Fantasma Malvado

Tiburcio Vasquez, bandit

 My Fantasma Malvado was a finalist in the recent Arcanist short story competition and has just been published in the contest anthology. “Malvado” is one of my Joaquin Murrieta stories, based on Central Californian history and legend.  I had great fun introducing Joaquin to Tiburcio Vasquez and having them team up to go after buried treasure. I used this story most successfully with Chalone Peaks students for several years, so I’m especially pleased that it’s been published. I hope it will find many new friends through this fine anthology! Here’s the Kindle link:

https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Mayhem-Monsters-Collection-Magical-ebook/dp/B07QBQWJG4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=magic%2C+mayhem+%26+monsters&qid=1554849907&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

 

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Pinnacles Forever!


Mike Russell, Bill Hunt and Bob Walton in the West Side parking lot, 1977

Friend, neighbor and civic leader Karen Jernigan invited me to speak at a meeting of Pinnacles Gateway Partners on March 14th. This group is devoted to sustaining, supporting and promoting Pinnacles National Park. My very pleasant task was to share some climbing stories and photos with members of the group, many of whom have no experience with rock climbing. Longtime leader of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth founder David Brower initiated technical climbing at Pinnacles in 1934. Tens of thousands have enjoyed the Park’s crags since then. Aside from enjoying our sport, climbers have also shouldered the burdens of protecting and enhancing Pinnacles. We work with the good people of the NPS to support their mission. Climbing culture is strong at Pinnacles and that culture is one of stewardship. I shared that with the Gateway folks. Here’s a link to an article about my presentation:  https://benitolink.com/features/pinnacles-gateway-partners-welcomes-veteran-rock-climber?fbclid=IwAR3a8ES_MGZmY78LN8b83Zb41rZF7lXYjYuTdh4UyID36Z2nWdjTDxxkYZk

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Booth Shot President Lincoln!

Some of you might recall “You Are There”, Walter Cronkite’s great, long-running TV series. Cronkite served as host and interviewer in historical reenactments of critical events from our shared past. The show brought history to life with unprecedented immediacy. I’ve tried to capture that immediacy in this readers’ theater script about the Lincoln Assassination

No event in our history was more important or more traumatic than the assassination of President Lincoln and I’ve created a new story and teaching unit that explores this tragedy.  The unit’s goal is to make these crucial events clear and accessible to  students.  I’ve based my unit’s narrative on Jim Bishop’s excellent book The Day Lincoln was Shot.  By adding several fictional characters and some dialog to the events Bishop detailed, I’ve created a readers’ theater script for middle school and high school students.

I’ve also created vocabulary and reading comprehension activities to enhance and accompany Booth Shot President Lincoln. You’ll recognize both the cooperative learning and reciprocal teaching techniques incorporated in the activities.

Please take a look at the unit’s preview excerpt when you have a chance! Here’s the link:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Booth-Shot-President-Lincoln-4478213

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Up in the Air – A Conversation about Aeolian Variations

I have a story in this most interesting anthology. I thought you all might find my conversation about it with Editor Alisha Costanzo entertaining! The book will be coming soon. Watch for its publication here!

https://transmundanepressblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/robert-walton-an-in-the-air-author-interview/

 

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Time is a River without Banks

Editor Irene Toh graciously chose to put my poem First Snow in “Time is a River without Banks”, Red Wolf Journal’s spring 2019 anthology. It’s a beautiful collection and I’m most pleased to have my small poem included.

https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com

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Alien Dimensions #17 got a good review!

Here’s a review of Alien Dimensions # 17 just published on Amazon:

“Short but sweet. While there are only seven pieces in this anthology, some of them could easily become classics. My favorite is Tomorrow’s Children by James Armer. His story, told from a robot’s POV, covers the accelerated lifecycle of an alien life form that comes from the sea, builds civilizations, fights until only one survives, and then returns to the sea to start the entire cycle again. Very multi-layered without being preachy. I also loved Mothermind by Robert M. Walton. He doesn’t sugarcoat how war is good for business, but follows the revolution of Mothers who don’t approve of their clone offspring being sold to fight unending wars for big business. Timely and personal. An anthology with some heart and soul. Very enjoyable.”  Thomas Howard

 

 

 

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Dawn Drums in the Ekphrastic Review

Caspar Buberl’s frieze of marching soldiers, located at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center in Corinth, Mississippi.

Poetry is the most difficult literary discipline of all and I claim no proficiency in it. I do find, however, that making an honest effort, especially with forms unfamiliar to me, improves my writing overall. I wrote the villanelle just published in the Ekphrastic Review some years back.  The poem was inspired by Civil War art and was originally published as a front-piece to Dawn Drums, my Civil War novel.  Ekphrastic Review editor Lorette Luzajic  paired it with a photo of sculptor Caspar Buberl’s 19th Century Civil War frieze. I appreciate her work in finding an image of Caspar’s work that she could share!  Here’s the link:  http://www.ekphrastic.net

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