Sitting in the cockpit of a small white-and-green sloop, I waited huddled in muted agony beneath a leaden blanket. The sloop was tethered in an improvised way to a busy pier used by working vessels of all sizes and condition; sailors of a fishing boat gliding past shouted their annoyances and insults to persuade me … Continue reading Mermaid Purses
I occasionally free write fiction when I have the urge to write but also have a mental/creative block that prevents me from getting any further on my current projects. Below is a free write that began as a random character pair up of a strong man/enforcer and a college student/barista in a place where their … Continue reading Free Writing – April 2021
In the nursery of a farm and garden supply store, two guys in their twenties browsed the fruit trees. One of the pair stopped and picked up a healthy little banana tree in a black plastic grower's pot. "Another tree?" His friend laughed. "Man, soon you're gonna have a whole grove." The young man with … Continue reading Arbor Dog
My first novelette is published and available to read on my blog (click the "More about Tea & Pelicans" button below) and on Amazon (for people who are magically allergic to free books). More about Tea & Pelicans
Story: Boys with Buckets in the Surf (graphic novel) *Scroll to the bottom for a little about the characters Characters: Ilya Short haired guy with reading glasses Age - mid 30's A writer/editor for a magazine; is swamped with work but just wants to write fiction I use my face as a model for this … Continue reading Character Concept Art/Sketches
One Friday night after final exams in graduate school, I had a plan. I planned to write for several hours before bed (which I rarely did during the week because I have a habit of losing track of time when I write), get some decent sleep, wake up to run 5 miles at first light, … Continue reading Hey, Writer, Have You Done This?
The first story that I will be self-publishing is a surreal short story called Tea and Pelicans, which is about a man who meets several reclusive neighbors. Getting slightly off the topic of books and writing for a second, I think we've all had a brutal past 6 months (and past several years) and that … Continue reading My First Story
This past spring, I was a volunteer judge for the annual short story and poetry competition for the Florida Writers Association (I think volunteers are randomly selected from members; I don't have any English/Journalism degrees and I'm not a club officer or anything; that's the only thing that makes sense). I'm grateful for the new … Continue reading Writing Contest
Rory Moss reached the high point in the wooded mountain trail, winded from covering 5km of uneven terrain in record time, however he hardly noticed the weight of the pack on his back or burn in his legs as he glared ahead at a group of five hikers, four of whom were armed and wore … Continue reading Along the Trail
The End Note: I was doodling aimlessly in my sketchpad today just for practice and the above sequence happened. It took maybe a hour (maybe) from start to finish --- from pencil doodles, to stupidly laughing at self (because it's probably not all that funny, but I found it hilarious), and then pouncing on my … Continue reading Minced Words!