This is a subject I should have addressed years ago, when I first got into public speaking, and I owe a very special individual for prompting me about it in a late night text chat. I am dyslexic. Everyone who knows I write professionally has expressed surprise at that revelation.  Because they see the printed page, the… Read More


I’m not happy with the WordPress theme here.  It loads too slowly, the text is too light (with no override setting!), it’s too expansive, etc etc etc.  I also need to get busy on better graphics but that’s a whole ‘nother thing. Anyway, I’m searching for a better site theme.  I’ve tried several but have… 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 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 misplaced California kid growing up in rural Texas, I had little use for technical writing.  That changed during my junior… 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