Update On My Writing

My Writing Life: From time to time I get asked what I am working on in my writing life. I have a few projects. First, I’ll share the new projects. On-going projects will follow. I’ll close with the old projects. New projects: I am excited about joining the Author Culture Blog. It is at http://authorculture.blogspot.com. In… Continue reading Update On My Writing

Vacation: Day Four – May 28, 2014  

Last night I attended high school graduation of my nephew Ryan Jones. He graduated from Sevierville County High School in Sevierville, Tennessee. The graduation was held on the University of Tennessee campus. He was the salutatorian. He gave an excellent speech was a Star Wars theme. He returns to the University of Tennessee in the… Continue reading Vacation: Day Four – May 28, 2014  

Vacation: Day Four – May 27, 2014

Last night I went to bed too late. It was after 1 AM by time we made it back to the hotel and got ready for bed. For someone like me who rarely stays up past 10 PM it was traumatic. I awoke a little after 5 AM. Miss Benita was snoozing in her bed.… Continue reading Vacation: Day Four – May 27, 2014

Vacation: Day Three

This is a quick and dirty “highlights” for the day. Left Gadsden, Alabama at 9:45 AM Miss Benita was surprised we cut across the northwest corner of Georgia on I -59. The traffic was terrible – Dallas like on I-24 and I-75 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Head north from Chattanooga toward Knoxville, Tennessee. Got off I-75… Continue reading Vacation: Day Three

Vacation: Day Two

Today is the day the vacation really begins. I awoke at 4:07 AM. I have been awake since then. Miss Benita has been up since then as well. I took us two hours to get ready and load the car this morning. I decided to take the southern route. The southern route is I-20 from… Continue reading Vacation: Day Two

The Martian Chronicles: Chapter Nineteen

Usher II (April 2005/2036) first published as Carnival of Madness in Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1950. “Usher II” tells of Bradbury’s and other writers’ fear of censorship. A literary expert named William Stendahl retreats to Mars and builds his image of the perfect haunted mansion, complete with mechanical creatures, creepy soundtracks and the application of… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles: Chapter Nineteen

Vacation: Day One

The day began as many others. I awoke during the five o’clock hour. I did the shave and shower routine. This morning I cut off my goatee. Did I do it on purpose? Yes, but only after I messed it up trimming. Only then did I purposefully shaved my chin. I headed to my favorite… Continue reading Vacation: Day One

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eighteen

The Naming of Names (2004-05/2035-36) first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. Not to be confused with the short story “The Naming of Names”, first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, August 1949, later published as “Dark They Were, and Golden-eyed”. This story is about later waves of immigrants to Mars, and how the geography of Mars… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eighteen

Vacation: Day Zero

I started to title this post, “What I did on my summer vacation”, but summer doesn’t start for another month. Instead, I’ll call it Benita and Jimmie’s Excellent Adventure. No, I think Bill and Ted used that title about twenty-five years ago. I know, I just call it “Vacation: Day {enter day number here}”. I’ll… Continue reading Vacation: Day Zero

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Seventeen

Way in the Middle of the Air (June 2003/2034) It first appeared in Other Worlds, July 1950. In an unnamed Southern town, a group of white men learn that all African-Americans are planning to emigrate to Mars. Samuel Teece is an obviously racist white man who loudly decries their departure as he watches a great… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Seventeen