Lose That Handkerchief!

Once upon a time in the far northwest corner of North Dakota…  Uff da!  Once upon a time?  Now that sounds rather trite, doesn’t it?  Worn out.  Tired.  Overused.  Just plain outdated.  You bet!  After all, this is Twenty-First Century America.  Nobody starts a story with once upon a time anymore.  At least not in…
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Back To Where It All Began…

For this new Christmastime story we return to where the Will Nickerson Mysteries began, to Dakota Ranch Park in the northwestern corner of North Dakota. The Ranch Park and the town of New Oslo are where it all takes place, and Will Nickerson, Jenine Mescall, ‘Raggy’ Haakonson and all the gang take center stage once…
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Right On, R. L.!!

Hey–it’s Will Nickerson here, commandeering R. L. Anderson’s blog again.  I’m sure if we have any fiction writers out there in blog reader land, you know how us fictional characters have minds of our own.  We like to take over the story–and sometimes we’re not all that obedient to what our authors had in mind…
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Happy Holidays?? Bah Humbug!!!!

How to write a meaningful story of Christmas without the tears?  The idea came from one of my pet peeves.  Namely hearing ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’.  Around here we don’t hear it all that much in person, but it’s in all the ads.  It’s all ‘Holiday shopping’, ‘Holiday decorations’, and even ‘Holiday trees’. …
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A Christmas Festival On Steroids

Before I started writing the Will Nickerson Mysteries, I used to volunteer at a small theme park, which holds an annual Christmas festival.  The event features lighting displays, with horse drawn wagon rides for visitors to see them from a unique perspective.  There are candlelight dinners in the park’s restaurant, Christmas tree decorating contests, musical…
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