At Vandalog: Street artist Labrona and Others

About the Subtext

(Image by street artist, Labrona. See more at Vandalog) Whenever I’m editing a scene and it doesn’t feel right, I take a look at the story between the words, the subtext. You see, in life, our conversations are full of things we don’t say, things we imply. Through silence, gesture and innuendo, I can bring out another side of the story that is separate but related to the one told…

Coming Spring 2016: Veils, Halos and Shackles

Coming soon: Veils, Halos and Shackles

While I don’t often publish my poetry, I’m honored to be a tiny part of this project. My contribution, “In a Shard of the Bedroom Mirror,” came out of feelings from an abusive relationship that came streaming out after my brain surgery. From Kasva Press: Words kill…. But words can also heal The December 2012 rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey in Delhi moved thousands of people to pour…

Hymn

Originally posted on Elan Mudrow:
? The hearth has been broken An old fire crept its way inside The wooden framework Sweeping prayers away This does not cease The swaying of trees The stirring of dusk The angst of night The foundation of the house Grows deep into the dirt We all share—This home, that Cannot tumble, even when cracked The bricks of new prayers Turn to sparks, eating Our…

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The Power of Love, Not Love Stories

My latest Book Buzz column is all about different types of love: siblings, communities and mentors. Not enough page space is given to these themes so I wanted to focus on three books with plots that turn on the loves we all share. Take a look at the whole magazine. Great times yesterday at the Summer Word Slam. I really could not keep writing without the support of the local…

Summer Word Slam '15

Summer Word Slam

The power’s in our words and writers from all over northwest Oklahoma will be coming together today to share short readings —both prose and verse.  We’ll also be signing books and listening to the new writers that come to our open mic.  I hope if you’re in south Kansas or Oklahoma, you’ll drop by for the fun.  Always a surprise will jump out and spook you or tickle your funny…

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The Chemistry of This Scene

I walk a lonely road The only one that I have ever known Don’t know where it goes But it’s home to me and I walk alone. ~ Green Day It’s a killer song, but even the “American Idiot” isn’t walking alone in it. He has his shadow, his shallow heart and the Boulevard of Broken Dreams to interact with. Nobody is ever alone. Each moment of a scene stems…

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The Problem with Being “Fine”

This post is in honor of Brain Tumor Awareness Month and ANA Awareness Week May10-16. . Most people would rather not talk about the tumor. Plus it’s over, right? Docs took IT out two years ago. Why talk about it now? You’re fine. Except I wasn’t. Sure, I kept telling myself all was better now, as fine as could be expected. Refused to look at the bad stuff. Wanted to…

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Blue Duende

(Photo above by Anastasia Sofia Jones at Gallivant Girl.com) Y’all have been so supportive that to thank you I’m sharing a scene from the middle of PARADOX. You don’t have to know much about the story to “get” this scene: Adele is an art crimes investigator. Mark is a dark ops agent assisting her in Morocco. Eannatum is a 12-inch, stolen Mesopotamian sculpture. And duende is a word that doesn’t…