Author Archives: P. W. Fox

About P. W. Fox

P. W. Fox, a.k.a. Wayne Howard, born in Mississippi, grew up in Nevada, Japan and Guam, returning to Mississippi where he attended high school and college in Mississippi where he received a degree in chemistry from Mississippi State University, and after working as a plant chemist for two years, he returned to the university, for graduate study in geology and geochemistry both at Mississippi State and the University of Texas at Dallas. On leaving school, he worked for a number of years in the oil and gas industry in Texas before moving to Oregon, where he has lived for the last 22 years. He has always been drawn to fiction writing and won a story writing contest at the age of nine. He began but later abandoned a science fiction novel while an undergraduate at Mississippi State. In recent years he began a more deliberate and sustained writing effort, producing short plays, poems, short stories and meditations as well as lyrics for choral pieces. Current projects include a science fiction novel and a children’s story.

Book Trailer II

Well, the ordeal of producing a book trailer is almost over.  The trailer for “Sea-Change” is essentially finished–complete with background music.  Since the project had to be done “on the cheap,” I had to play all the roles in the … Continue reading

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George Washington on Party Politics

The following is an exerpt from Washington’s Farewell Address 1796:   I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a … Continue reading

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Now Showing: “Book Trailers”

For those of us who are fortunate/unfortunate enough to be self-publishing, figuring out the marketing can be a real challenge.  I feel like I don’t have time to write anymore, what with press releases, email notices, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, group … Continue reading

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Book out at last

The poetry book, Seasons of the Mind, 2nd Edition by Wayne Howard, is now out and available at Lulu and at Amazon.  Only the marketing is left.  Now I can concentrate on editing the novella, Sea-change.  It should be available before … Continue reading

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Are some banks too big to succeed?

Mortgage applications on the west coast that dissappear into a “black hole” in a state more than a thousand miles away Continue reading

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Did BP fail to account for overpressured sand?

blowout preventers that failed in the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster might have been insufficiently robust for an unexpected overpressured sand horizon Continue reading

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Iceland and greenhouse gasses

The recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland have pointed up just how critical getting a handle on greenhouse emissions is. Typically volcanos inject large amounts of CO2 and other gasses into the atmosphere during eruptions, sometimes dwarfing the rather puny efforts … Continue reading

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Blogging for money–a boon or a trap?

Due to the economy and the need to generate money quickly, I turned to blogging for money by writing regularly on green business matters in the Portland area. The problem with this sort of sideline is that is pays very … Continue reading

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Green Primrose Paths

Now that green is “in” and everyone wants to do it and be a part of the revolution, the hucksters are out in force blasting us with information that can best be described as “the good, the bad and the … Continue reading

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Writers’ conferences

I just returned from a three day marathon of pitching, networking and attending workshops at the Willamette Writers annual conference. The pitches were moderately successful even though I had to pitch from the seat of my pants because the agents … Continue reading

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