After Fire on the Beach, I began working on non-fiction essays. I published "Crazy White Boy" in the Missouri Review in 2008. Since then I have had some luck placing memoir and outdoors-related essays in Gray's Sporting Journal, The Flyfish Journal, Fish Alaska, Ninth Letter, The Sunand others. This year I won the acclaimed Jeffery E. Smith editor's award from The Missouri Review. I will be giving a reading from the winning essay, "Cafe Misfit" on April 26, in Columbia, Missouri. The next step it to organize my essays into the book of nonfiction.
In 2012 the United States Coast Guard commissioned the 154-ft cutter USCG Richard Etheridge. Wright and I were at the ceremony in Miami. This event marked over twenty years of effort. Both of us stay involved with the Pea Island story. You can see what we're doing here: fireonbeach.com The next step is a feature film.
The outdoor magazines and journals continue to support my work. This year alone I published several times in Gray's. The Flyfish Journal has supported my work and is publishing a feature of mine in the fall of 2016. I just landed an essay in The Alaska Sporting Journal and Wyoming Wildlife. And, this summer I won Second Place in Conservation Writing in a contest supported by the Pew Charitable Trust. If it wasn't for these handfuls of editors who buy my work, I'd wouldn't be able to travel and live the life I live.
We worked hard to raise money for "Rescue Men". The North Carolina Humanities Council and the Outerbanks Foundation were generous. We wrote the text, and worked with Director Allan Smith to collect all of the images you see in the film. The film tells the story of Richard Etheridge. We often show the film to audiences, then follow up with a Q & A. We developed a lesson plan to accompany "Rescue Men" for school teachers who wish to use the film in their curriculum. You can check it out at: rescuemenfilm.com