Renegade,” is quite a morality tale, under the umbrella of an old-fashioned Western. Shambeau is a Métis Indian who lives alone, as much as he can, and avoids people whenever possible. He is looked down on as a “dirty half breed” and lives his life by a code that

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Forum Featuring Western Writer Paul Bishop

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I first fell in love with Westerns the first time I saw “The Magnificent Seven.” M7 was more than a simple Western. It encompassed everything I valued about loyalty, honor, never backing down and the ethos of doing the right thing no

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Just Shy of Mexico

This is the second in my new weekly blog series, Thursday’s Featured Book. The plan is to highlight a different Western book every Thursday, always from a living author. It’s a great way for all of us to find — and support — new authors. GP Hutchinson is relatively new to the Western world, but

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