Should I Publish My Old High School Stories?

stacks of old handwritten stories and some drawings

I have been in the new house 9 months, and am finally going through boxes in the office.

In the process I’ve discovered stacks of old work, much of it dating back to around high school. Some drawings, but mostly poetry, short stories, and somewhere in here is the most terrible sci-fi fantasy novel ever written.

I’m considering transcribing them and making them available for free just for fun.

Would anybody be interested in that? Reading the awful science fiction short stories of a 17-year-old kid?

Time will tell…

A Father’s Day excerpt from the YA Novel Rocket Summer

A passage for Father’s Day from Rocket Summer.


Ernie surveyed the field for a moment, then sat next to her and let out a breath. “It’s been a tough couple of years, hasn’t it?”

“I guess.”

He picked something off his pants leg as he searched for words. “I don’t like how things are, Lacey. I want you to know that. I just don’t know how we got here, is all.” He turned to her, laid a hand on her knee. “Your mama, she was the one who rounded the corners, made things safe. She handled the hard parts… the fevers, the skinned knees, the nightmares. My job was to lay down the rules. With her gone… I’m sorry, I didn’t know how to make your hurt my priority.”

She looked at the hand on her knee. At the ring, still shining through the grime on his third finger. They’d never talked this long, not about anything that mattered. The hand and the voice were her father’s, but the words were a conversation with a stranger, and as her brain strove to reconcile the two she said something just to fill the awkward silence.

“It’s okay.”

His answer seemed to come from far away. “No it’s not. I was mad as could be at your mama for dying, strange as that might sound to you, and I couldn’t see past that. Couldn’t see you. And I looked in the wrong place to find peace.”

Berta’s place. Steve the bartender. That dusty bottle just sitting there like a test.

Ernie studied his callouses. “Then I found my work again, and I know that’s been keeping me wrapped up, and I know you don’t think much of it, but you got to understand, this saved me.” He nodded toward the mountains, took in the expanse of the countryside with a deep breath. “Look at my office. Things that look big close up, well, they get small out here. You find your right place, find your view of the horizon, things gain perspective.” He scraped at his blackened fingerprint with a thumbnail. “I don’t want to be your enemy, Lacey. You need time to find your place. I can see that. You just know you can come to me, okay?”

She watched him working his hands. Those giant rough hands that once upon a time had carved delicate slices from an apple with a pocket knife, and offered them to her right off the blade.

It had been a long time since their last apple. She still tasted that sweet metallic tang.

She put her hand on his. Her smile was genuine. “Okay.”

#Fathersday #YAlit #MGlit

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Screenwriting for Distance Learning Providers

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I work alongside the Instructional Designer (ID), who is a specialist responsible for designing and organizing the course. They work with the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to define the overall educational goals of the course, and develop supplemental materials like quizzes and tests, downloadable support assets like workbooks and syllabi, and interactive content.

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Number 1 New Release on Amazon!

My new book, 21 Things You Need To Know About Screenplay Options, is the #1 New Release on Amazon in its category, and a Top 100 title in three categories overall!

This is a refinement and republication of the very popular blog posts I wrote up back in 2010, that have been cited or reprinted by Bluecat Screenplay Competition,  ScriptTips, and SimplyScripts.

I’ve done some rearranging, a little editing, and a general cleanup.

In a handy-dandy portable ebook version just for you.

Very exciting!


21 Things You Need To Know About Screenplay Options

William Gibson Interview – All Tomorrow’s Parties

William Gibson, Author
Portrait of author William Gibson taken on his 60th birthday; March 17, 2008. Photo: Gonzo Bonzo

A long time ago — in the 1990s (holy crap, 20 years ago!) — I was the co-host (with my very good pal Sean Meehan) of a radio show on KSCO/KOMY called “Brave New World: The Coliseum Of Cultural Evolution.”

We interviewed lots of cool and interesting people, like Peter Bart, editor of Variety, who talked with us about the trends in Hollywood film-making; WWF wrestler Mick Foley who had just released his first book; and William Gibson, who had just released the novel “All Tomorrow’s Parties.”

For all kinds of reasons, very few recordings or text of the show survive… but I’m stoked that we did capture the Gibson interview.

I’m still looking for the audio file, but in the meantime, here’s the transcript… enjoy!

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