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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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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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