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Waking up in the Land of the Morning Calm — Coming Soon!

Almost finished. Editing my manuscript and preparing it for Smashwords (Ebook) followed by Lulu for the paperback edition. Here’s a little taste of what awaits you in this journey through Korea in the 1990s: Although I hadn’t noticed it before, as soon as we walked out of the hotel, we were greeted with the cold […]

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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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Picture(s) of the Day: Here comes the rain again

Looking out my window this morning and here comes the rain again. Now meteorologists predict the rain is going to continue through Tuesday. In the meantime, Tropical Storm Maeri is on its way to the peninsula. Today is also the 61st anniversary of the start of the Korean War. My Korean War novel War Remains […]

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Passing along a great deal from Lulu Publishing

From now until the end of the month, Lulu is offering a great deal on my novel War Remains and other books. How great is the deal from the folks at Lulu? How does a 25% discount sound? Just enter the code, CYBERMAY when checking out. And just in time for my birthday, I might […]

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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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