Select an item to view

Timpanogos – What it’s about IV

The last bit of autobiography in “Timpanogos concerns” Part 3 and Chantal Chastenet. I spent six months in the mountains about 25 miles from Taos New Mexico. There were six teenage girls in the branch and no boys. The mothers of the girls seemed to feel that the only future for their daughters would be to catch a missionary. They were always on the lookout to create some situation that would get the missionaries in “trouble” with their daughters as a ticket out of there. The situation with the two sisters and the body lotion is presented almost as it happened, except there was no beach nearby to add to the temptation.

Read more...

Timpanogos – What it’s about III

Many of the things that happened to Randal and Allyson came from things that happened with me and Donna the summer of 1963. I met Donna as described in Timpanogos, including the bet and the first date, except for the napkin. The MIA party at Saratoga was the same, including the games we played in the water. The argument about Allyson’s swimsuit did not happen—Donna got along very well with the girls in the ward. We did take the trip through Heber, down the Provo River, including a ride up Bridal Veil Falls. However, we did no fishing or swimming in the river. The horse ride happened almost exactly as recounted, except that it happened in 1964 at Breckenridge Park in San Antonio. I was on a missionary outing when one of the lady missionaries lost control of her horse. I ran her down, but after I got her off, we walked to the parking lot, not the stables. Donna and I never went to Timpanogos cave, nor did we hike up Timpanogos Mountain.

Read more...

Timpanogos – What it’s about II

The fight with Gordon, as told in Timpanogos, went pretty much as I remembered it, including the rivets. However, the Gordon in real life did not belong to a gang, and the talk with Dimmick never happened.

I did visit the Cathedral of the Madeleine, but it was with a Sunday school class not with a friend.

Read more...

Timpanogos – What it’s about

Many years ago, my daughter asked me to write stories about my youth. I have always been reluctant to do autobiography because it tends to be self-serving. I have read some autobiographies, and, to me, they prove my point. Instead, I began writing fictional stories based upon things that happened to me – that way I could put myself in whatever light I wanted, but always with tongue-in-cheek accuracy. I called the kid in my stories “Iky” because that was my dad’s nickname for me.  The first chapters of Timpanogos have shadows of Iky in them, though the character’s name is Randy.

Read more...

Latest Blog Posts

  • Cro-Magnon - Neadertal mating

    When I first published “Heart of the Bison” (2002) paleontologists were still in disagreement as to whether Neandertals and Cro-Magnons could mate and produce live offspring. Since then, DNA has...

    Read more: Cro-Magnon - Neadertal mating

  • Neandertal - Cro-Magnon

    Last week’s post was a story about Vertic Almann and Upp Rytemann, fictional Homo erectus hunters. Vertick joined the first great Homo migration out of Africa about 500,000 years ago. Homo is the...

    Read more: Neandertal - Cro-Magnon

  • 500,000 BCE: Vertik Almann

    Vertik Almann, a Homo erectus male, led nine hunting males. He saw strange hunters on a hill. Vertik didn’t count, but he sensed strangers were encroaching in his troop’s hunting ground more often....

    Read more: 500,000 BCE: Vertik Almann

  • 1.6 million years BCE: Earl E Mann

    Earl E. Mann, leader of a Homo habilis troop, left the group of hunters. He grunted at them, throwing both arms in the air as he did. It was a signal to leave him alone. He was born with...

    Read more: 1.6 million years BCE: Earl E Mann

  • 3.6 Million Years BCE: Hawmo Nid

    Hawmo Nid jumped up from his sleep and screamed the alarm! His troop of Australopithecines (pre-humans) sprang to action. The females and children leaped to the tree they were sleeping under. The...

    Read more: 3.6 Million Years BCE: Hawmo Nid

  • About four billion years ago - Daws Tart

    Daws Tart swirled crazily in super-heated water near hot lava oozing from a fissure at the bottom of a three-mile-deep ocean. The temperature was over eight hundred degrees Fahrenheit, but the...

    Read more: About four billion years ago - Daws Tart

  • Who were the first white people

    Five million years ago the most advanced primates were the great apes in Africa. Then shifting tectonic plates created the Himalayan Mountains in Asia and the Great Rift Fissure in Africa. The...

    Read more: Who were the first white people

  • Reviews - The Test

    Bad reviews are a part of the business. What do you do with a bad review? To start with, don’t take it personal or get offended. There is no use talking to the reviewer; she/he gave their opinion;...

    Read more: Reviews - The Test

  • Publishing a Paperback

    Perhaps you would like to publish your book as a Paperback or Hardback instead of, or in addition to the Ebook platform. Amazon has Createspace that lets you go that route. Amazon and Createspace...

    Read more: Publishing a Paperback

  • Publishing on Kindle

    Publishing on Kindle is about the fastest, least expensive (free) way to publish. So far, I have published 5 books on Kindle. You will need a cover in gif or tiff format. The manuscript must be in...

    Read more: Publishing on Kindle