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About drmar120

D. R. Martin is a writer and photographer based in Minnesota.

A Bouquet of Pheasants

Many years ago, at Christmastime, my mother and I went to an old bookstore called the Bookpost, not too far from the house where I did most of my growing up. It operated in a former post office and it … Continue reading

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CP30 Interviewed in the Guardian

You’d have to live on Mars (or perhaps the ice planet Hoth) to have missed the rising crescendo of publicity for this holiday season’s biggest flick: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The toys and collectibles are starting to come out. … Continue reading

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Say “Cheese,” Mr. Churchill!

There’s a scene in the first Johnny Graphic book, Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb, in which Johnny—in his capacity as a newspaper photographer—is shooting the Minister of War as she testifies in a parliamentary committee. She is one of … Continue reading

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The Return of the Flying Boats?

The 1930s and ’40s were the age of the flying boat, when glorious old aircraft such as the Pan Am Clipper carried glamorous travelers all over the world—using the oceans as their airports. Flying boats are also a big part … Continue reading

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Tardigrades – Superheroes of Nature

TV is swarming with superheroes these days, from the Flash and Arrow to the Agents of Shield and Daredevil. They’re everywhere, and even more are on the way. It so happens that your house, your backyard, the little lake down … Continue reading

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Great Review for Johnny/Zombies at Reading with Cats

Chris Hooker at the Reading with Cats blog just posted a very nice review of Johnny Graphic and the Attack of the Zombies. She wrote that I did “an excellent job continuing the adventures of young boy photographer, Johnny Graphic … Continue reading

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Building Worlds with Frank Herbert—The Conception of Dune

The Johnny Graphic series of ghost adventures belongs to a genre of fantasy/science fiction called “Alternative History.” And in order to tell these stories, I needed to create a world of 1935 somewhat like our own world in 1935, but … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt on Daring Greatly

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the … Continue reading

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Great New Review for Johnny Graphic

My middle-grade ghost adventure, Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb, has been out a while now. But it’s still collecting great reviews. Just this week, Jessica Kosinski of A Book a Day Reviews posted her impressions of my 1930s pulp-style … Continue reading

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Yike! Vike Bike!

Last Saturday I was out enjoying a cup of coffee near West River Parkway in Minneapolis, when this vision of bicyclistic inspiration rolled into my field of view. Just thought I would share it with readers of this blog. Note … Continue reading

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