1st Draft Complete

I am pleased to relate that I’ve completed the first draft of my 11th book, an epic science fiction novel. This book evolved to be sort of a sequel to my novelette The Farr Road, since it takes place in  the same universe and even features one of the critical characters. I used the word…

When Women Wore Shoes

So, I wrote another novelette. It starts like this: Where I come from, women often wore shoes, which, to the best of my knowledge, never caused anyone dismay, in and of itself. Irina liked shoes more than most, which again, was not a problem per se. The potential for problems would have arisen only on…

Fool O’Clock – Part 2

Part 1 is here. When I get to the office, the Director is annoyed that I did an unauthorized handle on my own. She doesn’t care that the fool got dealt, but the clean up with the metro cops meant I was late to another sector meeting. The woman lives for deskwork and can’t for…

Running Jokes

I like running gags in novels. No, I’m not talking about boisterous humor, necessarily, more about having threads within relationships that span time in the books. When done well, I think they not only provide insight into the characters, they draw the reader into the story by allowing them to feel they’re in on the…

Life Lessons from a Big Dog

1. Wag more. Bark less. 2. You will live longer in a pack than you will alone. 3. Every pack needs an alpha. See if it’s you. 4. They secretly like it when you lick them. 5. Not all females are bitches. In fact, most are not. 6. Wild dogs cannot be tamed; they can,…

Spring Poem, by Charlie Patterson

Spring, A Poem by Charles Robert Spencer Patterson Pretty flower blooming bright, lovely petals soft and light, fragrant flowers in the grass, you can shove them, after class.* Cheerful chirping fills the air, large birds singing everywhere. Songs at night that last for hours, you can stick them with the flowers. Trees that blossom overnight…

Why does wonder rhyme with thunder?

“Why does wonder rhyme with thunder?” This I ponder, as I launder. Perhaps the “uh” sound is a blunder. Phoneme twisted, by some donder. Of the “ah” sound I’m much fonder, Like in, “Wander over yonder.” Is a lightning flash a wonder? Is that why it rhymes with thunder? Rip the night sky, tear asunder…

Available Now – The Juice and Other Stories

I have released my short story collection on Amazon! There are 11 short stories and 2 novelettes (10,000 and 15,000 words). I’ve previously posted a blurb, so I won’t repeat it here. I do hope you’ll check the anthology out. Only $0.99! Thanks.

Short Stories

So, on a whim, I declared it International Short Story Month, and decided I would try my hand at short story writing. With the month coming to a close, I have to say it has been an adventure.  It has actually been harder to write this collection than it was to write any of my…