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She Loves Me, She Cleaned My Truck

May 7, 2018

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All photos by Mike Sepelak, Mike’s Gone Fishing I opened the door to my ‘76 Ram Charger and nothing fell out. Absolutely nothing. That should’ve been my first clue, but I was busy shucking my gear in for the day and thinking about other things until I got in and saw the card carefully stood […]

Calculated Risk

March 25, 2018

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It may seem like I’m not writing much, but the opposite is true. It’s just that I’ve been submitting them to publications which only consider “unpublished” works, and that includes vanity blogs such as this. I have four stories out right now. Nevertheless, I’ve held this up for too long as I have been searching […]

Troutaholics Anonymous

March 8, 2018

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Cover image by Amber Mullen, don’t you wish your ice cubes looked like that? This is the long version of the story that was published in the last issue of the Fly Fish Journal. I had to cut half of it to fit, and it I sent it to 6 published authors who each cut […]

Blood Dust

September 14, 2017

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This one is for Steve Duda who fell down laughing when I said I was a romance author. Well, take this for love, Duda. Duke levered himself out of the muck in the street. He hurt. All over, he hurt. And, he had a powerful thirst. He looked up; dead ahead in neon and nicotine […]

Burning Down the Night

August 4, 2017

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Here is a mashup of two poems. You can read it with just the out-jogged paragraphs, or just the in-jogged, or in order, you tell me. Burning Down the Night Spent all my days Hiding from the sun People in dark hideaways And my, how they run The dark is a tiger Striped orange down […]

Falling Awake

July 26, 2017

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Another silly romance. I wrote this in hypnagogia, the state between sleep and wakefulness, Sunday morning. Come to think of it, I’ve probably written over one third of all my stuff on Sunday mornings in this state. I should get more sleep! At any rate, it was probably inspired by Bradbury’s Bright Phoenix, which I […]

Gunpowder Worm

June 26, 2017

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Preface A few years ago, I realized all the stories in You Didn’t Know Me Then, were a collection of loosely connected vignettes that could all take place in the same universe à la Martian Chronicles or Dandelion Wine. In this near-future world, a comet carrying a silicon-destroying virus shatters in the earth’s atmosphere, distributing […]

Old-Fashioned Lime-Vanilla Ice

June 21, 2017

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Ray Bradbury was a master of mind-benders or occasionally heart-rippers. He banged out 3000-word gems that were much more impactful than many people’s full novels. One such heart-ripper, The Swan, was wound into the fabric of Dandelion Wine. No story has ever so begged for a sequel. I’m sure there are thousands in drawers and […]

6th Anniversary Blog

May 18, 2017

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Nothing Focuses the Mind like a Hanging — Errrr, Anniversary Today is the 6th Anniversary of this blog, a time when I usually sum up my creative efforts for the year. And which explains the annual rush of May postings. I originally started the blog because I was, how do they say – between opportunities […]

Writing Forest God

May 16, 2017

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And Rewriting It, And Rewriting It, And Rewriting It Two years ago, I was hot on my novel, Boa, New Mexico. I had written 50,000 words in two weeks and had the entire book plotted out. I have a white board at home with maps and everything. And then one day, I woke to a […]