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Contact Kraft at writerkraft@gmail.com or comment at the end of the blogs


Announcements

My hope and prayers are that all of you are safe, healthy, and will remain so during these dark times in the USA and the rest of the world.

Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway

The book was printed in late February 2020 and became available for purchase in March. This book has been a long time coming due to the amount of research that I had to complete as well as having to figure out how to piece the parts together in a linear and readable fashion.

See Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway for links to various sellers of the book as well as background on the project.

Errol & Olivia is LK’s next major project

No more side roads and no more surprises, my manuscript on Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland’s life and times during the eight films they made together will not be preempted again. This has been a long time coming, but will be well worth the wait. By the way, the scope of the story has increased, and this is good. See Errol & Olivia for background on the project.

Louis Kraft Collection

I have been working on a major delivery to the LK Collection in Santa Fe since the beginning of 2020. Some health issues shut it down for several months, but now it is playing a major role in my everyday life. Reason: the scope is huge, and there are reasons for this (I’ll share them once the delivery has been made). Note that there is a major change moving forward with the LK Collection, for now there will be two of them, with the second housed at the University of New Mexico.

Kraft talks

Speaking in front of an audience has been one of my small pleasures over the years. But it joined my self-banishment a number of years back. I’m not going to announce anything here until they are reality and not events that may never happen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One had died a silent death, but Tomas Jaehn, Director, Special Collections/CSWR, University of New Mexico Libraries, did not want his monthly talks to be canceled and decided to use Zoom. This means that my talk, “An attempt to kill every Cheyenne man, woman, and child: The Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado, 1864” will be live from Tujunga House on Wednesday afternoon, October 21, 2020, and as always I’ll talk and not read. If you are interested in seeing the talk send me your name and email address, I’ll forward it to Tomas, and when the date nears he will email you an invitation that includes all the necessary information to login and see my talk live.

True West Magazine

Thanks to Stuart Rosebrook, editor of True West Magazine, I’m back in the saddle writing articles again. We have had a good beginning with “Black Kettle, the People’s Peacemaker” being a feature in the February-March issue of the magazine. Scroll down on the Articles page to see more about the story on Black Kettle and the resurrection of Kraft writing for magazines.

Welcome to the Louis Kraft writing website

After a long hiatus—don’t ask—the website pages have been
updated. Some have been deleted and new ones have been added.
My apologies for taking so long to complete this work (which is still
ongoing), but you have my promise that it won’t happen again.

The goal is to explore where I’ve been and where I’m headed while entertaining you and updating you on the status of my life, events, and projects. The goal is to be loose and free while not preaching. As you see, there are a number of tabs (and information will change on them whenever appropriate) but this website will not be static, for I have control. It also has a blog (and if you followed me elsewhere you know that I’m open to discussing whatever catches my fancy). The blog entries will be categorized, and linked to specific categories that appear on the right side of the screen, for example: “Sand Creek Massacre,” “Cheyenne Indians,” “Ned Wynkoop,” “Errol Flynn,” “Olivia de Havilland,” “Thailand,” “Green Card,” “racism,” and so on. There will also be Kraft categories for when I explore myself and the craziness of life or when I mix my writing with my life or when I just need to let off steam. Nothing will be sacred on the blog … unless it’s harmful to yours truly, or anyone else (living or dead). “Harmful” also includes racist prose, which will not be tolerated. If desired, add comments at the end of each post. All you’ll need is your name and email address.

A few words about PressHarbor

Those of you familiar with my work know that I have a fair amount of skills,
but I’m not an engineer and I struggle with code.

PressHarbor is the full-service Word Press web host for my website/blog.

I need to be up front with my view of PressHarbor, and specifically its founder John Keegan, for they have been absolutely magnificent!

As stated above I’m not technical and when forced to deal with code I am often wading through a minefield of potential disaster. … Every time that I have had a problem, John and his staff have responded quickly and resolved the issue. Some of my problems have been simplistic (although I didn’t realize it), but others have been beyond my capability. Regardless, I have always received fast and courteous service.

PressHarbor also makes certain that the current version of their software is updated, and reminds me to update my template and plugins if I have failed to do so. At times when my website/blog has slowed to a crawl John immediately did what was necessary to fix the problem. More important he and his team have made my website/blog very secure.

John and PressHarbor are about to release a “major overhaul” to their platform that sounds massive and includes a new website, the addition of more powerful servers, and more hosting plans. I am thrilled that PressHarbor is my host, and am looking forward to our continued association over the coming years.