Tuesday, June 4, 2013

No Witty Titles Needed

The dire straits of our individual yet coherent situations. The relation is universal.

Stay chill.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

DIRGE—68 at Shotgun Honey

Got a new story, DIRGE—68 over at Shotgun Honey. If you get a chance to check it out, I'd consider it mucho appreciado.

The 700 word format was a challenge. A good challenge. The takeaway: The Shotgun crew are tops.

Stay chill.

Friday, December 14, 2012


Put the cat down today. Old gal was with us for 13 years. Got her when we had nothing.

We were living in an old trailer home in a cow pasture near Antonino, KS. An old farmer stopped by, had this little ball of black fur. He asked if we wanted it because if we didn't he was going to take it to the pond and drown it. Too many feral cats can cause a lot of problems and he had too many the way it was.

We took her in. We took her from KS to FL, screaming all the way.

She was anti-social. She made her own way. She ran the roost. I often felt my wife and I were her puppets—she just had that kind of personality.

But over the last few months she quit eating. We tried different foods, which only worked for awhile. This past week she gave up completely.

Last night Kitty vomited thin black blood. The jig was up.

The old doc gave it too me straight: kidneys are shot. She's shot. I knew this. I cannot and will not let an animal suffer.

The doc put her down—two seconds and she was Gone City.

Kitty—she was a good cat.

I buried her between two crepe myrtles in our back yard.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

See that cat up there. Cat says buy the new edition of THUGLIT. Cat says his pops wrote a screamin' story for THUGLIT. Cat says if you don't buy, he'll show up at your house with knuckle dusters and a bad attitude.

It's under a buck. It's the most hardboiled short collection out there. It has my story, A Clean White Sun.

Buy it.

Dig it.

Stay chill.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Re-Boot. Thuglit- September 1st, 2012

Thuglit's back and September 1st is the date to mark. Big Daddy's really opening things up here- Thuglit as a paying market. That's cash money, the dough-rae-me. Call it good for everybody submitting stories in the short crime fiction genre.

Cool factor: I'm lucky enough to be a part of the shindig.

Stay chill

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Season

Writing and just feeling so damn good about it, watching brown Anole lizards crawling on anything and everything outside my window and just plain happy that football season is here—Go Pack!

Stay chill.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Watery Grave Invitational Results

1st Prize: GENNY BOW by Chris LaTray ($50 & a bye into the next WGI)

2nd Prize: FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK by Mike Wilkerson ($35 & a bye into the next WGI)

3rd Prize: THE DROWNING OF JEREMIAH FISHFINGER by Ian Ayris ($20 & a bye into the next WGI)

4th Place: TWO KILOGRAMS OF SOUL by Keith Rawson (A bye into the next WGI)

5th Place: ABOLITION OF MIDNIGHT by John Higgins (A bye into the next WGI)

Faired pretty good against some excellent competition. Naomi over at The Drowning Machine runs this annually and does a great job hosting the event. It's a ton o' fun.

She's also a fantastic promoter of crime fiction. Usually, she publishes the winning stories on her blog. But this year, she's allowing everyone to explore other outlets which will benefit us, the writer. Naomi is the real deal. And so are the writers who participated and the judges who took the time to read our work. Cheers.

Now I just need to figure out what to do with this damn story.

Stay chill.