In early May, the book Flight 7 is Missing, by Ken H. Fortenberry (Fayetteville Mafia Press) came out. It’s surprising that is the first definitive account of one of the worst unsolved aviation accidents in U.S. history—the loss of the Pan Am airliner Romance of the Skies, which was flying from San Francisco to Honolulu … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Flight 7 is Missing: The Search for my Father’s Killer’
So yeah. The good people at Event Horizon Press are asking me to do yet another book. Well, two books. They want another Charley Ridgway book, which will take time (simply making up stuff is a lot tougher than I originally thought), but they also want a non-fiction book. Specifically, they're looking for a collection … Continue reading What? I’m Supposed To Work On Another Book?
Well, I've gone and finally gotten my novel published. It's called Small Island, and it's and old-timey noirish tale of intrigue, violence and sex set on contemporary Maui. I actually wrote the novel back in 2008-09, immediately after I resigned from MauiTime but when I was still living on island. I wrote it, edited it, … Continue reading Small Island: What A Novel Idea
So yeah, lately I've been trying to find this old Maui Time Weekly column I once wrote in which I explain my view that Ray Parker, Jr.'s song "Ghostbusters" was actually a hard-hitting anti-lynching song, but I can't find it. Such is the case with a lot of what I wrote, sadly... Anyway, during my … Continue reading More Useless But Funny Memories
Editing Maui Time Weekly was the best job I ever had. It was tough (I usually put in around six days a week getting the paper out the door) but it was also fun. I got to be snide, I got to play pundit and I got make the rich and powerful (or, at least … Continue reading Leaving Maui, Part III: Things I didn’t do
I arrived on Maui on Aug. 28, 2003 as something of a misfit. Rather than spend my life working so that I could move to a tropical paradise, I had actually rarely given living in Hawaii any thought. Instead, moving to Maui meant a promotion–in this case, from a general assignment, sometime investigative reporter at … Continue reading Leaving Maui, Part II: Things I did
And no, I'm not being either ironic or sarcastic. This morning, I had a great experience at the Kihei office of the County of Maui Department of Motor Vehicles. I was there to get a copy of my truck's Certificate of Title (I accidentally shipped off the original with a bunch of books last week) … Continue reading Happiness at the DMV
Yeah, I know this is old news now. Forgive me for waiting so long to blog on the sudden and possibly permanent demise of Hawaii Superferry, Inc. I mean, it's not like no one else was writing about it–blogger Ian Lind took a whack at it, as did Doug White at Poinography. Ditto Larry Geller … Continue reading Superferry Sunk!
I've done it. As more of an experiment than anything else, I've gone and self-published a book of a few dozen of my old Maui Time Weekly feature stories. The book, printed on demand by Cafe Press and retails for $14.95, is about 180 pages long, contains 33 stories and an original cover illustration by … Continue reading My new book
Heard something stunning on the radio yesterday (which, in itself, is very unusual indeed). It was one of those mid-day news briefs read by Wendy Osher (click here for my completely unrelated take on what I perceive to be Osher's slippery ethics). And Osher was reading off headlines and news blurbs and then she came … Continue reading 60 percent?!