I served aboard U.S.S. Portland, LSD-37, from August 1983 to December 1987. When I found out they’d decommissioned her and then sank her in the early 2000s, I wanted to ensure what I knew of her was not forgotten, so I recorded various anecdotes from my time aboard in Transplanted Yankee: Lest All My Balderdash … Continue reading U.S.S. Portland, LPD-27
The Writers' Co-op has accepted "Conrad Usry's Estate," a Lovecraftian Time Travel tale, for inclusion in their upcoming anthology, Rabbit Hole. Be on the lookout for dates and locations!
Jumblebook has accepted two of my short stories for publication. "Rocket Fuel" is a 1,250-word original, creative non-fiction about my childhood friend, Scotty, and me. As eighth-graders in 1979, we got it in our heads to build and launch our own rocket. First though, we had to make our own fuel. "Rocket Fuel" is an … Continue reading Jumbelbook Acceptances
Book Review: Agent of Byzantium by Harry Turtledove. I’ve always been a fan of alternate histories and time travel tales, and this book does not fail to deliver. Seven novelettes about a secret agent, Basil Argyros, working for the Roman Empire in the 1300s where Islam never occurred. Basil travels the empire, performing work … Continue reading Book Review: Agent of Byzantium
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My wife's and my kids moved off on down the road a couple of years ago. To fill our time, we decided to take up dancing again. We went dancing on our first date, so it's something we've always done when we had the chance. I'll admit it takes up valuable writing time these days, … Continue reading The Front Room
Every morning for breakfast, I stop by the local donut shop for a ham and cheese croissant and a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (chilled, in a bottle). I’ve been doing this for close to 10 years now, and my belly shows it. The Korean husband and wife owners, Sang and Soon, know me by name. They … Continue reading Sang and Soon
I like to snorkel. I've done it in quite a few different places. However, when my wife and I visited Santorini this past September, the water was too damned cold for this Texas boy. Luckily, there was a woman on our boat tour from Detroit, Michigan, and the water was not that cold to her. … Continue reading Snorkeling off Santorini
The original scene that started Howlers: Lupus Rex is based on a true story, I kid you not. Two of my friends and I found ourselves at the end of a long, dirt road one night outside of Orlando. 1983. Something hunted us, and we barely made it out with our lives. I've twitterized that scene. … Continue reading The Chase