Are We There Yet?

Somebody, please tell me summer’s over and it’s fall now. The past few months have been a parched, scorching misery in Central Texas. But the further we get into September, the more hopeful I am that the heat really is easing. And not a moment too soon, because Jack-o’-lanterns slumped and oozing on the front porch in 106 degrees would put the “low” in Halloween. Finally, finally we’re squeaking closer to my favorite time of the year: when the temperature dives as the sky darkens like a bruise, when smoke is in the air and the first thought in my head isn’t “wildfire,” when flocks of Sandhill Cranes circle overhead at twilight and sink gently to the pastures, when coyotes […]

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The Space Between fantasy series is complete! It began in September 2017 with the publication of The Space Between: The Prophecy of Faeries. Book Two, The Realm Below: The Rise of Tanipestis, followed in January 2019. Now, on October 11, 2022, comes Book Three, Across the Worlds: Finding Hope. Learn more about all the books on the Novels pages, where you’ll find plot descriptions, praise from authors and bloggers, plus audio clips. Come join me in these magical lands!

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Short Fiction

Unlike the poetry I write, all of my fiction, whether novel or short story, is speculative. In fact, my piece “Evening in the Park” tied for 1st Place in the annual short story contest offered by Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine (out of more than 4,000 entries). At the time, the magazine’s editor, T.E.D. Klein, dubbed the story “wonderfully cynical,” and “.…a nighttime encounter with destiny in an unexpected form…”

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For most of my writing life I’ve focused on poetry. My poems have appeared in print and online in such publications as The Christian Science Monitor, San Pedro River Review, Concho River Review, Texas Poetry Calendar, U.S.1 Worksheets, Flycatcher, Bellowing Ark, The Aurorean, Folio, Melancholy Hyperbole, Your Daily Poem, A Year of Being Here, Naugatuck River Review, and many more. I’ve also had poems in a number of…

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The sky, the sun, the moon, the scenery. What’s left? Oh yes—bugs and cows.

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