About Me

Biography:

I am a writer, editor, book reviewer, and social media consultant. I am the CEO of Grand Magic, LLC and the co-founder of Novel Edits.  I served in AmeriCorps, the domestic PeaceCorps, for two years. Currently, I am in graduate school, studying Higher Education and Student Affairs. I work full-time for the technical 16-college system in my state. Want to know more? Follow my blog.


Writing and Editing Resume:

-- Novels of Excellence-Poetry Award Nomination for THE LIGHT YOU CANNOT TOUCH - 2017
-- "LE PETITE MORT - Poetry Book - Puff Puff Publishing - (Anticipated) 2017
-- "Two Vultures Still Circling Hell" - Ra's Ass Review Love & Ensuing Madness Issue - 2016
-- "Our End Like a Question" - Rat's Ass Review Love & Ensuing Madness Issue - 2016
-- "The One for You" - Soul Lit LGBTQIA Issue - 2016
-- "My Girl Forged God a Key" - Soul Lit LGBTQIA Issue - 2016
-- "Sex is better than Love" - Puff Puff - 2015
-- "American Horror Break-Up Story" - Puff Puff - 2015
-- "Fucking It" - Puff Puff - 2015
-- THE LIGHT YOU CANNOT TOUCH - Poetry Book - Puff Puff Publishing - 2014
-- DEAD DOLL excerpt (Chapters 1 and 2) - Germ Magazine - 2014
-- "Why They Call It After Life" - Germ Magazine - 2014
-- "To the Bone" - Germ Magazine - 2014
-- "Spreading the Word about Special Needs" - The Forum - 2014
-- "Excuse Your Head Disease" x2 - Puff Puff - 2014
-- "The Light You Cannot Touch" - The Screech Owl - 2014 (title poem for my first book of poetry)
-- "If I Could Become Ash" - The Screech Owl - 2014
-- "Between 20 and 53" - The Screech Owl - 2014
-- "There is an End to a Circle" x 2 - The Screech Owl - 2014
-- "Opening Me" - The Screech Owl - 2014
-- "An Echo of Winter" - Puff Puff - 2014
-- "Held Him, Hold Me" - Puff Puff - 2014
-- "Divorce" - Puff Puff - 2014
-- "Life is Made of Paper" - Puff Puff - 2014
-- "Why They Call It After Life" - Busting and Droning Magazine - 2014
-- "Excuse Your Head Disease" - Busting and Droning Magazine - 2014
-- "There is an End to a Circle" - Busting and Droning Magazine - 2014
-- "She Was Thirty Years Younger" - Puff Puff - 2013
-- "Spring Came But Forgot to Tell Us" - Puff Puff - 2013
-- "A Sideline to Death" - Puff Puff - 2013
-- "Grey Matters" - Puff Puff - 2013
-- "Larger Than" - Puff Puff - 2013
-- "Next I'll Be Dead" - Puff Puff - 2013
-- "Buck, The Man" - Subprimal Poetry Art - 2013
-- "Not Famous. But Forever." - Glass: A Journal of Poetry - 2013
-- "The Double-A Order" - 1st Place in Poetry in 5-state OWFI contest - 2013
-- THE WAR OF ALL TIME - Honorable Mention for Fantasy Novel in 5-state OWFI contest - 2013
-- "After Shock" - A Handful of Dust - 2013
-- Accepted into Gaylord College of Journalism's Master's in Professional Writing program - 2013
-- Spoke on social media for writers at the first Maui Writers Conference - January, 2012
-- Presented a three-hour workshop on social media for writing at Oklahoma City University - December, 2012
-- Spoke on social media for writers at the October Oklahoma City Writers, Inc. meeting - October, 2012
Writers, Inc. meeting - October, 2012
-- "The Miscarry of Osteogenesis Imperfecta" - Jet Fuel Review - 2012
-- "Becoming an Animal" - Animal Literary Magazine - 2012
-- Co-blogger for afeastoffantasy.tumblr.com - 2012
-- Spoke on social media for writers at the first annual Rose State College Short Course on Writing - September, 2012
-- Webmaster for Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. - 2012 - 2013
-- Graduated from UMKC, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Manuscript, Editing, and Print Culture - 2012
-- Contributing writer for the winter edition of multi-million subscriber magazine, The Forum -- 2012
-- Invited to read three poems at the Women Made Gallery in Chicago - 2012
-- "Marlovian Theory, Venus and Adonis, and the Shakespearean Authorship Question" - Lucerna, a scholarly journal - 2012
-- "Entropy" - Dossier Literary Magazine - 2012
-- Excerpt from the novel THE LAST FRONTIER - Presented at the UEC/EGSA Symposium - 2012
-- "I Remember When" - The Whistling Fire - 2012
-- Spoke on marketing short fiction/poetry at a WBWP event - September, 2011
-- Spoke on social media for writers at the Whispering Prairie Press Annual Conference - July, 2011
-- "That Which Mirrored Back" - Published in Voices VI Anthology - 2011
-- IT GETS UGLY - 2nd Honorable Mention (out of 25 entries) in OWFI writing conference, YA Novel category - 2011
-- "Nursing Home White" - 4th Honorable Mention (out of 72 entries) in OWFI writing conference, Poetry-Unrhymed Long category - 2011
-- Received Crystal M. Fields award for creative writing - 2010
-- "The Ganges River: Holy Hotspot" - 1st Place with cash prize in annual Ozarks Writers league Dan Saults essay contest (contests had over 200 entries)
-- "Bodies' Rain" - 3rd Place with cash prize in annual Ozarks Writers League poetry contest (contests had over 200 entries)
-- "Chew, Gulp, Swallow" - Published in Echoes of the Ozarks: Volume VI - 2010
-- "Rural Defenders" - Published in Echoes of the Ozarks: Volume VI - 2010
-- Read "Nature Claims a House" and "Orange" at August Ozarks Writers League Meeting - 2010
-- Received a contract to work with top New York literary agent, Cherry Weiner - August 2010
-- "The Sound of Death" - Published in Voices III Anthology: The Best Midwest Fiction of 2010 - 2010
-- "Be" - Read at the May Ozarks Writers League Meeting - 2010
-- "Public Affairs" - Published by Shorelines Literary Magazine - 2010
-- "The Dead Smoke Cigars" - Published by [PANK] Literary Magazine- 2010
-- "The Dead Smoke Cigars", "Pianoman", "Fat's Exorcism" - Read at the Outloud Event at the College of the Ozarks upon request - 2009
-- "Hatch" - Echoes of the Ozarks: Volume V - 2009
-- "Fat's Exorcism" - Nominated for 2009 Best of the Net Anthology by the Chantarelle's Notebook editors - 2009
-- "Pianoman" - Word Catalyst Literary Magazine - 2009 
-- "Road Kill" - Word Catalyst Literary Magazine - 2009
-- "Rejection Letter" - Monkey Bicycle Literary Magazine - 2009
-- "The Prophet" - Monkey Bicycle Literary Magazine - 2009
-- "Post-Polio" - Monkey Bicycle Literary Magazine - 2009
-- "Vivaldi's Disagreement with Hyper Strings" - Shorelines Literary Magazine - 2009
-- "Could Have Been a Kiss" - Shorelines Literary Magazine - 2009
-- "The Art of Love" displayed in "Seeds" Multimedia Display - Benetti's Coffee Experience - 2009
-- "Apology to Mother Nature" displayed in "Seeds" Multimedia Display - Benetti's Coffee Experience - 2009
-- "Reclaim" displayed in "Seeds" Multimedia Display - Benetti's Coffee Experience - 2009
-- "Neighbors" displayed in "Seeds" Multimedia Display - Benetti's 
-- "Reclaim" displayed in "Seeds" Multimedia Display - Benetti's Coffee Experience - 2009
-- "Neighbors" displayed in "Seeds" Multimedia Display - Benetti's Coffee Experience - 2009
-- "From the Anther" displayed in "Seeds" Multimedia Display - Benetti's Coffee Experience - 2009
-- "Body" - Beanery Online Literary Magazine - 2008
-- "Curly" - Beanery Online Literary Magazine - 2008
-- "Half-Past" - Beanery Online Literary Magazine - 2008
-- "Fat's Exorcism" - Chantarelle's Notebook - 2008
-- "Body's Rain" - Received National Younkin-Rivera Prize for Poetry - 2008
-- "They Always Whisper about Death" - A Gathering of Birds Literary Magazine - 2008
-- "Crystal Meth" - A Gathering of Birds Literary Magazine -2008
-- "The Upsurge" - A Gathering of Birds Literary Magazine - 2008
-- "...And the Rest is History" - A Gathering of Birds Literary Magazine - 2008
-- "Silent as the Snow" read at Walk-for-Words walk-a-thon for The
 Writers Place - 2008
-- "Pause of Minnows" read at Walk-for-Words walk-a-thon for The Writers Place - 2008
-- "...And the Rest is History" displayed permanently at the Raytown Historical Society Museum - 2008
-- "Just Another Ring in the Circus" added to the CRASH course curriculum - 2008
-- "White, White, Red, Black" displayed at Benetti's Coffee Experience "V-Vision and Verse" Display - 2008
-- "The Goldfish Children" - The Rogue Poetry Review - 2007
-- "IdEnTiTy (?)" - A Gathering of Birds - 2007 -
-- "Green with Envy" - A Gathering of Birds - 2007
-- "Liberal Love" - A Gathering of Birds - 2007
-- "Those Paper Epics" - A Gathering of Birds - 2007
-- Life as it Comes Review - Kansas City Star: TeenStar - 2007
-- White Magic Review - Kansas City Star: TeenStar - 2007
-- AutumnQuest Review - Kansas City Star: TeenStar - 2007
-- Platinum Review - Kansas City Star: TeenStar - 2007
-- "Cageless" - A Celebration of Young Poets - 2007
-- "Fortunes" - Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans - 2007
-- "Gelatin Clouds" - A Gathering of Birds - 2006
-- "Forced Good-bye" - A Gathering of Birds - 2006
-- "Image of a Woman" - New Wine - 2006
-- "A Moment of Power" - New Wine - 2006
-- "Colt Savior" - New Wine - 2006
-- "Green with Envy" - Youth Poetry Symposium Booklet - 2006
-- "The Goldfish Children" read The Writers Place Youth Symposium - 2006
-- "ReSources" won entry to The Writers Place Youth Symposium - 2006
-- "Disturbed" read at Avila Writers Convention - 2006
-- "In the Rain" - The Christian Anthology - 2006
-- "True Magic" - A Celebration of Young Poets - 2006
-- "True Magic" - Regional Winner of A Celebration of Young Poets' Quarterly Literary Contest - 2006
-- "Tenderness" - A Celebration of Young Poets - 2005




Favorite Quotes:


"Women hold up half the sky." - Mao Zedong

"Marvelous happy it was to be alone, and yet not solitary. O out of terror and dark, to come in sight of home." - Walter de la Mare, THE PILGRIM

"The good is the enemy of the great." - Socrates

"They can because they think they can." - Virgil

"He who would do some great thing in this short life, must apply himself to the work with such a concentration of his forces as...looks like insanity." - John Foster

"This love is a strange love / doesn't have to say love." - Sarah Brightman, singing "This Love" by Craig Armstrong

"Confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death." - Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic, 1963

"If a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure - the privilege is mine." - The Smiths, "There is a Light that Never Goes Out"

“It would hardly be the fish who discovers the existence of water” - Clyde Kluckhon

"I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being." – Confucius

"If you think about it, having a job is like taking a mortgage against your life." - Dick Solomon

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