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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Opal Is On Facebook

Opal Pratt now has her own facebook page -- Opal - the Book. Today, there is a short quiz, but she's willing (after my encouragement) to answer some of your questions about the contents and characters of her book. Take a look, ask a question and give her a like.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

My Book is Out!

My book. Opal is now available and I'm pretty excited. It can be purchased through amazon, and my website, Opal is a collection of short stories set in 1950s rural Mississippi. She's a reclusive spinster who'd prefer to avoid the world, but the world just won't avoid her.

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.

Stories from the South at

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.