Category Archives: Story

An Essay About Being and Becoming a Poetess

Late last night I finished work on another collection of poems, “Thelxiepeia.” This group of poems started out with a different title. When I began editing I knew that many of the poems would not make the final cut. They seemed parts of two books jammed together in a way that didn’t fit and so I opted for a cohesive

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One November, I Published Two Books

I’ve worked hard the last couple of years to get some books published, I’m thinking of them as there were “the first five,” and now there is “the magnificent seven.” I also have stories in three print anthologies, and I’m going to get those linked up with cover pictures, as well as having been published thirteen times various places online

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This Writing Life Belongs To Me

Editing this story collection, I was reminded of when I started writing short fiction again quite a few years ago now, 2006 to 2008, it was, and how I was trying my hand at writing different kinds of stories just to see what I could do. I remember being afraid of trying to write Noir, unsure of whether or not

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The Slick Furies.

I’m super tired. Is that the best time to write a blog post? Hopefully this won’t be too rambling. I have surpassed the sixty thousand word mark on the edits/re-write of the vampire novel. I have approximately sixty-six pages of the original text, about twenty thousand words, to finish, knowing that I’ll likely add a chapter or two. I’m right

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Temptation.

You tempt me with the words of others while it takes my every effort, every waking moment, to keep my own words from you. You tempt me with the words of others as though they were anything other than a poor substitute for your own tongue and the sound of your voice as it echoes through the chambers of my

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All Aboard! Terror Train!

All aboard for a ride through the pages of “Terror Train.” This anthology from James Ward Kirk Fiction, edited by Krista Clark-Grabowski and A. Henry Keene, is careening down the tracks with enough action packed thrills and chills to keep readers spellbound from start to finish, including the story, “Lonely Train a Comin’ ” by author William F. Nolan! Inspired

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Roll Me Away.

  Roll Me Away We took to the road, to that expanse of blacktop stretched out before us into the sparkling effervescence that we dared to think was the night sky back lit with stars, but was really a sideways look at a glass of Alka-Seltzer on the nightstand before we had to drag ourselves up and out through one more

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Neblina Verde

         “We thought someplace tropical, you know? Off the beaten path. We were thinking, umbrella drinks I guess, but certainly not what happened. I mean, it was just that we hadn’t quite given up. There was something about the idea of really giving ourselves over to the hope of rebuilding right then, giving ourselves to that maybe. But

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Scorpio Moon.

  Scorpio Moon She held her skirt up like she was about to curtsy, trying to keep the edges of it from getting muddy. The tall grass scraped her legs, swished and snapped under their feet. He tilted his head back, howled, chugged at the strawberry wine. “How can you drink this?’ He made a face. He wiped his mouth

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