Danielle Steel

Here's a great write up/interview of author Danielle Steel at Glamour mag. How has Steel written 179 books? She writes/works twenty to twenty-two hours a day. If that sounds like b.s. to you, you might not be a writer, or at least not one who knows what it's like to lose yourself in the story,... Continue Reading →

What It’s About

Do you want to be famous? I don't. ( So far, that's working out for me!) Allow me to elaborate, and, probably digress. When I was nineteen years old, hammering away on my first typewriter, I entered a poetry contest, from an ad in the local paper. I received an "Honorable Mention" "award", and an... Continue Reading →

Loralee, Chapter Two, Oh Henry

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Two, Oh Henry Originally published on October 27, 2011   Static crackled through the radioโ€™s old speakers mixed with the fading strains of โ€œAll Shook Up,โ€ part of the New Yearโ€™s Day Golden Hits of Rock and Roll countdown, the low volume created an odd background noise in the afternoon... Continue Reading →

The Holliday, and Other Stories

I'm working on "The Holliday", even though I said I wouldn't revisit it. I've realized I need to set pieces aside sometimes for longer than I normally would if there's something about it that's giving me fits, before I make a final decision. "The Holliday" is the western I wrote a few years ago, but... Continue Reading →

Saying Goodbye to 2018

I'm going to begin this post with an excerpt from a writing of Joan Didion. I'm telling you this only so that you'll know that isn't to be the entirety of this post. "Some years passed, but I still did not lose the sense of wonder about New York. I began to cherish the loneliness... Continue Reading →

The Last Time We Visited Aldera Dune

      The Last Time We Visited Aldera Dune by Teri Skultety, copyright 2018, all rights reserved The last time we visited Aldera Dune, it was to watch the world die. The moons of Rionnata glowed with radiation in the distance. One purple, one iridescent green, one a golden orb. All like magic charms... Continue Reading →

Maybelline Raven and The Wolf.

The year is 1762. Maybelline Raven is waiting patiently along the banks of the Mississippi River for the return of her husband so they may venture north, with their children. When the people of the village begin to perish after Maybelline is attacked, it is feared that a wolf is in their midst. As Maybelline... Continue Reading →

Can You Hear the Quiet?

I've been doing some serious thinking about the world lately. Can you hear the quiet? This serious thinking isn't a new thing for me. This bout of thinking began with the drug induced suicide of a rock star. I'm referring to it as drug induced because we'll never really know and the fact is that... Continue Reading →

Grain, Available Now!

Nineteen Stories 1. DRIVEย  ~ย  Trying to get home 2. The Fine Art of Being Human ~ infidelity, the delicate workings of forgiveness 3. HUSH ~ a robbery gone wrong and a doctor trying to quit 4. THE NEED ~ a desperate love 5. Antares Lariat ~ lassoing stars to try to pay the bills... Continue Reading →

2016 In Books

These are the books that I read this year, though I am still reading from the Carson McCullers and the Delia Sherman book at random, I'm just about finished with them both. I'd previously read "Mornings in Mexico" and finished "Etruscan Places" over the summer. "Cheyenne Madonna" was what I was reading back in January,... Continue Reading →

The Elements of Stylization

Oh no, spares us your meanderings about style. That girl ain't got no style. ( Should I be saying woman? That woman ain't got no style?) Strunk and White, I own a copy and from the peanut gallery, "Yeah and you obviously never read it." Well, truth be told, I cracked it open once or... Continue Reading →

Gypsy

    Remember the "family vacation?" Not the high-end, modern, version so often depicted in television and films, matching luggage and airplanes, but the old-school, load everything in the car and driver there family vacation? Roadside rests, gas stations, fast food, or the deluxe meal at a chain restaurant, sleeping in the car, drooling on... Continue Reading →

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