Mountain Rules 2

I’ve had many great rock-climbing partners over the past forty-two years. Two of the first and best were Ed Foley and Lincoln Hatch. We learned the sport together and shared its great joy: stepping into and joining with mountain beauty. Sometimes we stepped into more than just beauty. That’s where climbing tales begin. Editor Larry Upshaw of Ageless Authors liked my account of a springtime adventure on Tuolumne’s granite. They awarded the story first prize and included it in their upcoming anthology. I’ll let you all know when the tome is actually published.

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Pull My Finger!

I shared many a campfire with Ed McKean, as did my sons. He told funny – if predictable! – stories for all the kids around the circle of firelight. His stories inspired me to write “Pull My Finger”, included in this anthology. Here’s the link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TC18CC7

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Mountain Rules

Son Jeremy and I atop Pywiack in May of 1988 on an ideal day!

In May of 1987 Ed Foley, Linc Hatch and I went to the Sierras in May for some early season rock climbing. We ended up having more of an adventure than we’d planned – as sometimes happens in the mountains – when a violent snowstorm hit us mid-climb. I wrote about our “epic” in my journal and later polished it up a bit for potential publication. It looks like that will happen pretty soon! The reminiscence won a prize in the Ageless Authors competition. I absolutely make no claim to being ageless, but I’m glad they liked the story. I’ll share it with you when it’s available. Meanwhile, here’s a link to the article: https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/487742565/california-senior-writers-awarded-top-ageless-authors-prizes

A view of Tenaya Lake from Pywiack’s summit on a sunny May day in 1988

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End Game

My story “Hell’s Angel” is in this most interesting volume of satire.

Endgame is the final installment of the Alternative Truths series. In it, you will discover stories of what might be, or not be, all envisioned as possible outcomes of the disastrous 2016 election. Stories of justice, redemption, failure, and laughter. How will this national nightmare of endless tweets and divisive policies, all bent on destroying the very fabric of our democracy, end? Will it find resolution under the rule of law, a flash of nuclear fire, or with the slow methodic collapse of democracy. I don’t know but some of the finest minds in science fiction have taken a crack at it and these are their stories, their visions, and their fears.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1949476057

Reviews

“I love the varied voices in these anthologies. End Games really brings home the multitude of opinions and observations in an entertaining and insightful manner. While all the stories are worth your time, I really appreciated those by Louise Marley and K. G. Anderson. B Cubed Press knocks another one out of the park.”

 

“The book is thoughtful and the pieces curated for their writer’s attention to their craft, but also the poignancy of their themes. Each story, while occasionally, very dark, points to how and where we have gone and perhaps how to course correct. The third in the Alternative Truths series, which shows no indication of losing either steam or focus.”

 

The book made me laugh out loud. Jim Wright has T***p down perfectly. In the “Final Tweet” I found Nathan Ockerman’s vision of the fleeing conspirators beautiful, he truly captured the antics of Mitch McConnel. As always, David Gerrold made me think and KG Andersons vision of 2020 kept me awake last night as I considered the prophetic nature of her visions. All in all a good book. I enjoyed it.

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Our Lady of the Harbor

I wrote “Our Lady of the Harbor” several years ago. I’m pretty sure I can’t write any better than I did while creating this story, but it went through twenty rejections before finding a home. I thank editor Glenn Lyvers   for choosing to include it in Dual Coast, Issue # 7.  Here – at long last! – is the link: https://dualcoastmagazine.com/our-lady-of-the-harbor-by-ro…/

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Heart-eater

Kzine editor Graeme Hurry included a story of mine in Kzine’s issue #24, just published. “Heart-eater” is a favorite of mine and not just because I spent so much time revising it! As you all know, I spent many years teaching U.S. History. My favorite time of the school year was when we delved into the American West. Kids were fascinated by the mountain men: Jedediah Smith, Hugh Glass, Jim Bridger and especially John Jeremiah Johnson – the liver eater. Robert Redford cleaned up some of Johnson’s adventures and made them into a fine movie. I did the same, only I took him to a frontier in outer space. I’m most interested to see what you folks think of my efforts! It’s an excellent anthology. Here’s the Amazon link:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RZSDPZF/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46135295-kzine-issue-24&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20

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An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “Aeolian Variations” by Robert Walton

Music is far more important than we think. I’m always happy to explore this axiom in a story and “Aeolian Variations” is one of my best efforts so far. I am proud to have it in this handsome anthology! Please do take a peek at this excerpt from Aeolian Variations!

via An IN THE AIR Excerpt: “Aeolian Variations” by Robert Walton

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