Reviews Blues: How to Deal with Negative Feedback

On command, authors should be able to rattle off their strengths and weaknesses in the discipline. Me? I excel at characterization, and my dialogue’s not too shabby. On the other side, plot and pacing are consistent struggles. Knowing this is invaluable. When I create a story, I build it around the characters. I feature more dialogue … More Reviews Blues: How to Deal with Negative Feedback

“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!”

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

“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

Dunking Youths: “Baptized in Dirty Water” Free Promotion

Time for more shameless self promotion. In advance of the September 25th release of my newest short story, “Amorous Birds of Prey,” I’m making its predecessor, “Baptized in Dirty Water,” available on Amazon Kindle for free. It’s a Southern Gothic piece that follows five boys across a small bayou town as their make their way … More Dunking Youths: “Baptized in Dirty Water” Free Promotion

“Paranoia Strikes Deep”: Your Electronics Are Snitchin’

The University of North Alabama and the University of South Alabama: two colleges 6 hours away from one another, each perched on opposing ends of the Western side of the state. This Friday, both campuses will be deserted due to fall break. That means I’ll get to see my kid for the first time in … More “Paranoia Strikes Deep”: Your Electronics Are Snitchin’