About this blog

First of all, as you can tell I have changed this Blog site. I have now organized it as such:

This website will be a compilation of various bits and pieces I find interesting on the internet and beyond. As for my writing, I will be moving all my stories, both short and long, to a new website, same name but a much different service altogether. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to follow my writings and such.

Posted Stories & Such

Just click on the link above, or to the right, and you will be redirected to this new site.


Darkness gathering...

Bonus time. Since it is a Friday, and since it is the last Friday in May, I've decided to throw another bone to you. (What the last Friday in May means is beyond me...?) Here is a short I wrote a few years ago... something dark, something a bit scary. It's a little story I like to call... Rabbits.

So hop on over and give a try...


Eye for an Eye

I have discovered a better way for you, dear reader, to view my writings. From today forward, instead of posting my ramblings across multiple posts, I am making them available at Scribd. If you haven't checked this service out before, I implore you to do so now. They have a plethora of free e-books and other materials for your reading pleasure.

Here is the link to my latest short, what was known before as Station, enjoy...


Another way is to simply click on the title of this posting, 'Eye for an Eye' , it should take you right to it.

Now this is funny...

If you really like cats...

Worth Reading #1

From time to time I'll be bringing you what I consider to be, some of the best short stories out there. Stories you won't find in magazines or books, only on the net. This weeks short is from:

Marie Brennan, an anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. Her short stories have sold to more than a dozen venues, including Talebones and On Spec, and a previous story set in the Driftwood world appeared in the Nov. 2008 issue of Intergalactic Medicine Show. She is currently working on a series of historical fantasies centering on the faerie court of London, beginning in the Elizabethan period with Midnight Never Come and continuing in the seventeenth century with In Ashes Lie, due out in 2009.

Her short story 'Driftwood' (sci-fi/fantasy) can be found here: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/story.php?s=29

I suggest you check it out.

Chapter One...

Valerian began as a writing project some years back. Originally it was a story about a boy, a boy trying to find his father against incredible odds. It has grown beyond this, however. Beyond even where I imagined it. Historical fantasy... with just a tinge of horror thrown in. Setting, modern day New York City...

Richard II- ACT II, SCENE IV. A camp in Wales.

Enter EARL OF SALISBURY and a Welsh Captain

My lord of Salisbury, we have stay'd ten days,
And hardly kept our countrymen together,
And yet we hear no tidings from the king;
Therefore we will disperse ourselves: farewell.


Stay yet another day, thou trusty Welshman:
The king reposeth all his confidence in thee.

'Tis thought the king is dead; we will not stay.
The bay-trees in our country are all wither'd
And meteors fright the fixed stars of heaven;
The pale-faced moon looks bloody on the earth
And lean-look'd prophets whisper fearful change;
Rich men look sad and ruffians dance and leap,
The one in fear to lose what they enjoy,
The other to enjoy by rage and war:
These signs forerun the death or fall of kings.
Farewell: our countrymen are gone and fled,
As well assured Richard their king is dead.

Ah, Richard, with the eyes of heavy mind
I see thy glory like a shooting star
Fall to the base earth from the firmament.
Thy sun sets weeping in the lowly west,
Witnessing storms to come, woe and unrest:
Thy friends are fled to wait upon thy foes,
And crossly to thy good all fortune goes.

Shakespeare: Richard II., ii. 4.

They say you don’t know what you got till it’s gone. But what if you didn’t know what you where missing, would you ever know if it was gone? Would you even care?

Let’s say your Aunt had a million dollars setting in a bank in Buffalo, if she were to suddenly up and die and no one ever told you about it or her, would you set around all day pining for something you never even knew existed… even if it were yours to begin with?

See my point, the worlds a cruel, cruel place.

The streets were busy, but no more then usual. Huddled masses, blurred aspects, shadowed continence’s.

He'd been in the city less than a year and already he hated it. Everyone always seemed to going somewhere, always in a rush, never taking the time to stop and just say ‘Hello.’ Not that he would have answered them mind you. It was just the thought, the thought that some of them might take the time to be nice to someone like him. But now, even that no longer mattered. Not anymore.

Three hundred days, three hundred treks through Times Square, always looking, always hoping. Three hundred days of watching the sliding blur of humanity shimmer its way down glass corridors wide enough to literally drive a bus through.

Speaking of busses, there were a herd of them now, steel gray pachyderm, head to butt, shoulder to shoulder, coughing and heralding their way south towards Central Park.

“Probably packed to the rafters with Asians, cameras in tow, jet black hair greased to smooth perfection-”

“Excuse me young sir… young man.”

He'd been so lost in thought it never occurred to him that the aged and bent figure swaying before him hadn't been there even a minute before, but seemed to have materialized from the naked night like a sudden fog breaking over a pond.

Startled he withdrew, as much from fear as from the bitter northern breeze which seemed all to intent upon cutting him to the bone.

His first attempt at dismissal went unheeded, as well as his second. With a sigh, “What is it old man?”

Beyond the figures straggly gray hair lying long past his shoulders and scruffy white beard he'd really not given the twisted old fart a second glance.

“Might you have a bit of change to spare, young master?”

Young master? How old was this guy anyway? The only people who spoke like that nowadays were in the movies.

“Do I look like I have ‘a bit of change’ to spare?”

At his words the old man began to shuffle, first leaning left and then leaning right, as if he'd felt the sudden need to break dance.

‘Looney-toon without a doubt…’ Or was he? Something about his shuffle, the way the shadows seemed to cling to the man’s face, never revealing, not entirely anyway. Only the tip of his nose remained. At the crook of it, near the bridge was a mark… a flash of memory… the beginning of a thought- then it was gone.

At this point the old man seemed to smile.

“You want to take a good look around Grandpa. We're standing in the street in the middle of winter, in one of the richest most grandiose sections in the entire city. Every second there are ten thousand ‘ever do betters’ walking by and all you can manage, all you can do, is to stop and ask me ‘if I've got a bit of change to spare.’ Have you lost your freaking mind?”

A moment of pause, perhaps to reflect, perhaps not, then shuffle step, shuffle step, as if the very act of thinking involved more than just thinking… involved doing.

Maybe words were too much for the old geezer after all. Running with this idea the boy began to gesture about, at all the ‘mister and missus who always appear to have so much’, so much in fact that even though two complete strangers had stopped in their very midst, none of them really seemed to notice at all. As if they were being guided by some poverty sensing GPS, alerting the crowds to break to either side with never a glance spared or word spoken.

“I'm sorry, young master. It appears you are right.” Stopping in mid-shuffle the old man began to draw back, his face now turned to the ground.

“You should be ashamed,” the boy continued. He wasn't really all that upset with the situation or the old man, it had just been an ugly year that's all. And to top it off, there was this place he really needed to be, and he was already running late…
‘As in late, I'm late, and for a very important date…’ And the last thing he needed right now was to be distracted or delayed. In his mind the old man had already ceased to exist, as, with so many others in this city, he'd simply edited him out of existence- that's when the unexpected occurred.

Without any sort of warning he was suddenly and brutally grabbed from behind. An elbow snaking its way around his neck and was tightening, drawing him back into the ever present darkness of the alley, an alley thick with the stench of humanity’s waste.

He immediately began to struggle, straining to scream, his fingers attempting to gain a grip on an arm that wouldn't let go and was slowly continuing to tighten. All the while, well beyond the alley’s entrance and along the fuzzy peripherals of his darkening vision, shadows trailing shadows rushed by, seemingly oblivious to the life and death struggle taking place just beyond their sight.

Lips were pressed against his ear. A mans breath, a voice… and a single sentence uttered-

Just as sudden he was being pushed away, made to stumble out beyond the darkness of the alley and into the light, his eyes bleeding tears as he turned to face his attacker- who was already gone.

“Crazy old bastard,” Eyes wide, he scanned each and every face around him seeking the old mans, but it was too late, the old man was already gone.

‘It had to be him… who else could it have been?’ With his reeking old man breath and his coat sleeve all rough and raspy. All the while, all around him, ‘Mister and Missus ‘o so fine’ sought to clear a path, as if sensing something unusual had occurred but not really knowing what.

Trouble, like poverty and hunger had a tendency to rear its ugly head often on these mean city streets, of this he was only too aware. When it did, it was best not to be around.

‘Not fair… not fair at all.’ He wailed, shaking his fists towards the heavens. But then again he already knew that. The only real mystery that remained, besides why all this was happening to begin with, and he had a pretty good idea about that as well, was what the old man had whispered in his ear just before letting him go…

‘Remember boy, all the worlds a stage so don’t dawdle when your time comes lest you be left all alone in the dark… and know this boy, they feed in the dark, boy do they feed.’
Yes... the Frank Herbert, no other than the author of DUNE, The Green Brain, etc. Of course, at the time I didn't have a clue as to who he was, only that Mr. Reynolds and a couple of other students seemed pretty excited at getting to hear him lecture about writing Science Fiction.

You need to remember, up to this point I had nothing to do with fiction, science or otherwise, the only reading material I was into was 'How things work' sort of books. That and biographies. (I really wanted to be an astronaut, a curse of being born in the early 60's and watching Armstrong and the others bounce around on the Moon, I guess.)

Needless to say, I'm setting there in this packed lecture room, it's standing room only... and I'm wondering just who this guy was that everyone seemed so excited to meet and hear. Minutes pass, then in walks this guy wearing a brown sports jacket, jeans and this little French Beanie. I'm thinking, Hey, if this guy can walk around wearing a little French hat, then he has to be worth listening to.

So I listened... for the next hour or so.

By the end of his Q & A session, I was hooked. All I wanted to do with my life is what this guy was doing... write, write, and write some more! To me this was it, it couldn't get much better. (Of course, this was before the dreaded Rejection Slip realization.)

At the end of his Q & A Mr. Herbert held a book signing session. People were jumping up and carrying around stacks of this Dune book of his, which oddly enough, I hadn't even heard of as of yet but was going to check out at my earliest opportunity... As for our little group, the only book of Mr. Herberts we had was a dogeared copy of The Green Brain... and everyone was way too nervous to go up and get it signed. So what did I do? Me, mister shy, mister wallflower, I volunteered as quickly as possible and literally sprinted down to the stage to beat everyone. Mr. Herbert must have seen just how quickly I had arrived because he sort of smiled, took the book I offered, and said hello. I stammered and stuttered for a few minutes, he nodded politely the entire time, commenting on how old and worn out the book was I'd given him, mentioned that they still sell newer versions, then looked up and asked me the most earth-shattering question you can imagine... "Have you ever considered writing yourself?"


I remember looking at him sort of dumbfounded and shaking my head yes, oh yeah, I was smiling that smile too- you know the kind, like I needed to be brought back to the facility before dinner for my next round of electro-shock therapy... anyway, with that and a quick but firm handshake, I walked away... knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that come hell or high water, that if it was the last thing I ever did, I was going to be a writer.

I'm still trying.
If you've just tuned in, thanks. I'm going to take a moment and interrupt the usual postings to clarify a few things, mainly, why I write the way I do and what I do. I will try not to over bore you with my life's details, however, I feel it necessary to explain how all this began.

I've been writing off and on, (mostly off) since I can remember... Okay, you got me, since I was in 6th grade.


I'm not sure, must be a glutton for punishment I guess. No better way to beat yourself up then setting down over the course of a year or so, crank out about 1500 words a day, only to have them thrown back in your face after sending them out into the world.

As for me personally, I served most of my high school time in Central High School in St. Joseph Missouri. Had a lot of great friends, remained pretty much a geek my entire career there, but other than that, and an urge to play anything Avalon Hill games put out... (can anyone else remember Iron Men and Wooden Ships???) You could say I kept pretty much to myself and my imagination... until a certain Mr. Reynolds came along in the middle of my sophomore year. Here was a teacher introducing this little class he was calling Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Experience wise, I'd heard a lot about this Dungeon and Dragons stuff, and actually got to meet Mr. Gary Gygax as he was making the rounds to all the Hobby Heavens and introducing his little game of D&D, so that was something... also, I was a die hard fan of a couple of science fiction TV shows. (One of those shows had a great deal of impact... Star Trek, the other one came along later, Space 1999.) So you could say to some extent, I was curious to see what this Reynolds guy had to offer... so I took a chance and signed up for a tour!

First month in, and I figured I must have done something right for once. To some extent this class was exactly what I had been waiting for... a chance to see beyond the confines of my self inflicted 'box'. This class also changed my life... how?

I got to meet, face to face, some guy named Frank Herbert!

More later...