Maybe She’s Born With It

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My latest story to go LIVE is available to read now for free at Riggwelter Press.

“Maybe She’s Born With It” is the story of an elderly woman getting ready for a date in the nursing home. It deals with the struggles of dealing with age and the struggles attempting to find dignity in lost youth.

It is humorous/satirical and sure to bring a chuckle to your day.

Click the link below to enjoy and as always, Thanks for reading my work.

Maybe She’s Born With It – Published @ Riggwelter Press November 2017

Story Inspiration

A lot of authors are often asked where they get their inspiration for their stories. So, I thought I would simplify things and include a post on it until I am able to post my next published short story (coming soon in November – be on the lookout).

My day job is a Veterinarian. I work as a general practitioner but I am very specialized. I have a strong interest/passion in dentistry. Dentistry in veterinary medicine is basically oral surgery.

I love my own pets as much as the next pet owner. But I feel they live their whole lives trying to do crazy things to injure themselves. Take my lab husky mix for example, Loki. He has a habit of “sneeze talking” to us when he wants to get our attention. I consider him the “smart dog”. But my genius dog thinks its funny to “sneeze talk” over top of the glass coffee table and this has injured his mouth on more than one occasion.

So, let’s reel this tangent in. Basically, my inspiration comes from my day job and from life. One of my most successful horror stories I’ve written is a “tooth horror” story – using medical terminology and the exact method of performing a surgical extraction as a means of horror/gore.

My flash story “Compact Luxury Model” was written as a tribute to my best friend from High School who passed away from Leukemia. I wanted to honor her in a clever way – so a story seemed like a good fit.

My stories will almost always have gore, something medical, or reflect my sarcastic personality.

Most will come from work but many ideas come from binging bad horror films (or good horror films). Netflix is wonderful.

Sometimes inspiration hits when you least expect it – a comment on your favorite morning radio show, a song lyric, a strange saying you hear in passing.

Either way, thanks for reading my work.

Compact Luxury Model

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My story “Compact Luxury Model” is LIVE and available to view for free at Ghost Parachute. This is a story I wrote in a Flash Fiction course taught by Richard Thomas. The theme was writing with one emotion in mind. The emotion I chose was loss/mourning. I chose this because as a Doctor, I am trained to not show this emotion so wanted to accept the challenge.

The story took a few edits but eventually I got it right. The artwork is spectacular and truly depicts the heart of the story. This is a great online magazine with some cool stories. Check it out at the link below…

Compact Luxury Model

Benefit of Online Classes

I just recently began my 3rd online class through Litreactor. I cannot say enough good things about this site. It was original adapted for fans of Chuck Palahniuk and has become a wonderful research tool. Originally, I was hesitant to take online writing classes. However, due to my current need for a “dayjob” to pay the bills, online classes were my only option.

The first class I took was Short Story Mechanics with Richard Thomas. Richard is an incredible instructor and so personable. The main story I wrote in this class was picked up by Fantasia Divinity and is my first paid publication. My story “Extraction” was inspired from this class as well and that is currently available in Issue 11 of Massacre Magazine.

The second class I took was Keep It Brief: A Flash Fiction intensive with Richard Thomas. I enjoyed Richard’s style of teaching so much that I couldn’t resist taking another course. One of the stories I wrote in this class “The Flowering Tree” with be published at The Airgonaut in August. I currently have several other stories from this class out for submission as well.

I am currently taking Crush Your Query with Kristi Belcamino. The purpose of this is for me to end up with a Query letter worthy of picking up an agent for my novel I just finished.

I included a link to the site below. Maybe this site can provide someone else with the tools needed to push their writing to the next level.

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EXTRACTION

My latest story is in the latest issue of Massacre Magazine.

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It’s a tooth related horror story available for all Kindle devices. It includes some otherĀ great stories too for all your nightmare induced needs. Check it out for yourself…

Massacre Magazine – Issue 11

They also took the time to create an author spotlight. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive market to help me gain exposure.

Check out my spotlight here…

Massacre Author Spotlight