J. Allen Wolfrum is a fiction author and former Marine based in San Diego, California.


Winston Churchill the Painter

Winston Churchill the Painter

Book Release Updates

I’m expecting the final proof of the paperback book to arrive by the end of the week, assuming all goes well, the paperback version of the book will be available on Amazon in two weeks.

I have one small favor to ask for those who have read the book, please leave a review on Amazon.  Leaving a review on Amazon is the best thing you can do to  help other readers find the book. Thank you.


I finished All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy. I appreciate his style and wit, the storytelling, not so much.  It was enough to keep me interested but I wouldn’t say that I’m excited about reading the next book in the trilogy. Maybe I just didn’t pick up on the deeper meaning of the book.

Over the weekend, I picked up my copy of Either/Or by the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. The first few pages were rough, I’m not sure how far I’ll make it.  More to come next week.

I also finished watching the Netflix series The Crown, Jon Lithgow steals the show with his portrayal of Winston Churchill.  Churchill is portrayed as an aging, grumpy and wise Prime Minister. My favorite Churchill moment is toward the end of the series, Winston Churchill is painting a landscape of a pond at his house, his wife walks up from behind him and asks, “Are you winning?” In response, Churchill grumbled something about brush strokes and went back to painting. A biography of Winston Churchill is on my reading list.


I made some solid progress on the next book.  I wrote one chapter and did some story planning.  There’s a lot of questions from Selected that need to get answered in the sequel.  Planning out the preliminary answers to those questions took more thinking than I anticipated. I’m feeling burned out on the planning pieces, back to writing this week.


Life at the Catranch was relatively quiet this week.  Rich and Pam are both doing well and enjoying their new string. They don’t have much interest in fancy cat toys, a string and a box have more appeal to them.  We visited some neighbors this weekend and they have a tri-level cat tree with fake leaves and branches integrated into the cat tree. Rich and Pam may need an upgrade to their cat tree in the near future.

We got a chance to visit with several friends and neighbors over the weekend.  It was great to spend some time with them, we don’t do it often enough.

More to come next week.


The Paperback Is Out -- Winter in San Diego

The Paperback Is Out -- Winter in San Diego

A Theatrical Performance by Pamela and Richard

A Theatrical Performance by Pamela and Richard