California History Fiction

Ramona

"The shepherds, the herdsmen, the maids, the babies, the dogs, the poultry, all loved the sight of Ramona." I recently...
Read More
California History

Gente de Razòn

Gente de razón is a Spanish term meaning ¨reasonable people,¨or more closely, ¨people of reason.¨ It's the term the colonial Spanish...
Read More
California History

California in 1800

I've had a few posts drafted, but was hoping to polish them up a little. I don't seem to be...
Read More
California History

Conquest, Slavery, Death

I started reading up on California history last year because my son, Kazu, was entering fourth grade, and that's what...
Read More
California History

Kids, what’re gonna do with ’em?

"Two boys drowned an Indian to amuse themselves, but in consideration of their tender years, were dismissed with twenty-five lashes...
Read More
California History Non-Fiction

Call me, Ishmael

I've been wandering again in my reading. I took Starr back to the library, and renewed Bancroft, but set him...
Read More
California History

Where is Monterey?

As we discussed last time, in 1769 Spanish explorers were charged with establishing a mission and presidio in both San...
Read More
California History

Offending God, the king, and the country

Continuing on in the early history of Spanish exploration in California . . . After a few excursions by sea...
Read More
California History

“California”

Kevin Starr agrees with HH Bancroft that the name "California" comes from a 16th century Spanish novel. Indeed, after explaining...
Read More
California History

California History

Last year I spent a lot of time researching California's El Camino Real. I was trying to discover the original...
Read More
Non-Fiction Westerns

Depredations

I just finished “A Fate Worse Than Death,” a book on Indian captivities in the 1800s. That is, white settlers (the authors did not cover Mexican captivities), primarily from Texas, taken as hostages by Native American raiders. The subject was interesting, but like a few other popular history books I’ve read, the writing was crappy.
Read More
Non-Fiction Westerns

Every animal has just enough brains to tan its hide

I’ll bet you didn’t know that. I didn’t either. I’ve been reading about Plains Indians, and more specifically, about Indian abductions of white settlers in the early- to mid-1800s.
Read More
2 Replies
Fiction

Process and Novel Writing

The process of writing a novel is daunting. There are probably as many means and systems as there are writers....
Read More
Novel Writing

Tropes and Clichés

As I stated earlier, I decided to make the protagonist of my first novel an amateur sleuth. As all other...
Read More
Novel Writing

Thoughts on Writing a First Novel

My friend Rick, who has been designing and building custom bikes for over 30 years, says that building a bike...
Read More
General

Steinbeck and Travels With Charlie

It turns out that Steinbeck’s purportedly nonfiction account of his tour of America circa 1962 in a camper, Travels With...
Read More
Fiction

Bullet in the Brain

Bullet in the Brain is a short story written by Tobias Wolff and originally published in New Yorker magazine in...
Read More
2 Replies
Fiction

Tolstoy on a Late Spring

"Spring was a long time unfolding. During the last weeks of Lent the weather was clear and frosty. In the...
Read More
General

Fiction is Dead

Well, maybe not dead.  But according to Buce, picking up from Tyler at Marginal Revolution, it's on the skids. That...
Read More
1 Reply
General

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

My last post was about a flash fiction story I wrote that dealt with the atmosphere of tension in a...
Read More

Leave a Reply