Wreck on the Highway – Finished Draft

•January 25, 2011 • 2 Comments

Here it is, without further ado. The 2011 Striking Prose winner for short fiction… Wreck on the Highway

(Word format doesn’t translate to wordpress, so ignore the formatting.)

Frank watched the cross recede, with the tall grass beside the highway, in his rearview mirror. The summer heat was gone. His jaw hung as he coasted the half mile to the intersection, eyes frozen on the fading shape, then he looked back at the road, sniffed, and steered his not so Grand Cherokee around the corner. Continue reading ‘Wreck on the Highway – Finished Draft’

How to build a set o’stairs

•June 22, 2010 • 1 Comment

A cool visitor tonight, some cool visitors last night.

•April 10, 2010 • 1 Comment

No time for blogging during PSII but I thought I’d post these.
I haven’t been this close to a porcupine since tree planting.
It’s been a good weekend.


Happy St. Patty’s Day

•March 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This video made me laugh till I cried.

The King with Six Friends

•March 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This was my favorite picturebook as a kid.
I took some shots of it and read it aloud, then mixed it up on windows movie maker. I hope you enjoy it.

Part 1
Part 2

Francis the Baby – First 4 Chapters

•February 28, 2010 • 1 Comment

Well, I haven’t been in for a while. Ramping up to PSII.
However, I’ve just finished an online Creative Writing course that I’ve been working on since last summer, and here is the product.

Without Further Ado – Francis the Baby.

Francis lay in his crib churling and burbling, kicking off the thin blanket with small spastic movements. The morning sun was on him and if he turned his head that way, it hurt his eyes. The blue sky had turned white all around the tree. He could not see the leaves, the sky was too white. It made his eyes hurt. He looked the other way and felt the warm sun on his back, through his jumper.
BBBllllblblblblblblb. To the cat lying near his feet. Continue reading ‘Francis the Baby – First 4 Chapters’

Steve Earle at the Jack Singer

•January 28, 2010 • 4 Comments

We saw Steve Earle live last night at the Jack Singer. At 55 he’s still rocking out. There were two small monitors, a guitar stand with three guitars and a small table on stage, and he came on and gave two hours of unplugged performance. Wow. What an amazing show. We went around back afterward and Zach and Clarice got a chance to shake his hand and get their tickets signed.
Good luck with the tour Steve, and all the best with your new baby.
I’m lookin for Townes on vinyl.

My new blog

•January 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’m launching a new blog, dedicated to lessonplanning in elementary school. It will be tips and tricks, resources and lessonplans for elementary, and specifically, grade three to start with.
Check it out here.

Out of Sight of the Barstool Row

•January 22, 2010 • 1 Comment

I just got the results of the Striking Prose competition, and was excited to find that I won third place for my short story Out of Sight of the Barstool Row. As promised, here it is. Let me know what you think. I believe there is somewhere further I need to go with this project, but I haven’t pinned it down yet.

Out of Sight of the Barstool Row Continue reading ‘Out of Sight of the Barstool Row’

Thanks Mike, for pointing this out.

•January 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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