An Exhilarating Journey. A tremendous sense

The title of the email comes from an excerpt from Book 6, the current WIP, which can be found farther down.The book is coming along nicely as the closing chapters draw near. The threads are climbing to exciting crescendos for this segment of the adve...

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Oct 15, 2023
Good news on a short story and waiting for a 5th

You may ask: Waiting for a 5th of what? I'll get to that.I'm happy to report that I sold a short story in September. The editor responded to my submission by writing back to say it was a "fantastic" story. Naturally, I had to agree. He probably says...

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Oct 01, 2023
A mind is a terrible thing to waste

"A mind is a terrible thing to waste."I received word this week that one of the anthologies to which I had submitted a short story had been canceled, and that made me think of the United Negro College Fund commercial from the 70s which ended with the...

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Sep 15, 2023
The old gunman sipped his coffee -

--because of a glitch with my email sender many of you did not get this email on the second when it was sent. The correction is still in the works, but a temporary fix is letting me send this email to you a littler latter than usual. My apologies if...

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Sep 06, 2023
The old gunman sipped his coffee

The subject line was taken from the next paragraph of our collaborative story. I'll get to that in a bit.This week I was smitten with the plague--the flu, most likely. That's why this letter is a day late. I was not in a condition to write it yesterd...

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Sep 02, 2023
Every hearth was cold, and every window was dark

The subject line was taken from the chosen submission for the second paragraph of our collaborative story.Here is the link to our collaborative story, showing two paragraphs so far.The submissions for the proposed 2nd paragraph were fabulous, and I e...

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Aug 15, 2023
Red-orange rage of a dispossessed sun

Give me your best proposed second paragraph to follow this first paragraph below for a short story:The clouds in the summer sky burned in the red-orange rage of a dispossessed sun crashing below the horizon. The dark hills--recumbent silhouette--shie...

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Aug 01, 2023
What tropes turn up your toenails

I attended the Writers Cantina in Utah last week. If you're interested in a hasty report of that experience, you can read about that here.One of the sessions at the cantina dealt with tropes. What are your favorite tropes to read? What tropes turn up...

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Jul 16, 2023
Journey of Discovery one day at a time

In celebration of the 4th of July (which is a big deal to some folks in the United States) I'm throwing the tea into the harbor and declaring a huge discount on 2 great books in the Tomahawks and Dragon Fire series -- Books 3 and 4:Clamorous Harbinge...

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Jul 01, 2023
Chains that lift, bind, or propel

There are chains that lift us and chains that bind us. The fault lies not in the chains but in how we employ them. We forge the links ourselves and determine their use. I suppose some chains also drive, propel, or hurtle us. The chain I have on my mi...

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Jun 15, 2023