The coward

So this morning I open the door to let the dogs out and the odor of skunk wafts gently into my nostrils. “Yuck,” thinks I, “there’s a skunk out there somewhere.”

Chance (AKA the coward) steps out the door before he realized what else was sharing nature with him, and stands there, staring at me over his shoulder with this pathetic look on his face, as if to say “You are abandoning me to the stinky one?”

Chance, who is coming up on four, has been hit by skunk twice and a near miss once. He also lost to a … more

23in13 update

I have been working on a novel in progress. Over the last two weeks, I’ve put in about 3k words.

A few days ago I decided I needed a break so I switched to a short story that has been languishing for almost a year. I’ve been making some good progress on it and I expect it to be finished in a few days. Certainly before the week is out.

I’m going to call that two of the 23. With this post, that brings me up to five. Or is it six?

Oh well, I’ll count later.

Bechdel Test – fail

Over the weekend, I saw a reference to the Bechdel Test (one of many links:, which, for anyone unfamiliar, is a test of gender bias. Passing the test is supposed to indicated three-dimensional female characters.

The explanation goes like this, your movie (or novel) must have two named, female characters that have a conversation about something other than a man. It can be any subject, even something that is cliched, like shoes or shopping. If not, then you fail the test.

It was originally conceived for movies, but I decided to apply it to my first novel to see … more

First Sale


Late last year, I had one of my stories accepted for publication. This is a big deal for me. Let me repeat that…a BIG DEAL!

It isn’t my first publication. That goes to a non-fiction rant. It isn’t my first fiction, that was a contest winner over at On The Premises, although that wasn’t a complete story.

This, however is my first short story sale, and to a pro-paying market at that! I am on my way! Now for the bad news.

How do I get beyond this? “Let me ‘splain. No, is too long, let me sum up”. … more