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Sherlock Climbs Again!

The editors at Saturday Writers of the Missouri Writers Guild just awarded my Sherlock Holmes pastiche “Sign of Camp Four” 2nd place in their August 2012 contest.  Sherlock, Watson and Mrs. Hudson visit Yosemite Valley.  Romance, adventure and, of course, attempted murder, ensue.  I wrote this story some years ago and had great fun doing so.  I’m glad it will see print in the Guild’s anthology.  Don’t worry!  I’ll be sure to let you all know when it comes out.  The game will be afoot — in climbing shoes.

Not Quite Yosemite Falls

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“Mel’s Tours” receives SF prize

How about a Mustang convertible?

L.A. is a pretty easy place to satirize.  Such a huge target!  Such multiple excesses!  The editors at Saturday Writers of the Missouri Writers Guild agree.  They just awarded my SF story “Mel’s Tours” 2nd place in their June 2012 contest.  What if some of L.A.’s endemic problems are just a tourist attraction?  I’m a lifelong fan of Mel Brooks and I trust Mel will forgive me for borrowing him for this fantasy ride.

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Newlyweds

April 8th, 1972 at Mission San Antonio – a beautiful day!

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The Man Who Murdered Mozart

Barry Malzberg is one of Science Fiction’s greatest writers of the last fifty years.  He helped judge last year’s Galaxy contest and wrote to me expressing admiration for my story.  An exchange of emails led us to discover a mutual passion for classical music and interest in music’s greatest mystery:  Mozart’s Requiem Aeternam.  Who finished it?  How?  It was my great honor to collaborate with Mr. Malzberg on a story inspired by this mystery.  “The Man Who Murdered Mozart” was just published in “Fantasy and Science Fiction“, the March/April edition.  You musical friends of mine might want to have a look at it.

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Dogwood Dream

The “Steel Toe Review”, a fine journal of contemporary Southern Arts and Literature, just published my “Dogwood Dream”.  I am most honored to have it included in this journal and pleased that people will be able to read it.  The link is below.  This story was singled out last year by winning the  “New Millennium Writingsshort fiction award, though I remain quite humble about the recognition.  Some stories push you to a higher competence than you can achieve on your own.  This story did that to me.  I can’t write any better.

http://steeltoereview.com/2012/01/27/dogwood-dream-by-robert-walton/

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Morning Manzanita

I’m pleased to share with you all that my poem “Morning Manzanita” will be published in the Winter Issue of Song of the San Joaquin Quarterly.  I’m not a good judge of my own poetry, but this poem pleases me more than any I’ve written in recent years.  I wrote it last summer during a brief visit to Kings Canyon.  Between cloudbursts, floods and bears, I squeezed in a good word or two.  Also, as I was with Chip Kosty, I had to keep up my end of the wine drinking.  Ah, a poet’s travails!  Here’s the poem:

                      Morning Manzanita

 My friend stroked manzanita bark,

Smokey red,

Newborn smooth,

As she would a child’s cheek

And she laughed like sunlight bursting

Through dawn mist.

Her delight turned hikers’ heads,

For few women laugh so

Or dare allow their hands to linger

Upon such silk

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Three’s A Crowd

A number of folks – Wayne Thompson, Dave Gregory and Mike Russell especially – have shared less than comfortable mountain bivouacs with me.  I’ve tried to strand John Miller any number of times, though never with a sufficient amount of snow and associated discomfort.  Prompted by the Kendall Mountain Festival, I wrote “Three’s a Crowd”, a skit about a bivouac, more than ten years ago.  The Shoestring Theater on KUSF produced “Three’s a Crowd as a radio play back in 2006. They did a fine job and the play got lots of air time on both KUSF and in the wider NPR world.  I never could get the short story version published, however, until now.  Dominic Kennedy, editor of the Kalkion website likes the story and has published it.  The link is below.  Writers shouldn’t play favorites, but “Three’s a Crowd” is dear to me.  The story wrote itself and is better than anything I can come up with on a normal day!  A link to it is below.  Please let me know what you think of it!

http://www.kalkion.com/fiction/1393/threes-crowd

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