Winter night

Winter night

The Four Seasons Winter The second-floor  window looks west over a moon-lit landscape, black forest the border to snow-swept fields intensifying the moon’s reflected light.  Just above the SW horizon Mercury and Venus lie close.  The nights have been clear and...
Moscow: Deception and working truth [3]

Moscow: Deception and working truth [3]

Deception in Moscow, 1961 The ‘middle morass’ of The Executioner’s Son, that miserable time when, between the sparkling first scenes and a dramatic conclusion, you sit in that writing swamp struggling to “The End.” A 1900 Russian short...
Winter morning

Winter morning

Early morning, December 12, 2014: The Town of Russell school bus, a veritable light show of blinking and flashing amber and red  and strobe lights, flies past  in the pre-dawn darkness. The temperature hovers either side of freezing. The forest, gray and white save...
Deception and working truth (1)

Deception and working truth (1)

Define the word I am writing a dramatic novel with the working title,  Executioner’s Son.   Deception is the backdrop against which the characters act out their roles.  The locations are three: Suzdal, Russia; Moscow, and Mariel, Cuba. It opens in Suzdal,...