Despite the utter nastiness of 2020, I had a good year on the writing front. Highlights: Winner, Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction Nominated, Best Microfiction Featured, Best Indie Spec Fic Finalist, New Millennium Writing Flash Fiction Award 30 publication acceptances Placed Top 10 in a handful of fun contests Met a crowd of wonderful writer … Continue reading A Few Wins
What happens when you combine a medieval plague with the illicit holy relic trade? Find out in my historical fiction "Black Market," included in the newest anthology from TL;DR Press. Out today, Nope 2: Too Late; Didn’t Run contains 24 spooky tales, all benefitting the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. From the Ella Baker … Continue reading A medieval plague? Fake holy relics? Yep, that’s my story!
Moonshot Rodriguez and Gracie Lynn Johnson are teenagers trying to find their way through life in the Texas Panhandle in the 1980s. Check out The Potential of Radio and Rain at New World Writing. I hope this story gives you a taste of a summer night under the stars.
Today is National Flash Fiction Day! I’m thrilled my story Air So Thick is featured in Flash Flood Journal, along with a host of fantastic stories. This is a huge celebration of flash writing and writers, and I’m grateful to be included. “Air So Thick” has been one of my most successful stories. It’s set … Continue reading Flash Flood & Dust Storms!
I’m still happy-dancing about my micro story Air So Thick winning the WOW! Summer 2019 Flash Contest. The lovely folks there interviewed me for their newsletter, and the piece is live today in The Muffin! Being the subject of an interview always makes me feel uncomfortable, but I appreciate the chance to give an extra shout … Continue reading Interview: WOW! Muffin Newsletter
I'm thrilled my story "Air So Thick" won top honors in the WOW! Women on Writing Summer 2019 Flash Contest! Check it out, and while you're there, take a look at the other fantastic stories featured. "Air So Thick" is one of several stories inspired by my childhood growing up in the Oklahoma panhandle, where … Continue reading Winner: WOW! Summer 2019 Flash Contest
I fell in love with Twist in Time Literary Magazine when I read their first issue. Time and history -- what's not to love! I'm not sure the editors could be any cooler; they sent the funniest acceptance letter I've ever seen. I'm thrilled my short story Midnight at the Crossroads Diner is featured in … Continue reading Midnight at the Crossroads Diner
I’m thrilled my flash story “Air So Thick” is included in this Maps & Landscape issue of The Writer’s Cafe Magazine. I’m looking forward to reading all the stories!
by Gene Groves
I can’t translate them.
Is that north or south?
Should I turn the map around
to help me?
Where are we? The A what road?
If that’s a dog leg
do we go left or right at the end?
I stare out of the car window
in a desperate search for a road sign,
easier to decipher.
Trees obscure everything
till we approach a junction.
Five ways, which one to take?
I’m no use at all.
Pulled up, map grabbed and scrutinised
I’m told we should have taken the other left,
Now where are we?
by Gene Groves
… and so history issues from geography in the same way that water issues from a spring:unpredictably but site-specifically. The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, Robert Macfarlane. Penguin Books.
This old map with its colours
muddied by time, traces boundaries,
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"Little Tiger" is a flash story about a father and son. The setting is Eastern China in 208 B.C. I think this is one of the most exciting times in ancient Chinese history, and I hope this short story brings a bit of that time to life. This story sat in a drawer for more … Continue reading Little Tiger in Copperfield Review