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Mile 28: Pace

By now, you should have a few words down, maybe even a few thousand, and be well on your way toward finishing the first draft of your first novel. At some point, you may have asked yourself, how many words should I be writing a day, a week, a month? It’s a fair question and

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Movie Review: Broken Lance

“Broken Lance” is a 1954 film starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner and the beautiful Jean Peters. It was directed by Edward Dmytyk. Matthew Devereaux (Spencer Tracy) is an old-school Irishman who has spent a lifetime building a huge cattle ranch — 50,000 cows spread over a huge section of an unidentified state. He has three

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Forum Featuring Clint Clay

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I have always loved Westerns. My brothers and I grew up watching them on the black and white television — “Roy Rogers,” “Gene Autry,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Sky King” and “Zorro” to name a few off the top of my head. But

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Six Bullets to Sundown, Volume 14

“Six Bullets to Sundown, Volume 14” is (and this should be no surprise) the 14th book in the “Six Bullets” series. It’s a relatively new series, and a new volume is being released almost monthly. This particular anthology has six stories by six different authors. As with most anthologies, I liked some stories more than

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Mile 27: Writers’ Groups

My last entry covered Facebook friends, and I mentioned two specific organizations: Western Fictioneers and Western Writers of America. In the simplest of terms, as soon as you are eligible, I strongly suggest joining both groups. They have each been tremendously helpful to me, and I look forward to becoming more and more involved as

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Movie Review: The Big Trail

“The Big Trail” is a 1930 film, and in the category of Western movies, this one would have to be considered important. It covered so much new ground, took chances previous movies never had and failed at the box office — a failure that banished a young John Wayne to almost a decade of minor

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Forum Featuring Kim Turner

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I first fell in love with romance novels, but especially those with cowboys and the history of the Old West. I love mail-order brides, female gunslingers and all that goes with the history found there. Who are your three favorite Western writers?

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The Guns of Gray Buffalo

For those kind enough to follow my blogs closely, you may remember that I reviewed a Robert Hanlon book, “Timber: United States Marshal,” back on Oct. 18. “The Guns of Gray Buffalo” is the second book in Hanlon’s “Timber” series (probably the first and last to not include Timber in the title), and it’s a

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Mile 26: Facebook Friends

Maybe I’m slow, but it takes months, sometimes years, for me to make a friend. That’s one of the fascinating things about Facebook — you can make, by their definition, a new friend in a matter of seconds. Simply click a button, and if they accept, rather than delete, your request, you have a new

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Book Review: The Big Country

Donald Hamilton’s 1957 book, “The Big Country,” started out as short story, a four-week serial in the Saturday Evening Post, known then as “Ambush at Blanco Canyon.” It became known as “The Big Country” after the movie with the same name came out. I only recently saw the movie for the first time and was

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