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About huckfinn47

I taught high school English for 32 years, all at Robinson High School in Fairfax, VA. My students called me "Mr. V," and I was fortunate to have some terrific young people in my classes. I have made contact with some of them, particularly on Facebook, and enjoy seeing what they're up to. My other nickname, given to me by our then assistant pastor Jim Vaught, is Lieutenant Dan, after the Gary Sinise character in Forrest Gump, one of my favorite movies. I never got anywhere near military service, so the name is somewhat ironic. I greatly admire our troops and respect their sacrifices. On the Wings of Morning is my first novel worth talking about.

“On the Wings of Faith,” Part 5

  Chapter 5 South of the Border December, 1959 Otto glanced over at Bob. He was attempting a landing west of Mapire on the Orinoco River, and it looked very tricky. The FBO reported calm conditions, but when they made … Continue reading

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“On the Wings of Faith,” Part 4

Chapter 4 Southern Nights December, 1959 Otto was flying. He lined up the FMO Cessna floatplane on a narrow unnamed river in the pine woods of Alabama near where he had undergone basic during the war. Where he would be … Continue reading

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“On the Wings of Faith,” Part 3

Chapter 3 Flying Machines in Pieces on the Ground November, 1959 Mata and Betty could not change Otto’s mind, so Mata cancelled the trip, with a promise to everyone that it would be rescheduled, possibly as early as the next … Continue reading

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“On the Wings of Faith,” Part 2

    Chapter 2 For in Sleep What Dreams May Come October, 1959 “Otto! Otto! Wake up!” Otto felt himself rising from his post by the barracks wall and then falling into the familiar softness. Someone was shaking him by … Continue reading

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On the Wings of Faith, Part 1

  On the Wings of Faith A Novel by Dan Verner Book Five in the Beyond the Blue Horizon Series     © 2017 Dan Verner             This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, … Continue reading

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On the Glide Slope

That’s the phrase I use when I reach 70,000 words in a novel (I’m 7/8 done), as I just did with On the Wings of the Sun, Book Seven in the Beyond the Blue Horizon series. The idea is that just as an airplane … Continue reading

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On the Downhill Slope

I just reached the 60,000 word mark on Book Seven of the Beyond the Blue Horizon series, On the Wings of the Sun. It’s all downhill from here (relatively speaking). I’ve decided I need to stop spending three chapters describing the … Continue reading

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