Ronald E. Yates is an author of award-winning historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy.

2017-11-10
Happy Veterans Day to my Fellow Vets
Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Given that only 1 percent of the people of this nation ever put on a uniform, I am not sure Americans have any idea just why Veterans Day is a holiday. Yes, it means schools and most government offices are closed. But it means a lot...

2017-11-08
An Uncommon Love of Words & Writing
A while back a friend sent me an excellent column about a professor at my alma mater: the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. The professor’s name was John Bremner, a native of Australia and ordained Catholic priest who left the priesthood to become a...

2017-11-06
Are Terrorists Winning the War on Terror?
Within hours of the attack in New York in which an Islamic terrorist used a truck to mow down and kill eight people on a bicycle path, public officials were out in front of the cameras telling the public to go on with their lives because: “we can’t let the...

2017-11-02
Dealing With the Dreaded Rejection Letter
If there is one thing most authors have in common, besides the shear agony that sometimes accompanies the writing process, it is the dreaded Rejection Letter from an agent or publisher. I don’t know who got this one from Harlequin, but it had to be devastating to the person receiving...

2017-10-31
The Awful English Language
(Periodically, I reblog a post that those who follow my blog found interesting or helpful. Here is a post I did a while back that looks at the Awful English Language. Enjoy.) Let’s face it, Americans are notoriously inept when it comes to learning other languages. Unlike Europe, where many...

2017-10-23
The Diminished Meaning of the Word “Hero”
Our society seems obsessed with labels. Take the word “Hero,” for example. It is applied in the most absurd and inappropriate ways to people who don’t deserve that distinction. When Whitney Houston died in 2012, for example, I couldn’t believe people were calling her a “hero.” Why? Because she was...

2017-10-19
Join Me Today on Blog Talk Radio’s Spotlight Honors Show
To my followers & all the ships at sea. Join me as I host a new show about books, writing, and authors today, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. Tune in to BlogTalkRadio for the Rave Wave show “SPOTLIGHT” HONORS” produced by Rave Reviews Book Club. Here’s the link:...

2017-10-17
Today’s Journalism: No Experience Required?
Good journalism, somebody once said, is a nation talking to itself. That’s “talking to itself,” not yelling, screaming, shrieking, talking over one another and engaging in verbal bullying. That is just about all we see on prime-time television–especially cable television–these days. Primetime cable TV outlets such as Fox, CNN, MSNBC,...

2017-10-02
Blacks, Crime, and the Bended Knee
I am reposting this article by journalist Shari Goodman. She makes many inconvenient, but valid points in this piece about the irrationality and absurdity of “white guilt”–of which I (and millions of other “European Americans”) have none. Zilch. Zero. Nada. The inane notion of “victimhood” in our country is growing...

2017-09-30
This Marine Takes a Knee against the NFL
I am reposting this commentary by former U.S. Marine, Ken Russell. I believe he speaks for millions of active duty and former members of the U.S. Military. He certainly does for me. HooRah! By Ken Russell I had the privilege to serve with the finest Americans, the U.S. Marine Corps,...

2017-09-21
Letter from Oxford: Revising History to Placate Contemporary Views and Prejudices
The following letter came to me via The Internet. It is a non-official satirical response written presumably by white students to black students attending Oxford’s Oriel College as Rhodes Scholars wanting to remove the statue of Oxford Benefactor, Cecil Rhodes. Before I share the letter, here is a little critical...

2017-09-20
Is the American Empire Collapsing? (Part III)
When former President Obama scrapped the U.S. Manned Space program via Presidential fiat back in 2011, he signaled to the world that the U.S. was ceding its leadership and expertise in space exploration to nations like China and India. In one of the most arrogantly oblivious declarations any president ever...

2017-09-19
Is the American Empire Collapsing? (Part II)
Most Americans, I believe, would prefer to think of China as a friendly nation with a different political and economic perspective of the world. While the U.S. remains committed to a freewheeling form of capitalism and a democratic system of government where power (for the most part) is lodged with...

2017-09-18
Is the American Empire Collapsing? (Part I)
In the late 1980s, most political pundits were writing off the United States as the preeminent economic power in the world. Japan, they insisted, had supplanted the U.S. as #1 and Americans watched as Japanese, rife with cash, bought up trophy properties from New York’s Rockefeller Plaza to the fabled...

2017-09-12
When Does a Gap Become a Canyon? (Part 2)
Accomplished wordsmith William Safire once defined a gap between the generations as “a frustrating lack of communication between young and old, or a useful stretch of time that separates cultures within a society, allowing them to develop their own character.” That’s a pretty good definition. But it doesn’t tell the...

2017-09-11
When Does A Gap Become a Canyon? (Part 1)
In the past few weeks, two stories caught my attention. One decried the growing wealth gap between the young and old in America. The other highlighted the growing difference between older and younger Americans on issues such as social values and morality. Should we be surprised by either of these...

2017-09-08
The Decline of American Power
When I think of America’s failed financial policies, its weak political leadership in Congress, and its feeble foreign policy I am reminded of an interesting Thai phrase: “Maa du khreuang bin tok.” Translated it means “A dog watching an airplane crash.” The phrase describes an event that is entirely beyond...

2017-08-29
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Nonnie Jules
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Nonnie Jules and her original...

2017-08-28
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Linda Mims
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Linda Mims and her original...

2017-08-28
A Nation Gone Daft
For the past week or so I have watched with bemusement the violent behavior of some of my fellow Americans who are bent on eradicating our nation’s history and obliterating some of its significant symbols, such as statues, monuments, and treasured documents. My attitude toward the minority of Americans who...

2017-08-27
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Joni Parker
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Joni Parker and her original...

2017-08-26
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Stephanie Collins
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Stephanie Collins and her original...

2017-08-25
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Joan Curtis
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Joan Curtis and her original...

2017-08-24
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Bruce Borders
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Bruce Borders and his original...

2017-08-23
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Robert Fear
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Robert Fear and his original...

2017-08-20
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Marcha Fox
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Marcha Fo x and this...

2017-08-20
Blog Talk Radio Interview re Writing
For those who may have missed the live blog-cast, here is a link to my interview on Rave Review Book Club’s “By the Book” talk radio show Saturday (August 18). I hope you enjoy it. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ravereviewsbookclub/2017/08/19/rrbc-rave-waves-blogtalkradio-buy-the-book-with-ron-yates...

2017-08-19
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Jeff Haws
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Jeff Haws and his original...

2017-08-19
America’s Racial History in Context
Occasionally, I turn my blog over to others who offer lucid and compelling commentary on events impacting our nation. Today, E. W. Jackson, the presiding Bishop of The Called Church, nationally syndicated radio host, and a Virginian, has the floor. This is a repost of a column for the American...

2017-08-18
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Harmony Kent
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: xxxxxx and her original short...

2017-08-17
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author D. L. Finn
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: D. L. Finn and her...

2017-08-16
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author RHANI D’ CHAE
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: R hani D’ Chae and...

2017-08-16
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Nonnie Jules
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Nonnie Jules and her original...

2017-08-14
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Marlena Smith
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Marlena Smith and her original...

2017-08-13
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Joy Lo-Bamijoko
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: J oy Lo-Bamijoko and her...

2017-08-12
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Amy Reese
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Amy Reese and her original...

2017-08-11
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Laura Libricz
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Laura Libricz and her original...

2017-08-10
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Lynn Hobbs
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Lynn Hobbs and her original...

2017-08-09
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author John Howell
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: John Howell and his original...

2017-08-07
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Michelle Abbott
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Michelle Abbot t and her...

2017-08-06
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author JAN SIKES
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see a diverse sample of excellent writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: JAN SIKES and her original...

2017-08-05
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author WENDY SCOTT
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: WENDY SCOTT and her original...

2017-08-05
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author GWEN PLANO
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: GWEN PLANO and her original...

2017-08-03
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Beem Weeks
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present: Beem Weeks and his original...

2017-08-02
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author LAURIE FINKELSTEIN
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present Laurie Finkelstein and her original...

2017-08-01
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Karen Ingalls
For the next few weeks, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present Karen Ingalls and her original...

2017-07-31
WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour
For the next month, I will be featuring the work of fellow members of the Rave Writers-International Society of Authors (RWISA). Please check back each day to see an eclectic sample of fine writing by these talented authors. Today I am pleased to present Yvette Calleiro and her original poem:...

2017-07-31
Journalism’s Dangerous Shift from Impartiality to Advocacy
Those of us who have been in the news business for more than a few years (for me it’s more than 30 years) have learned a hard truth in the past decade or so: There has been a palpable shifting of the lines between what we learned journalism ideally should...

2017-07-27
A Little Shameless Self-Promotion
I want to thank all of you who are subscribers to my blog, ForeignCorrespondent. I sincerely appreciate your willingness to accompany me on my nomadic excursions of punditry, self-reflection, and occasional brainstorms. Like all who blog, I am endeavoring to increase my subscriber base. Therefore, I am asking each of...

2017-07-26
Vang Pao: A Forgotten Warrior and Ally
In 2011 I wrote a story about Vang Pao, a Hmong guerilla leader who led the CIA’s “Secret Army” in Laos. Vang Pao had just passed away and I thought it was important to tell Americans just who this fiercely loyal man was and what he did to help the...

2017-07-24
Tribute to a Vietnamese Patriot
Nguyen Cao Ky, the former Air Marshal and Premier of Vietnam passed away six years ago this month. I got to know Ky during the final days of the war in 1974-75 when the North Vietnamese were rolling south almost unimpeded. Eventually, they encircled Saigon and thousands of Vietnamese, including...

2017-07-21
The Regrettable Decline of Class and Good Taste
Most of us have received one of those emails displaying photos of so-called “Walmart People.” As you scroll down, there is a collection of pictures of Walmart shoppers wearing wild assortments of clothing covering bodies that seem fashioned from silly putty or carved from tree stumps. There are horribly overweight...

2017-07-20
“Hate Speech” and Literature
Let me say right off: I do not believe in the idea of hate speech . One person’s “hate speech” is another person’s “free speech.” In that regard, the American Civil Liberties Union and I are in 100 per cent agreement. More on the ACLU later. In a previous post,...

2017-07-19
So You Want to Travel Back in Time?
When I taught a class in foreign correspondence at the University of Illinois I was always saddened at how little knowledge of history my students had. I didn’t blame my students so much as I blamed their K-12 schools for sending them into the world with little if any appreciation...

2017-07-18
Here Are 11 Skills Your Great-Grandparents Had That You Don’t
Those of us who write historical fiction are always striving to make sure our characters are part of the period in which our novels are set. A farmer in 19th Century Kansas, for example, had to know how to hunt and fish, how to forage and how to butcher livestock,...

2017-07-17
Writing for Nonreaders in the Post-Print Era
Today, I am reposting a post I wrote while I was the Dean of the College of Media at the University of Illinois. At the time I taught classes in journalism and shared this with my students. It still resonates with me even though I wrote it seven years ago....

2017-07-13
“Has America Ever Been as Divided as it is Today?”  
“Has America Ever Been as Divided as it is Today?” That was the rhetorical question a television pundit recently asked during a discussion of the nation’s current malevolent political climate. Frankly, the question surprised me. Then I looked at who posed it. She was a thirty-something talking head who had...

2017-07-05
A Few Salient Comments about This & That
COMMENT NUMBER ONE Whatever happened to the concept of the “loyal opposition” in America? The notion of a loyal opposition essentially says that a person can be opposed to the actions of the government or ruling party of the day without being opposed to the U.S. Constitution or the democratic...

2017-06-19
Is American Journalism Dead, or in a Coma?
We are hearing a lot today about the deplorable state of American journalism. Some, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Fox pundit Sean Hannity, have even declared journalism “dead” in America. “Journalism that I grew up with that was focused on facts, has given way to advocacy today,” Huckabee...

2017-06-12
EAST MEETS WEST–AND FINDS ‘DECADENCE’
Occasionally I reprint stories I wrote while working as a foreign correspondent. Here is one I wrote from Bangkok, Thailand in 1985. It examines the attitudes some Asian countries have toward Western (read “American”) culture—specifically, its music, its films and what some consider its promiscuous lifestyle. Not much has changed...

2017-06-01
The Lost Years of Billy Battles (Book 3 of the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy)
Where in the world is Billy Battles? The answer is in The Lost Years of Billy Battles , Book Three of the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy . Here is a little taste of what readers of the popular and highly-acclaimed trilogy will find in Book Three. As Book Three opens...

2017-05-26
Journalistic Method: How Observant Are You? (Part 3)
When I was teaching journalism at the University of Illinois, I often gave my students a test designed to see just how observant they are. Observation, as I have pointed out in previous posts, is a critical skill all writers need to master IF they are to provide clear and...

2017-05-25
Journalistic Method: Observation Techniques for Authors (Part 2)
How can the methods of reporting and writing practiced by professional journalists possibly benefit those who write fiction? After all, the rules of journalism demand that you shape your writing to your material, not the other way around. The answer can be found in the fundamentals of the writer’s craft:...

2017-05-24
Journalistic Method: Observation Techniques for Authors (Part 1)
Without doubt, one of the best places to learn the craft of writing is in the professional newsroom. The number of successful authors of fiction and non-fiction books, who began their careers as journalists, is remarkable. Here is a list of 10 (It could be 50 or 100): Charles Dickens...

2017-05-22
America, the Neo-Tribal Nation
It is unsettling and sad to witness what is happening in our great country today. Never in my lifetime—and I’m older than Methuselah in dog years—have I ever witnessed such hysteria over the occupant of the White House. No, not even during Watergate—in which a real crime WAS committed, albeit...

2017-05-16
Coming this Summer: Book #3 in the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy
During the past couple of months, I have received frequent inquiries from readers who ask when Book #3 (Working Title: “The Lost Years of Billy Battles” ) will be available. First, let me thank those faithful fans of the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy for their interest and encouragement.­ Your support...

2017-05-15
Whining Media & White House Press Briefings
Last week the Trump White House hinted that it might suspend the daily on-camera press briefings by Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???” President Trump wrote...

2017-05-13
An Old Letter from El Salvador
Between 1980 and 1982 I spent a lot of time for the Chicago Tribune in Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua–all of which were involved in some vicious uprisings and revolutions. From time to time I will post one of the stories I wrote from these...

2017-05-04
What if readers hate your characters?
Do readers like the characters you create? Do they have redeeming qualities even if they do terrible things? Do readers “bond” with your characters? Are they sympathetic or pathetic? What makes a “likeable” character? Today, author and writing coach Marylee MacDonald raises those questions and provides some revealing answers in...

2017-05-02
Colleges are no longer the cradle of free speech…they are just cradles.
What has happened to America’s once free-thinking universities? What has happened to campuses that once fostered wide open debates on all topics, not just those deemed “safe” by school administrators or those that partisan and blinkered professors favor and endorse? Since when did students at colleges need to be provided...

2017-04-16
Rave Reviews Book Club Springtime Book & Blog Block Party
Greetings and welcome to the Rave Reviews Book Club Springtime Book & Blog Block Party @ The ForeignCorrespondent Blog coming to you from Murrieta, California . Casa Yates, Murrieta, Ca. As a thank you for stopping by I am giving away: Three (3) e-book or softcover copies of Finding Billy...

2017-04-11
The Rules of Writing: There Are None!
For writers and those who are struggling to be writers, there is no shortage of rules, guidelines, tenets, and imperatives all calculated to turn you into a bestselling author. They are often daunting and overwhelming and in some cases a bit terrifying. But mostly, they are unnecessary. Yes, I said...

2017-04-03
Some Thoughts About Books & Reading
There is an anonymous quote about books and reading them that I recall from my English Literature class at the University of Kansas several centuries ago. It goes like this: “Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” The meaning...

2017-04-01
Book Signing April 22 @ Barnes & Noble
I will be doing a book signing of the first two books of my award-winning Finding Billy Battles trilogy from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at Barnes & Noble in Temecula, Ca (adjacent to the Promenade Mall). I invite all who enjoy reading to drop by to say...

2017-03-27
The Awful English Language
Let’s face it, Americans are notoriously inept when it comes to learning other languages. Unlike Europe, where many people speak several languages because dozens of nations with distinct tongues adjoin one another, the United States only has Canada to the North and Mexico to the South. Spanish is the second...

2017-03-22
Interview re Historical Fiction on the New Books Network
The link below will take you to a podcast/radio interview I did with C. P. Lesley of the New Books Network about writing historical fiction. Ms. Lesley is herself the author of six historical fiction novels set in 16 th Century Russia during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. The...

2017-03-08
The top 15 ebook stores in 5 countries
Today, I am reprinting a new report by Author Earnings on how Ebooks are doing in five English-speaking countries compared with print books. Author Earnings is a website for authors, by authors. It’s purpose is to gather and share information so that writers can make informed decisions. Its secondary mission...

2017-03-01
Announcing the re-launch of My GRL
Today I am pleased to provide a platform for the re-launch of fellow author John W. Howell’s My GRL, the first book in the John J. Cannon thriller series. Following the re-launch information, there is a fascinating interview with the author. Take a look. Ron Yates The cover is new,...

2017-02-21
Political Correctness and America’s Sports Teams
Below is an e-mail apparently sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after a column he wrote concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins . Clarence is a former colleague at the Tribune. In fact, we were hired at the same time. If I were Clarence, I would...

2017-02-16
JOIN AUTHOR GWEN PLANO ON THE RWISA BLOG HOP
Welcome to ForeignCorrespondent. Today it is my pleasure to introduce Gwen Plano, a member of the Rave Writers International Society of Authors, an organization of professional award-winning authors. Gwen is the author of Letting Go Into Perfect Love and is one of 19 authors on the RWISA’s inaugural Blog Hop...

2017-02-13
Flashman, the foreign correspondent’s role model: Victorian England’s foremost rotter would have made a great journalist
Today I am sharing a column that appeared recently in The Economist. Written by an unnamed foreign correspondent, it takes a sardonic and self-effacing view of foreign correspondents by suggesting that Victorian England’s foremost rotter would have made a great journalist. As with all satire, there may be more truth...

2017-02-07
Some Facts About Books, Publishing and Technology You Didn’t Know
Dear ForeignCorrespondent Followers: This is a re-post –updated a bit to include the latest statistics. For those who may have missed it the first time around, I hope you enjoy it. For those seeing it for the first time, I hope you will find it eye-opening. Ron Yates I am...

2017-02-06
ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS
It is a pleasure to share a post about writing by fellow author John W. Howell , author of a trilogy of thrillers about John J. Cannon, an everyman attorney who is unwittingly thrust into a nation-wide terrorist plot. (See below). John’s post focuses on a frequent question often asked...

2017-02-05
“Finding Billy Battles” a Finalist for the Laramie Book Award
I am honored to report that Finding Billy Battles , book one in the Finding Billy Battles trilogy, was just added to the “short list” for the Laramie Book Awards #CAC17 , #SeriousAuthors , #LaramieShortlister @ChantiReviews. The Short Listed Semi-Finalists are now in the final rounds of judging for the...

2017-01-31
US Soldiers Who Earned the Medal of Honor Without Touching a Weapon
It’s tough enough to go into battle with a weapon. Imagine doing so without one! But that’s what Desmond Doss did during WW II. He was a conscientious objector and served as a medic during the Battle of Okinawa. His actions during one day saved the lives of 75 of...

2017-01-30
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing: Annotated
Every so often I find it useful to take a look at the late Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. It is sage advice from a master. In fact, it is so good, that I am reposting them on my blog today. Read ’em and learn. Every writer should read...

2017-01-27
A Blog Post Wherein I Get Giddy And Agitated About Definite Articles And Apostrophes…
Today I am delighted to share a post from fellow Author Heidi Mastrogiovanni, author of “ La La Pettibone’s Act Two .” In it, she provides a stern lesson on grammar and language. Read it. You won’t be sorry! By Heidi Mastrogiovanni Okay, so, I’m thinking maybe we alternate the...

2017-01-26
“Scoop:” A Classic Satire About Foreign Correspondents
(I continue to receive requests that I repost my piece on Evelyn Waugh’s “Scoop,” the classic book that lampoons foreign correspondents. Here it is. Enjoy.) If you have never read Evelyn Waugh’s wonderful satire of British journalism entitled “Scoop,” get thee to Amazon or to a bookstore and buy the...

2017-01-17
Author of the Day on ManyBooks.net
Just a quick note to my followers. If you have a few minutes, check out this link to ManyBooks.net where I am featured as “Author of the Day.” I hope you enjoy it. And by the way, the e-book version of The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles is priced at...

2017-01-17
A Hullabaloo Over BBC’s “The Real Housewives of ISIS”
People in Great Britain are loopy about a skit entitled The Real Housewives of ISIS aired recently by BBC’s hit comedy series “Revolting.” The skit, which is satirical and pokes fun at Muslim women, has engendered a firestorm of protest from the incessantly offended on one side (the hallmark of...

2017-01-13
A Legendary Journalist is Gone
I learned yesterday that Clare Hollingworth, one of the toughest, most determined, and inexhaustible war correspondents who ever lived, passed away in her Hong Kong home. She was 105 years old, so it shouldn’t have come as a shock. But having known the unconquerable and doughty Clare, I just assumed...

2017-01-12
Get Ready for Unparalleled Presidential Bashing
I can’t help wondering why Donald Trump decided to run for president. If his long and agonizing battle with 16 other Republican hopefuls during the primaries wasn’t enough, now he has to deal with a mainstream media still seething over its glaring failure to understand the American public’s distaste for...

2016-12-30
Obama’s Shameful Treachery & Betrayal of Israel
President Obama cannot exit the White House fast enough for Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The problem is, our feckless president still has another 20 days in office and one has a feeling that Obama’s attempts to eviscerate Israel for the Islamic Palestinian settlement are not finished. It began...

2016-12-29
Prognostications for 2017
Predicting what will happen in the New Year is ordinarily a futile exercise, but in President-Elect Donald Trump’s case, there are a couple of prognostications that will, without a doubt, come to pass. First, Trump will be officially inaugurated on January 20—notwithstanding those ludicrous ballot recounts, yowling Democrats, the Russians,...

2016-12-22
In Defense of (Gasp!) White Men
MTV released a video on Monday containing New Year’s resolutions for white men to consider in 2017 and social media customers were quick to condemn the video as “racist” and “pathetic.” For good reason. It is racist, and it is pathetic. In an open entreaty to that ubiquitous liberal malady...

2016-12-20
Does a Trump Presidency Mean Hope is Dead?
Last week in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama said that with the Obama’s moving out of the White House and the Trumps moving in, America is a nation where hope is lost. “We feel the difference now,” Michelle Obama said, referring to Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton....

2016-12-15
A “Deplorable” Goes Public
(Note: This is a substantially revised and highly personalized version of an email I recently received from a like-minded American Deplorable. I hope you will find it thought-provoking). I used to think I was just a regular guy, but . . . I was born a white male, which means,...

2016-12-13
Writer’s Block: Some Advice & Antidotes
Anybody who writes, whether amateur or professional, at one time or another, will suffer from the dreaded condition known as WRITER’S BLOCK. It is an unavoidable component of the writing life. Many writers have devised distinctive remedies for this constipation of the brain. They range from running as far away...

2016-11-14
America’s Petulant Post Election Tantrums
It is amazing, no, it is actually depressing and disquieting, that there are people in our country who cannot abide those who have opinions or positions that are in opposition to theirs. These people are typically found on the left flank of the political spectrum and are more commonly known...

2016-11-11
Happy Veterans Day to My Fellow Vets
Just a quick shout out to all of my fellow veterans who put on the uniform of this country and served. I joined the U.S. Army and spent almost four years on active duty with the Army Security Agency (ASA). It was probably the best thing I ever did. It...

2016-11-11
Book Tour: “The Courage of a Samurai”
Today, I am delighted to coordinate with BeachBoundBooks on a Blog Tour for Lori Tsugawa Whaley, author of “The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success.” The tour will run until November 25, 2016. This book attracted my attention immediately because I spent almost 10 years as the...

2016-11-10
A Letter to the Editor
Yesterday, I, along with thousands of other subscribers to the The Guardian, one of the U.K.’s most famous and respected newspapers, received a hand-wringing letter from Lee Glendinning, the editor of its U.S. edition. In it she suggested that Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton has put the United States...

2016-11-08
Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio?
During the recent World Series, won in seven games by the long suffering Chicago Cubs (hoorah!), the conversation, as it often does, came around to the greatest baseball players of all time. Discussions like that are exasperating and always incomplete—especially when the discussants represent multiple generations. Evaluating baseball players from...

2016-11-03
Writing A Memoir: 5 Common Misconceptions
I am pleased to share with my readers this post from award-winning author Marylee MacDonald, author of Bonds of Love & Blood and Montpelier Tomorrow . Marylee is also a teacher and writing coach and is the author of 7-Day Writer’s Bootcamp , a short course on writing. You can...

2016-11-02
Writing the Memoir (Part 2)
This week I am focusing on memoirs–or more accurately, what they are and how to write them. I have written about this in the past and today and tomorrow I am going to share two posts on the topic that I wrote a while back. Then, on the third day,...

2016-11-01
Writing the Memoir (Part 1)
This week I am focusing on memoirs–or more accurately, what they are and how to write them. I have written about this in the past and today and tomorrow I am going to share two posts on the topic that I wrote a while back. Then, on the third day,...

2016-10-26
Retired FBI Agent Scolds James Comey on the Hillary Clinton Investigation
I found this letter extremely revealing and pertinent, especially because it comes from a former FBI agent with 22 years in the bureau. From what I have seen and heard, Hugh Galyean is not alone in his disgust with FBI Director James Comey. Scores of agents still on the FBI’s...

2016-10-20
Journalists Shower Hillary Clinton with Campaign Cash
The story below appeared in a recent issue of Editor & Publisher Magazine, as well as in the Columbia Journalism Review. It is especially relevant given the charges from the Trump campaign of extreme bias toward Hillary Clinton by journalists. Most news organizations have rules that forbid reporters from donating...

2016-10-17
GOP: The Bastion of Piety
The following article appeared in the American Thinker Oct. 13. Given that Wednesday is the last debate of the 2016 Presidential election and given that Donald Trump is experiencing unparalleled smearing directed by the Clinton Machine, I think we can safely say Donald Trump is toast. The article below appeared...

2016-10-15
HOW TECHNOLOGY DISRUPTED TRUTH: PART 5
Recently, the British newspaper The Guardian ran a long story on the impact technology is having on our perception of truth. It was a thoughtful, informative piece that pointed out how social media are not only disrupting but corrupting journalistic integrity and honesty world-wide. We are seeing that happen in...

2016-10-14
The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles Hits Top 20 Amazon Bestsellers List
Today, I received the remarkable news that The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles hit the top 20 Amazon Bestsellers list in the Historical Fiction & Action/Adventure category, climbing to as high as number 13. Many thanks to kindlebookspromotions.com for creating the buzz. See the screenshot below: Ron Yates: Congratulations on...

2016-10-14
HOW TECHNOLOGY DISRUPTED TRUTH: PART 4
Recently, the British newspaper The Guardian ran a long story on the impact technology is having on our perception of truth. It was a thoughtful, informative piece that pointed out how social media are not only disrupting but corrupting journalistic integrity and honesty world-wide. We are seeing that happen in...

2016-10-13
HOW TECHNOLOGY DISRUPTED TRUTH: PART 3
Recently, the British newspaper The Guardian ran a long story on the impact technology is having on our perception of truth. It was a thoughtful, informative piece that pointed out how social media are not only disrupting but corrupting journalistic integrity and honesty world-wide. We are seeing that happen in...

2016-10-12
HOW TECHNOLOGY DISRUPTED TRUTH: PART 2
Recently, the British newspaper The Guardian ran a long story on the impact technology is having on our perception of truth. It was a thoughtful, informative piece that pointed out how social media are not only disrupting but corrupting journalistic integrity and honesty world-wide. We are seeing that happen in...