Wayne Thompson — climbing partner, photographer, friend — took a picture of me while I jotted down the rough draft of a poem. We were enjoying a rest day at eleven thousand feet, right below the Palisade Glacier. We climbed Mt. Sill the next day. Thirty plus years later, I finally got the poem right. It was just published in Your Daily Poem. Here’s the link: https://yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=4218
El Peligroso, my first published SF tale, was included in the 1989 Ascent, Roper and Steck’s acclaimed mountaineering anthology. I still appreciate Steve Roper’s editorial expertise in crafting this narrative about climbing’s future and am happy to share the news that El Peligroso has been published again. Correspondence with Professor Elana Gomel led to its inclusion in her exciting new book, Stanislaw Lem and His Aliens: a Tribute and a Challenge.
Saturday Writers is a most supportive writers’ group. I’ve been honored over the years that they’ve chosen some of my writing for prizes in their well-organized contests. Most recently, the poem below won a 2nd place prize. It may even be published in a future anthology. I thank all the folks who administer these competitions. It’s never an easy task.
I thank editors Robert Grant and Jason Christensen for including my “On the Beach” in the third issue of Abandoned Mine. The quality of the poetry in this journal is high and I’m honored by the company!
WELCOME!I've dedicated my life to literacy and literature for young people. I'm sixty-three and don't intend to change my focus now. I hope that this site will contribute to both! I hope it will be of use to kids, parents and teachers who love to read.
For Kids: I want to know what you think of my story! Writing can be pretty lonely and authors like to hear from readers. Ask me questions about Chaos Gate and I'll do my best to answer them as quickly as I can.
For Parents: I want to know what you think of my story! I'd also like to know how this website can best help you, what activities here are most effective and what you would like to see me include in the future.
For Teachers: I know how hard you folks work. I'm offering you effective, interesting activities to accompany Chaos Gate, whether you're reading it aloud to your class, using it in small groups, or simply have one or two students reading it on their own. I have (or soon will!) comprehension questions, vocabulary activities and word find puzzles in pdf format for every chapter. Check them out and take what suits you best.
Robert's story "Joaquin's Gold" just won the
2010 Art Affair Western Short Story Contest. The story brings legendary bandit Joaquin Murrieta back to Central California during the 1880's in a search for hidden treasure. Robert hopes to produce a book including all of his Joaquin Murrieta stories. Stay tuned.