Writer’s Block and Research

The last week has been very bad from a writer’s block standpoint, at least as far as Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton is concerned. I especially hate it because I am so close to completing the book that I can taste it. But it hasn’t been a complete bust. I did do some research on the book. I also finished the short story “We Service All” as well as some work on this website. Anyway, the last chapter takes place at Eielson Air Force Base about 20 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. So instead of writing, I spent one evening using Google to see what I could find out about the base that might be useful background for the book. As usual, Google Maps was useful. While the base’s official website wasn’t very helpful, I did get the email address of their Public Affairs Office and sent them an email requesting a little help. Surprisingly, the best source I found on the the Air Force Base was actually a Russian site. Ironic.

About Donald

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray. By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.
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