The phrase “Third time’s the charm” has its roots in the age-old assumption that the third time you try something will be the lucky effort that succeeds. This assumption is based on the similarity that things that come in threes have to the Holy Trinity of Christianity. A more agnostic explanation is that after failing two times you have the experience to succeed on your third try. I’m hoping either one or both of those things are true as I prepare to launch my third self-published novel, Far Out Man. Despite its main character’s obsession with the Sixties, Far Out Man is a story whose time has come. In a cynical age of fear, hate and war, maybe it’s time to reexamine the value of peace, love and understanding. And maybe the third time will be the charm for me.