What Resonates

(Image by Dennis Hodges.  More on his work below) Climbing up the Gloss Mountains, I considered the plight of the Cherokee to whom the US allocated this land in 1835. We began taking it from them again within a generation. How did that feel? How did they actually stand up and face their children—by culture, the next seven generations? In 1893, thousands of settlers lined … Continue reading What Resonates

#amwriting

(Wedding Candles by Marc Chagall, one of several works stolen in PARADOX.) Looking forward a couple months, I have an opportunity to focus all my writing energy on Paradox. Each of my recent anthology publications diverted a little energy from my current work in progress. When you work a day job, that means cutting writing time. I tell stories because I need to.  Like many … Continue reading #amwriting

In Faceted Shadows

Always curious about new ways of seeing, I’ve been exploring 3D shadows in my next book. I used to experience them in downtown Houston between skyscrapers at night. They most often appeared like the image above (look past the lights into the shadows). Sometimes they seemed to suspend spectral shapes in midair. More recently I enjoyed them in the Chihuly exhibit at the Oklahoma City … Continue reading In Faceted Shadows

Art Crawl: Insights

Ice storm outside. I need a distraction and enjoy the way art offers fresh insights or flips my viewpoint. Here’s some I enjoyed this month. I’ll let the work speak for itself. Over at PLAZM, I immediately connected with the ragamuffin distortions of Portland artist, Storm Tharp.  The online gallery features twenty brilliant works online.   And at Art Crimes, I took in the multiple dimensions … Continue reading Art Crawl: Insights

Art to Enchant and Tales to Terrify

Let me enchant you with the art and love of Sara and Shane Scribner in my latest for Art Focus Oklahoma Magazine on newsstands and online (cover and pp. 8-9): And I’ll creep you out with a tale I read for radio in 2013, “Dolls” by Drake Vaughan on the UK’s Tales to Terrify. It’s about 2 minutes in, I think: If you enjoy the show, … Continue reading Art to Enchant and Tales to Terrify