Projects

 

You have reached the page wherein I live. You have reached the core of my writing world, for without projects there is no today and no tomorrow. Projects are ongoing, and they dominate my life. They are in constant query, which means constant change and growth. The main ones are the books, and everything else breathes life from them.

There are two major book projects, which also include follow-up projects:

  • Errol & Olivia
    – This dual biography follows the life and times of Errol Flynn and Olivia de

    Havilland as they arrive in Hollywood during the 1930s, become a magical screen couple, see film careers soar, experience events that affect and drive them, realize the end of their teaming, and the aftermath of a love that could never be.

    • The follow-up book will be a nonfiction book on Errol Flynn. A fair amount of research is in-house, but there is still a lot more that must be completed. In 2020 I will again return to archival research. 
  • Navajo Blood
    – The darkest times in Navajo history began in 1864 and spiraled downward
    until the “Long Walk” and their exile from their homeland. This novel—yes novel—explores the effect of total war upon people through the eyes of a Navajo warrior, his granddaughter, and the legendary frontiersman Kit
    Carson.

    • Nonfiction book research on Kit Carson has been ongoing for years. More is still required and it will happen in 2020. As all my past nonfiction books, this one will deal with American Indians and their relationship with Carson.

 

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On December 6, 2008, I accompanied Craig Moore (upraised hand), a Sand Creek National Historic Site (Colorado) ranger who helped celebrate the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site’s (Oklahoma) 140th anniversary that month. Earlier that day I spoke about Wynkoop and the Cheyennes, and during a tour of the battlefield that Craig led, he kindly allowed me to add my two cents. When he passed Custer hill without saying a word about Custer’s actions, I said, “Whoa! Whoa, we need to talk about Custer’s command center and what happened.” He allowed me to do this, and then allowed me to fill in a lot of background on the Tsistsistas (the Cheyennes) as we walked the bloody ground. Craig and I aren’t friends, but he did attempt aid some of my research for the Sand Creek story, and so did Sand Creek Massacre NHS ranger Jeff Campbell. (Photo by Leroy Livesay, 2008, who had given full use of the image before his death)

 

 

But there’s more—much-much more:

  • The pirate Francis Drake: actually two: one nonfiction and one fiction (What? Oh year—a long time coming.)
  • A full-length play on Errol Flynn (this is questionable at this time for several reasons)
  • The Final Showdown redux
  • Several other novels that are in various stages of progress
  • An untitled memoir (Avoid this at all costs! … I don’t think so.)
  • Wynkoop-Cheyenne documentary (Tom Eubanks and I couldn’t get this project produced a few years back, and we haven’t tried since)

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Just for the record, in 2015 all talks and article were placed on hold until I completed all my work on Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway. I completed all my work on the book in December 2019 (the book will be published in March 2020). As of 2020 talks and articles are back in my life.

Everyone listed above are all interconnected with one word—humanity. They are all interconnected within my brain, and at any given moment any person from the above book topics can grab my attention. Not one of them is simply defined, but this isn’t surprising for no human being (living or dead) can be simply defined.


By the way, if I can’t link the pieces of my nonfiction books together with solid
and viewable research for anyone who wants to look at it, I’ll never pound the keyboard and create a backstory that never existed. Nor will I create a perfect quotation that
was never written or said, or a key piece of history that never happened.