Published Writing

I am building a collection of short stories and I’ve been working on a novel. That does not make me unique, but I thought you should know. Most days you’ll see me with my notebook and pen at one coffee shop or another. As I publish, I will add to this list.

SHORT STORIES

Winnebago – A Kindle Single on Amazon.com

The clock on the kitchen wall ticked. The silence of the frozen day crushed the house and Henry inside it… He should have gone after him. The thought shook Henry out of the mood he’d let himself get into. What was the word? Morose? Moribund? He couldn’t remember which. Certainly self-indulgent and a little drunk. He was both of those right now.

Stanley – A micro-fiction. A story of a couple and their pet bird in 149 words. Published on HOOT, the postcard review of {mini} poetry and prose.

In Aisles Flash fiction short story, short listed and published at FreeFlashFiction.com during February 2013 “Humorous Unrequited Love” contest.

She has both hands up behind her head refixing her blond hair into a ponytail and that lifts her shirt up above the top of her skirt and I see her slim waist. She’s close and I smell a perfume on her skin, but it might be the smell of bread from the bakery. Either way it’s warm and soft.

Househusband – Flash fiction short story, 989 words, published May 2013 at FreeFlashFiction.com.

I turn and see he’s holding Truman’s new Wrist Rocket sling shot. My father-in-law’s idea of a good present. A high powered sling and five hundred ball bearings. I thought it was dangerous, but Art was adamant. “A boy should be able to kill something,” he said.

License – Short Story, published in the literary fiction anthology, Declaration: Stories.

“Is your life exciting?” Baha said.

I looked at Monica again. Our life was not exciting, but I didn’t really want to say that with Monica there. I didn’t want her to take it personally.

“No. Our life is not exciting,” Monica said. “We’re parents.”

This Is Wilderness – Short Story, published in Stratus: Journal of Art and Writing, University of Washington

We found the horse two miles up the trail. Dead on the edge of a meadow.

A deadfall blocked the trail from the meadow and the horse had tried to get over it. But its halter snagged on a branch and the big animal had turned over on itself and either its neck had broken or it had choked to death or both. John cut the halter loose with his knife and the body slumped and slid to the ground on the meadow side of the log. John pocketed his knife and he squatted by the horse’s head and reached to put a hand on its cheek.

I stepped toward him and he spoke to me without looking up.

“You go away from me,” he said. “Now. Go. I don’t care where.”

He sat by the horse a while. When he got up he started walking down the mountain. I followed him all the way back to the ranger station.

BOOKS

Declaration: Stories – A short story anthology for which I served as an author and as Editor-in-chief.

Led by Best American Short Stories alum Lyn Coffin, 11 fine writers declare their place in the literary scene with this anthology of diverse short stories. Presenting a wide-ranging look at the human experience, exemplifying the newest in flash fiction, experimental fiction, as well as traditional storytelling, whether you are an aspiring writer looking for inspiration, or simply a fan of a story well told, this anthology will be a welcome addition to your library.

BUSINESS WRITING

A sampling of some of the business writing I produced while running my business and as a guest blogger and contributing writer to other publications.

Whitepapers

AIIM Social Business Community Blog

AIIM Infonomics Newsletter

  • 4 Keys to Information Transformation: For Information to Be Useful, People Have to Be Able to Find It
  • How Do You Know What You Know?
  • Information Management: The Importance of Social Context

Human Capital Institute

Other

  • Lessons Learned: Extrapolating value from failed attempts building social networks (Guest Post: Digital Media Explorer)
  • HR Hero
  • HR Insights

SPEAKING

In addition to speaking in front of my own company’s employees at company events and training and to our customers at our own hosted seminars, I have been invited to speak at high-profile and prestigious business events around the country. Including:

  • Association of IT Professionals
  • Lake Washington Human Resources Association
  • Innotech Conference — Portland, OR
  • International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
  • Interop IT Conference — New York, NY
  • Microsoft SharePoint Intelligence Conference
  • Microsoft SharePoint Palooza
  • NewComm Forum — San Francisco
  • Northwest Human Resource Management Association
  • Portland Human Resource Association Strategy Conference
  • Social Media Club Seattle
  • Social Media Conference Northwest
  • Society for Human Resource Management — Phoenix, AZ; San Diego, CA

Topics range from integrating social media technology into the collaborative workspace, improving corporate communication with employees, employee recognition and engagement strategies, to entrepreneurship, and how to succeed in starting and building your own business. In every case, my approach is educational, entertaining and enlightening. I enjoy sharing knowledge and being in front of an audience — I’m not even thrown when my mother calls my cell phone half way through the presentation (which really did happen once).

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