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Richard K. Perkins was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and grew up in two New England villages and suburbs of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He has been a naval aviator, an intelligence officer, and a systems engineer in the aerospace sector. Perkins earned graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences before he became a regular contributor to The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review from 2014 to 2016. He has been working on a historical novel and a collection of stories since then. He lives with his wife in Southeastern Virginia. 


The title—The Running Fix—comes from coastal piloting concepts, and it means knowing how you got to where you are, more or less, but not necessarily knowing exactly where you are in terms of a fix—like you would get from three or more tight bearings. The practical solution is to take a running fix that might only involve two bearings and give you a sense of how far along you are on your intended course. This concept is an appropriate extended metaphor for the couple and the nation as they all work to avoid a boil-up into civil war.

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