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posted on: Oct 10 2018

Moonlight On The Bay

originally published in O: JA&L As the rain got heavier, people moved inside. When the annual Art Walk was held in good weather, everyone stayed out and enjoyed the spring twilight. Last year’s mild temperature and clear skies meant poor sales. Tonight, just about every place...

posted on: Oct 07 2018

Yellow

originally published in The Slag Review   More trees in the mountains went up, and the firelight was yellower than the day before. He called it the color of dry sand. The sun reddened, as if not in anger, but in grief. Who wouldn’t mourn? Homes lost,...

posted on: Sep 10 2018

Is Social Media Changing How We Write?

originally published in Writer's Digest   We’ve all heard it said that readers have increasingly short attention spans. Spending time with a print medium isn’t as engaging as watching things move or interacting with content on a screen. Does this mean that we should write stories that...

posted on: Aug 23 2018

Characters and Craft – Learning to Leave Yourself Behind

originally published in Women Writers, Women's Books Literary fiction is a strange, yet compelling animal. So much emphasis on language, rhythm, imagery. And let’s not forget character. Some novels are all about the character and the mad world behind her eyes. When I started writing fiction, my...

posted on: Jul 29 2018

He Said, She Said

originally published in New Pop Lit     It was where movies stars used to go and rest up, be pampered, and consider the next script their agents had just sent over. A series of modest bungalows set around a beautiful turquoise pool. A pleasant young man in...

posted on: Jul 16 2018

How She Was Found

originally published in The Useless Degree & later included in the story collection, By The Wayside, published by Unsolicited Press   Fiona was a mouse. Everyone said so. As a child she’d been bookish, lonely, with little to contribute conversation-wise. Her brother, Finn, was outgoing, popular, now the...

posted on: Jul 10 2018

Six Poems – Collectively Entitled “Earth’s Love”

originally published in Issue 1 of Crow Literary Journal, Summer 2018       EARTH'S LOVE   earth’s love is stronger than sky’s paling the starlight, blanking the moon damp soil, arched ferns, and the mossed limbs of nurse logs swallow the gears of thought   branches drip from last night’s rain all is wet and soft living...

posted on: Jul 02 2018

Bringing Back A Favorite Character

    My second book, Our Love Could Light The World, is a collection of linked stories about the Dugan family in the fictional town of Dunston, New York. The Dugans are made up of the parents, Potter and Lavinia, and their five children. Potter drinks and can’t...

posted on: Jun 05 2018

Coming Full Circle

  Originally published on Medium by Unsolicited Press   My first attempts on the page were carefully wrought renditions of a single scene, expression, item, or thought. My focus was tight, keen, and probably overly analytical. After describing something in minute detail, the challenge was always to locate...

posted on: Apr 06 2018

Artichokes

originally published in Spartan, and later included in the story collection, By The Wayside (Unsolicited Press, 2017)   My mother loved artichokes. She trimmed the stems and steamed them in a shallow pan. When cool, she paired them with a vinaigrette sauce. One by one we gently...