December 6, 2017

I was a single parent for much of my sons’ lives.  Through their teenage years the three of us lived decidedly as bachelors, even going so far as to designate two cardboard boxes for all our socks (darks, almost-whites) so that none of us had to sort them into pairs....

November 2, 2017

We have a lot of drop-in visitors since moving to Albuquerque because I40 runs right through the middle of town as our friends and family from Texas and the Ozarks pass through toward the Grand Canyon and beyond. We’re a good picnic/layover spot, and I think some of th...

September 10, 2017

My little sister got married last weekend to a guy she met nearly forty years ago at a church camp. They’d both married previously, and Joy was widowed two years ago. Their reunion was sweet, and we’ve all taken pleasure in their surprise discovery of love after having...

July 20, 2017

This go-round I thought I'd plug in a short story I wrote some years back about a fictional small-town sheriff on a traffic stop. Sheriff Clanton is well-meaning, if not a bit misguided, and he reminds me of a range master during my academy days. That guy had us qualif...

June 4, 2017

For this post I thought it might be interesting to speak about my writing process a bit. One of the techniques I use when writing prose is to also write each story as a screenplay. I do this because writing in this format forces me to focus on action and dialogue in a...

Crosses to Bear is a compilation of the scenes involving Callie, our heroine in Snake Oil on Snow Cones, and her adoptive father, the Reverend Enoch Sadler. In the book this story is broken into separate scenes, but here their relationship is experienced much faster th...

April 10, 2017

I've gotten feedback from two reliable sources that a pivotal scene in "Badge" should come much earlier in the book. This requires that other scenes come in flashback sequences, which resulted in a significant revision. Here is version Two of Chapter One. My sense is t...

March 29, 2017

Badge in a Shadowbox is the first novel in a series I'm currently pitching to agents. The hero is Detective Lane Watters, a good cop who  becomes so badly injured during an attempt on his life that he's forced to leave the profession he loves. He has no idea what he'll...

February 28, 2017

Bee Sting and a Horse Kick was a short story I wrote some years back, and it later fit perfectly into the novel Snake Oil on Snow Cones. In the novel, Sophie is Callie's daughter who leaves town and becomes a famous television evangelist/huckster. Cleft is Sophie's fia...

February 27, 2017

Snake Oil on Snow Cones is a novel-length work I'm currently shopping to literary agents. The story is about Callie Wind who was adopted as a homeless teenager by a lecherous hell-fire minister and now harbors deep disdain for all things religious. Which is why she’s f...

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