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Black Death

  Black Death I had plenty of cultural things to learn when I arrived in Korea back in 1990 such as the black cylindrical briquette canisters, about the size of a can of motor oil that were once predominantly used as a source of fuel for cooking and heating in Korea. Problem was when these […]

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Yikes! $178.05 for a hardcover edition of War Remains!

The other day my friend Dave Steele (author of the Sexton series) sent me an email informing me that a hardcover edition of War Remains was going for $178.05! “That’s no misprint Jeffrey,” Dave went on to say in his email. $178.05. I was going to have to check that out for myself. Dave was […]

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Damaged Goods — I have my copy, do you?

In the mail today, my copy of Damaged Goods, a collection of short fiction or flash fiction. Wow. It doesn’t make any difference whether it’s your first book or in my case, your third book, the wonderful feeling you have holding your book in your hands. This is your creation, something you worked hard on […]

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“War Hero” — Damaged Goods

When I was a young boy, I remember hearing my Grandpa Hahn tell the story about a story he had been told when he was a young boy in the late 1890s about how one of his relatives had shot himself in the foot to get out of serving in the 1861-1865 War Between the […]

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“Style before Gel” — Damaged Goods

The back story for “Style before Gel” dates back to 1980 when I saw David and the Happenings for the first time at SIU (Southern Illinois University) and three times in Chicago, including one slam-dancing punk rock night at the Space Place, which was the inspiration for this story. David and the Happenings was a […]

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Hmm…Where have I seen this helicopter before?

Cue the Johnny Mandel theme music/opening credits now… The helicopter display in the back of the outdoor exhibition at the War Memorial Museum in Seoul might be the least visited of all the exhibits, but if you’re fascinated with helicopters like I am, you won’t be disappointed. It’s amazing when you think about how this […]

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“Lemongrass” — Damaged Goods

Sometimes inspiration (with a little help from your Muse) for a story might be something sensory, in this case the lemony-sour taste of lemongrass. And a photograph. One of my favorite Lao/Thai foods is grilled fish seasoned with lemongrass and salt. I was looking at the photo above (that I took in Savannakhet) as well […]

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“As long as I have my Cokes and Smokes” — Damaged Goods

“How did you come up with the idea for your story or novel?” is a question that I am often asked when folks want to know what inspired me. For my first novel, War Remains, the answer is a long one, which involves talking about writing for the Korea Times back in 2000, interviewing veterans […]

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Damaged Goods now available through Smashwords

Damaged Goods, a collection of 28 flash fiction stories is now available through Smashwords. This collection features flash fiction from 50 words to 1,000 words. The stories range from a soldier coming home from World War II and an Air Force pilot ejecting from his F-4C over Vietnam to the night John Lennon died and […]

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damaged goods — now available at Lulu

My latest literary styling, damaged goods, is a collection of flash fiction which were published in online literary magazines the past year. The 28 stories in this collection, which range from 50 words to 1,500 words, are snippets of life which might be yours or someone else’s. Long after you’ve turned the page, these stories […]

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