Friday, November 13, 2015

The Heart of a Writer

Do you love great writing? Do you love poetry? Do you love Presidential history?

Okay, that last question doesn’t quite go with the other two. Sometimes I come across something that hits me so hard I just really want to share it here on the blog. Sometimes it’s a piece of unexpectedly great writing. The letter below was written by the first President Bush to his mother, a few years after the death of his young daughter Robin to leukemia. I never knew he had lost a daughter. I did know that he often wrote letters, but who knew he was so poetic?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Best Dream Ever

I seem to remember having pretty cool dreams when I was younger. Before the pressures and desires of adulthood took over, I would close my eyes at night and go places.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen to me much anymore.  Most of my dreams are trivial now.  Within a few moments of waking up, they’re forgotten.

But the other night I had the kind of amazing, visceral dream I haven’t had in years.  This dream was so real and wonderful that it jolted me out of bed.  I literally felt that I had been in another world.  Honestly, how many dreams make you feel that way?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

River and Echo--The First Page

Shawn Speakman very cleverly sent out the first pages of all the stories in the upcoming UNBOUND anthologies to all of the authors who contributed.  So, here's mine!  Go on and click on the image so you can see it better.  I love the way it looks, and now you all get to see it and read it for yourself.  We were all asked for input on the unique image that accompanies the story as well.  I presented three ideas, all of which I think were too complicated, but the final image of the flower looks great and nicely captures the theme of the story.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Hey all. The Amazon pre-order page for the UNBOUND anthology went live today, so I figured I'd post the link here so you could all run and get a copy.  (Crass? You're damn right.)  I have a feeling it's going to be a really good collection.  It has a lot of great authors in it, a cool cover, and a story from me! What else could you want, right?  Here's the dust jacket text...