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Keith Skinner
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Fiction, memoir, travel, creative nonfiction and essays
Fiction, memoir, travel, creative nonfiction and essays

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A trip to Tor House in Carmel, CA to unravel the mysteries of enigmatic poet Robinson Jeffers.

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As a recently uncovered survey shows, Greenwood (Elk), CA in Mendocino County was a town just about to emerge.

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In the mid-nineteenth century, the sawmills and lumber towns of Mendocino County were isolated from the more settled places that lined San Francisco Bay. The lack of roads, the ungainly North Coast mountains, and the abundant rivers and streams made overland travel difficult and dangerous. Lumber schooners provided the only viable conduit between frontier towns and the civilized world. It was a ship, in fact, that triggered the lumber boom along the redwood coast.

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When writing historical fiction, how do you incorporate real historical figures? How do you handle gaps in their personal histories?

My latest blog post examines how I use two early settlers of the Mendocino coast as characters in my work-in-progress, THE STANDING-GROUND.


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If you like travel stories, check out the latest Tales To Go #21 with 4 engrossing stories including my encounter in a tiny Tuscan town. Available for iPhone or web, all four stories just $1.99.

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19th century loggers playing baseball?  The surprising early history of America's Game and how volunteer fire fighter spread baseball to gold rush California.

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Yesterday was the shared birthday of two remarkable writers and sailors. Richard Henry Dana, Jr. and Herman Melville shared more than a single moment in time however.

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If you like the postings here and on my blog, I have a budding Pinterest site also for those so inclined.

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I've idolized Walt Whitman throughout my life. But when it comes to destruction of California's redwood forests, I'm willing to throw him under the bus.

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Ina Coolbrith landed in California in 1852. The Golden State captured her imagination and, by the age of 15, she had published her first poem. At the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, she was crowned the first poet laureate of California.
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