Yeah, it’s been a while since I unpacked anything here, so I’ll spare you a rambling preamble and just whip something out. October was a crazy month, the worst US presidential election ever notwithstanding.  In between health-driven dips, I actually managed to add and edit a lot of words and some of them actually went places.… Read More


1 Oh this is good this is GOOD best thing I’ve written in weeks.  I’ll let it simmer, run through ONE MORE TIME early tomorrow and submit.  YES! 2 Submit 3 Oh crap I can’t believe I misspelled two words and spell check didn’t catch them before submitting.  Stupid spell check. So… leave as is,… Read More


I’ve been remiss about posting here (after claiming five months ago I’d do better) so here I am to address that. Again.  There may be a flurry of posts over the next x weeks, so pop your bumbershoots! The first thing I want to announce is that, after fifty-some-odd years of writing, I finally have a… Read More


I haven’t posted here in way too long so let’s fix that. 2015 was a watershed year for me in many ways, particularly with writing.  That was when I rebooted. For far too many years I’d let my favorite activity slip, so far that when I tried to return to it, writing seemed more chore than… Read More


Two writers exist in my head. One lives to compose songs, stories, even poetry on emotion-dumping occasions. The other works to persuade, to detail, to analyze. The first is the storyteller of my childhood.  As a youth growing up in rural Texas I had little use for technical writing.  That changed during my junior year in… Read More


The picture here represents an emotional anchor. It’s a collection of old handwritten fiction work that’s been fondly visited maybe once or twice per year… hiding in out-of-sight spaces because, well, that has helped the collection stay out of mind.  Not to mention the trash bin. The collection has survived many moves, a storage room… Read More


I mentioned my novelette-in-progress, Downtime, in the Launch post here.  What I didn’t say and maybe should have is that the story was inspired by one of my favorite writers, Ray Bradbury.  Two of his works factor in: Rocket Summer from The Martian Chronicles, and the immortal Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury’s evocative visuals in Rocket Summer led me… Read More


Greetings, and welcome to Unsettled Space! I’ve been writing at various channels over the years, largely at my home domain, texrat.net, and recently I’ve decided to get serious about my fiction.  Not the little white lies, but the really big ones I’m willing to commit to print.… Read More