Welcome to my Blog!
Welcome! I hope you’re enjoying the short stories posted here as much as I enjoy writing for you, as well as the news about my books. I’d love to hear your comments. Recently we posted our 140th story. Milestones!
Photos: The photo at the top of this page was taken in the Rocky Mountains near Banff National Park. And the photo that provides the background of this page is of a cherry tree in full bloom. Ahhh, Nature! Oh, that photo of me was taken in Palm Springs by friend Dave White.
While you’re here, please scroll down to a collection of quotes: some serious, some humorous, some profound.
Nice Things Happen
Wow: Three books, Three Awards! It’s still sinking in, and it’s pretty awesome. My debut novel, The Ultimate Threat, was published by Endeavour Press Ltd. of London, UK. The novel will be scary to some — hey it’s a thriller about those psychopaths called ISIS — but the sales and the wonderful reviews have been heartwarming. You can check it out here: The Ultimate Threat. I’m delighted that it placed second as Best Thriller of 2015 in an international readers poll.
Speaking of heartwarming, my second novel is a murder mystery and a love story rolled into in one. The Maidstone Conspiracy was published by Solstice Publishing Ltd. of Farmington, MO. This is a story of passion and intrigue spanning the world, from the graceful beauty of the English countryside to the rugged grandure of the Colorado foothills. Writing this novel was great fun! Here’s the link, hope you’ll check it out: The Maidstone Conspiracy It tied for third as Best Mystery of 2015 in the P&E poll.
In between the two novels, a collection of my short stories called, Encounters With Life–Tales of Living, Loving and Laughter, was published also by Solstice Publishing. The 34 stories will inspire and amuse you, and warm your heart.
Here’s the link: : Encounters With Life com. It was named Best Short Story Collection of 2015 in the open category in that readers’ poll.
EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS!
Its a pleasure to tell you about a great anthology to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders. Voices From The Valleys is a collection of 50 short stories, edited by Jodie Renner of Penticton, BC, an internationally acclaimed author and teacher.
The anthology includes my favorite short story, Dragonflies and the Great Blue Heron. Here’s the link: Voices from the Valleys.
It’s encouraging to realize that my short stories now have been included in a total of seven print anthologies published in Canada and the Unites States, and numerous online anthologies and ezines.
Another delightful short story I enjoyed writing was chosen for the anthology Tales2Inspire-The Crystal Collection, created by New York editor Lois Stern. The Pantomine Hunter has received a gratifying response from readers: Tales2Inspire-TheCrystal Collection
And just in case you need inspiration for next Halloween check out the scary anthology, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, from Solstice Publishing, which ironically accepted one of my funny stories about a Halloween prank that backfired: http://amzn.com/1625262728.
It’s a pleasure also to let you know that two of my short stories have been published in another anthology called, Never Light a Match in the Outhouse: Funny Stories from Cottage Country. The book was published by Summit Studios and is available on Amazon: http://amzn.com/0986685666.
Another of my short stories, The Salt Lick, published on this blog, was the runner up for first prize in a contest observing the 10th anniversary of the Word on the Lake writers’ festival. The Salt Lick was included in an anthology honoring the Festival sponsored by the Shuswap Association of Writers.
Yes, we’ve enjoyed lots of good luck, and are very grateful!
Another short story entered in the same competition, Barbara’s Story, received an honorable mention from Tales2Inspire judges.Barbara’s Story
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My working career began in journalism and then teaching journalism, after which I took a detour through the corporate world before returning to writing. That detour included becoming vice-president of a Fortune 500 company — a mixed blessing — and then president of a management consulting firm for 10 years. Those experiences made clear that a varied life, filled with a diversity of good and occasional not-good experiences, provides a huge resource for creative writing.
Have a terrific day . . . You deserve it!
Liu Xiaobo (Nobel Prize winner who died a political prisoner in China)
“Hatred can rot a person’s wisdom and conscience. An enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation and inflame brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and hinder a country’s advance toward freedom and democracy.”
Theodore Rosevelt (This is timely):
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease.
John Heywood, 1546:
There are none so blind as those who will not see.
(His quote paraphrases a biblical proverb: Jeremiah 5-21)
John Wooden, American basketball player and coach:
Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be. Your character is what you really are.
Survival of the fittest has less to do with being the strongest or the most intelligent, and almost everything to do with being able to adapt to change.
No one ever drowned in their own sweat
I feel no need to be what you think that I am.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us.
Bishop Desmond Tutu:
When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.
Bozone — A layer surrounding stupid people that prevents intelligent thoughts from coming through. Source: Washington Post annual Mensa create-a-word competition.
Einstein once defined genius as the ability to recognize the obvious.
1. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all that we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
2. The significant problems that we have cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness with which we created them.
3. The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch and do nothing.
Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Only the closed mind is certain
Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling it to the public.
A Former Mentor:
The very best writing invites you in so completely you become unaware that you are reading it.
It’s better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter
Attributed to an RC Bishop (Name Unknown)
Religions that are mad or sad and not glad, are bad.
To My Children and Grandchildren
Everyone is born with certain abilities, but it is from the ‘nourishment’ of parental guidance first, and then from other life experiences, that these inate blessings will grow and flourish.
— James Osborne, 2012
A Few of My Own:
On Getting Published
Literary Agent Sara Megibow once worked for an agency that in one year received 36,000 queries from aspiring authors. From among those, the agency requested 839 partial manuscripts, considered 98 full manuscripts, and from all of that signed just 9 new clients. Evidently, huge odds are not confined to lotteries.