Not long ago my third published story, Karma Garden, appeared in Papercuts Magazine.  It was an exciting accomplishment for me in a number of ways.  You can read it online here, and I’ll take this opportunity to share some background.… Read More


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


I can’t believe I’m writing this article.  I’m anything but naive, but I want to believe that all submitting writers know better than to commit the career-killing errors I’m about to address. And yet, here I am having to point out the patently obvious, because there are writers out there putting editors and slush readers… 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


Author’s note: this was an entry for Texas Observer’s 2015 fiction contest. It didn’t win anything, but I thought someone might get a kick out of the satire.   The liberal media wants me to go apeshit over some poached baby elephant but I can’t give two craps. My outrage is reserved for better things,… Read More


I’ve published two previews of my in-process Downtime novelette at my personal site, but going forward that sort of work will be shared here instead. This is the last public preview for Downtime, and there haven’t been any significant changes to the introduction.  However, as I noted in my last article here, I’m shelving the… Read More


I just watched Mad Max: Fury Road last night and it changed everything. First, about the movie.  I went in with high expectations.  And why not?  Like many, I’ve impatiently awaited a new Max fix for decades.  Meanwhile, uberdirector George Miller fought an artist’s lifetime of development hell to get this hyperbolic tribute to dystopian auto… Read More