December 12, 2019

True story--I met my wife at a murder trial. I was a detective working on the case, and she was a journalist covering the proceedings. I​

​ testified about finding the box of ammunition and a photo of the killer holding the murder weapon; she reported the story that nig...

October 11, 2019

I’ve started teaching this year—real muck-deep in the trenches kind of teaching—you know, seventh graders. I’d planned to teach criminal justice, but the college gigs out here (New Mexico) are few and far between or require a PhD. So, I decided I’d take a plunge into p...

August 4, 2019

I posted the first chapter of this novel-in-progress about seven months ago. I've worked with my critique group and edited viciously since then (my favorite part of writing), and here is the newest version. As always, let me know if you like it, and feel absolutely fre...

July 2, 2019

Anyone who has ever followed my posts or viewed my social media pages for more than​

​three minutes knows my wife and I adore our dogs. They go just about everywhere with us, and they’ve accompanied us to high adventures on water, land, and caves in ten states and ​

​cou...

June 4, 2019

Dear Daisy, Tomorrow will be your two-week birthday, and you’re just about all we talk about anymore. You’re cute and popular, and the people in your orbit want to make you happy; all good traits in a newborn, so you’re off to a great start. I, however, have certain ex...

Years ago I managed a stable/equestrian center in central Texas as a side job to my public safety career. I enjoyed it immensely, and someday I’ll return to a more agrarian setting. I have a dream to take in abused horses and let them live out the rest of their lives i...

March 29, 2019

I'm working on a significant re-write of an old novel. I can write a 350-page story, but I'm often confounded by titles. Tentatively I'm calling this one "Poisoned Ashes." Feel free to chime in if you have better ideas.  Anyway, here's chapter one. 

Chapt...

February 10, 2019

I met Janet four decades ago when my oldest/best friend, Blake, fell in love with her in the line for a thrill ride during a high school trip to AstroWorld. I accompanied him back down to Houston to visit her in the intervening years, whenever we had gas money, until t...

January 8, 2019

Choosing names for novel characters is consequential. I have a dog-eared baby name book I've used for years in search of just the right signature for this or that person. A name in a fictional book should mean something, and while only a few readers may "get" it, those...

December 3, 2018

Captain Brandt’s French was rudimentary at best, and the sobs of a grieving mother over the whispers of a local gendarme weren’t giving him many clues. What he could discern were words such as soldat, Américain, and animal. The grind of Brandt’s jaw and a too-formal mi...

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