Enemy of my Enemy, an SF story of mine, was included in the just published anthology Deep Waters, Volume 2. How do you deal with an enraged, lethally armed teenager of another species? Good question. I had fun with story and hope that you will too! Here’s the link:
I remember riding on Route 66 when I was a kid and anticipating our arrival at Two Guns, Arizona – snow-cones, rattlesnakes with three inch fangs and mystery rocks. My brother and I had seen lurid adds for its dubious attractions for two hundred miles or so. Space will inevitably have it’s roadside attractions, too. “Petting Zoo” describes a visit to one such. Here’s the link on The Flash Fiction Press: http://www.theflashfictionpress.org
I tussled with this story (from 3,000 words down to 900 and back again!) before I got it right, so that’s probably why it’s one of my favorites. Also, I got to write about the Palisades! I got the idea from a long ago climbing trip during which partner Wayne Thompson took a brief dive into one of the North Pal glacier’s crevices. Pick it up on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SciFanTM-Magazine-May-2017-Editorial-ebook/dp/B071R56XS4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1493212003&sr=8-6&keywords=scifan+magazine&linkCode=sl1&tag=blooandshad03-20&linkId=c0876a807379eaf2304f033db38540a7
The Esselen Tribe lived in southern Monterey County near the headwaters of the Arroyo Seco River for many thousands of years. As with most of California’s Native Americans, their way of life disappeared – along with most of them – in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. This story is set before the great disruptions and attempts to offer a glimpse of Esselens as they once were. Its unlikely hero is a young boy who confronts one of the greatest dangers to his small tribe – an engraged grizzly bear.
Art Salvagno and I had a great time working on this story back in 1981 and again when we revised it in 1995. Ed Haskell offered patient and indispensable service in creating this Kindle edition. Sadly, we had to lose some of Art’s great double-page illustrations when converting the story to the required format. We’ll tinker with our effort in coming months and try to wedge some of the drawings back in – I promise!
By the by, Flower Tumbles won the Salinas Californian’s 1981 John Steinbeck Award for best fiction – not too shabby!
It’s free on Kindle unlimited and otherwise $2.99. Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y5NSHX4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1491901764&sr=1-1&keywords=flower+tumbles+walton
Teacher Pals, here’s a link to lesson plans posted on TPT. They’re good, if I do say so myself!
Principia Ponderosa (Third Flatiron Anthologies Book 18) just came out today. “Welcome to the “Principia Ponderosa,” land of wide-open spaces and
dark dreams. This new anthology from Third Flatiron features 17
stories that combine elements of the Western with other literary
genres, including steampunk, fantasy, occult, and horror. We invite
you to mount up and ride with us into the sunset.” My “La Loca” is included, though it takes place somewhat after sunset!
Brad Watson, Vice President of Saturday Writers had this to say about Make My Day: “Congratulations, you won 1st place in the Saturday Writers’ ‘Sounds of Writing’ contest.” He included this note from the contest judge: ‘The voice was strong, the pacing excellent and the character spot on. I loved it.” I’m most pleased to let you know that this story was included in the 2016 contest anthology and that anthology is now available on Amazon. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Sense-ably-Anthology-Saturday-Writers/dp/1541298888/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486005662&sr=1-1&keywords=saturday+writers+anthology
We’re going to make space our own and live out there, perhaps sooner than we think. Most of our problems will move with us and acquire new wrinkles. I offer a few speculations on what a doctor might encounter while serving on a space station in my new SF story Protocol C. The Flash Fiction Press has just published it and you may take a peek at the address below: