I recently tried an experiment in period SF. I wrote a fifties style pulp piece with a hard-boiled reporter as my main character and set the action in L.A. in 1959. The story was inspired by friend Pete Noyes’s account of the Rocketdyne nuclear reactor meltdown that irradiated Southern California back then. Didn’t know about that? Surprise, surprise!
Anyway, editor Beryl Belsky published the story at her The Writer’s Drawer website http://www.thewritersdrawer.net/and subsequently included it in her new anthology A Certain Kind of Freedom. The anthology got a good review on Amazon and “Nuked” got a nice mention. Take a peek here: http://www.amazon.com/Certain-Kind-Freedom-Stories-Writers/dp/1492890316/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385364314&sr=1-1&keywords=a+certain+kind+of+freedom
Avocet is “a quarterly publication devoted to poets seeking to understand the beauty of nature and its interconnectedness with humanity.” Editor Charles Portalano also presents a weekly edition to interested readers. One may visit the Avocet website to sign up:
My poem was just published in the Week # 45 posting. The poem is below.
Distant shots puncture
Against the wind’s cool face -
Missed, missed, missed,
Beyond the next ridge,
You escaped a weekend
Thomas Tallis, Renaissance composer and musical genius, lived from 1505 to 1585 in England. I’ve admired his music since I was a youth, but only recently became curious how he lived so long in an age when heads literally rolled. Beryl Belsky has kindly posted my speculations on her Writer’s Drawer site. Take a peek if you don’t mind an offbeat (pun intended!) story.
I’ve shared some great camping trips to Courtright Reservoir with good friends over the years . Savoring climbing, hiking, fishing adventures over a glass of wine next to the campfire is not the least of a trip’s pleasures. Here’s a poem born of one such trip. It’s accompanied by one of Ed Haskell’s matchless photos of our fun and games. Ralph Murre has kindly included it on his site:
Beryl Belsky published two of my Yosemite poems on the Writer’s Drawer website. I enjoy sharing personal views of Yosemite. Of course, the waterfall pictured does have a name. Jon Walton took the manzanita photo.
My brother and I used to walk through the high desert east of L.A. with our grandfather when I was nine and Marty was seven. We walked far and had adventures we never shared with our grandmother, but I’ll share one now with you folks. Here’s a link to a poem: http://fictionique.com/?p=19683
The Civil War Trust is America’s leading non-profit devoted to preserving Civil War historical sites and promoting knowledge about our greatest conflict. Its programs support education, enhance public knowledge and engender respect for our shared history. I am most honored that the Trust has added Dawn Drums to its bookstore. Here’s the link: