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 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


When I was in sixth grade a new friend introduced me to a door to an amazing world: The comic book. And while he wanted to go exploring in a neighboring field, something I did all the time at home, I wanted to hunker down and plow through his deep, dog-eared collection.  With wide eyes… Read More