Monthly Archives: June 2012


It’s funny how just before you take an actual vacation, your mind seems board the flight early and take off.

This is usually a particularly bad time for it to do so; I have a million and one things I need to get done, and yet all I want to do at the moment is search the web for pictures of volcanoes and things to do in Hawaii.

Beside the typical getting things ready for a trip (including packing, setting up pet sitters, etc.), I have several writing projects going on.  I’m trying to finish the illustration which will become the cover for a short story, “Purple Irises”, finish another short story which only needs about 200-300 words to complete, and put the final edits on a short story that has come back from the writing critique group.  (Critters–highly recommend it).  But my brain just doesn’t want to concentrate.

Maybe I’ll write a short story about Maui. Image


Another short story: Name of a King

Here is an excerpt from my latest e-published short story, “Name of a King.”

Emotions raged in tight ball in her gut. Cradling the infant against her bosom, Cybele glanced at the messenger standing at the door to the grand bedroom, as servants rushed to dress her husband in his armor, strapping vambraces on his arms, draping his scarlet cloak emblazoned with the seven-pointed Star of the Realm on his back.

“Armandus, you can’t be thinking of joining Lord Tyrell!” Cybele said in a choked whisper, eyeing the messenger. Only a week ago she had given birth to a son, heir to the throne. He was to be Named in three days, when the Fates would be at their peak influence on the child, and the King would miss it. He was going to leave for his precious war.

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