Parables in The Age of OUTRAGE!

Parables. Childhood lessons. Their simplicity is their genius, and their genius is that although they are meant to instruct children, they are also meant to be imprinted on our collective brains so inherently that the lesson remains into adulthood. Or, at least, that’s how it used to work. Remember the Boy Who Cried Wolf? Sure you do. A young man in charge of looking after … Continue reading Parables in The Age of OUTRAGE!

Thank the Force for Rian Johnson

What can I say? I hated “The Last Jedi”. Not an uncommon take, I know, but it also made me appreciate other aspects of my life in an almost existential sort of self-reflection. However, if you think I’m some sort of Juanito-come-lately that isn’t a true Star Wars fan who’s just riding the current Last Jedi Sandcrawler of Hate, allow me to submit: Exhibit A: … Continue reading Thank the Force for Rian Johnson

You’re Not a Computer (So Stop “Thinking” Like One)

Do you like cake? Sure you do, cake is awesome. Now, imagine you’re on your way to a friend’s party and decide last minute to get a cake. You stop at a small bakery, go to the counter to pick one out. You want white and blue frosting. You want it yellow and custard flavored for just the right moistness. And round, it has to … Continue reading You’re Not a Computer (So Stop “Thinking” Like One)

“Going Gone” – The First Chapter

What is this anthology all about? Well, the following is just a starter to whet your appetite. A bit of forewarning, though, if you choose to take the plunge: It’s not all political intrigue and shadowy assassins.  It’s much more than that. Don’t get too close anyone.  Your favorite protagonist may not make it. The stories are all related, but they aren’t all just stories.  What I … Continue reading “Going Gone” – The First Chapter

The Joys and Heartaches of Short Stories

As I continue finding ways to promote my anthology, I keep being reminded of why I’ve always enjoyed both the writing and the reading of short stories. I remember as an elementary student reading short stories such as “Leiningen Versus the Ants” and “The Cold Equations”, as well as short excerpts of longer stories like “The Hobbit”. As my love of reading began to grow … Continue reading The Joys and Heartaches of Short Stories

“Ozarks at Large” Interview about “Going Gone”

This interview was recorded last week as part of the station’s “Ozarks at Large” program that features local artists, authors, and events. I was extremely honored to have been asked to do this interview, and was quite pleased that the interviewer, station news director Kyle Kellams, took an interest in my anthology. He had some interesting questions for me, and though I was a bit nervous … Continue reading “Ozarks at Large” Interview about “Going Gone”