As May draws to its close, I continue daily work on the novella Clattering. As it now stands, I anticipate that story will run about 60 pages in length. I have yet to complete any of the other shorter stories and memoirs, although most are now outlined. Some of my never before published photos are ready, but several needed for the travelling nurse interview have yet to be scanned. We hope to meet to me with Virginia next week to do so, and to also finish the interview proper. Ten or so questions yet remained unanswered. She has quite a few 35mm slides from her railroad days, and also a collection of photos and handouts from their annual reunions, which were held in Florida in the years following the end of the travelling nurse era.



CLATTERING & other tales of the rails


I am currently working on a novella entitled Clattering, to be published the summer of 2018. In addition to the novella Clattering, this collection includes short stories and memoirs about the Penn Central, Conrail, and AMTRAK railroads and also an exclusive interview with Virginia Hulick, a retired traveling nurse who served on the Florida to New York trains of the Seaboard Air Line, Seaboard Coastline, and AMTRAK railroads.  The story collection incorporates several period photographs of the Penn Central, Conrail and AMTRAK railroads.

Clattering is the first of three sequels to my Irish historical fiction novel Six Counties Sevens Sins. Brian “Pockets” Blaney is heading home from a troublesome sojourn in the North of Ireland. He has placed his own tumultuous life on hold in order to expedite final arrangements for his youngest brother, Teddy, who lived estranged from the rest of the family. While travelling aboard The Wall Street train from Newark to the family home Birmingham Junction, an epiphany unearths the root of Pockets’ self-destructive lifestyle, thus setting his life back onto the right track.