Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! Here’s an afternoon snack (or maybe a morning or evening snack, depending on when and where you’re reading this) to get your weekend going: the opening paragraph of my new novella, Tryouts – inspired by my attempt to make the varsity basketball team when I was a freshman in high school. It was named a Finalist in this year’s Trifecta Competition sponsored by the Iron Horse Literary Review. My plan is to publish it as a chapbook this spring, hopefully to coincide with the college basketball tournament. Enjoy!

There must have been forty of us, maybe fifty, kids of all shapes and sizes, crammed into that stuffy gym after class, the place reeking of sweat and dirty socks and farts, chattering, fidgeting, roughhousing. It was chaos on that Monday afternoon at three-forty-five, the first day of basketball tryouts, all of us vying for only eleven spots on the varsity team. Some clearly wouldn’t make it, some clearly would. And the rest, like me, fell somewhere in-between.


I’m excited to be returning to one of my fave lit mags, Fleas on the Dog, where I’ve written the intro to a really good play called “Barren Landscape” by the playwright Steve Gold – it’s a bittersweet tale of a daughter and mother coming to terms with the mother’s early stages of Alzheimer’s. The issue will go live next month.

In the meantime, my chapbook, “Three in the Morning and You Don’t Smoke Anymore,” is out now and widely available, including at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And if you already have it, and read it, and liked it, good reviews on Amazon or Goodreads are always appreciated!


Three in the Morning and You Don’t Smoke Anymore is now widely available, including on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads (and your local bookstore might be able to order it for you too). Some links are included on the Chapbook page. Also, I am now a Goodreads author, which means, among other things, that you can log on and ask me questions about my chapbook, my writing or just whatever (and also check out the new dramatic picture!) – just don’t make your questions too difficult 😉


I recently licensed one of my plays – “Out on a Limb” which was originally performed a few years ago at the Kentucky State Fair – to Drama Notebook which, among other things, provides scripts for elementary, middle school and high school students, and I just had to share this fun cover art they came up with! More information, including an excerpt from this play, can be found here.