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I’m old enough to remember when Olympic sprinters wore baggy shorts. But if you look at the world’s greatest runners today, …

September 15, 2017

My favorite canine writer, Snoopy of Peanuts fame, received a boatload of rejection slips in his pursuit of a publisher over …

July 26, 2017

By Doug Peterson The expression, “The proof is in the pudding,” goes back hundreds of years, although the original wording was …

May 28, 2017

By Doug Peterson I will never forget the day my parents took me to the theater to see the movie Fantastic …

April 28, 2017

By Doug Peterson The voice on the other end of the line was Bob the Tomato. It was a Sunday night, and …

February 27, 2017

By Doug Peterson I stepped slowly out onto the board of a high dive at our local swimming pool, and I …

December 28, 2016

Legolas, a Creative Commons illustration by JessicaLR By Doug Peterson When J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit, was published in October of 1937, …

November 29, 2016

I had a chance to see the desk where J.R.R. Tolkien wrote “The Lord of the Rings.” You can find it at …

October 28, 2016

My wife, Nancy, and I ride the E.T. bike at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York. By Doug Peterson A funny …

August 16, 2016

By Doug Peterson I had no idea what I was doing when I first ordered a Café Americano, totally oblivious to its …

July 6, 2016

By Doug Peterson Whenever I show up to interview a source for a magazine story, it must look like I have …

June 4, 2016

This is one side of my new dream office. The Lego train makes a loop on this countertop, then crosses a bridge …

May 2, 2016

  Doug Peterson (right) with Jurgen Litfin, brother of the first person shot trying to escape into West Berlin. NOTE—Doug Peterson’s previous …

February 23, 2016

The author, Doug Peterson, received a brand-new bowler hat for Christmas this year. It brings him back to the year 1849. I’m …

January 22, 2016

What comes first? Do you begin with a great plot idea, and then create characters to fill out the story? Or do …

December 24, 2015

“Where words fail, music speaks,” said Hans Christian Andersen, writer of such legendary stories as The Little Mermaid (not the Disney version) …

November 20, 2015

The editor had me rework my first novel, changing it from the omniscient point of view to third-person limited. I’m so glad …

August 6, 2015
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