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Welcome to My Author Portfolio

As a tribute to the late great Charles Portis, a few excerpts from some of his masterpieces. From GringosYou put things off and then one morning you wake up and say--today I will change the oil in my truck. From The Dog of the South: There were no Dupree papers to be seen on the kitchen table, only some orange peelings and a slender bottle of red sauce and a small photograph. It was a picture of Dupree and his dog that had been taken in one of those coin-operated photo booths. There they were, their heads together, Gog and Magog, looking dully at me. I came across nothing of Norma's, no golden hair on a pillow, but I didn't look closely at things and I didn't stay long. From True GritRooster coughed and spat on the floor and rolled a cigarette and lit it and coughed some more. He asked me to bring him some coffee and I got a cup and took the eureka pot from the stove and did this. As he drank, little brown drops of coffee clung to his mustache like dew. Men will live like billy goats if they are let alone.

 

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)
The Cure (forthcoming)
Plight of the Humble Bee (forthcoming)

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

                2013     First Place Humor Division Alabama Writers Conclave (AWC) Contest

2014     Finalist PNWA Competition Short Topics 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 from Hawaii Pacific Review 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

2020    First Place Essay/Memoir Contest Streetlight Magazine

 

"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

 

CURRENTLY READING

...or just finished

Escape Velocity edited by Jay Jennings

Napolean's Buttons by Penny Le Couteur & Jay Burreson

 

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