The Author Fights: View filmed proof here!

Thrilled! Matt Meuse, a journalist for the Tyee Online newspaper, came and covered the event and today posted his mini-doc, ‘The Allure of the Sword’.

I am especially excited because I have proof that, despite the ravages of the years, I can still fight! (Don’t see me doing a lot of knee bends though)

Let me know what you think. And feel free to share.

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2 Responses to The Author Fights: View filmed proof here!

  1. Phil Lord says:

    (For your eyes only..)
    Imagine this…. You step onto an ancient battlefield in the American wilderness ..or what once was… to understand the landscape as it had been two hundred years ago…. and you discover a man was there before you… A man who by his skilled hand had drawn a magnificent map of the battlefield, as mindful of the frontier farms, fields and woodlands as it was of the military reality he was commissioned to record.

    And then imagine how history had given this man another’s name …for two hundred years.. and that even when his true name is discovered, no one knows who he is.

    So begins a search…an obsession really… for nearly three decades until the man is fully revealed… An Engineer with Burgoyne’s invasion of 1777, the son…the only son… of an ordnance clerk in the Tower of London… His mother the daughter of the most noteworthy draftsman of the Tower, and wealthy… A loving sister his (perhaps) soulmate.

    On this battlefield he is wounded, captured, marched to Boston, and the following spring returned home to England, with his defeated General.. 

    Later, recovered and back on duty, he is dispatched to the isolated Welsh coast at Fishguard to plan a small fort as protection against raids by French pirates. The next year he leaves England again, attached to the 1780 expedition by sea to recapture the Cape. On the way he is witness to a naval engagement at the Cape Verde Islands between his convoy and a French fleet, racing them to the Cape. And beaten in the race with the French, he sees An even more dramatic action in a bay just north of the Cape where a convoy of Dutch Indiamen are captured….  a dispute between the naval Commodore and the Commander of the troops as to shares of the prizes…then finding the Cape already reenforced by the French he sails on toward India, the secondary goal.

    His ship becomes lost in a storm, and using only the maps in a common geography book, his ship makes the rendezvous at Madagascar only to find the British fleet has gone on.

    Returning back to St. Helena island deep in the Atlantic…To get better maps, he finally rejoins the fleet at rest at a small island off the ,,, coats where plague infects the crews, who flee onboard their ships, and this man, not yet thirty years of age, and without wife or child to remember him, dies of fever off the coast of Arabia in 1781.

    So this true story has been sculpted into a form from the clay of facts and findings, but could it become alive as a story told in a novel? It has a strong, interesting and often hard to believe structure of truth, but offers as well ample opportunity for fictional elaboration. And having read your work, I imagine it brought to life in your hands.

    The full story at

    • Phil, what great story! And you know how I love Burgoyne and that whole world. Alas, I am so chokka with all my own tales, I have no time for the next few years… but the heroic tale is filed for future consideration. But you should write it!

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