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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Forum Featuring Jim Burnett

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I grew up riding and showing horses, so anything with a horse in it interested me as a kid then, and it still does today. I’m crazy about horses. I love the West, the beautiful landscapes steeped in rich history, the cowboy

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PORT HAZARD

The book I’m reviewing today, “Port Hazard,” was written in 2004 by Loren Estleman. It is Estleman’s seventh book in his “Page Murdock” series. If you’re a regular reader of Westerns, the name will be familiar, and if you’re a regular reader of my blog, it will also be familiar — since he was the

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Mile 16: Ernest Hemingway on Writing

There are a number of ways to improve your writing. The most important is to write. Write often. Write when it’s hard. Write more when it’s easy. But write. After that, we can look to experts who have been kind enough to share their wisdom and allow us to benefit from their mistakes and lessons

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Book Review: True Grit

Charles Portis’ 1968 novel, “True Grit,” is a story that many of us know, probably more as a result of two very popular movies than of the actual book itself. However, the book is well worth reading independently of the movies. It, along with “Lonesome Dove” and “The Cowboy and the Cossack” make up my

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Forum Featuring Terry Alexander

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I fell in love with Westerns during the 1960s, with shows like “Cheyenne,” “Maverick,” “Sugarfoot,” “Lawman,” “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Gunsmoke,” and my favorite at the time, “The Lone Ranger” reruns. Who are your three favorite Western writers? Elmer Kelton, Dusty

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The Wolfer

In Loren Estleman’s 1981 novel, “The Wolfer,” Asa North is known as the best wolfer in the Idaho Territory, if not in all of the West. He lives, travels and hunts alone, and understands wolves far better than he does people. He shows up in towns infrequently and only to restock his supplies and collect

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Mile 15: 10 Louis L’Amours

I’m following up on the previous entry, “The Importance of First Chapters,” and writing about a specific author: Louis L’Amour. Historically, L’Amour has been my favorite Western author, and I wind up rereading all 100-plus of his Westerns about once every five years. I got to wondering about what draws me back to his books,

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Book Review: The Cherokee Trail

I’ve been using this forum to introduce myself, and hopefully you, to new movies and new books, and I’ve enjoyed the journey. But sometimes, it’s good to go back to old Western favorites, and for me, that usually means Louis L’Amour. I have the complete Louis L’Amour leatherette collection, which I love. Last week, it

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Forum Featuring Livia J. Washburn

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I used to watch “Gunsmoke” with my daddy. It was one of the few TV shows he watched. I liked stories of good vs. evil where good won. That’s not always the case in real life, but it should be. Also, I

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Mile 14: Importance of First Chapters

I recently took an online class on writing fiction by James Patterson. It’s offered as part of the MasterClass program. Mine was a gift from my son. Thanks, Justin! While I’ll do an entire post on the class somewhere down the trail, I do want to mention one thing that Patterson highlighted now. I’m paraphrasing,

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