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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Harper Lee, We Miss You

I never expected any sort of success with 'Mockingbird'... I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Okay, I'm a Geek

I confess, but I won't do penance. I love punctuation. You forgot about that in high school? (Not you writers who are finding my site.) Here's what's important about the lowly comma.  It makes the difference between ---
Come to the dinner table and eat, gramaw.
Come to the dinner table and eat gramaw.

A bit different, right?
Love your comma.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Good Advice

I heard this today in a cd coursre I'm taking. The rule is 1/24 or 1/80. If your're writing a short story, sleep on it for 24 hours before deciding what to do with it. A longer piece -- give it 80 hours before editing it again and deterrming what to do.
 Sounded reasonable to me.
Some of my edited and re-edited work is available at my website --

Wild Turkey - No, Not That

Here's my favorite news story of the day. A postal employee in New Jersey called police from his truck saying that he couldn't get out because he was surrounded by a "gang" of wild New Jersey turkeys. Police arrived and scared off the seven turkeys by walking toward them. How much razzing do you suppose that guy got when he returned to the post office?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Big Wind

In 1953, Vicksburg, MS experienced a severe weather event, and I just put Opal Pratt and her young friend, Billy, right in the middle of it. Read 'The Big Wind' on my website and meet Opal and her friends.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New Website - My Southern Fiction

And now there's a website: You'll find quick links to all my published work and/or complete text if a link is unavailable. And there's a little poetry just for the heck of it. Check it out.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Short Story Publication

So excited today. Fever, one of the stories from my Opal Pratt collection, has been accepted for inclusion in the Editor's Choice edition of Belle Reve Literary Journal. The journal is dedicated to Southern writers and Southern writing. It has an online presence in addition to the periodic hard copy publications. My Opal collection certainly falls into that category. In Fever, Opal, a plain, plump middle-aged spinster living in rural Mississippi, must confront a feverish illness, an ice storm, and familiar apparitions. I'll let you know when it's published. I'm very excited for this step toward my goal for the short story collection.