A Shared Voice: Finalist for Book of the Year, Short Story Category

I was honored to be asked to create the cover painting for this collection of short stories featuring writers from Texas and the Carolinas. Now the collection is receiving critical notice. See the good news below:

From the press release:
National magazine selects A SHARED VOICE in its search for the best indie books of 2013.

Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd.

A Shared Voice

A SHARED VOICE, the innovative fiction anthology co-edited by USCA English professors Tom Mack and Andrew Geyer and published by Lamar University Press, is a finalist for the 2013
Book of the Year Awards in the short story category. In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards. A celebration of the winners will take place during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas in June.

In A Dream: 52 Songs In 52 Weeks

“In A Dream” is the fourth song in a series I have optimistically called “52 Songs in 52 Weeks.” I’m 1/13th of the way there.

If you like the song, please re-share it on your social media outlet of choice.

I started writing “In A Dream” in the early 2000s and finally finished it on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Lyrics
I’ve been here before
In a dream, in a dream
In a dream, in a dream

Trying to recall a scene of a dream
From a dream, from a dream

Pre-chorus
Yes, I know where I go
What I know
When I’m dreaming of this place
Yes, I know what I know
Where I go
When I’m dreaming in this place

Chorus
I’m dreaming
Dreaming
I’m dreaming in this place

Flashing on a screen
Memory and dream, memory and dream
Suspended in between
Seen and unseen, seen and unseen

Pre-chorus
Yes, I know where I go
What I know
When I’m dreaming of this place
Yes, I know where I go
What I know
When I’m dreaming in this place
I’m dreaming
Dreaming
Dreaming of this place

Chorus
I’m dreaming
Dreaming
Dreaming of this place

Trying To Make It Through

“Trying To Make It Through” is the third demo in my songwriting series called 52 Songs In 52 Weeks. It has a bit of a Latin flavor. If you like it, share it. The song is a free download for about a week. After that, it will be available for sale.

Trying To Make It Through (Lyrics)
Lights dance at your feet
You’re looking for your friends
Running through the streets
When the police show up the party ends

Trying to get there
Trying to get there, oo
Trying to get there
Trying to make it through
Trying to make it through

Scrambling up a fence
Landing hard in someone’s neat back yard
Motion sensor, dogs are barking
Dogs are coming at you

Trying to get there
Trying to get there, oo
Trying to get there
Trying to make it through
Trying to make it through

You can hear their voices now
They’ve focused in you somehow
Hiding in the darkness
Trying not to breathe

Trying to get there
Trying to get there, oo
Trying to get there
Trying to make it through
Gotta make it through

Once you’re sure they’ve gone
You walk swiftly through the night
On the edges, in the shadows
Scanning left and right…

Trying to get there
Trying to get there, oo
Trying to get there
Trying to make it through
Trying to make it through
Trying to make it through

Where My Runners At? (The Expeditor Song)

“Where My Runners At? (The Expeditor Song)” is the second song in a series I have optimistically called “52 songs in 52 weeks.” My goal is to write and record a song a week for a year. Each demo will be a free download for a few days, and then available for sale after that.

I began writing “Where My Runners At? (The Expeditor Song)” in December and finished this demo on January 26, 2014.

Alice (Headed For Wonderland)

This is the first song in a series I have optimistically called “52 songs in 52 weeks.” My goal is to write and record a song a week for a year. Each demo will be a free download for a few days, and then available for sale after that.

I wrote “Alice (Headed For Wonderland)” on January 12 and 13.  The recording is from January 13, 2014.

Alice (Headed For Wonderland)
Last time I saw Alice
She was headed for Wonderland
I was between places
Resting my head on the sand
 
Watching the airships glimmer in the sky
And counting the barges chugging by
 
She could hold all of summer
She just opened up her hands
She gave me a keepsake
Winking, “I’ll see you when I can.”
 
Boy, I’m sailing away on a merchant ship
From the harbor soon she and I will slip
 
Would you care for some company there at sea?
Cause I could come with you wherever that might be
Alice shook her head laughing
Her hair fell long and free
She said this in parting, “I may yet send for thee.”
 
Now she’s over the waves of the flintlock sea
Headed for Wonderland is she

Art Exhibition in Aiken, South Carolina

Art Exhibition in Aiken, South Carolina

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Tom Mack, Chair of the Department of English, and Dr. Andrew Geyer, Associate Professor and writer extraordinaire, of The University of South Carolina Aiken for hosting an exhibition of my works, which will be on display through November 2 at the Etherredge Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Dr. Mack wrote a nice article about my work in the Aiken Standard, so check the piece out.

The opening reception was held on Sunday, September 29 and the following photos are from the event. Thanks to everyone for coming out and making this Texan feel right at home. I was thrilled that my mom and step-dad made the trip to be at the opening. Thanks, y’all!

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