Month: April 2019 (page 1 of 4)

Robert Roripaugh Commentary

Robert Roripaugh is a booklet in the Boise State University Western Writers Series. This slim volume came out in 2004, and it gives an overview of the career of Robert Roripaugh, who has been a major literary figure in Wyoming for many years.

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Across the Cheyenne River Commentary

Across the Cheyenne River was my second novel with Five Star Publishing and my twenty-first traditional western. Although that sequence may sound routine, this novel did not make its way into the world without obstacles.

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Understanding Fiction Commentary

Understanding Fiction is a textbook/manual I have put together for my college classes in introduction to literature and studies in the short story. Like Writing for Real, it evolved out of materials I developed for a distance course. When I first undertook the project, I was presenting a course in short fiction and the novel, and I wrote explanatory sections for stories in an anthology I had ordered and for novels I had selected.

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Writing for Real Commentary

Writing for Real is a textbook I have composed for my classes in college composition. It first began to take shape many years ago, when I was putting together a manual for a distance course in composition. At that time, I wrote up quite a bit of material that I used to present in lecture or discussion, and I plundered material that I had included in an earlier version of the Blue Book of Basic Writing (ostensibly for a broader audience, at the suggestion of the publisher at the time) but did not use to any appreciable extent and then took out.

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Done by Friday Commentary

In a separate post, I mention that I developed a collateral text, consisting entirely of supplemental exercises, to go along with the Blue Book of Basic Writing, a textbook I have developed and used for several years in my basic writing courses. This secondary text is entitled Done by Friday (reference to Robinson Crusoe explained in the Preface), and like my other textbook/course manual works, it has been published by Endeavor Books. I would like to express my appreciation for Dan at Endeavor Books, as he has worked with great patience and consideration as he has made these books available to students (and others) at very reasonable prices.

Done by Friday is available at Amazon.

Blue Book of Basic Writing Commentary

The Blue Book of Basic Writing is a textbook I developed for my basic writing classes.  I first started working on it in the late 1980’s, when I had become more and more dissatisfied with basic writing textbooks on the market. The more I taught basic writing, the more I developed my own materials, until I had enough to begin building my own text.

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Thorns on the Rose Commentary

Thorns on the Rose is a collection of western poetry I have written. This slim volume was first produced by Western Trail Blazer as an e‑book as well as in print format. I was and still am very grateful to Rebecca J. Vickery and Laura Shinn for their willingness to produce a book of poetry in their Western Trail Blazer line.

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I’ll Tell You What Commentary

I’ll Tell You What is a collection of short stories that I brought out myself in the summer of 1996. It consists of fourteen stories, eight of them previously published, and it was a bit of a lark to publish.

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Seasons in the Fields Commentary

Seasons in the Fields is a collection of short fiction set in the farm and ranch country of California where I grew up. This book consists of thirteen stories, nine of which were previously published. I brought out these stories as a collection in the spring of 1998 so that I could promote it along with Black Diamond Rendezvous, a paperback western that came out in May of the same year.

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Antelope Sky Commentary

Antelope Sky is a collection of short stories set in the contemporary West, for the most part Wyoming. It consists of twelve short stories, nine of which were previously published. I brought out these stories as a collection in the spring of 1997 so that I could promote it along with Wild Rose of Ruby Canyon, a hardcover western that came out in June of the same year.

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