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:
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:
Editor Neil Hogan included a story of mine in his Alien Dimensions #17. The anthology was just published and I think it’s a strong one. “Mothermind” is my contribution. Will the future’s cloned, genetically enhanced soldiers need a mother’s love? Absolutely! Here’s the link:
Editor Katie Stevens has expended enormous effort in supervising a series of YA anthologies based on the seven deadly sins. The last installment in that series was just published. “Lust” is available on Amazon! I’m pleased and honored that my “Blue Magic Blues” was included among the other strong stories. Please take a peek! Both paperback and e-editions are available. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Deadly-Sins-Anthology-Lust-ebook/dp/B07MFG6JP4/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1546910491&sr=8-12&keywords=lust+seven+deadly+sins&fbclid=IwAR3XOf8D4ErLKReHDmtUB8ceKRUajkiuXruXF5sgc7haYR-ete_OiGOiKcA
Lust is coming in the New Year. Wait for it!
The literary magazine Bartleby Snopes runs a short story contest every year that’s quite restrictive: no description and no exposition allowed. One must tell a tale using only dialog between characters. My entry is somewhat skewed toward an older demographic and I was laughing out loud as I wrote it. That’s not always a writer’s best guide to quality! “Do you feel lucky, punk” won 3rd prize, so please take a peek when you have time and let me know what you think..
I’m most pleased to announce that editor Neil Hogan included my “Starbuck Billy” in Issue 16 of Alien Dimensions. Previously published in Allegory e-zine, I was disappointed when it disappeared from the internet some years back. It’s now available in both print and electronic formats. I had a lot of fun writing it and I hope you’ll enjoy the deep space ride! Here are some helpful links: