Sunday, October 31, 2010


"My Lover's Secret," a confession, has been released by Lady Leo Publishing. It's available in various electronic formats.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I received my 54th acceptance today, this time for a confession.

Friday, October 22, 2010


I received my 53rd acceptance of the year this evening, this time for a bit of crime fiction.


My article "Sky Island Gardening" appears in the November/December Texas Gardener.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I received my 52nd acceptance of the year a few minutes ago, this time for a short story featuring Waco-based private eye Morris Ronald "Moe Ron" Boyette. Boyette has appeared in several published stories since his "birth" in "Feel the Pain" (Flesh & Blood: Guilty as Sin, Mysterious Press) in 2003.

With this sale I've achieved my annual writing goal--to average one acceptance per week--and every sale from now until the end of the year is gravy.

Which is a good thing because I haven't finished any new manuscripts since early September.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


My Thanksgiving story "Home for the Holidays" appears in the November True Confessions.

Friday, October 15, 2010


My ghost story "Pushing Coal" appears in the just-released anthology Specters in Coal Dust, edited by Michael Knost and published by Woodland Press, LCC.

To order directly from the publisher, go here:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I've been tweeted

I don't have a Twitter account, but the SFWA tweets my blog posts. Even more unusual is that someone else--Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen--quoted me in one of her tweets on October 10. Go figure, huh?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


I received my 51st acceptance of the year in today's mail, this time for a Christmas confession I wrote in 2008.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010


I received my 50th acceptance of the year a few minutes ago, for a hot, summer confession.

Monday, October 04, 2010


I received my 49th acceptance of the year in today's mail, this time for a 6,100-word Christmas story.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Food for thought

While reading Kevin Burton Smith's "Murder on the Menu," an article about food in mysteries in the current (Fall, 2010) issue of Mystery Scene, I was surprised to see this:
And we should mention Hardbroiled (2003), edited by Michael Bracken, a collection of tough private eye stories in which food plays an important role.
It's nice to know that somebody other than the contributors remembers the anthology.


My story "Too Good To Be True" appears in the Winter True Experience.