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On Editing

I've recently submitted two short stories and a poem to various publishers. Both short stories have seen a significant amount of editing in the past few days, and I've pulled a couple of all-nighters trying to get the words to... Continue Reading →

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Nightlight

It burns. My skin is torn away—like strips of wallpaper steamed, peeled and tossed in the trash, leaving my flesh exposed—raw—compromised. I look up, and the only thing I can see while strapped to this chair is the bare bulb... Continue Reading →

Forever Young

Some children never grow up. I’ve known such a child since I was six. I saw her for the first time in my bedroom before sleep. “What’s your name?” I couldn’t help but envy her white dress. She motioned to... Continue Reading →

Water-Closet Conversation

Where are the words I swore I had when you flushed the toilet and spun them all away?

NOW I LAY ME DOWN…

I have had so many thoughts on my solo travel on the road up to NECON. I started from DC, and drove up through all of the millions of tolls (okay--there were maybe 5 that totaled $30 or so but... Continue Reading →

On Submission–

The bags under my eyes this morning were evidence of my submission goals these past couple of weeks. I sent a poem in for consideration, and am tweaking 3 short stories to submit next week (and the week after) to... Continue Reading →

On Being a Writer (as of today) . . .

19 May 2018 People think it's easy being a writer. Perhaps it is to a certain extent, and technology makes it easier all of the time. Dictionary.com and Thesarus.com along with programs like spellcheck in Word documents and Grammarly have... Continue Reading →

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