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Welcome to My Author Portfolio

An interview with the author: So, what's the deal with Stonehenge? We were there a few years ago and the ravens seemed to be mocking the humans since we were forbidden to touch the stones and they weren't. Who has influenced your writing? Charles Portis, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain are three writers I admire. Which piece of music do you love the most? Rachmaninov's piano concerto #2. Second place would be Dancing Queen by ABBA. Don't you think more people would visit your website if you offered refreshments or coupons for free stuff? Certainly. But I don't know how to do that. They should be happy I don't have advertisements. You were kidding about Dancing Queen, weren't you? How could you tell?

 

PUBLISHED  STORIES  AND  ESSAYS

THE VISITOR

This story was recently published in the on-line version of Carbon Culture Review.

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY

This piece was published in Forge magazine October 2016.

THE TREE REMEMBERS

This story was published in Adelaide magazine in 2017.

LOVE AND THE ART OF BLOODLETTING

This piece won first honorable mention in the Alabama Writer's Conclave annual contest in 2018.  Follow the link and go to page 36.

 

OTHER PUBLISHED STORIES... AND ESSAYS

How To Eat Right
How To Manage Your Money
The Fall Of Squirrel
Cake Walk
Do-gooders Gotta Eat Too
Of Peas and Queues
Three O'clock in the Garden of Good and Evil
A Star Falls on Alabama
News Item
The Last Hundred Days
Mr. Blinkie To The Rescue
The Point System
Elements Of Success 
She Spits to Conquer
So THAT's What Happened
Christmas Time Is Here 
The Sodfather
What MLK Day Means To Me (forthcoming)

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

                2013     First Place Humor Division Alabama Writers Conclave Contest

2014     Finalist PNWA Competition Short Story Category

    2015     First Place Creative Non-Fiction Division AWC Contest

        2016     Second Place Fiction Gulf Coast Writers Let's Write Contest

 2017     Pushcart Prize nomination for The Last Hundred Days

    2018     First Honorable Mention Short Story Division AWC contest

            2018     Second Place Chattahoochee Valley Contest Short Story category

2019     First Place Flash Fiction Division AWC contest

 

"Life is a moderately good play with a poorly written third act."

Truman Capote



"Writers aren't people exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

 

     

CURRENTLY READING

...or just finished

What's So Amazing About Grace by Phillip Yancey
Escape Velocity edited by Jay Jennings

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Photos of Stonehenge and ravens courtesy of Trevor S. Key from our 2015 trip to England
Photos of lightning and canon purchased from Shutterstock Images

 

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