Humor: Open Letter to the Daleks re: Repeated Attempts to Destroy Earth

For grins to mark the return of new Dr. Who episodes, here dusted off is my humor piece ‘An Open Letter to the Daleks re: Repeated Efforts to Destroy Earth’ Dear Supreme Whoever Dalek Is In Charge, We Don’t Know Any More: Why us? Seriously? Earth science estimates 300 sextillion (1021) galaxies in the known universe,…… Continue reading Humor: Open Letter to the Daleks re: Repeated Attempts to Destroy Earth

What’s Great About The Great Pumpkin

Ever since I was a kid, something in Charles Schulz’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has spoken  to me. No kid cares to explore that kind of nuance. For Bob-Back-Then, “I like it because” was enough to pour Coca-Cola in my milk or rush to the TV in time for the piano soundtrack and…… Continue reading What’s Great About The Great Pumpkin

Behind: “Dark Days for the Professor”

Southern lit. Family conflict. Race and social issues. Push-pull of tradition. Sense of belonging to place, like it or not. I don’t write it. Or at least I hadn’t until earlier this year. So it’s a thrill that my “Dark Days for the Professor” has been included in NWMG’s Southern lit anthology Not So Fast. So…… Continue reading Behind: “Dark Days for the Professor”

The Fall and Rise of Draft One

Day One “We’re putting together an anthology,” they say. They have an email to prove it. Very few combinations of five words so excite The Short Story Guy. Maybe “short stories turn me on,” or “sure, we’re a paying market.” It is not a literary style I’ve written in. Despite that, perhaps because of it, I am intrigued.…… Continue reading The Fall and Rise of Draft One