I am a writer and
novelist. Welcome to my blog and website. Here, you can learn what is going on in my life and in my writing
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
4:21 pm cst
My original plan was to publish two short stories this Friday, 23 December, but I decided not to wait.
have published the first of them, Trophies, today. It should be available for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and on Smashwords
within the next one to two days.
Trophies is a story that came from two sources. One was a note somewhere in
my voluminous files that reads, "A woman in a bikini walks into a bar." The other was the reaction I had when reading
one of Dashiell Hammet's novels, in which he never got into his character's head. In Trophies, I make sure to get
into my main character's head, to make sure that the reader believes that her actions are plausible.
will be available in all e-reader formats.
I plan to follow it up with another story, a flash story entitled Quality
Control, by Friday at the latest.
Friday, December 16, 2011
1:05 pm cst
I won't be able to publish a novel by the end of the year -- it's still in the process of beta-reading. And after that
is done, of course, I will have to get it edited.
Since I want to have something published online before the end
of the year, I have decided to publish two stories a week from today. Friday, 23 December, when I will be finished with my
current quarter, and also done with Christmas shopping, etc., I will post two of my short stories, the previously published
Trophies and the never before published Quality Control.
Trophies is about 2450 words long.
It takes place in a hotel bar on the Big Island of Hawaii, and involves two characters, Amy, a customer, and Bill, the bartender.
Things are not as they seem, and the ending should be a shock to you all.
Quality Control is an idea I had
one night while watching TV. The idea came to me, "What would happen if someone somehow did something to hurt the reputation
of a consortium of hitmen?" Quality Control is flash fiction length, at about 940 words.
to publish them both for the Nook, the Kindle, and on Smashwords. I hope they will be a good introduction to my writing.
About me: I have been writing since the early 1980s, ever since discovering a passion for writing during my senior year
in High School. My completed writings include novels, short stories, and newspaper articles. I have completed four novels
in that time, and have partially completed two others. I have had little success in finding an agent or a publisher for any
of my novels, and have recently taken my efforts online. During the years that I have been writing, I have also served my
country as a member of the United States Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps. In the last five years, I have been deployed
to Army bases in Iraq, Kansas, and Virginia.
Look for my novel Taylor Made
, available from Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.