WIP

SCREENPLAYS:

THE UNDESIRABLES

A naïve young graduate in social work sent to become a field investigator for eugenics zealots in 1924 confronts their quest to eliminate “defectives” from the American blood stream.

(Dramatization inspired by historical activities of the American Eugenics Association in the 1920s)

Genre: Historical Fiction Drama, 114 pgs

REVERSE THE CURSE

A Chicago sports reporter is used to losing—his leg, his job, his MLB dreams—but when a werewolf bites him in the ass, he sets out to change destiny.

Genre: Comedy/Horror, 93 pgs

NOVEL:

WHEN THE WIND BLOWS COLD 

“If you take us somewhere else, we lose our character, our history–maybe our soul.”  ~ Dakota: A Spiritual Geography

In 1931, a lonely North Dakota farm girl believes her New England-born mother is talking to ghosts.

Page 1:

PROLOGUE

DECEMBER 1931

Sometimes, like today, with the shortest day of the year on the other side of tomorrow’s horizon, Mother Nature is not all you hear.

The prairie wind outside is howling like a banshee, trying to find its way inside, thrashing against the window glass, rattling the panes behind the closed curtains. The rafters in the attic moan. The floorboards creak under the strain to keep out what does not belong. Low-pitch whines from the bedeviled drafts ebb and flow throughout the farmhouse, get through the cracks.

Even now, I can hear Mother standing at the end of the lane saying, “Your disposition is not made for this God-forsaken land—you need to thicken your skin if you’re going to make it from sundown to sunrise, and beyond.” She followed her sigh with a few silent moments of retying her pressed apron strings, and a “you will be the death of me” mumble.

Was I?

MEMOIR:

KATIE: A MEMOIR IN POETRY

A mother’s journey with her non-verbal daughter shared in poetic rhythms.

SAMPLE – 

RED WAGON SOLDIERS

Automated transports let in, drop off, pick up

Red wagon soldiers roll, one by one

Past disembodied echoes from plastic playgrounds

Down sterile paths of florescent tunnels

Red wagon soldiers flanked

By shell-shocked parents wheeling

IV poles, careful to keep connected

The half-full dangling drip of solution

Shoes squeaking under the weight

Of red wagon soldier’s survival

Packs on their backs: Diapers, bottles,

Snacks, carrying paper-cut admission

To Laboratory, to Neurology, to Radiology

To hard laboring machines rasping

Secrets, decoding mysteries living

In the skin of red wagon soldiers

Needles, incisions, intensive, cares

Holding close to their chests badges

Of Red Wagon Soldier Bravery —

Courage stuffed into bunnies and bears.

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