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June 16, 2019

Running down the inside of Hulk's arm was a large tattoo. It was a brilliant pink flower with pointed leaves and a vine-like stem curling toward the sweaty tendon and generous muscles. It was ‘the flower that started the war.’

I flicked a finger at the image. “Guess whe...

April 8, 2018

'One day next week, there will be a memorial service. And if it rains, it will be like an assault on decency. And I'll have to go, regardless.'

September 29, 2017

The afternoon is a slice of perfection. For late September at this latitude, sun and 63 degrees was the most they could ask for.
Jarvis strolls from his minivan behind his son, buoyed by a job interview slated for the following morning. Content and stories for a tech p...

September 4, 2017

If a novel can be equated to a large physical structure (both have many levels of development) then novel-writing differs in that it happens at any time. Countless moments of inspiration or correction have hit when I'm specifically doing something else. There's a legit...

August 3, 2017

On a recent trip to Philadelphia, I found a number of gems. The city has a diverse vibrancy that’s personified by the madness of lunch hour at Reading Terminal Market (an indoor Pike Place Market, quantities of people and culinary options raised to the second integer)....

July 14, 2017

The survival story of "Endgame," and all of the Woman At War series, is set to the backdrop of the Great War between the diverse Trieste Union and the Mitasterite Empire. While it mirrors large aspects of World War 2, the narrative called for a little creativity. Even...

July 14, 2017

Other than massive sharks and arachnids of frightening size or disposition, few things scare me as much as the nebulous fear that I won't do enough in my lifetime. As a writer, this translates to not completing enough stories, not saying everything I wanted to say.

Four...

July 14, 2017

For my men's book group, where we try to hit fiction/non-fiction from around the globe, we read Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis. It was a great pick--the turmoil in Iran and the Middle East is still relevant--and it happened independently of my godparents' h...

July 14, 2017

The following story was inspired by a National Geographic pictorial on gutsy climbers in Yosemite National Park. (While I applaud such amazing physical feats as climbing without rope, the parent in me screams "No way, Jose!") While the act of climbing El Capitan is for...

July 12, 2017

Why start a story with a horrific blast? Why not put it at the end, with lots of dramatic build-up to ka-blammo?

This is the most challenging question I imagine coming from a prospective agent for "Endgame." It's also the easiest to answer.

Set early in an inter-planetar...

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