I thank editor Irene Toh for including “Tenaya Moods Shared” in Red Wolf Journal. Yosemite’s beauties – especially Tenaya Lake – are sources of spiritual regeneration for all who visit them. Covid has severed us from those beauties for more than a year and our spirits suffer. Words are cabnot substitute, but I hope mine will help a little.
Category Archives: Accolades
Drabbles are 100 word stories, no more and no less. One of mine won a prize in a recent Scribophile contest. I chose my favorite Groucho Marx quotations and wove them into a more contemporary satire.
Second Place: Leftover Duck Soup
Judge’s Comments: “Loved the comedy running through this. It reflects Groucho Marks’ humour so well, I could see the conversation taking place in my head. It made me laugh out loud, which given the subject matter, is no mean feat. And all dialogue, which isn’t easy. Nicely done!”
I hope it will afford a chuckle! Here’s the story:
Leftover Duck Soup
“Groucho, you can’t possibly vote for him again! Think about our children!”
“Why should I care about posterity? What’s posterity ever done for me?”
“You think he’s done a good job with Covid? You’d take hydroxychloride?”
“Certainly, I intend to live forever, or die trying.”
“Didn’t you hear Fauci last night?”
“Why a four-year-old child could understand that report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child.”
“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”
“I can’t stand it!”
“Thanks for coming. I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.”
My poem Crescent Moon was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Saturday Writers winter poetry contest. I look forward to its eventual publication sometime next year!
“Saturday Writers February, March and April Poetry Contest Winners:
First Place: Cathleen Callahan for Ripples
Second Place: Cathleen Callahan for High Place
Third Place: Cathleen Callahan for Echoic Spheres
Honorable Mention: Jeanne Felfe for The Gulf
Honorable Mention: Kenneth Lee for The Hatchling
Honorable Mention: Robert Walton for Crescent Moon
2021 Contest Chair
I just received the official award certificate for “Sockdologizer”. It won first place in a most competitive contest and I’m proud of the result. You teachers out there, please take a look at the activities I’ve prepared for this story on TPT. They include a scripted reading of the story – a most powerful teaching tool!
And Part 2
I belong to Scribophile, a writers’ group which fosters peer review for writers seeking their best work. Alex Cabal, the group’s administrator, sponsors competitions to provide members both incentive and focus. I entered “Llorona” in the “Who’s Afraid of the Dark?” contest and just learned that it was awarded first place.
Here’s a link to the story provided by Bewildering Stories Editor Donald Webb: http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue869/llorona.html
Here is what the contest judges had to say:
FIRST PLACE –
Llorona – by Robert Walton
We were quite simply enthralled by this spooky western featuring the imperturbable Joaquin Murrieta, a gray-shaded hero who faces evil and brings goodness where it’s needed. We absolutely loved that this piece, though short, went for the interplay of light and dark within humanity and succeeded in doing so with subtlety, charm, and adventure. Interesting, nuanced characters felt authentically real as they inhabited a near-tangible setting for an entertaining take on the classic ghost story, celebrating the light that empathy gives us, and how it can be used to both mitigate and snuff out darkness.
I thank Alex, the judges and all those who entered for helping me find my best story!