June 2017 Edition

Water lilies are fantastic, aren’t they? Just look at the gorgeous coloration someone captured in this spot. Spectacular! The vibrancy just makes my heart sing for the beauty of it. There’s nothing hidden in a water lily, she is fully alive and reveling in glory, a queen of aquatic plants, but always glancing up, towards her Creator. Were that we were all like she.

Currently Reviewing

Nothing new for the month of June.

Currently Editing

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This month’s issue of The Scribe features a woman testing the durability of the Missouri Botanical Gardens’ legendary (at least locally) giant water lily pads. The Gibson Girl sylph, as I like to think of her, looks prepared to give the musical performance of her life, and I sort of wonder whether the gentleman in the background is at hand, just in case anything goes wrong.

If you’re interested, click here to read the June 2017 issue.

Currently Writing

It’s been a busy few weeks as I’ve begun (and finished) writing both of the reviews due for this month and I’ve migrated all of my older posts to my new domain, and updated the past blog posts, adding some monthly editions with brief summaries for where I’d forgotten or neglected to post at all that month.

Gateway Con is coming up next week, more information available at: http://www.stlwritersguild.org/gatewaycon.html.

Over the next few months, I really ought to make a point of these being longer with some other ‘currentlys’ that might be useful to keep track of (for example, listening to, learning, reading, loving, etc.)

Hope to see you next weekend at Gateway Con! If you’re not a reader, there’s also going to be an Author Hall with lots of free programming for readers. Be sure to check it out for a spell if you’ll be in the area and come find me.

Oh, nearly forgot… here’s where I’ll be speaking if you have any interest in the track for writers:

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

  • 10:00AM: Producing The Scribe: a Literary Magazine by St. Louis Writers Guild with Lauren Miller and T.W. Fendley.
  • 05:00PM: Panel: Getting the Past Right with Historical Fiction (four speakers, me included). I’ll be talking about my experiences reviewing the genre.



May 2017 Edition

Currently Reviewing

Still reading the two books I mentioned last month as most of my free time is being spent compiling an anthology for my local writer’s guild. The May issue of Historical Novels Review is now available and you’ll find my review of For the Record by Regina Jennings in print and online.

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scribe-may 17The May 2017 issue of The Scribe is out, click here for your reading pleasure. Now working on the June 2017 issue which I hope will be at least partially Gateway Con-centric.

Currently Writing

Not doing a ton of writing right now to be honest, focused almost entirely on the aforementioned anthology and preparing for a move. With next month’s conference coming up, hopefully June, while busy, will at least have more of interest to discuss.

As an aside, last month (after posting), I did have the opportunity to visit some various parts of the Midwest (Kentucky, Ohio) and had a wonderful time. If anyone I met is reading this post, thank you again for your hospitality!

April 2017 Edition

Currently Reviewing

More like… mailbox watching. The new lists are out and I’ve gotten not one, but TWO new reads, hurrah! The Secret of the India Orchid by Nancy Campbell Allen and Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky.

Don’t they look lovely? I can’t wait to get started!

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scribe-apr 17.jpgThe April 2017 issue of The Scribe is now available here for your reading pleasure. At work on the May issue at present.

Currently Writing

I finished my little poem which I mentioned back in January 2017, based on a roleplaying game I occasionally haunt. Less and less these days, but still. April also marks the opening of the guild’s annual poetry contest (because April is guess what? Poetry month!) so… I entered. My first time since childhood entering a legit poetry contest. We’ll see whether anything comes of it but I was delighted to be able to craft a piece of work, outside of a scholastic setting, that I felt confident enough in its merit to be open to sharing it with others, and it’s been a long drought since that has happened. I’d like to do it again sometime, God willing.

March 2017 Edition


Not much of interest in the month of March, but read on if you like.

Currently Reviewing

for-record-ozark-mountain-romance-book-3-regina-jennings-162x250 Well, around Valentine’s Day last month, I found out that I’ll be receiving the latest book by Regina Jennings, For The Record. I’ve previously reviewed two other titles of hers for HNR, most recently including At Love’s Bidding (review published in HNR #77, August 2016) and a short story of hers that appeared in an anthology titled A Match Made in Texas, (review published in HNR #68, May 2014).

She’s been a reliable author so I’m confident that I won’t have any problems getting through reading one of her books and providing an honest, fair review.

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Just finished The Scribe March 2017, which you can read here, if interested. Now working on the April issue. I’m really digging the space-age cover that Brad found, which is the interior of one of the pods at the Arch.

Currently Writing

Still mulling over that poem, I promise.

February 2017 Edition

Not much to post this month, but you can check out my coverage of the TV show, Emerald City, which began last month and is running until March 5th’s finale.

Currently Reviewing

No new book lists yet!

Currently Editing

scribe-feb 17We’ve released the February 2017 issue of The Scribe, so now I’m working on the March 2017 issue and will try to keep ahead of schedule from here on out.

If interested, you can view the February 2017 issue here.

Currently Writing

Stumped on that poem of mine. Taking a break to mull it over.