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About kingmidget

About the name. I was the youngest of four. Until I got to kindergarten, I didn't have much to say. All I had to do to get what I wanted was to point, and a sibling, or loving parent, would fulfill my request. As a result, my father coined the nickname -- King Midget. At least that's the way the story goes. I am a father, husband, friend, and lover, writer, runner, pizza maker, baker, and many other things. What I am not is my occupation. It is my job that pays the bills and provides for my family. But, it does not define me.

Facilitation – How A Prompt Becomes A Novella

The latest edition of my podcast is up. The opening pages of a recently completed draft of Facilitation, a novella that got its start from a writing prompt back in October. As always, here is the link on Spotify, but … Continue reading

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New Podcast Episode

Just listen … (This is the link to Spotify, but the podcast, Slice of Life Stories, can also be found on other podcast platforms, including the iTunes Store and the Apple Podcast App. If you listen and the platform provides … Continue reading

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Ghosts

(I may delete this. Since I published it I’ve learned that at least two if not all three of the men were likely active participants in what appears to be a gun battle between rival gangs.) Ghosts wander the streets … Continue reading

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Tick Tock

2:00 a.m. Tick Do you know where your children are? Tock 76 shots Tick 54 seconds Tock 6 Dead 12 Injured Tick Tock People fleeing Multiple shooters Tick Tock A family arrives to find their son Confirmed he was a … Continue reading

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The Thunder Had Gone

The newest episode of my podcast, Slice of Life Stories, is up. I re-discovered this story that I posted here almost seven years ago. It was a co-writing experience with the incredible Trent Lewin. I go back and read things … Continue reading

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The Marfa Lights

Slice of Life Stories is back with a new episode. This time, the opening to The Marfa Lights. Some day I’ll get through these things without a couple of stumbles, or learn how to edit on Anchor.

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New Podcast Episode

And a new season too. Season Three I’m calling first chapters. Each episode will be the first chapter of one of my longer pieces. Novels, novels, and long short stories. I’ll fill in at the end with some additional episodes … Continue reading

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Gramps’s Stereo … and … The Watcher

And so with another episode of my podcast, Slice Of Life Stories, I offer two short stories. As I read these I was reminded of some readers who complain that somebody always dies in my stories. Well, not in every … Continue reading

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What NaNoWriMo Means To Me

National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, is what started my writing life. For the uninitiated, it’s a creature of the internet age. An on-line effort to get people writing. The “objective” is to write a 50,000 word novel … Continue reading

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Sunbaked Sand

A story first published in The First Line and also found in Shady Acres and Other Stories. (A note: for some reason, Anchor didn’t let me add background music. But you may hear a leaf blower and a dog barking … Continue reading

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