October 4, 2021

La inspiración detrás de Alice

Muchos lectores mencionaron que querían saber más sobre Alice de El ojo de la luna. La Alice de la novela está inspirada en mi abuela, Ava […]
October 4, 2021

Libro egipcio de los muertos

El Libro egipcio de los muertos ocupa un lugar destacado en El ojo de la luna. Los egipcios antiguos creían que el más allá era igual […]
October 4, 2021

Diosas y El ojo de la luna

La mitología egipcia se desarrolló en el curso de 3 000 años. Es una cantidad extraordinaria de tiempo si pensamos que la era moderna, que comenzó […]
October 4, 2021

Mi abuelo

Parte de la historia de El ojo de la luna debe tener algo sobre mi abuelo. Cuando era adolescente, tenía citas. En ese entonces, el protocolo […]
October 4, 2021

Aventuras con el verdadero Robert Bruce

Al comienzo de El ojo de la luna, Johnny Dodge culpa a Robert Bruce por sus problemas. Percy pregunta si se refiere al rey escocés o […]
October 3, 2021

Entrevista con Ivan Obolensky

Iván comenzó en el campo de la no ficción, escribiendo artículos para Dynamic Doingness, Inc. en abril de 2011. Desde ese entonces, lleva escritos 89 artículos […]
October 3, 2021

Por qué escribí El ojo de la luna

Crecí en un entorno sin duda distinto al de la mayoría de mis pares. Había cocineros, empleadas domésticas, mayordomos y choferes; mis padres venían de un […]
September 1, 2021

Peter Anthony Holder

Peter Anthony Holder loves to connect with people and has made a career out of having conversations with those from all walks of life. His job […]
June 21, 2021

Shadow of the Son Launches Today!

Excerpt from Shadow of the Son: From my first visit, the house had projected an aura of mystery and a brooding watchfulness. Deep currents moved beneath […]
June 17, 2021

And then there were two!

A video message for you:
May 19, 2021

Livestreaming Event Today

Today (5/20) at 7 pm COT/CDT there will be an extraordinary event hosted by Otraparte, a place and people dear to our hearts, livestreaming on YouTube. […]
May 19, 2021

Readers’ Favorite: 5 stars review

Bizarre events transpire when an uninvited guest crashes a cozy weekend in the thrilling paranormal novel, Shadow of the Son by Ivan Obolensky. Percy is still […]
April 8, 2021

Shadow of the Son

The sequel to Eye of the Moon is revealed as Shadow of the Son! You will be delighted to know that the house party guests—and some […]
April 2, 2021

From the archives: Interview

I am reposting an interview I did with Christina Hamlett three years ago, shortly after launching Eye of the Moon. In that interview, I was asked […]
March 23, 2021

Meet the Team: Germán and Constanza of El ojo de la luna

The process of translating Eye of the Moon into Latin American Spanish (El ojo de la luna) involved the work of several people. In this post […]
March 18, 2021

Big Questions

What is the one physical quantity that can be measured more accurately and precisely than any other and yet can’t be defined in a way that […]
February 25, 2021

The Stormy Moon

The night sky before or just after a storm is one of my favorite moments. The clouds whip across the sky as the moon peeks out […]
February 16, 2021

El ojo de la luna featured in Spotlight

Smith-Obolensky Media was featured in the IBPA Member Spotlight. Here is an excerpt: IBPA: How were you able to get the Latin American Spanish literary translation of […]
February 2, 2021

Update to Sequel of Eye of the Moon

You will be happy to know that the first draft of the sequel will be finished very soon. This is good news for me, too. Of […]
December 31, 2020

Backyard Photos 2020

During this odd year of quarantine, a silver lining was to observe the changing landscape in our backyard’s flora and fauna, as well as the continually […]
December 30, 2020

Endings are Hard

Endings are hard because an ending, even that of a book, a work, or a year, doesn’t mean that everything stops. An ending is usually the […]
December 17, 2020

Coincidence and Meaning

In March 2016, I wrote this article for Dynamic Doingness, Inc. As a novelist, I’m often surprised at coincidences and their later connection to other elements […]
December 3, 2020

How Fragile is Our Knowledge Base?

In November 2011 I wrote an article for Dynamic Doingness, Inc. that was adapted to a video by Smith-Obolensky Media in September 2016. At the end […]
November 30, 2020

Success and Failure: Is There a Difference?

As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to revisit an article I wrote for Dynamic Doingness, Inc. in December 2015. At the end of a […]
November 19, 2020

The Rhinebeck House of Eye of the Moon

This photograph is of the actual house in Rhinebeck I summered at. It was called Marienruh. I never called it by that name. To me, it […]
November 5, 2020

Giveaway: El ojo de la luna

From today to December 4th, we are hosting a special giveaway on Goodreads – one hundred Kindle eBooks of El ojo de la luna, the Latin […]
October 31, 2020

Interview with Peter Anthony Holder

I am honored to be a return guest on The Stuph File Program, hosted by Peter Anthony Holder. The entire episode can be found on his […]
October 29, 2020

El ojo de la luna available internationally

We now have the Latin American Spanish website finalized for El ojo de la luna, including the page directing where the novel is sold across the […]
October 14, 2020

El ojo de la luna

The first Latin American Spanish literary translation of Eye of the Moon, El ojo de la luna, is being printed in Colombia and distributed internationally via […]
September 24, 2020

The First Day of Spring

In the South Cone, Spring begins in September rather than in March. Having lived in the North so long, it takes some getting used to. North […]
September 10, 2020

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia, as it is known in Uruguay, is a city on the Rio de la Plata that runs between Uruguay and Argentina. The city, like Uruguay, […]
August 27, 2020

Golden Days

We rarely recognize golden days when we are living them. Good can only be evaluated by what we consider bad, and bad by what we consider […]
August 20, 2020

Five Things I Learned from Len Deighton

Len Deighton is my favorite living writer. I have read and reread the nine novels beginning with Berlin Game and ending with Charity of his triple […]
August 12, 2020

On David Hockney

I consider David Hockney one of the world’s finest artists. Born in Britain, he moved to Los Angeles. He currently lives in France. The subject of […]
August 5, 2020

“I Ain’t Superstitious” Revisited

In May of 2017, I wrote an article entitled I Ain’t Superstitious about superstition, the art of false news, and a quote by Winston Churchill, which […]
July 30, 2020

Revisiting “Ideas and the Scientific Method”

The article “Ideas and the Scientific Method” that I wrote in May 2013 is surprisingly appropriate today. It gave a brief synopsis of the history of […]
July 29, 2020

Last Call for Kindle Unlimited!

Did you miss out on the giveaway that ended yesterday? There’s still a chance to read Eye of the Moon for free. August 9th marks the […]
July 24, 2020

Special Limited Giveaway of Eye of the Moon

From July 24th through the 28th, we have the last giveaway of Eye of the Moon before the launch of the sequel, by having the book […]
July 7, 2020

Bedside Reading’s Authors that Thrive Podcast with Lou Diamond

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Lou Diamond for his podcast series in collaboration with Bedside Reading®, Authors that Thrive.
July 1, 2020

Stepping Out

The Rufous Hornero (furnarius rufus) is Argentina’s national bird. They build oven-shaped nests of clay and vegetation. Its English name is the “Red Ovenbird”. They are […]
June 24, 2020

The Teenage Years

When times are uncertain the best one can do is be optimistic and have a sense of humor. One must also take the long view. Such […]
June 17, 2020

Review: The Good Shepherd

I read The Good Shepherd and gave it five stars. Here is my review on Goodreads: There are a few books by C. S. Forester that […]
June 10, 2020

Early Morning Fog

The weather at this time of year reminds me of the poem by
May 27, 2020

Shifting Perspectives

How we think changes the world we see. Let us take two diametrically opposite views of the world. The first is the causal view. For example, […]
May 20, 2020

The Parable of the Bus

I wrote this article in November 2016. It is translated into Spanish. Imagine you are on a bus. You are a passenger and the bus travels […]
May 18, 2020

Eye of the Moon Now Part of the Bedside Reading Family

Eye of the Moon was selected for the Bedside Reading program and featured in their newsletter this month.
May 13, 2020

Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

I read A Gentleman in Moscow and gave it five stars. Here is my review on Goodreads: A Gentleman in Moscow begins in 1922 with the […]
May 12, 2020

Eye of the Moon now available in Kindle Unlimited

Eye of the Moon is available in the Kindle Unlimited program in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the UK, and the […]
May 6, 2020

Changing States

If one finds oneself in trouble, beset by problems from every side, and filled with doubts and uncertainties, it is nonetheless possible to do something about […]
April 28, 2020

Sample Eye of the Moon

You may read a sample of Eye of the Moon. To read more, visit my Order page to see options to buy.
April 22, 2020

Five Things I Learned from Stephen King

Stephen King and I have an uneasy relationship, even though I’ve never met him. Would he be the same person I imagine him to be, if […]
April 16, 2020

Orientation

Those who live in the Northern Hemisphere see the moon right side up. In the Southern Hemisphere, the moon looks upside down. It is a matter […]
April 8, 2020

Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio was born in 1313, grew up in Florence, and died in 1375. He survived the Great Plague that struck Florence in 1348 and began […]
April 2, 2020

Necessary

The subject of viruses has been on many people’s minds of late and with good reason. Because some viruses can be deadly, one might wish to […]
March 18, 2020

Five Things I Learned from Raymond Chandler

Things are rarely simple. Raymond Chandler is one of my favorite authors. About every five years, I will re-read all that he wrote, starting with a […]
March 12, 2020

Two Sides

I used to ride horses. One thing I learned was that you had to train “both sides” of a horse. Their brains are bicameral (two hemispheres) […]
February 27, 2020

Look but DON’T Touch

Allow me to introduce you to Megalopyge Urens. It is common in Montevideo during the months of January, February, and March. A 1936 edition of Revista […]
February 20, 2020

Five Things I Learned from Barbara Tuchman

Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989) won a Pulitzer Prize in 1963 for The Guns of August, her account of the start of WWI. Described by the press in […]
February 13, 2020

Hope

Is the world ending anytime soon? Judging from the news, all does not look well going forward. Do you know the feeling? To get a sense […]
January 30, 2020

The Rambla

This road/pedestrian walkway runs along the edge of Montevideo. It stretches for 13.7  miles along the water’s edge. It is the longest continuous sidewalk in the world. […]
January 23, 2020

Five Things I Learned from Neil Gaiman

This is the beginning of a new series of blog posts. I have learned much from many people and from numerous personal experiences over the years […]
January 16, 2020

Water Lily

There is a lot of water in Uruguay and with it comes water lilies. Their technical name is nymphaeaceae. Monet created a series of paintings called […]
January 9, 2020

Interview with Intrinsic Motivation

Last year, I did an interview with Hamza Davis of Intrinsic Motivation: A Homies Perspective. It was titled: Who Are The One Percenters – Myths About […]
January 2, 2020

Wind and Water

These are the two defining elements of Uruguay. It is no wonder that the Uruguayan flag is light blue and white with a sun.
December 30, 2019

Our Wish

Another year closes, and another begins. What will the future bring? Good things, we hope. Should your burdens be great, don’t remain downhearted. “Will it help?” […]
December 30, 2019

Interview with Midnight in the Desert

I was honored to be a guest on the radio talk show “Midnight in the Desert with Dave Schrader” and talked about my novel and some […]
December 26, 2019

Cabo Polonio

Cabo Polonio is one of Uruguay’s wildest areas. The seas can turn chaotic and treacherous. How many ships have wrecked off this coast? More than a […]
December 19, 2019

Bugs

Insects and spiders are different in every part of the world. In Uruguay there are many that I haven’t seen before, like a white and red […]
December 12, 2019

Akrasia

Akrasia is “the state of mind in which someone acts against their better judgement through weakness of will.” –Oxford. Some might call it ‘having a moment’. […]
December 5, 2019

Seabirds against the Sky

Seabirds against the skyline of Punta del este. There are many migrations and seabirds of all kinds congregate briefly off the coast before they head North […]
November 27, 2019

On David Mamet

One of my favorite writers is David Mamet. He is a fascinating source of inspiration. (See his Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and […]
November 21, 2019

Pastoral Uruguay

To me, this is the ultimate pastoral view of Uruguay. It captures the sky, the greenery, the abundant water, and a sense of what it’s like […]
November 14, 2019

Compromise and Cooperation

Learning to compromise is one of the hardest lessons. Often compromise is viewed as weakness. The outbreak of the Civil War in the Unites States (1861) […]
November 7, 2019

Reflections on Water

Water is such a strange substance, particularly water collected in pools. In this photograph there are reflections on the left that fade into seeing beneath the […]
October 30, 2019

Halloween Revisited

Behind seemingly innocuous celebrations are profound concepts, peculiar histories, and perhaps disturbing ideas that seem to have a life of their own. In many cases, they […]
October 24, 2019

Radio Interview with Roy Richards

This month I had the pleasure of speaking with Roy Richards on his radio show, “Middle Age Can Be Your Best Age”, about the Conversation Crisis. http://webtalkradio.net/Shows/MiddleAgeCanBeYourBestAge/mac102119.mp3 […]
October 17, 2019

Huntington Flower

I love the colors and the washed-out background.
October 10, 2019

Dawn

The start of a new day in Uruguay. Dawn is a hopeful time. Yesterday is done, and the future beckons. The photograph was taken with a […]
October 3, 2019

Birds on a Rock

Cormorants sit on a single rock surrounded by ocean. The play of light on the gray of the sea gives the photo its magic.
September 26, 2019

Small Wonders

This photograph is so typical of the wonders found in Colombia. Not only are the colors bright and different, but the campesino on the small horse […]
September 19, 2019

Wind

The coastline of Uruguay faces toward the Southern Ocean and the continent of Antarctica. The wind from the sea is relentless.    
September 12, 2019

Mirage

This was shot with a 500 mm catadioptric or mirror lens. It was a bright, windy day. The slightly out-of-focus sparkles of water and grasses in […]
September 5, 2019

The South Cone

This photograph is of a clear Uruguayan morning. I can feel the time of day just from the colors. There are so many shades of blue, […]
August 29, 2019

Winter

Although I like eye-catching photographs, the ones that go up on my screen saver tend to be calmer and more subdued. This is one that I […]
August 28, 2019

More Ways to Purchase Eye of the Moon

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August 21, 2019

The Virgin of the Shepherds

Several years ago, Mary Jo and I visited this shrine in Colombia on the spur of the moment. A few days later I found out that my […]
August 15, 2019

Cambria

This photograph was taken in Cambria after a storm. The grays and muted silvers have washed out the colors. The texture is like rippled metal, and […]
August 8, 2019

Weekly Photograph

Rather than write a blog every week, I will start posting a photograph instead, with perhaps a short comment. I will start with one of my […]
July 9, 2019

Fiction and Lies

Earlier this year I was privileged to be interviewed by Peter Anthony Holder. He recently sent me an email after reading my novel, Eye of the […]
May 2, 2019

Reading in the Modern World

I read for two reasons. I love stories, and second, I am curious about most everything. Many people have asked me how I manage to read […]
April 18, 2019

Fleeting Genius: Rory McEwen

Sometimes people enter our lives, and we note there is something extraordinary about them. When that happens when we are very young, we rarely realize the […]
April 11, 2019

Xenia

I am writing the sequel to Eye of the Moon and am a tenth of the way through, or maybe not. That milestone is subject to […]
April 4, 2019

The Woman of the Snow: Alexandra David-Néel

“Suffering raises up those souls that are truly great; it is only small souls that are made mean-spirited by it.” –Alexandra David-Néel. There are many footnote […]
February 18, 2019

Radio Interview on The Stuph File Program

Peter Anthony Holder was kind enough to invite me on his show, The Stuph File Program. He had some pointed questions about the One Percent, always […]
February 9, 2019

Eye of the Moon Wins Second Place!

Eye of the Moon has won the Silver/2nd Place award in the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards for the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror category! JUDGES’ COMMENTS:  – The cover […]
October 29, 2018

5-Day Free eBook Giveaway

Get your free copy of the Eye of the Moon Kindle ebook all across the world from today (October 29th) to November 2nd! See the links […]
July 24, 2018

The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

The Egyptian Book of the Dead features prominently in Eye of the Moon. The ancient Egyptians believed that the afterlife was just like the Egypt of […]
July 10, 2018

Interview with Melanie Ansley

Melanie Ansley‘s book, Theo and the Forbidden Language,  recently won Best “Young Adult” at the IndieReader Discovery Awards. Melanie is an award- winning Film/TV producer, has written […]
June 22, 2018

Goddesses and Eye of the Moon

Egyptian mythology developed over a period of 3,000 years. This is an extraordinary amount of time when compared to the 600-year life span of the modern […]
June 7, 2018

First award: “Best First Book (Fiction)” in the IRDAs!

Eye of the Moon won the “Best First Book” in the fiction category of the 2018 IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs). I received the award at BookCon in […]
April 26, 2018

IndieReader Interviews Ivan for Their All About the Book Series

As an IndieReader Approved book, Eye of the Moon (and its author) were selected to be included in the IndieReader blog as part of the All […]
April 26, 2018

Book Blog Tour Update

February 1st: Compulsive Reader featured their review of Eye of the Moon in their newsletter announcement. February 2nd: Elizabeth A. White hosted Ivan for a guest […]
March 22, 2018

Interview with Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Fischer Hellmann has written fifteen mystery novels, won numerous awards, and been nominated for many more. She and I met in Tucson at the Southern California […]
February 28, 2018

Interview on You Read It Here First

I was recently interviewed by Christina Hamlett for You Read It Here First. The interview in full: For readers who enjoy strong female characters, supernatural elements, […]
February 23, 2018

Interview with Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball runs compulsivereader.com, a website based in Australia. She is a literary force in her own right and anyone who hosts a website devoted to […]