Author: Viki Volk

Firstborn of amateur parents and born nosy. Addicted at an early age to fiction, to stories. Result: habitual reporter, sometimes so employed. Other times employed in pipe dreams and marsh life. Commentary on some of that collected below. First novel due out the end of 2023: "Murder First, Then Slander."
My First Novel

Murder First Then Slander

Harriet Love Nelson was born tarnished into the ruling society of remote, devout Coltonsville. Finding the attractive young widow murdered in her bed seemed a fittingly titillating finale to her unconventional life. Then lawmen discover a hundred sets of fingerprints in her bedroom, and rumors of who they might belong to upend the already frenzied […]

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Always a Reporter

Once a Reporter, Always a Reporter

“Once a reporter, always a reporter,” according to the man who was soon to become the next state’s attorney. This was a long time ago. He was dead on. Some examples: Baby Booming Blogging, 2009 – 2010.  Gag Order Lifted 2014 – Inauguration 2017 Reinstated.    

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Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers 52

Born a third the way into the 18-year Boom, 1952-ers travel just ahead of the crest of the wave. We are the froth.   Baby Boomers 52  

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Just before It's Gone

Just Before It’s Gone – Stories of Loss and Gain

 In the last quarter of the 20th century St. Mary’s County Maryland still had outhouses, tobacco farms, fishing villages and plantations. Dozens of skipjacks still visited in the wintertime.     One of the last live radio stations in America carried the only available daily news. There were a couple of traffic signals, a couple of dress […]

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Winter Wolves of Haden County

Winter Wolves of Haden County

Welcome to Haden County, in Southern Illinois, geographically and philosophically much closer to Kentucky than to Chicago, and known for top-notch horse stock. There are 102 counties in Illinois. Cook County, home to sprawling Chicago and legendary Democratic political machines, holds a great deal less sway Downstate, where conservative Republican farmers ruled. Downstate is a […]

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