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Scott Harris

Mile 2: Why Write?

A question I am frequently asked, especially by friends and family, but increasingly by others who do write, is… “Why do you write?’ It’s a fair question and one I’m going to suggest you ask yourself, or allow me to ask it of you. If the answer is as simple as “because I enjoy writing”

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Book Review: Old Yeller

Fred Gipson’s 1956 “Old Yeller” is a classic, iconic book and movie. It’s a Newbery Honor-winning novel about a mangy, rascal of a stray dog — named Old Yeller — and the Coates family, who adopts Old Yeller while their father is off on a cattle drive. In 1860s Texas, having a dog could be

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Forum Featuring Western Writer James Reasoner

This is the first in a planned series of Forums highlighting a different member of the Western community every Friday. I can’t imagine a better person to start with than Mr. James Reasoner. More than four hundred novels to his name, without trading quality for quantity, is an amazing achievement. I hope you enjoy reading

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Redemption, Kansas

Thursday’s Featured Book is starting today and hopefully continuing on every Thursday for a long time to come, highlighting a different Western book every Thursday. Most of the time, I plan on the books being new releases, and candidly, I will be focusing on books that friends have written. Today is going to be a

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Mile 1: Why Me?

I’ve decided to write a series of blog posts about writing Westerns, specifically from the perspective of a new writer. This is the first one. If I were you, and I was considering reading this series, I’d be asking the following question… Why him? It’s a very fair question, so I asked myself… Why me?

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Book Review: Law Man

Like many a good, traditional Western, Lee Leighton’s 1953 novel, “Law Man,” focuses on the ongoing battle between ranchers and farmers. The ranchers got there first, and they feel it’s “their” land and won’t give it up, the law be damned, even if they have to kill to keep it. But the times are changing,

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Movie Review: Silverado

Right up front, let’s get this out of the way – “Silverado” is an extremely funny movie and at the same time, a great Western story. If you enjoy movies, enjoy humor and enjoy Westerns, this is the movie for you! “Silverado” opens with Emmett (Scott Glenn) killing three men who ambush him in a

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Movie Review: Maverick

“Maverick” is a comedy from start to finish — and a good one at that. Mel Gibson stars as the card-playing, wisecracking con artist Bret Maverick. James Garner plays Marshal Zane Cooper (Maverick’s dad) and makes it clear where Bret gets his attributes. Jodie Foster shows off her comedy chops as the beautiful Annabelle Bransford,

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