I was recently notified that my short story “Beezlebug” took 3rd place honors in the annual IDAHO Magazine fiction contest. (See a list of winners here.)
Beezlebug is the story of how a U.S. Army National Guard member is influenced by a lone mosquito to take action against his middle-aged neighbor lady. It is a delightful read for anyone who has a neighbor with whom they don’t always see eye-to-eye.
To read “Beezlebug” and other award winning short stories, visit my short fiction page.
My article, “History of the Camp Grizzly Area, 1859 to 1907” appears in the December 2018 edition of the Latah Legacy. The article focuses on the Hoodoo Mining District and discusses how Camp Grizzly got it’s name. Anyone wanting a hard copy of this issue can pick up a copy from the Latah County Historical Society.
My article “Who Swiped the Dishrags?” appears in the November issue of IDAHO Magazine and talks about many of the wonderful surprises my neighbors have gifted me with over the years. IDAHO Magazine can be purchased at BookPeople of Moscow. Also, copies are available for check out from the Potlatch Public Library and the Moscow City Library. If you somehow missed out getting a copy at any of those locations, you can always buy a copy online directly from the publisher at:
If you enjoyed this story you might also enjoy “Zucchini Bandits.” Continue reading
All the hard work has paid off and now it’s time to celebrate! The SFCC Pullman Creative Writing Club is proud to announce the publication of their anthology, DYSTOPIA. Authors will be at Thomas Hammer Coffee on Wednesday, June 6th to read sections of their work and be available to autograph copies for the public. Coffee and munchies will be provided.
Copies of the book are available for purchase from Bruised Books in Pullman and BookPeople of Moscow. On June 4th copies will be available from And Books, Too, in Clarkston. In addition, Aunties Bookstore and Giant Nerd Books in Spokane have agreed to sell the book just as soon as I can get a few copies to them. Bookworms can read for free by using their library card. Print copies of the book have been distributed to libraries in Whitman, Asotin, Latah, Nez Perce, and Spokane counties.
Books are available for sale on Amazon for $9.99 or $2.99 for a Kindle version. Continue reading
My story about treating Bruce to dinner in Harrison for his birthday is featured in the May 2018 issue of IDAHO Magazine. You can read the whole story for free by following the link. (I suspect the free read will only be offered for a short time, so if you’re curious, read it now!)
IDAHO Magazine rules state that authors cannot mention businesses unless they are advertisers, so the restaurant where we dinned is not specifically mentioned in the story. However, I am please to say that we dinned at The Landing. The proprietors, John and Shawna Nelson, out did themselves to provide a perfect evening and I look forward to dining there again, when Bruce returns the favor and treats me for my birthday in June.
More pictures from around the area are below, I hope you enjoy them.
My story, Zucchini Bandits, won a Judges’ Choice Award in the 2018 IDAHO Magazine fiction contest.
Zucchini Bandits is a short story about an unlikely pair. Delfred Long was forced into an early retirement after surviving a heart-attack. Ronnie is a precocious seven-year-old. Neither are looking forward to spending the summer together. Over the course of the story the grandfather and granddaughter duo bond while engaging in zucchini related mischief and mayhem.
I have considered writing a series of short stories involving the adventures of Del and Ronnie, then compiling them into a chapter book. Who knows what mischief the pair will be up to next?
You can see other award winning stories on the IDAHO Magazine website.
My story, Feral Cat Fiasco: Lovable Until They’re Not, is featured in the January 2018 edition of Idaho Magazine. There were several edits to the story so as not to offend the sensibilities of the magazine’s readers. However, I have no such apprehensions, so you can read a bit that was cut from the story below.
Also, to see more information about my troubles with feral cats, check out this post on Feral Cat Solutions.
The Cut Bit:
Well, if they want to maintain a feral cat colony, let them do it at their house, I thought. And that’s when an idea took root. Continue reading
My cartoon ran in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News yesterday.
My article, A Flair for Solar Cooking, And Sparks over the “Hippy” Method is featured in the August 2017 edition of IDAHO Magazine.
Sharon Cousins, was kind enough to share her experience with me during a solar cooking lesson at her residence in Viola, Idaho. The story includes a recipe for her famous vanilla cake which, I can assure you, is delicious. While waiting for the cake to bake, she regaled me with tales of solar cooking adventures from around the world.
Photo: Sharon proudly displays her golden vanilla cake, which miraculously came out of the pan in one piece! Photo Credit: Joshua Yeidel
Locals can read a copy of IDAHO Magazine at either the Moscow or Potlatch libraries. Or if you would like your own copy, they are generally available at BookPeople of Moscow. Also, a copy of this issue can be purchased directly from IDAHO Magazine by clicking here: http://www.idahomagazine.com/shop/2017-8-august-2017-sugar-city/