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Steven Linder



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Another Year Gone?

Posted by Steve Linder on 11 June, 2019 at 18:20 Comments comments (357)

I may not be the most sluggish blogger in the world, but I'm certainly in the running. Another year has gone by, and it's been an eventful one. I have a new granddaughter, Ellie, and my three other grandkids are moving out of Kansas soon, which means that Susan and I will have to do even more traveling in the future.

I finally decided to leave my teaching position at Butler Community College and begin full retirement. My last class was a month ago, and I'm still feeling pret...

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It's About Time!

Posted by Steve Linder on 13 June, 2018 at 16:30 Comments comments (13)

Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I posted the last blog entry. I'd try to explain my sluggish blog behavior by saying I've been busy--and I have been busy--but no more than normal, really. The class I taught in the spring was a challenging one in some ways, but that's really no excuse.

My new western was released and I'm afraid it's disappearing into the vast ocean of other books published in ebook form. I've tried self-publishing for the most recent couple boo...

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New Ebook Available

Posted by Steve Linder on 23 January, 2018 at 16:55 Comments comments (4)

Finally, I've published the new ebook I've been promising for some time.  It's a western entitled Poison Springs, and I'm proud of it, whether it enjoys any success or not.  All the books I'm writing now are set in my home state of Kansas.  My first few books were set in other locales, and that was fine for that point in my life.  But now I'm pleased to make Kansas the center of my fiction. 

Please look fo...

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Another Crazed Fan of Last Chance U

Posted by Steve Linder on 25 October, 2017 at 23:50 Comments comments (3113)

I've been binge-watching the great Netflix documentary Last Chance U about community college football and haven't enjoyed anything so much in a long time.  I love community colleges, anyway, and am proud to teach at Butler CC.  I started watching the series after reading about it in The Wichita Eagle.  The first two seasons feature East Mississippi CC, a powerhouse contender each year for the national title.  For season 3, they are shooting now in Indepe...

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Posted by Steve Linder on 28 August, 2017 at 23:00 Comments comments (1059)

A great friend--yes, I mean you, Wanda--told Susan I should write more often about personal things because we have interesting lives.  I don't know if that's true, exactly, but I can say this:  I'm grateful for the life I have.  Being half-retired allows me to spend a lot of my time on writing and publishing fiction, which is what I love.

I also teach part-time at a community college, and that job lets me feel connected to the outside world and to the young pe...

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Alaska Adventure

Posted by Steve Linder on 25 July, 2017 at 17:30 Comments comments (2)

My wife and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary with a cruise to southeast Alaska. We had a fantastic time seeing whales and glaciers and the amazing landscape of the islands that make up the Inner Passage.  We were ridiculously pampered and our accomodations were absolute luxury.

I especially enjoyed our stop in Juneau, where I had great beer and halibut chowder at a restaurant called The Hangar.  The...

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Political Awareness

Posted by Steve Linder on 15 June, 2017 at 12:00 Comments comments (4)

One of the great things about being semi-retired is that I'm able to turn on C-Span in the middle of the day and watch live broadcasts of the historic hearings in Congress.  Watching James Comey and Jeff Sessions and Sally Yates testify is a fascinating lesson in democracy and in the critical role the news media has to keep the public accurately informed.  Thank God we live in a nation where the government does not control the media and cannot operate in complete secrecy.

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Living Right

Posted by Steve Linder on 10 June, 2017 at 16:25 Comments comments (3)

My wife and I drove 40 miles to a little bookstore where I always find some eclectic title I never see anywhere else.  I scored another book today and then we stopped in a small town for pizza and a pticher of beer.  This, to my mind, is exactly what "the good life" looks like.  I feel like we celebrated Father's Day a week early, and that's fine by me.  Nothing like a little practice to get things right.

A Blog Beginning

Posted by Steve Linder on 31 May, 2017 at 14:00 Comments comments (2)

I've done away with most of the autobiographical information on the this website for now.  Blabbing about myself on the home page just feels wrong somehow.  I hope to begin blogging on a regular basis, for all the same reasons that anyone takes up the blog challenge.  I have things to say and am curious to see if anyone finds them interesting.

I will try to avoid the temptation to bash any of the many loud voices in the political world these days.  There ...

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Steven Linder

Posted by Steve Linder on 29 March, 2015 at 11:05 Comments comments (10)

 Learning to publish ebooks on my own has been a fascinating experience in all sorts of ways. I had to struggle at first with the technical challenges of formatting the books. But after five ebooks now, I’m beginning to feel comfortable with that part of the process. The most difficult technical challenge, for me, was creating a professional looking cover. After my first ebook, I solved that problem by hiring the help of real professionals. created the artwork ...

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