Old friend and raconteur Ed McKean used to amuse my sons (and numerous other young ones) with his campfire story “Pull My Finger”. I won’t go into details, but it was always a hit. Thinking back on those happy times while worrying about fires, smoke and climate disaster, prompted me to use his story’s title for one of my own. Originally published in the 2019 On Loss: An Anthology, Ab Terra’s editors graciously included it in their Issue 4: Climate and Environment. Scroll down a bit to find my story. Here’s the link:
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Pour yourself a glass of Chateau Latour (or at least Opus One), settle into a comfy chair and enjoy my “The Resident Sommelier”. It’s included in Neil Hogan’s new Alien Dimensions #20 – #21 combined edition. Sip your way through some great SF! Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Alien-Dimensions-20-21-Anthology/dp/B098VSSQGJ/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1625762673&sr=1-1
Pete Noyes, retired newspaper and TV reporter, wrote a great book about his experiences in L.A. during the sixties and seventies. It’s called “The Real L.A. Confidential”. I befriended Pete through mutual friend Ed Foley. “Last Date” fictionalizes one of Pete’s more shocking investigations. Originally published in 2014 by Every Day Fiction, I’m happy to tell you that it’s just been republished on the Spillwords site: https://spillwords.com/last-date/
The centuries long struggle for racial justice and equality continues. I am honored to have two stories about this struggle included in the Saturday Writers’ new anthology, “Duck Plucking Time” and “Sockdologizer”.
Some decades ago, I recall sharing a campfire with an old friend. Campfire talk led us to recalling childhood experiences, his in a Jim Crow borderland state, mine in deep South Alabama. This conversation eventually sparked a fictional exploration of our shared history – “Duck Plucking Time”.
Historian Jim Bishop did a stellar job of detailing the traumatic events surrounding Lincoln’s assassination in his book The Day Lincoln was Shot.
I saw a chance to employ his work in a fictional treatment of those events. By creating characters, adding dialog and basing my story on Mr. Bishop’s sequence of events I hoped to pull young readers into the history by putting them next to the characters, both historical and fictional. “Sockdologizer” is the result. It won first place in the Saturday Writers contest for youth fiction.
Please view the teaching materials I’ve prepared for Sockdologizer on TPT. I’ve made both scripts for the story and classroom activities:
Here are the classroom activities: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Assassination-teaching-activities-for-part-1-of-the-RT-script-4923109
Mothers cope, though I’m worried about us all. We’re headed for a vast collapse if we can’t learn to live on our planet without destroying it. Friday Flash Fiction published a new story of mine, one that may amuse and, hopefully, alarm.
“Deliciously Creepy!” – Jane Allen
A Christmas reminiscence of mine was just published by Friday Flash Fiction. Lionel Train Under the Tree is an entry in the 100 word story Christmas competition. Stay tuned for results toward the end of the month!
Editor Matt Potter generously added a Yosemite reminiscence of mine to this excellent anthology. I like to welcome strangers to my campfire. Friend Chip? Not so much.