"An inherently riveting read from cover to cover, The Northeast Quarter clearly demonstrates author S. M. Harris as a truly gifted storyteller, and his many layered, deftly crafted novel certain to be a highly popular addition to personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections."
-Midwest Book Review

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The Northeast Quarter is an epic story of the power of family, the complexity of human greed, and the pursuit of justice during the early 1920's in an America defined by the aftermath of war and the onset of The Great Depression.

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A Ship Between Two Ports. Ramblings For Self-Published Authors. 3) Self-Produced Vs. Self-Published: The Dick Ryan Story

The journey I began with the writing and publishing of The Northeast Quarter has been both an adventure and a tremendous learning experience.  It’s true that you soon learn who your friends are, but just as some fade into the past, you will just as certainly make some new ones. You also also discover that there are differing interpretations and reactions to what is essentially the same activity.  I’m talking about producing your own play vs. self-publishing your novel.

A writing friend whom  I will call Dick Ryan wrote a play  and, with his own money, he entered it in The Fringe Festival.  The play received some acclaim and so Dick continued its trajectory by financing a short run for it in a theatrical space here in New York.  In all, Dick spent 18 to 20 thousand dollars and he didn’t regret a penny

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A Ship Between Two Ports – Ramblings For Self-Published Authors. 2) The Tale Of Bahootsa From Hackensack.

For me writing The Northeast Quarter and self-publishing it has been an adventure I would not trade for anything.  As mentioned before, I began the journey when I was of retirement age.  I learned very quickly that when you finish writing a novel, one form of work is finished, but another is just beginning.

For a writer the journey offers a variety of revelations of the quirks of human character – some sad, some positive – but always enlightening if you keep an open mind.

One of these revelations came from a person I will call Bahootsa. Bahootsa is a fellow writer I had known for some years in writer’s labs here in New York City. She also runs a successful voice-over studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.  Before I wrote The Northeast Quarter,  I had always assumed that Bahootsa was a friend, or at least a

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A Ship Between Two Ports – Ramblings For Self-Published Authors. 1) You Learn Who Your Friends Are

For awhile my blog has dealt with the Iowa background of my novel The Northeast Quarter. As time went on, I felt that some of the experiences I encountered in writing, publishing and selling the book were something I wanted to explore as well. I have decided to pitch these next few articles to other self-published authors as well as anyone who considers writing a novel and going the self-publishing route.

I wrote The Northeast Quarter over a six year period. I had been a playwright for several years and this was my first novel.  Since I am of retirement age, one could say I got off to a late start.  I had considered the traditional route – submitting a manuscript to an agent who, depending on his/her acceptance of me as a client, would then begin to submit the manuscript to a publisher, etc etc etc. This

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Flooding In The Heartland

Two months ago Cedar Rapids had another flood. The Cedar River overflowed and now the citizens of Cedar Rapids are repairing the damage. Many Iowans compare this occurrence with the larger Flood of 2008 in which both the Cedar and Iowa Rivers overflowed and caused what FEMA estimated to be almost 800 million dollars in damage.
It got me to thinking. How do the Iowans (or anyone) truly predict a flood? Sitting here in Brooklyn, I had always thought that you predict a flood from the intensity of the rainfall. Around here if the rain falls hard and nonstop for a few days, it is only natural that the result will be water rushing over the curb, onto the sidewalk and maybe over the surface of the street.
Predicting a real flood is more complicated than that. One must take the river into account as well.
I found a posting

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Clouds At Harvest Time

In Iowa the economy of each particular year is a reflection of that year’s harvest. Some years are good; some are bad. At the moment 2016 doesn’t seem to have the makings of a good year.

I was reading an article in The Des Moines Register by Kevin Hardy and Donnelle Eller entitled “Is Iowa Heading For A Recession?” which explores this subject.

It is a truism that if there is an economic downturn one year, there will always be a rebounding of the economy a few years down the line. For many farmers the downturns can be particularly painful. It’s their livelihood. And since Hardy and Eller’s article is dated February 10th of this year, this year’s story is not over. There is still a strong possibility of a recession in 2016.

What is different about this year? For one thing, on first glance there are examples which make

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