Category Archives: Writing

You Like Me, You Really Like Me!

While I’m not about to quit my day job, I’ve been able to crank out a few pieces that editors have been able to stomach. So far, I’ve had a few short stories printed in Gonzo Today, a (fantastic) online publication promoting new … Continue reading

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It was a dark and stormy night…

It was a dark and stormy night. I sat in the den, in an overstuffed recliner, another bourbon in hand.   It’d been a week since Eleanor died, suddenly. She said she didn’t feel well and went upstairs to rest. … Continue reading

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“Are you a writer?”

Last weekend I found myself at Louisville’s Writer’s Block Festival, a daylong series of workshops, panels and public readings. Several professional writers, representing both popular fiction and the academic creative writing world, shared their insights. Pulitzer winner Adam Johnson was … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Write Poetry

Ode to the Banjo – A Sonnet Wafting o’er Appalachian hills so low, The sound of angels fills my life with joy; I hear the twang of a five-string banjo, And all my angst and sorrows are destroyed; Gabriel breaks … Continue reading

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The Wasp

Edgar lay paralyzed on the rainforest floor; the wasp’s poison worked quickly. He had separated from his group not half an hour before. University researchers, they entered the jungle searching for new species. Frustrated with the group’s slow pace, he … Continue reading

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Tina

Tina filled two glasses with Sangria. She handed one to her guest, then leaned back against the refrigerator as she gulped the other. “So I’m walking down the sidewalk last summer and this drunk staggers up, grabs my shoulder and … Continue reading

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The One About Kitty

Kitty woke up alone and washed down the day’s first Prozac with a supple ’59 Bordeaux. She carried the bottle with her out to the veranda, where she sat for hours and stared out into the garden. At about noon, … Continue reading

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Lester and the Coyote

The coyote – its fur matted, drool trickling from its mouth – crept forward out of the gully’s tall grass toward the unattended toddler in the sandbox. Lester leaned back in his new lawn chair, sipped his beer and watched the … Continue reading

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Interview

The railroad manager studied the boy who barged in asking for a job. He needed a brakeman, but the coupling and uncoupling of railroad cars was dangerous work, and the kid looked too young, too green, for the job. As … Continue reading

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Verbarostracoidea

Constable Pickwick poked his head into the laboratory. “Any answers yet?” Professor Englebert Willoughby looked up from his microscope. “Well, the shell lodged in the deceased’s ear canal is a bivalve from the order Verbarostracoidea. They’re common worldwide. But you … Continue reading

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