My three published novels:Plus new short fiction available now on amazon kindle!

My three published novels:Plus new short fiction available now on amazon kindle!
My three hardcover novels are available now for your Amazon Kindle device. Also find additional ebooks of fiction, and a two-volume photo book of Cuba's Classic Cars. Click on the book covers above.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

dog language

Someone once told me that dogs understand every word that you tell them. I didn't really believe that - until I got Fletcher. And being a Jack Russell must mean that, when he appears not to listen, he's actually just ignoring me.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Confederate Dead

On the grounds of the Texas Capitol is a memorial to the Texas soldiers and sailors who were killed in The Civil War. The text on the monument goes on and on about state's rights as guaranteed in the US Constitution, and how these brave men took up arms against their homeland to assert these rights. The right to own slaves is not mentioned on the plaque.

But the memorial does have a great tableau of statues. 

The figures do more for the memory of those who fought than any differences those sides might have had - differences both sides took with them to their graves.




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tai Chi

Just a reminder that I've had Fletcher two years now. He continues to be a playful, energetic, great little guy. 

One of his finest moments happened while I walked him in the park, off-leash. Six or eight people were performing their tai chi exercise, doing that slow motion zen stuff. Fletcher did not like the looks of them, moving their arms and legs and torsos with just slightly more animation than a tree. The sight of them just didn't sit right with him, and he sounded the alarm, barking like crazy, warning anyone else nearby to stay away from these slow motion people. (Fletcher has also barked at statues.) 

I leashed him up and got him out of there. Then I told him he was a good dog.




Saturday, August 9, 2014

Divine Access

A screenplay that I began 12 years ago wrapped production at the end of May. It was an idea that started with Steven Prince, the first couple of drafts written by me. Steve went to work on the script then. At one point, our work won first place in the Santa Barbara Screenplay competition. Nice to have the recognition, but the studios and production companies were not kicking down our doors to throw money at our feet. But Steve always pushed it, uphill much of the time. He ended up directing it.


It's Divine Access, starring Billy Burke, Gary Cole, Patrick Warburton, Dora Madison, and Joel David Moore. Adrienne Barbeau has a nice part in it as well. The cinematographer was Julie Kirkwood, who made the whole thing look just beautiful. As a bonus, I was cast in a role, playing a hayseed who has a near death experience after choking on a hot dog. 



Currently, Divine Access is in post-production. 



Inspired by this taste of acting again, I was motivated to update my head shot:




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Looking through my Cuba photos from a year ago, this is one of my favorites. I shot it with the iPad mini, out a vehicle window, a quick draw and shoot. So, it's not technically the best. But look at the magic hour colors, the decaying architecture, the driver heading into the sun in a classic car. Yeah, even the hat is cool...

Click on the photo to enlarge it.


Friday, June 6, 2014

corrected format

It was pointed out to me that the books of mine that had appeared in hardcover had been uploaded onto Amazon Kindle in a format that was haywire, jumbled, crazy, bewildering...

So, I went through the three novels, line by line, and corrected the format. The work does look good now, and reading through the stories again, I found quite a bit that I liked. The novels still hold up.

If you go to my Kindle page (click on a book cover up above), you can then click on an individual book for a free preview. Even if you decide not to purchase one at a bargain rate, I hope you enjoy the free samples.





Sunday, May 4, 2014

Since I'm beginning to get some credits listed on imdb.com, I tried uploading an image for that web site to use - various photos from productions, older headshots. But imdb does not seem to want to publish them. Here they are anyway:


a headshot

a frame from Fight Club


growing my beard out for a western


a clean-shaven headshot





Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sundrawn art

This entire area was swept clean a couple of months ago when Shoal Creek flooded, leaving nothing around the tree trunks except newly deposited gravel. Earlier this week, a kind of art installation appeared. Reminiscent of the old wood-burning kits, images have been burned onto logs using only the sun and a magnifying glass. The logs are standing on end for now. They seem too heavy and bulky for anyone to walk away with one of them. Sooner or later, though, the creek will claim them. Months or years from now, the sundrawn art might be a part of the debris piled up in the next flood.