The Boy in the Giant

The wonderful and talented Brittani Avery invited me to read some of my work and share it with Facebook’s Fantasy and Sci-Fi Readers Lounge group.

My first offering, The Little Knitty Dragon (A Tale of the Woods), got a few nods (thank you!) and I continue here with The Boy in the Giant.

The Boy in the Giant is published in Harvey Duckman Presents Volume 6 along with stories from talented writers such as Peter James Martin, Mark Hayes, Liz Tuckwell, C.K. Roebuck, and others.

 
Hope you enjoy.

 
Learn more about the Harvey Duckman series and get a copy of Volume 6.
We won’t mind.
Promise.

The Little Knitty Dragon

The wonderful and talented Brittani Avery invited me to read some of my work and share it with Facebook’s Fantasy and Sci-Fi Readers Lounge group.

This is my first offering, The Little Knitty Dragon (A Tale of the Woods).

This story is published in Harvey Duckman Presents Volume 7 along with stories from talented writers such as Kate Baucherel, Mark Hayes, and others.

 
(fair warning: several readers tell me this story makes them cry. it made me cry, anyway)

Hope you enjoy.

 
Learn more about the Harvey Duckman series and get a copy of Volume 7.
We won’t mind.
Promise.

“Owen and Jessica” now on The Yard: Crime Blog

Subscribers may remember Owen and Jessica from previous posts. It’s a flash piece and always got laughs and applause when I read it publicly. I shopped it around, got lots of excellent comments from editors (who always asked to see more of my work) and no bites until this week.

 
Owen and Jessica was a fun, quick write that required little editing.

Blood gathered in the whorls of his thumb. He stared at it and chuckled before licking it clean.

 
It came out pretty much fully formed.

That’s an author’s way of saying “It only took twelve rewrites.” Most of the rewrites were for timing and tension; change a word here or there. One major (and important, me thinks) edit came late to the game; I added the third and fourth paragraphs from the bottom, from “He stood over…” to “…didn’t fit.”

Let me know what you think.

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Enjoy!

“The Little Knitty Dragon” is in Harvey Duckman Presents Volume 7

It’s so good to know one is loved. So warming, comforting. Appreciated.

So it is with the Harvey Duckman Presents anthologies. I’m flattered and honored to be among their regular authors (according to Harvey Duckman Publisher Gillie Hatton).

What’s personally wonderful to me is receiving comments like “…your Knitty Dragon story makes me cry every time I read it!”

And not only from Gillie, but others on the HDP staff. When one’s work has a strong personal, visceral reaction from readers… Means I achieved my goal. Means I moved the reader. Made them feel. Think.

Gotta love it.

Get your copy now while supplies last and read wondrous tales by fellow Harvey authors Tamara Clelford, Peter James Martin, Mark Hayes, Kate Baucherel, Marios Eracleous, and others.

 

“The Weight” is in The Fifth Di… December 2020

This has been a great year for me publications-wise, and it’s capped off with The Weight‘s appearance in the Dec 2020 The Fifth Di…

The Weight has an interesting history. The story grew from meeting Peter Frampton when I was (considerably) younger. I wrote about that meeting in Peter Frampton – The Weight. The story was published by The Granite Review (now defunct) in 1995 and nominated for the Pushcart Prize (didn’t win, but hey, I got nominated). It’s next appearance was in my self-published Tales Told ‘Round Celestial Campfires anthology.

And now, The Weight is in The Fifth Di… Dec 2020.

Thanks to Tyree Campbell and the rest of the Hireath Books crew for accepting my work.