Snow Doubt about It

Wednesday and Thursday went smoothly, just the typical first day of the semester: I went over the syllabus and attempted to convince all my students I was an unwavering hardass. A couple may have even bought it. Thursday afternoon, I was reviewing the typical first “real day” lesson for my comp classes, a fun fifty-minute … More Snow Doubt about It

“Confines, Wards, & Dungeons”: A Free Preview

The following is a preview of my latest short story, “Confines, Wards, & Dungeons.” It is presented before a final edit, so portions may change. Look for it January 11th, 2018 on Amazon. For more information, see my previous blog. [Notice: The preview has ended. Look for it on Amazon starting January 11th, 2008.] *** … More “Confines, Wards, & Dungeons”: A Free Preview

“Kick That Block!”

“I sought a theme and sought for it in vain, I sought it daily for six weeks or so. Maybe at last being but a broken man I must be satisfied with my heart.” –William Butler Yeats “The Circus Animals’ Desertion”   I don’t believe in writer’s block, and neither should you. I preach this … More “Kick That Block!”

“What Old December’s Bareness Everywhere!” or “Don’t Call It a Comeback!”

“We cannot but obey the powers above us. Could I rage and roar as doth the sea She lies in, yet the end must be as ’tis.” –Shakespeare, Pericles I haven’t posted in a month and a half. Truth be told, that update was simply a scene I cut from my short story “Amorous Birds … More “What Old December’s Bareness Everywhere!” or “Don’t Call It a Comeback!”

Birds, Boards, and Boogeymen: Free Short Stories Again

When it comes to Halloween, I’m the proverbial broken record. It’s hands down my favorite holiday. I won’t spend another blog waxing poetic about its charm and magic. I’ll just say that in order to fully appreciate it, one needs to watch a metric ton of scary movies. And, in the process, don’t neglect the … More Birds, Boards, and Boogeymen: Free Short Stories Again

“Pumpkins Grin in Their Despair”: Welcoming October

Fifteen years ago, when two friends and I decided to embark on an amateur ghost hunt, it wasn’t anywhere near Halloween. I think it was May. I’ve had some hair-raising experiences since, but what I lived through that night and in the aftermath is about as unnerving as it gets. Therefore, it only seemed fitting … More “Pumpkins Grin in Their Despair”: Welcoming October

Bird’s the Word: It’s New Short Story Day!

“Now therefore, while the youthful hue Sits on thy skin like morning dew, And while thy willing soul transpires At every pore with instant fires, Now let us sport us while we may, And now, like amorous birds of prey, Rather at once our time devour Than languish in his slow-chapped power.” –Andrew Marvell, “To … More Bird’s the Word: It’s New Short Story Day!

“Thinking Only Autumn Thoughts”: Good-Bye, Summer

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” –Albert Camus Tomorrow is the equinox, the first day of fall. Far and away, it’s my favorite season. It contains such monumental moments as football season, Halloween, and–most importantly–my birthday. Of course, one of those is already in full swing, and the others are … More “Thinking Only Autumn Thoughts”: Good-Bye, Summer