One of my short stories – Starshine in Storyville just dropped!

‘All That Weird Jazz’ was an entertaining concept for an anthology. Jazz is such a rich musical tradition with volumes of intriguing lore and incredible sound. As one of the editors, it was a pleasure reading the various takes on the theme.
The story I contributed is set in a shared universe by other characters set in more anthologies coming from Pro Se Press.
I hope you enjoy reading this anthology as much as I enjoyed writing for it and editing ‘All That Weird Jazz.’

Weird Jazz

Jazz. A music of improvisation, of passion, of its very own kind of magic. Considered by many to be the only truly original American form of music, it has since its birth in a smoky room somewhere also been tied to the strange, wrapped up in the supernatural, associated with the occult, at least in hints and shadows. Pro Se Productions now brings together several of the most innovative writers in genre fiction today in ALL THAT WEIRD JAZZ, telling the tales of the unusual between the notes, the magic behind the music.

From straight up pulp action to ghostly noir to a dragon who digs Jazz more than anyone else, ALL THAT WEIRD JAZZ takes love for this unique musical styling to an all new level, complete with adventure, thrills, and even a chill or two.

With stories by Kimberly Richardson, MA Monnin, Ernest Russell, EW Farnsworth, James Hopwood, McCallum J. Morgan, Mark Barnard, Davide Mana, and Sharae Allen, ALL THAT WEIRD JAZZ combines the fantastic and unusual with America’s own music for one of the most unique collections of stories ever. From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a fascinating cover as well as logo design and print formatting by Antonino lo Iacono and Marzia Marina, ALL THAT WEIRD JAZZ is available in print on Amazon for $9.99.

This singularly distinctive anthology is also available as an eBook formatted by lo Iacono and Marina for the Kindle for only $2.99. The book is also available to Kindle Unlimited members for free.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email

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Thanks for reading,



CyPhaCon Schedule Update!

As packing and final preparation are underway for CyphaCon, an invitation was received for another panel. As it stands now my panel schedule is as follows:

7 pm – Writing Science Fiction with Real Science
8 pm – Genres: Do They Still Matter?

3 p.m. – Creating Memorable Characters
8 pm – Vampires, Zombies, Elder Gods, and things that go bump in the night

2 p.m. – Tropes: Good, Bad or Ugly?

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make it!

Thank you for reading,


Coast Con 42

No automatic alt text available.ATTENTION! GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT INCOMING! We are happy to welcome Ernest Russell as an Author Guest for CoastCon 42!

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This convention has been a part of my geek life for over 30 years, it is very exciting to be going this year as a guest. It has been a delight working with the staff at this convention. Looks like I will be scheduled for at least 5 panels, more on those as they firm up topics.

I’ll be sharing a vendor table with a dear friend and fellow author, Marie Beau. By the time of the convention, March 8 – March 10 2019, we should both have new books available.

Updates regarding the event and schedules will be posted here as they develop.

Thank you for reading,


An update on the Three Billy Goats Gruff

I know, I know, I promised the story. Well, the bad news is I will not be sharing the rest of this crime noir here.

The good news is a publisher reached out and we are discussing a book based on this story. I am putting finishing touches on the proposal today.

The Billy Goats Gruff – A Crime Noir Fairy Tale – Part 1

The end of a creative group

Thank you for reading,


The end of a creative group

Sadly a project in which my partnered artist and I had completed our work has been cancelled. Once Upon a Mystery… is no more. Apparently a lack of communication more than anything else among the principals. This was suppose to be a fun and simple project, a crime noir fairy tale that was PG-13.

For my part, I could not have asked for a better partner on the project than Andrew Spalding. He is very talented and creative as an artist and a collaborator. I feel we worked well together and if I ever have the opportunity to work with him in the future would jump at the chance.

Over the next week or so I will release the story here and I will reach out to Andrew regarding placing at least one of his images for it at the end.

Thank you for reading,


Radio Silence – Life has its ups and downs

Good news everyone!

Last few days have been hectic. On the downside, it was confirmed I have cataracts in both eyes and need surgery on both but the left needs it ASAP. Now I need the $6000.

Good news – to come-

More as the situation develops. Thank you all for being patient and sticking with me.


New People Following “When My Worlds Collide!”


It is exciting to put part of yourself and passions out for public view and receive positive responses.

Still new enough, ( and small enough) I can say thank you directly.

I appreciate DirtySciFiBuddha and wildsoundreviewfollowing the page, looking forward to reading and following them as well.

Thank you for the great comments to Tetiana Aleksina. Hoping you continue to enjoy my musings.

It has been a busy week. the schedule at my corporate job has changed with the result I will have more time for writing but I have not adjusted to the 10 hour days yet. It will come. Write it and they will come. Not quite paraphrasing but you get the idea.

Heading to bed soon. plans for tomorrow, begin writing the weird jazz story and think I am going to try something out here. Everyone has heard of hump day, throwback Thursday, etc. Here, we are going to start having Flash Friday. Every Friday I will post a piece of flash fiction, a story from 500 to a 1000 words.

Thanks again for the follows and the comments. They are appreciated.


Well, here goes…(update)

Fingers crossed. I just resubmitted a pitch for a short story and threw in a pitch for a pocket digest. Now to finish preparing for guests and start writing.


Heard back from my publisher today. Tempered good news. The second pitch for the short story is accepted and it was much better than the original. I was instructed the proposal at least still light on the Pulp feel being sought so I need to step that up. Pretty sure I can pulp it out a bit.

And exciting, to me, is my publisher agreed, once I write it, to look at a 25,000-30,000 pocket novel and perhaps consider it. No commitments here except the promise to look at it. It will be my first shot at a stand alone. Accepted or not, this will be a great learning experience for me in my writing. I have hot 15,000 to 17,000 words just getting out a 10,000ish word story. I’ll be shooting for two to three times my usual length. And I know from experience already, my publisher will tell me straight up what works and what does not. So here goes!