I have great news, folks! My original short story, Big Shot, has been published in the November, 2020 issue of Voices de la Luna, the literary magazine of South Texas. Big Shot is a story I wrote after spending time watching the local blackbirds nest on the wetlands near my home in the Bluegrass area of Kentucky. It's sort of a man vs. nature story that speaks to the importance of the natural world in our lives.
I would like to thank all those readers who wrote in complimenting the story. I appreciate all your kind words. Apparently Big Shot has resonated with many more people than I expected. I wish to thank Voices de la Luna for picking up the story.
My new writing projects include another nature story, "Follies of Survival," a story I wrote about a turtle, who finds that crossing the road in search of suitable breeding grounds is not as easy as it may have been a hundred million years ago. Also, I am putting the finishing touches on a metaphysical baseball story, and a short story about a boy, a backwoods preacher and a rattlesnake. My latest story, which is out to several publishers for consideration right now, takes place in its entirety in an apple orchard. It is a story of relationships, love and redemption.
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The Bluegrass Writers Studio just finished its Summer Residency for the 2023, an intense learning experience featuring writing classes, workshops, readings by visiting writers, alumni, and graduating students, and more. This was my final residency, and I will be awarded my MFA in Creative Writing next month. Where did the past three years go? It was hard work, but very rewarding. Now that I have my degree, I will have time to begin working on my nature creative nonfiction book in earnest, and polishing my thesis, a collection of short stories, for possible publication. I am also working on several poems and an essay or two. And now that I have finished my MFA program, I will have time to get back to my beloved children's manuscripts, the picture book stories I have been writing for the past several years.