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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 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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Five Eighths

I’m pleased to say that I reached 50,000 words with “On the Wings of Mid-Day,” and also that I’m changing the name to “On the Wings of the Sun.” I never liked the two earlier names [“Midday” and “On the … Continue reading

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Here I Come Again

It has been a while since I posted anything here so there’s a lot to share and I’ll get right to it. The audio version of On Wings of the Morning  came out last October, while the fourth book in the … Continue reading

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An Audio Version of “On Wings of the Morning” Will Soon Be Available!

I am pleased to announce that the audio version of my novel “On Wings of the Morning” is finished and should be available on Amazon.com in a week or ten days, I heartily recommend my narrator, David Draffin. I hope … Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek at a Work in Progress

Here are the first two chapters from Book Six in the Beyond the Blue Horizon Series, On the Wings of Midday, which should, with any luck, appear in early 2018. Mark your calendars! Chapter 1 Dead Reckoning May, 1964 Otto … Continue reading

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An Excerpt from a Largely Unwritten Novel

I was talking with a friend the other day about the different meanings of the word “love” and how they have have different connotations depending on the generation of the person using the word. Boomers (ahem) see the statement “I … Continue reading

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