Do you ever notice how your interests follow you all your life and then . . . Bam! One day, there they are, staring you in the face?
I and my critique partner, Meghan Hill, cofounded Southern Ohio Writers' and Readers' Collaborative (SOWRITERS). Our goal was to bring together the southern Ohio community in a shared goal of reading and promoting books.
"Creek Kids" is available below. Let me know if you like it. It's part of an ongoing Creek Kids Anthology I plan to publish. Also, if you have a story you think I'd be interested in publishing, contact me.
I'm an eco-warrior. My goal is to teach others how to respect the earth, while sharing all I know of organic herb and vegetable gardening. My eco-activism includes writing stories and novels with themes that focus on habitats and species we are destroying.
In "Crotalus Horridus," I focus on the endangered Timber Rattler, being slaughtered. It's an indicator species: what happens to it also happens to us. Of more importance, the venom is used in the treatment of breast cancer.
The Legacy We Leave is another anthology by members of SOWRITERS, which Meghan Hill and I cofounded. The story is part of a collection of earth lore that will also be published in an upcoming anthology to be announced.
I read "Hellfare" at Marshall University in Huntington, WVA. I felt honored to be among fellow authors and peers, but I confess: it was eerie reading my story in the state where my daddy was born and raised.
I could feel Daddy's ghost there with me, and I felt his sorrow. Like every man with a life and family wasted by alcohol, he died with regrets. I'm sure if he could come back, he'd do things differently.
Although my audience didn't know all this, or why I'd written "Hellfare," I took his ghostly apology, and I told Daddy, "I forgive you."